Ven der Fuehrer says, "Ve ist der Master Race",Those Wacky Nazis covers a variety of Nazi stereotypes. Before we get on with the list, we suggest you take a look at Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler, World War II, Ghostapo, The Holocaust, We Didn't Start the Führer and Stupid Jetpack Hitler. And, by way of contrast, All Germans Are Nazis and A Nazi by Any Other Name.
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Not to love der Fuehrer ist a great disgrace,
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Ve Heil! *raspberry* Heil! *raspberry* right in der Fuehrer's face!
Not to love der Fuehrer ist a great disgrace,
So ve Heil! *raspberry* Heil! *raspberry* right in der Fuehrer's face!
- The cultured one who stands around in vest, braces and lederhosen listening to classical music (usually Richard Wagner) on a gramophone, who says "You see, Herr Captain, ve are not all animals."
- The loud one who is usually on the phone shouting "Get me ze Führer!".
- The pervy, leather-coated Gestapo officer who is super-creepy and maybe even Camp Gay; possibly inspired by Ernst Röhm and many of the high-ranking members of the SA, Hitler's original personal guard. By the time of their destruction on Hitler's orders, the SA was populated by numerous homosexuals or suspected homosexuals. Also possibly inspired by Rudolph Hess, known in some circles as "Fräulein Anna" and Hermann Göring, whose appearance was evidently rather campy.
- The tight-assed Obstructive Bureaucrat who goes through the trouble of donning his entire uniform - including jodhpurs and Wellington boots - before talking to someone (even if said someone is on the phone and unable to see what he is wearing). Ends every conversation with a "Heil Hitler!" and a loud click of his heels.
- The round-spectacled, black-gloved, sadistic torture master who emits a shrill giddy laugh after every sentence. May or may not overlap with "Gay Nazi" above.
- A female officer in the mold of The Baroness. In more salacious productions she'll be a sadistic dominatrix who tortures prisoners and forces them to perform sex acts for her own (and presumably, the audience's) amusement.
- The older German who wishes Germany was still Imperial Germany. He is constantly saying "This is not the Germany I fought for in the Great War," and has an old war medal.
- A bumbling Luftwaffe sergeant in direct charge of the American prisoners of war. May or may not be more devious than he appears. May have visited one city in the US, and claims to have loved it ("I vas in New York, you know. I love the US! Vhen ze var is over, ve vill all be friends.") The cultured one above may do the same with fond memories of London, and hopes to pick up friendships in Britain once this dreadful business is over.
- The officer with a conscience, usually based on Erwin Rommel, so probably a bit of a Magnificent Bastard. Tries to convince himself it's all about My Country, Right or Wrong, and serves as a Worthy Opponent to Allied heroes. May have a full-on Heel–Face Turn, or else get a tragic death at the hands of his own superiors for his conscience.
- The Nazi who joined the party/SS/army to get the chance to kill people for fun. The slightest provocation (or none at all) means certain death for prisoners and civilians. Possibly modelled after real life sadist and Nazi SS Josef Blösche aka "Frankenstein", who killed over 2,000 noncombatants on his own.
- The "Oskar Schindler" type — the guy who really has a heart of gold and works to save the persecuted or works with La Résistance, a la 'Allo 'Allo!. May overlap with the Erwin Rommel type above.
- The "I'm just a soldier doing my job" Nazi, either regular military officer or SS, who feels My Country, Right or Wrong.
- The teenaged grunt who often finds himself in way over his head. Probably gets killed by the Allied soldiers, who lament the death of one so young.
- The mindless drone who simply does what he is told out of ignorance and lack of ambition. This stereotype isn't completely unfounded because German soldiers in WWII were trained to be extremely obedient, sometimes to a fault because they would at times not act unless given orders. That said, it's not much comfort given that Wehrmacht war crimes (with the partial exception of the hundreds of thousands of instances of sexual assault) were the result of explicit orders from officers.
- The mindless drone who does anything he is told, with a certain lack of ignorance but not ambition.
- The Nazi Nobleman with a fancy aristocratic title and ancestral castle; who may overlap with any of these.
- The Mad Scientist or Deadly Doctor type who just loves cutting people open For Science!! Or for the sheer hell of it, with science and medicine as a thinly veiled excuse, as was evidenced by those prisoners who had the misfortune to have to work for Josef Mengele. They may be researching immortality, or racial purity, or creating Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot Nazis. They may well posess a Morally Ambiguous Doctorate.
- The crooked officer or bureaucrat who makes himself rich at the expense of the regime. Expect him to be killed by the people he wronged, or executed for ripping off the Reich.
- The aging (but evil) senior officer with cadaverous features, usually an SS member to link his skull-like visage with the death's head motif. Will normally be combined with one of the roles above, or feature in a minor role as a visitor from Berlin here to remind the Big Bad that "Zer Führer is not patient, he expects results". Partially based on SS-Oberführer Dr. Oskar Dirlewanger, whose physical features◊ matched 100% the description and whose job had been anti-partisan combat. The abysmal performance of his unit was the only thing which limited his ability to do even more evil.
Stock Phrases and Slurs
Stock German phrases and words usually associated with Nazis:
- Achtung - "attention!" If it's a fighter pilot movie, a common variation is "Achtung! Spitfire!"
- Führer - "leader/guide". In today's German this word on its own is often avoided in its meaning of 'leader', as it has become associated so much with Hitler; the words "Anführer" ('leader') or "Leiter," being not connotated that way, are used instead. In its other meaning of 'guide' and in compound words (eg. Führerschein = driver's license) , "Führer" still is commonly used.
- Hände hoch! - "Hands up!"
- Halt! - "Hold it!/Stop there!" which may be followed by
- Ausweis! - "ID"
- Jawohl!- "Yes, sir/ma'am!" Technically it actually just means emphatic yes (YES!) without the attached "sir" or "ma'am," but translations often include the honorific due to the way the word is used. "Jawohl, mein Fuhrer!" is enough of a Stock Phrase to deserve a specific mention.
- Scheiße! - Shit!
- Kommandant - A commander, regardless of rank.
- Raus!- "Out!" Often used in the context of The Holocaust.
- Schnell!- "Quick/Quickly!" General-purpose exclamation by anyone giving orders.
- Papiere, bitte! - "Papers, please", usually expressed in a very commanding tone.
- Was ist los? - "What's going on?" (or "What's wrong?") Usually uttered by a Nazi trooper after one of his comrades gets knocked out or killed.
- Los! Los! - when German soldiers urge their prisoners to hurry.
- Alternately, a single "Los!" by a sub captain meant "Launch!" (the torpedoes)
- Alarm!- "Alarm!" ("We're under attack!", from French "À l'arme", meaning "To the weapon" / 'to arms'; on U-boats, this is the order to start a crash dive).
- Amerikaner! or Engländer! - "Americans!" or "Englishmen!" Usually followed by the German soldier who yelled the warning getting shot by said Americans or Englishmen.
- Verdammt! - "Damn!" though the literal is damned. Can also be Verdammter if it preceeds things like Amerikaner. "Verdammter Amerikaner!" (Damn Americans)
- Nicht schießen! - "Don't shoot!" (Not to Be Confused with Nicht scheißen! - "Don't shit!")
- Sieg Heil! - "Hail victory!" (Always accompanied by a Nazi salute.)
- Mein Gott in Himmel! - "My God in Heaven!" Expression of shock/surprise/disbelief, often when encountering Allied commandos. "Mein Gott!" "Gott in Himmel!" "Gott!" and "Himmel!" are also common.
- Ironically, the grammatically correct form "Gott im Himmel" is never heard outside Germany.
- Zu Befehl! - "On (your) command", expressing obedience. Usually followed by a clack of heels struck together.
- Ach du Lieber! - "Oh dear!" Same usage as above. Yes, in direct translation, meaning, usage and force of utterance, the expression "Ach du Lieber" is pretty much identical to the English "Oh dear". Just what you'd shout while being ambushed. "Oh dear" indeed! note
- Ach, der Teufel! - "Oh, the Devil!" General curse. Suitable response to anything from allied attack to overdue library books. "Ach" and "der" are optional.
- Donner und Blitzen! - "Thunder and lightning!" Angry curse or general expression of anger, more common with those who have underlings to rant at. Not to be confused with the Reindeer of the same name that pull Santa's sleigh around.
- Donnerwetter! – "Thunderstorm!" (lit: thunder-weather) Expression of surprise and/or awe and/or frustration and/or anger according to tone.note
- Schweigen Sie! - "Be quiet!"
- Maul halten! (lit. "shut your *animalistic* gob!"), Halts Maul! (ditto) or Schnauze! ("Snout!") - the less formal, less nice versions of the above.
- Verstanden! - "Understood!" or "Roger!" Used to acknowledge an order.
- Schwein! - Almost-English stock insult, essentially saying Swine. Note: In contemporary German this is about as (in-)offensive as calling someone a "scoundrel".
- Schweinhund - translated "pig dog". Might also be a compliment for especially resilient people. note
- Arschloch! - Asshole!
- Dummkopf: Blockhead
- Scheisskopf! - Shit-head!
- Ami: American - Somewhat neutral shortcut for "US American". Used in World War Two by German military, especially Army, to refer to U.S. military personnel and assets
- Tommy: Brit / Englishman - Also "Tommyboy".
- Franzmann: Frenchman
- Itaka: Italian - It has to be noted that fascist Italy was an ally of Nazi Germany; "Itaka" is short for "Italienischer Kamerad" or Italian comrade. Its true meaning became obscure over time and it was degraded to a slur for Italians. Also "Makaronis" (heard in Das Boot, among others), short for "Makaronifresser". "fressen" literally means "to eat" but is reserved for referring to animals or people eating excessively, or for use as insult.
- Polacke: Pole
- Iwan (or "Der Iwan!")(pronounced "Ivan"): Soviet
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Anime and Manga
- Brockenman and Brocken Jr. from Kinnikuman. Brockenman could actually breathe poison gas, as it happens. Notable in that Brocken Jr. is a HEROIC Nazi.
- Count Brocken from Mazinger Z was a Nazi ex-officer was considered particularly blood-thirsty by his comrades. The uniforms of his troops -called the Iron Cross- remind of Nazi soldiers, too.
- Hellsing: It has more or less any possible (as well as impossible) Nazi variant, for example Junior Warrant Officer Schrödinger, a Schrödinger's Cat-Boy wearing a Hitler Jugend uniform. Lieutenant Rip van Winkle almost counts as one of the various potentially gay Nazi archetypes, except for the fact that Rip is a sharpshooter and who dresses in very masculine clothing. She also fits in with the cultured groomed due to her love for classical German opera. And then there's Dok...
- Kurogane Pukapuka Tai gives us Captain Nina Stoltebeker, who plays into the 'kinky gay fetishist' type (lesbian with a body odour fetish) and 'Schindler' type (shelters a Jewish crewmember at the expense of a perfect personnel-loss record).
- The neo-Nazis from Black Lagoon get the uptight, fanatical portrayal of them, as does the SS Officer in the flashback. The U-Boat crew, however, get a more hit a more amiable note, not quite hitting any of the more positive portrayals listed above. The captain even tells the SS guy that, considering how he, his peers and his Führer seem, it might be better that the Nazis lose the war.
- The Neo-Nazis are also portrayed as comically inept and fanatical. Their hamminess doesn't help. The real Neo-Nazi, the man who funded the operation, is a Retired Monster who still very much holds on to his Nazi ideals, but is polite enough to have a conversation with a black man before calling him degenerate.
- The U-Boat crew were more "loyal to a country that just happened to be Nazi Germany" than Nazis themselves. The Captain even stated that if their U-Boat sinking meant that his children would never have to see a Swastika again he would be glad to make that sacrifice.
- Germany from Axis Powers Hetalia (a Japanese comic about anthropomorphic countries set primarily in WWII) is apparently quite into bondage, Drill Sergeant Nasty, and a tight-ass bureaucrat, though a constructive one. Canonically a Straight Gay Nazi as of the Buon San Valentino arc. Should be noted that over all, he's a nice guy.
- There may also be a hint of My Country, Right or Wrong too as he often complains his Boss is insane.
- Prussia also receives this treatment in Fanon, being Germany's more villainous big brother. When he does, he typically gets a less cultured portrayal than Germany himself, and tends to be drawn as too eager to spill blood or too eager to help his little bro. Often he's both.
- The Legend of Koizumi has Nazis as the main villains. It turns out they all survived, including Hitler, Mengele, and Wagner. They live on their moon base, travel to Earth in classic UFOs, and have a giant cannon capable of launching meteor-bullets that hit with the force of a nuclear weapon. Earth's only hope? Beat them in a mahjong tournament.
- JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Part 2: Battle Tendency has the German army that are initially shown to be stereotypical evil, but turns out to be able to develop into the hero's side because they are up against the same super vampire-like enemies. Also, the Nazis have cyborg technology. It doesn't hurt that Rudolf von Stroheim is an amazing Large Ham, who even made it into Eyes of Heaven as a playable character (though with the Nazi reffferences toned down).
- The organization from Monster fall into this pretty well, of the "Fourth Reich" variety.
- Lupin III (Red Jacket) had "To Be or Nazi Be", an entire episode dedicated to locating Hitler's lost treasure, which naturally played into this trope.
- The Nazis facing the Rifle Brigade in Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, featuring such luminaries as the eerie, skeletal Gestapo captain Venkschaft, busty grudge-bearing dominatrix Gerta Gasch, and the famous ladykillers and war heroes Otto and Ernst Flaschmann.
- Donna Barr's comic The Desert Peach. Erwin "The Desert Fox" Rommel's younger, flamingly-gay brother; in command of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits unit of the Afrika Corps. The comic has an interesting subversion: the only honest-to-God Nazi party member in the unit is the Jewish Corporal Udo Schmidt.
- The British war comics, such as Commando, were pretty much built on this trope. It got better in later years, mostly as a result of changing attitudes to war in general; one issue of Commando in the 90's even focused on a soldier realising the horrors he was having to perpetrate.
- Neo-Nazi skinheads appear several times in German comic Rudi. Sometimes just for a gag, but in one of the first stories they beat up the protagonists.
- Almost any Frank Miller comic (Sin City, The Dark Knight Returns, Ronin, etc.) will feature at least one Nazi henchman or gang member who gets killed off in a violent and/or hilarious way.
- Give Me Liberty has the Aryan Thrust, a group of gay white supremacists.
- A staple of Captain America's Rogues Gallery. On the other hand, Red Skull is a Nazi, but not very wacky.
- A less common but still present staple of the Justice Society of America owing to its World War II origins but carrying to the present day blending with Stupid Jetpack Hitler and Disco Dan.
- In American Flagg!, we have the Gotterdammercrats, Illinois Nazis who most people seem to treat as tame and mostly harmless, but then ally with the also fascist, but violent and genuinely revolutionary, American Survivalist Labor Committee (A.S.L.C.) to take over Chicago.
- Hammer in Danger Girl is a group of neo-Nazis founded by a now-ancient former member of Hitler's personal guard. They've got every Nazi stereotype in the book among their ranks, including a sadistic mad scientist, a hulking strongman clad head-to-toe in black leather, a pair of creepy aristocrat twins, and two "Baroness"-type sexpots.
- One story in Dracula Lives set in the second World War has a bunch of Nazis stationed in Castle Dracula, and finding it to be not as safe as they thought.
- In Athena Voltaire, the Nazis are prominent antagonists in half the stories. The stories are set a little before the start of the war proper, so Athena's conflict with them isn't specifically on behalf of her country — it's just that she keeps running into them when their interest in the occult needs to be thwarted.
- Age of the Wolf: The second major enemy that Rowan faces in post-werewolf apocalypse Britain is a Neo-Nazi gang of slavers, led by a wheelchair-bound granny and her two grandchildren.
- Mel Brooks humorous remake of To Be Or Not To Be features a lot of humor at the expense of the fumbling, bumbling Nazis, including a stage skit cut short entitled Naughty Nazis wherein Brooks himself makes fun of Hitler: "Heil Myself!"
- The German film Rosen für den Staatsanwalt (Roses For The Prosecutor), in which a peddler from post-war Germany attempts to blackmail the local prosecutor, a rabid ex-Nazi officer who had unsuccessfully sentenced him to death during the war for acquiring two boxes of military-issued chocolate.
- The Three Stooges short You Nazty Spy! is the Ur-Example, though Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator is quite possibly the Trope Maker.
- The Blues Brothers: The Illinois Nazis (I hate those guys). All of them get to be the Butt Monkey.
- Indiana Jones
- The title character of Dr. Strangelove, black gloves, shrill laugh and all. He's a sinister secret project leader, and changed his original German name after he was made a U.S. citizen.
- Major Koenig in Enemy at the Gates, who seems like he's skirting the borders of sympathy until he pretty much catapults over the Moral Event Horizon.
- In The Sum of All Fears, an atomic bomb is smuggled into the U.S. by a group of German neo-Nazis, who expect the Americans to blame the destruction of Baltimore on the Soviets, leading to a war that would destroy or cripple both nations, leaving a power vacuum in which a new Reich can arise. (In Tom Clancy's novel, the villains were not Nazis but Palestinian extremists.)
- Two-thirds of the bad guys from Hellboy (the last third was Rasputin): Ninja Scientist Steampunk Cyborg Karl Kroenen and The Baroness Ilsa Hauptmann.
- The plot of The Producers revolves around the made-up play "Springtime For Hitler", a musical romp into the lighter side of the Third Reich. Noted by Mel Brooks as the most tasteless topic for a musical he could think of. Influenced by Lenny Bruce's 'How Hitler Got Started'/'Hitler and the MCA' bit. Not to mention the author of the play who, when confronted said "Who are you? What do you want? My papers are in order. I was only following orders. I love my adopted country!"
- Colonel Erhardt in To Be or Not to Be is a ridiculous buffoon, but is also extremely dangerous.
- The horror film Frontier(s) features a group of French students escaping a future Paris where the Neo-Nazi Party has taken power. They stumble across an abandoned inn and stay the night, where the patriarch of the family that owns it wears an SS uniform. He tries to get the men to have sex with his daughters to propagate the Pure Race, but upon discovering that one is Muslim and one is already in love, orders his family to kill them all. They are also cannibalistic.
- Inglourious Basterds is basically a deconstructor fleet of this entire article. Most of the archetypes are there.
- SS Colonel Hans Landa is a primary example mixture of several of the above types - cultured, multilingual, sadistic, silly and prone to making ze important phone call vich vill change zee war. Gestapo Major Dieter Hellstrom being also the bossy cultured one - he even listens to classical music on a scratchy gramophone. Both constitute Evil Is Sexy with ze kinky Cherman accents und leather trenchcoats.
- Fredrick Zoller is the "I'm Just Doing My Job" Nazi - even though that involves killing Allied soldiers from a clock tower in Monte Casino.
- Several mook cannon fodder types appear - some with Swastikas carved on their forehead.
- Celebrity Pantomine versions of Hitler, Goebbels and Goering amongst others.
- Dr. Christian Szell from Marathon Man is a perfect example of the torture master and the sadist. He is upset that thus far he has only been referred to cryptically and in passing. He wants to ask you a question. "Is it safe?"
- Grind House features the Rob Zombie- directed mock trailer for Werewolf Women of the SS with Udo Kier as a secret project leader creating... oh well, I don't want to spoil it for you.
- Several Greek films set during WWII present Nazis that fall under this trope. In most cases the German officers are presented as a combination of the "cultured" one with the Obstructive Bureaucrat that yells "Heil Hitler" every chance he gets, even when drinking a glass of water. Examples similar to the "look how evil I am" SS-Standartenführer seen in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Hans Muller (played by Klaus Kinski) in Five For Hell (1969) are not rare either. A notable example is the film Ipolochagos Natassa (Lieutenant Natassa, aka Battlefield Constantinople), where SS Captain Max (played by Kostas Karras) is introduced not only as the "cultured" one and Obstructive Bureaucrat, but one that has personal story with the heroine before the war. Naturally, the most evil ones wear the black Allgemeine-SS uniform, which maybe fits under the Good Colors, Evil Colors trope.
- Not surprisingly, any Norwegian war movie made between 1945 and 1960 played it straight. In later movies, the trope is more subverted. The 1946 movie We Leave For England tops the score with the most evil Nazis in any Norwegian movie before Max Manus went back to play it straight.
- Max in Bent is taken into a concentration camp by the Nazis, and mistakenly thought pretending to be Jewish would make him be treated better.
- Goldfinger. While Goldfinger's German accent and reaction to Nazi gold lead many fans to assume Nazi roots, the character is specifically described as a Soviet agent in the book. Ironically, the actor Gert Fröbe was a member of the Nazi party (not for long though), causing the film to be banned in Israel until it was discovered that he used his position to save a family of Jews, very much like a mini-Schindler. The German accent is an illusion. Fröbe didn't speak a word of English and had to be dubbed by English actor Michael Collins (Not to be confused with the Irish patriot Michael Collins who was played by Liam Neeson...who played Oskar Schindler). Fröbe was such a good actor that the dub is completely unnoticeable.
- Jackboots on Whitehall has this scaled down to 1/6 size.
- In the future of Surf Nazis Must Die, various criminal gangs rule the beaches of California and the strongest one is, well, Surf Nazis.
- "Klaus Schmidt" from X-Men: First Class is a mixture of cultured and mad doctor; he tells young Erik that he is not like the Nazis, and mocks their obsession with genetics—or at least, blue eyes and blonde hair. Bring mutants into the equation it's a whole different ball game.
- In the 2012 film Iron Sky, the Nazis who escaped Germany after World War II ended up heading to the moon and establishing a base there to prepare for an earth invasion. For bonus points, their mothership is named the Götterdämmerung.
- In Tarzan Triumphs (1943), after Tarzan has defeated a Nazi invasion of Africa, Cheetah stumbles upon the German radio, and begins gibbering into the microphone. In Berlin, the radio operator believes he is finally receiving a message from the mission commander and summons the general. The general listens to Cheetah for a few seconds, then chews out the operator. "This isn't Colonel Von Reichart! IT IS THE FUEHRER!" All present snap to attention and give the Nazi salute.
- The 1943 movie of The Desert Song has Nazis building a railroad in Morocco with slave labour.
- In Alpha Dog, Jake Mazursky and his girlfriend are shown to have Neo-Nazi tattoos, the girlfriend does a Nazi salute, and Jake has a huge poster of Hitler at a rally hanging in his kitchen. Neither of them is really vilified, however. Ironically, Jake's also Jewish.
- A part of the Swedish comedy film The Adventures Of Picasso takes place in France during World War II. Picasso hides a handful of (presumably Jewish) refugees in his apartment, with the Nazis (led by Picasso's father) coming regularly for perquisition. Hilarity Ensues. In another scene, Adolf Hitler himself appears in a rather hilarious painting duel against Winston Churchill.
- The villains in Evil Easter 3 The Final Easter embodies multiple stereotypes of Nazis:
- The main villain Heinrich is the Wicked Cultured one and both a Mad Scientist and Nazi Nobleman.
- The Dragon Conrad von Starker is the Sociopathic Soldier who is in it For the Evulz.
- Godellieve claims she is Just Following Orders.
- For bonus points the villains can't stop to says things like "Halt", "fürer", "raus", "sieg heil" and their cartoonishly extreme antisemitism.
- Escape from L.A. When Snake is looking for the original soldier sent into Los Angeles to retrieve the Sword of Damocles, he runs into a bunch of Neo-Nazis using the guy's corpse for target practice. When they try to kill Snake over an insult he shoots one of them with his machine gun looking nearly bored.
- The farmer from New Kids: Turbo who ends up giving them weapons before accidentally getting shot by one of the New Kids.
- The Believer is a character study of the inner conflict a Jewish man feels when he decides to become a fanatical Neo-Nazi.
- Following comic book history, Captain America: The First Avenger has a couple of Wacky Nazis. Schmidt/the Red Skull is the cultured type, down to listening to Wagner on his phonograph (while having his portrait painted, no less); Zola's the icky doctor. Hydra in general is kind of the SS turned up to eleven.
- Downfall, a German film showing the final days in Hitler's life, deconstructs this trope, as the Nazis are portrayed as real humans, having both bad and good qualities, without glorifying their deeds. This was in fact the intention of the director, as he wanted to show the audience the Nazis were humans, instead of the monsters most media make them out to be.
- In 31, Sick-Head is a Nazi clown with a swastika painted over his chest. His room has "Arbeit macht frei" written above the door and is filled with all sorts of Hitler and Nazi memorabilia.
- George MacDonald Fraser occasionally mentions German ex-prisoners of war in his McAuslan stories set in post-war North Africa. For a while, his batman - soldier/servant - was a German POW trusted to do this work for British officers. He is described as a huge shaven headed Prussian, a man who kept his officer's uniform impeccably tidy, who the narrator found one day looking thoughtfully at his Scottish highland dress uniform, with an expression on his face that clearly said "Next time, Scotsman."
- The Doctor Who novel Just War features a "cultured" Nazi who's quick to say he loathes Wagner.
- The Choose Your Own Adventure book Shadow of the Swastika cast the player character as a Jewish teenager in wartime Vienna trying to survive the Holocaust. This concept had the potential to go very wrong indeed, but the goons who rediscovered the book were pleasantly surprised (or disappointed) to find a mature, sensitive and well-researched handling of the subject material.
- In Andrew Vachss' Burke books, neo-Nazis are recurring antagonists and occasional partners in an Enemy Mine situation, although how important they are runs the gamut.
- In Gentlehands by M. E. Kerr, Grandpa Trenker is the "cultured" one who tortured Italian Jews by playing opera to make them homesick.
- In Herman Wouk's The Winds of War and War and Rememberance the hero, as an assignment for the US navy translates the writings of one "von Roon", a German staff officer. Quotes are put in between chapters. This helps the reader agree how much he really dislikes Nazis. Von Roon is an arrogant, pigheaded, jerk, with more then a touch of Insufferable Genius in him. He constantly plays down his own side's evil deeds while heaping scorn and vilification on his enemies. Wouk's Nazis are very well done and believable. In a series that contains war, and Holocaust scenes, they are the creepiest part.
- James Bond
- In Ian Fleming's Moonraker, Hugo Drax is the classic cold-war era fictional neo-Nazi. (The movie gives him an obsession with a race of perfect physical specimens, but eliminates all specific reference to Germany or the NSDAP).
- In Icebreaker, Bond is sent on a mission with three other agents from fellow secret services to deal with a Nazi terrorist organization called Nationalist Socialist Action Army, which is led by man who envisions himself to be the next Hitler.
- Max Tarn from SeaFire is also a Hitler-wannabe, who seeks to envigorate the Nationalist Socialist Party in Germany.
- The short story "A Lovely Bunch of Coconuts" by Charles Birkin (involving Jewish prisoners being forced to participate in sadistic "games" in a concentration camp) is not remotely humorous, but does use several stereotypes from the list.
- In MARZENA Neo-Nazism is very popular in Russia of 2033, not to mention the people of the Transhuman Army who are sometimes referred to as Transhuman Nazis.
Live Action TV
- The Nazi Generals sketch in Alas Smith and Jones hilariously sends up many of the cliched character types.
- In the comedy 'Allo 'Allo!, there's a Nazi for every stereotype.
- Although the Kinky Sex Nazi, the Gay Nazi and the Gestapo members are three different people.
- Herr Flick appears quite kinky when he is alone with Helga (that will be the transvestite tendencies perhaps).
- Herr Von Smallhausen is somewhat bumbling as do the comedy Wehrmacht Colonels and other officers.
- Lt Gruber and his "little tank" being the Gay Nazi. Subverted at the end of the series run when he marries Helga, has six kids and hires his old boss as his chauffeur.
- In Auction Kings, Paul auctions a valuable Nazi ideology handbook. Bob buys it to donate to a museum.
- Hogan's Heroes: The show averted All Germans Are Nazis, but most of the Nazi characters qualify for this trope. And then there are the fake Germans impersonated by Hogan's team...
- Doctor Who: The Daleks were actually modelled after the Nazis (although taking the policy to the logical extreme). Their creator, Terry Nation, was a World War II scholar. Michael Wisher once said that he had played Davros based on what he thought Hitler would have been like after a hundred years in power.
- The similarities between Nazis and Daleks are lampshaded in the novel Timewyrm: Exodus, which implies that the aliens who helped Hitler forge the Third Reich modelled it on the Dalek civilization.
- The Cybermen also have certain Nazi parallels. The serial Silver Nemesis has Neo-Nazis admiring and allying with the Cybermen (before inevitably being betrayed by them).
- The Daleks are so obsessed with their proliferation of the Dalek Master Race that in "Victory of the Daleks", the old batch is positively delighted at being destroyed at the hands of the newer, more "perfect" Daleks they had created.
- A meta comparison is invoked by the Sixth Doctor in the radio play Jubilee. On an alternate 20th Century Earth that barely survived a Dalek invasion at the turn of the century, the Daleks came to be portrayed in the popular culture as buffoonish, incompetent, ineffectual villains that were the go-to guilt-free enemy in any scenario. The Doctor complains about the human tendency to defang historical evils, resulting in ignorance of the larger applicable truths about them (like racism and cruelty), and directly compares how that Earth treats the Dalek to how the non-alternate Earth treats the Nazis. Incidentally, that alternate Earth is dominated by a inhumane, fascist British Empire wielding Dalek-derived tech. So they basically became the very thing they once fought against.
- Made in Britain for the neo-Nazi "disaffected youth" version.
- Kamen Rider had Shocker, a Cobra-like Nebulous Evil Organization of Neo-Nazi terrorists, and its many regrouped and renamed successor organizations. Strangely, only one German member, Colonel Zol, was ever seen.
- Wolfgang, a recurring Arte Johnson character on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. ("Verrrrrry interestink...but shtupid!")
- A Monty Python's Flying Circus sketch featured Mr. Hitler (slap) I mean, Mr. Hilter (John Cleese), including his old friends Bimmler (Michael Palin) and Ron Vibbentrop (Graham Chapman), all having inexplicably survived the war and being entertained by a shrill enthusiastic landlady (Terry Jones) in a guest house in Minehead, England. Hilter runs for the office of Mayor of "Meinhead" on his National Bocialist ticket. However, very few people like his ideas.
Minehead Citizen: I don't like the sound of these here boncentration bamps.
- Several of these turn up in this Alas Smith And Jones sketch.
Gruber: I am General Gruber. As you can see, I am the Nazi general who is always being fitted for a new uniform. I enjoy the company of beautiful women while listening to classical music with my eyes shut. [he does so]
Schtum: I see.
Gruber: I am also the Nazi general who says "You see captain, we are not all barbarians."
Schtum: I am Schtum, the Nazi general with a mean streak to my character. You will find that I am always removing my gloves. [removes gloves] So. I disapprove of other generals being measured for new uniforms. And I am always the one who is winding up the telephone [winds up telephone] and saying "Get me the Führer!"
- Sue White "being a Nazi from a film" complete with leather gloves, sinister cigarette smoking and phone call to Berlin - in Green Wing.
- A Bit of Fry and Laurie classic Major Donaldson sketch plays upon many tropes - including the Gay Nazi and the "Ve are not animals" Nazi. Hugh Laurie, complete with sexy disfigurement eye-scar, does the best pretend Cherman accent.
- In the Fringe episode "The Bishop Revival" the bad guy is a mad doctor who wants to purify the world with the help of a virus that detects special genetic characteristics.
- In Top Gear, the presenters (especially Clarkson and May) usually tend to portray German car companies as this. Examples include a "quintessentially German car" with "ein fanbelt that will last a thousand years" and a Mercedes whose sat nav would only point toward Poland.
- An episode of CSI: NY featured three flavors of Nazis - an original, a skinhead street punk, and a businessman who kept his affiliation secret. The original, even after sixty-odd years of living under an assumed name as a Jew, with an Orthodox Jewish son who he to all evidence genuinely loved, still had enough hate in his heart to come out with "We should have killed them all".
- Danger 5 is set in an Alternate History WWII. The enemy is Stupid Jetpack Hitler commanding Nazis who are capable of cloning dinosaurs and using Japanese robots in their plans for world domination. It's as awesome as it sounds.
- MacGyver clashes with neo-Nazis in "The Seven Per Cent Solution".
- Horrible Histories tends towards this in the "Woeful Second World War" sketches.
- On one episode of Seinfeld, George and Jerry pretend to be "O'Brien" and "Murphy" so that they can get a limo from the airport. On the way there, they pick up two fans of O'Brien, and find out that O'Brien is actually the Neo-Nazi leader of the Aryan Union, who believes that Jews are trying to take over the world using blacks to push drugs.
- In Sons of Anarchy one of the many rival gangs of the Sons are the Neo-Nazis including the Nords and the League of American Nationalists.
- In Breaking Bad, Todd's uncle Jack runs a group of neo-nazis who are often used as very dangerous and effective hitmen.
- The pilot of Justified introduces Boyd Crowder as the leader of a gang of neo-nazi rednecks. Boyd blows up a black church and spouts white supremacy rhetoric but Raylan quickly figures out that Boyd is not a true believer. The black church was used to deal marijuana and Boyd was hired to blow it up by a rival drug dealer. Boyd's crew are mostly idiots who rob banks for him and the neo-nazi shtick is intended to keep them loyal. In later episodes Boyd reforms somewhat and becomes ashamed of his actions during that time period. This brings him into conflict with Devil who is a true believer and does not take it well when he finds out that Boyd was only pretending.
- On the Christmas Episode of The Aquabats! Super Show!, the band squares off against the Krampus, whose henchmen sport SS uniforms. The Krampus is even given a German accent! The character of the Silver Skull (not to be confused with Ashens' character) is also vaguely Nazi-esque in appearance.
- Multiple episodes of Mission: Impossible put the team against neo-nazis or former Nazis who are seeking to create a Fourth Reich.
- The B plot in one episode of The John Larroquette Show centred around John being forced to rent a bust to a group of neo-Nazis.
- The first episode of That Mitchell and Webb Look is an unquestioning SS officer during the retreat from Russia being continually pestered by his friend, who has just noticed that their caps have skull badges on them... and wondering if, perhaps, they might be the baddies.
- White Rabbit Project: The "Crazy WW2 Weapons" episode's first legend was regarding the British's plan to lace Hitler's food with estrogen. The episode then goes on to portray what the British think will happen should the plan be carried out, with Hitler hilariously getting more and more whimsical, culminating in the Führer growing breasts and aping a scene from The Sound of Music. It's ultimately revealed that the British never tried it, and switches to show what modern science says will happen instead.
- Steely Dan's "Chain Lightning" is about two former Nazis returning to the site of Hitler's Nuremberg speech.
- Many of Gackt's musical performances, including Requiem et Reminiscence, Ghost, and more.
- Red Rider's song "Lunatic Fringe" is inspired by Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish businessman who rescued tens of thousands of Jews during World War 2. The song is basically about how the moral masses will identify and resist the "lunatic fringe" of Nazism and other extremist ideologies.
- "Der Fuehrer's Face" by Spike Jones, as noted in the page quote. As well as lyrics that mock Nazi ideology ("Ja, this Nutzi-land is good / Ve vould leave it if ve could!"), the song lampoons the Nazi anthem "Horst Wessel Song," featuring a "raspberry" note making a rude noise after each "Heil."
- Possibly an Ur-Example: In 1939, some Nazi leaders denounced the popular music-hall song "The Lambeth Walk" as "Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping." So Charles Ridley of the British Ministry of Information took some footage of Nazi troops from Triumph of the Will and remixed it to make it look like they were dancing to (you guessed it) the Lambeth Walk. It does indeed make them look pretty wacky. Comics historian Mark Evanier remarks, "It is said the film was shown for Joseph Goebbels and he exploded and ran screaming from the room in anger. If so, that alone was reason enough to make it." You can watch it on his blog here.
- Richard Wagner's operas were favorites of several Nazi propagandists, who used it as (literal) Music to Invade Poland To. This has given his music Unfortunate Implications in some circles to this day, especially in Israel. Since the composer died long before the Nazis came to power, most music historians consider this a case of Hitler Ate Sugar. However, Wagner is regrettably on record with some nasty anti-semitic statements of his own, although he was also a pacifist. Make of that what you will.
- Pro Vita from the Belgian band Arbeid Adelt is all about laughing with the German Gestapo.
- Slayer's "Angel of Death", "Behind the Crooked Cross", and "SS-3".
- Radio 7's Play and Record has the Time Nazi - basically a parody of this trope and Per Degaton from DCU. He travels back in time to defeat his opponent, before they become a threat. Eventually he ends up fighting the past, present and future versions of himself
- Doctor Who: Doctor (and later Colonel) Elizabeth Klein from the audios "Colditz", "A Thousand Tiny Wings", "Klein's Story", "Survival of the Fittest" and "Architects of History". She's from a parallel universe where because of something Ace did the Nazis won. She's not naive, she knows the Nazis have done terrible things, but she does believe in the "survival of the fittest" ideology of the Nazis. She is a medical doctor and as compassionate as the Doctor, but she's also cold-blooded enough to abandon the Doctor, steal the TARDIS and edit history to the point where the Nazis have a Moonbase and have beaten the Daleks (think about that for a second).
- Superman and his co-workers fought more than a few of these during the war years.
- Pretty much every Nazi trope out there is played out in Rocket Age, possibly excluding Ghostapo. Though with psychic powers existing in Rocket Age there's no guarantee...
- Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich involves the most gratuitous references to the most awesome of wartime comics. Including Nazi gorillas with machine guns.
- Pulp Adventures is a pulp-themed mod for Freedom Force vs. The Third Reich and it includes a few missions involving fights against the same comedic Nazis that were in the original games (there's also a new unit with a jetpack). One of the features of the mod highlighted by the official description is "Nazi punching!"
- The Medal of Honor video games, although supposed to be serious WWII shooters, often are filled with prime examples. For instance, in Allied Assault, the Nazi guards on the submarine who salute every five seconds.
- It didn't hurt you were disguised as a high-ranking officer at the time.
- Underground's Panzerknacker level, full stop.
- Pretty much every Nazi from Wolfenstein. As befitting a first person shooter, most fall under the "hapless mook" category, but there are notable exceptions. General Wilhelm "Deathshead" Strasse ("Willy" to his good friend Herr Himmler) is a paragon of the "cadaverous and utterly evil Secret Project officer" and "Mad Doctor" types, while his crony Hans Grosse embodies the "kill-crazy muscle-bound grunt" traits.
- Doc Richtofen of Call of Duty: World at War's Nazi Zombies maps (at least, the latter two) Is a Large Ham and loves killing his creations. (That is to say, zombies.)
- Laura Bow: The Dagger Of Amon Ra features tall, hot-tempered, sadistic martinet security guard Wolf Heimlich working at the Leyendecker Museum. Apart from being ridiculously strict and dressed in military uniform, he has a suspicious-looking goose step, his dialogue is interspersed with stock German phrases (often shouted/in capital letters), and the game frequently draws attention to the arsenal of weapons in his office. The game does take place in 1926 - three years after the infamous Beer Hall Putsch which put the Nazis on the map, but a considerable amount of time before Hitler's rapid rise to power.
- Dino D-Day: The year is 1942. Adolf Hitler has succeeded in resurrecting dinosaurs. The reptilian horde has trampled Europe and the Mediterranean. Can nothing stop the Nazi’s dinosaur army?
- Velocity Raptor? note
- Although Nazis don't actually appear in Tomb Raider, the trope itself is in force: Lara discovers communications dating to World War II from scientists studying the island's unnatural weather patterns to determine whether they—or their source—could be harnessed for the war effort. The game doesn't explicitly identify them as Nazis, but the voice-over reading the communiques is done with a German accent, similar to the accents used for other documents to represent the language in which they are written.
- The Gran Turismo series have notoriously contained some cool Nazi cars.
- In 4, there is a nearly-useless, yet futuristic-looking-for-1935 Auto Union Type C Streamline racing car. As useless as it doesn't go into GT5. However, it's back in GT6 where it can be driven everywhere like Stupid Jetpack Hitler in race tracks.
- GT5 adds two more Nazi cars, the Kubelwagen and Schwimmwagen. Players can drive these Nazi military vehicles as usual.
- In The Reckoning, one of the joinable factions is the Aryan Brotherhood, a whole faction of neo-nazi wearing coats with swastikas, swastika tattoos, and wielding World War Two-era German guns (the game is set in 2019).
- In Brave Resistance which takes place in WWII there are examples of a variety of nazi types from the cultured one to the misanthropic sadist.
- Rasputin Catamite: Dima Satan slaughtered a gang of neo-Nazi skinheads at a New Year's party. Zoya wants to change her neo-Nazi ways, but her bigotry is so entrenched, she continues to make gigantic verbal faux pas.
- Roswell, Texas: The "A Bit Gay" stereotype is brought to its logical extreme in this Alternate History webcomic. where the standard SS uniform is pink. Bondage gear also makes an appearance.
- A dead serious example in Without Moonlight. The Nazis are occupying the area and treat the local people with smug disdain at best. At worst...
- Scandinavia and the World: Nazi Germany is actually an entirely separate character from modern-day Germany, and completely opposite to him as well: Nazi Germany is a greedy demanding Jerkass who keeps Greece's art, whips Poland, and demands Denmark make him sex dolls, while modern Germany is The Atoner who Apologises a Lot and fears showing Patriotic Fervor.
- Hipster Hitler has to be seen to be believed. He's two Acceptable Targets in one!
- Subnormality: Two Nazi "scientists" routinely fumble around with time machines, cubing guns, and R/C Landkreusers in the webcomic.
- The Cliffhangers theme of Irregular Webcomic!. In fact, when World War II actually starts, the main characters are shocked that the Nazis have stopped being wacky.
- Lipatov's Hitler vs. Stalin is a perfect example of trope deconstruction.
- In The Specialists, the Übermenschen represent several of the stereotypes listed above.
- In Misguided Light Nazi war criminal Albert Speer returns from the dead and goes right back to spouting the same revisionist history that he did when he was alive. At least he is cuter this time around.
- In Without Moonlight there's a range of assorted Nazi types, as it takes place during the Nazi Occupation in Greece, from the cold technocrat to the patriotic party member.
- Angel of Death features Kaburlduth, an SS officer intent on finishing what the Nazis started. For now, he seems content to lead a group of neo-nazis who frequently beat random non-white people to death and refuse to devour the souls of anyone who is white.
- Binder of Shame features the appropriately-named Psycho Dave, who apparently turned to the white supremacist philosophy when he failed the fireman's entrance exam and decided to blame affirmative action. One of his game campaigns turned out to involve the player characters being summoned to get the Wand of Orcus so Hitler could win the war with it, much to the horror of Only Sane Man Ab 3. Another player saw it as an opportunity for a Pun: "This is cool, kind of like a 'Schindler's Lich'!"
- The most common villains in the Global Guardians Golden Age campaign were these. The specific villains ranged from Baron Maltus, the head of the Nazi Super Soldier Program, to Herr Doktor Ubrist, Adolph Hitler's personal astrologer and a powerful mystic, and pretty much all the other stereotypical Nazi villains in between.
- The Gmod Idiot Box has two: Angry German Kid (which later evolved into Furious German Man), and the Femi-Nazis in the April Fools Youtube Poop Bobby Will Never Be MLG.
- Reds: Currently the primary villains of the AlternateHistory.com timeline.
- The German Risk AAR has these, with an emphasis on wacky.
- Hitler Rants takes a film about the downfall of the Nazi regime, and put Gag Subs on them, turning the members seen into comedic versions of their character, ranging from The Trickster, A Commander Contrarian, a guy whose nickname is Dr. Skeletor, and a guy whose talent is pointing things on maps. Their leader turns into a person with a Hair-Trigger Temper.
- Worm has Empire Eighty-eight, a group of Neo-Nazi supervillains who are one of the major powers of Brockton Bay. Individual members of the group vary wildly in ideology, from Kaiser, a cynical manipulator who only uses the group for his own ends and could care less about the ideals it was founded on by his father Allfather, to Hookwolf, a Blood Knight who cares only for the Aryan ideal of the warrior above any racism, to Purity, who thinks of herself as a hero who just happens to murder non-whites.
- Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series has Hans and Grubber, Kaiba's two henchmen who talk in stereotypical german accents, try to convince "Herr Kaiba" to change the logo of Kaibacorp to one resembling the nazi flag and randomly shout "Heil Kaiba!"
- The Nazi characters from the Hitler Rants are wacky all right, but none of them fit the types mentioned in the trope description. Instead, they act more like cartoonish sitcom characters.
- They are natural comedic villains in many wartime cartoons:
- Donald Duck (!), in the anti-Nazi propaganda short "Der Fuehrer's Face" (the source for the page quote), dreams that he is a bumbling Nazi mook driven mad by working in a munitions factory, where he is required to heil at every picture of Hitler. This is enforced by an armed oom-pah band.
- Education for Death mostly portrays the Nazis as dangerous and menacing, save for a short Played for Laughs scene where Hitler is depicted as a German knight coming to save Nazi Germany depicted as a Brawn Hilda character.
- Daffy Duck works for the Allied forces battling a Nazi Femme Fatale Spy in Plane Daffy and a Nazi hawk commander in Daffy the Commando.
- Herr Meets Hare has Bugs fighting off Hermann Goering, depicting as a bumbling fool.
- The Ducktators pokes fun at Hitler, Benito Mussolini and Hideki Tojo.
- Russian Rhapsody depicts Hitler himself being beaten up by gremlins. When he gives a typical ranting speech a title card appears with the note: "Silly, isn't he?"
- Tokio Jokio has cameo's by Nazi propagandist Lord Haw-Haw, Adolf Hitler and Rudolph Hess for one joke in an otherwise predominantly anti-Japanese cartoon.
- The Tex Avery short Blitz Wolf depicts Hitler as the wolf coming to battle the Three Little Pigs and failing miserably at it.
- Blitzwing from Transformers Animated manages in some way to be an example of a number of the above stereotypes with his Multiple Personality Disorder. In fact, even single faces manage to involve various stereotypes. Specifically, Icy would be the cultured and maybe the nobleman one, Hothead would be the loud Blood Knight, and Random would be the kinky gay one slash the torture master (though just with the giggling, gloves, and general craziness).
- Megabyte's minion Herr Doktor in ReBoot is a reasonably good approximation of the mad doctor mentioned above, albeit toned down for kids.
- "Mein digits!"
- It may have snuck in a time or two in the first two seasons, but from the third season on, he explicitly referred to Megabyte as "Mein Führer", with everything the title entails.
- In the fourth season of The Venture Bros., the Nazis bring Rusty a dog who is the reincarnation of Hitler, asking him to clone Hitler back to human form.
Doc Venture: Clone Hitler, that's all you nazis ever want to do!
- In one episode of Hey Arnold!, Grampa tells the story of how, during his days as a soldier in World War II, he was caught by a Nazi panzer division while looking for a place to dump some bad meat. In addition to having smiley faces in place of swastikas, the CO of the division uses highly convoluted logic to decide that Phil's earlier warning ("Don't! It's bad meat!") to mean that the meat is good. Phil recognizes that his best hope for survival is letting the CO think he's the smarter of the two. The result is the Nazis becoming sick from food poisoning.