Hank: Is it me, or does like every Nazi want to clone Hitler? It's like the only thing they think of!
Sergeant HatredThose Wacky Nazis
: It seems that way, right? I guess when everybody hates you, you fixate on making rotten Hitlers.
have an obsession with their leader Adolf Hitler
and now that he's gone they just can't seem to do anything without him. The solution? Simple! Clone him!
One of the most recurring plot elements when Nazis are involved. Neo-Nazis out to rebuild the Aryan Nation need their leader to tell them what to do, or maybe Hitler's underlings in the Thule Society believe that they can call the mustachioed villain from the Great Beyond but they need a body to hold his spirit. Lo and behold they just happen to have some of his DNA lingering in some forgotten drawer and they're off to clone Hitler.
Related to Apocalypse Hitler
. Hitler as a Brain in a Jar
is a common subtrope, as is Stupid Jetpack Hitler
. See also Archived Army
. Contrast with Clone Jesus
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Anime & Manga
- One of these shows up in the Spriggan manga. He was very unhappy when he learns of this.
- In the Gag Dub of Shin-chan there is a character named... you guessed it, Dr. Hitler Clone.
- Subverted: He's really a robot. Still sounds and acts just like the fuhrer, though.
- One of the clones in Afterschool Charisma is Hitler who feels obligated to accept punishment for the sins of the real Adolf Hitler, which goes part with the theme that some of these clones do not want to turn out like their originals.
- In Mobile Suit Gundam ZZ it is revealed that Glemmy Toto is a sped-up, napoleon-complex harboring clone of Gihren Zabi, himself a Captain Ersatz of Hitler. He's a scheming, manipulative little bastard, who uses his superficial charm to maneuver himself into greater and greater positions of power.
- Superman at Earth's End has Superman fighting two clones of Hitler that are declared by him to be the root of all Earth's misfortune.
Scientist 1: Hey, Steve! You wanna clone Hitler?
Scientist 2: Nah... Hey I know! Why don't we make two of him!
- The Marvel Universe villain Hatemonger is a Hitler clone. At least one of them. His supervillain costume is a purple Ku Klux Klan outfit.
- In an issue of Outsiders, the clone shoots himself out of horror after being shown films of the "accomplishments" of his predecessor. Turns out clones aren't really the same person the original was. How surprising.
- Has happened a few times in Marvel Comics. In one notable instance, Captain America actually teamed up with Nazi supervillain the Red Skull to stop such an attempt, because the Skull wasn't interested in Hitler coming back and taking charge again.
- Comes up by name in "THEY CLONED HITLER'S FEET", a story in Flaming Carrot comics. An obvious riff on the cinematic 'gem' They Saved Hitler's Brain, this story features an army of jackboots that goosestep around and fight the heroes by kicking them.
- In Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, Lazarus Bale cloned Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin.
- This is the whole point of the novel The Boys from Brazil by Ira Levin, which was made into a rather good movie starring Gregory Peck (as Josef Mengele of all people) and Laurence Olivier.
- In The Goodness Gene, the protagonist discovers that he's a Hitler clone.
- In The Fourth Reich, a novel by Robert Van Kampen, Hitler’s spirit leaves Hell and enters an embryo produced from his cloned DNA.
- Evil Clonation, a novel by Heriberto Cintron, features a clone of Hitler.
- In one story in the Church of the SubGenius's anthology Three-Fisted Tales of "Bob", "Bob" Dobbs stops the Deroes from cloning Hitler by using a little sleight of hand to replace the bloody cloth they were using as a DNA source with a scrap of the Shroud of Turin.
Live Action TV
- An episode of The Nineties remake of The Professionals played this trope painfully straight, with a bunch of old crypto-Nazi bad guys planning to clone Hitler from his finger, which one of them managed to cut off somehow a few days before Berlin fell.
- In The New Adventures of Wonder Woman episode "Anschluss '77" (1977), a group of South American neo-Nazis .. you guessed it ... cloned Hitler. It provides an in-universe explanation for the trope: they were convinced the NSDAP would have not existed, or remained just a group of disgruntled men in a beer hall, without the mesmerizing personality and rhetoric talent of the Führer, and therefore to make it exist they needed a living, breathing and talking Hitler.
- There's a Mr. Show sketch about how, once human cloning technology had been invented, the world immediately set about mass-producing Hitlers, but forced them to be slaves to Jewish families.
- In the The Man From UNCLE episode "The Deadly Games Affair", a former SS scientist attempts to reanimate the body of Adolf Hitler. Since it was written in 1964, the episode makes this perfectly clear without ever actually mentioning the name Hitler.
- One of the recurring sketches of the German Sketch Comedy series Die Wochenshow featured a bunch of Hitler clones (Cloned out of the original one's famous mustache! It was a Russian soldier's war trophy.) living in the present as flatmates.
- Rapper mc chris has a song called "006" featuring a villain called Robot Hitler Head.
- "Fuck you Robot Hitler Head, I'll never join you! You expect me to believe that's Hitler's body? What a bunch of bullshit!"
- Genius The Transgression: Every time someone kills Hitler, the Time Police agents clone a new one to enforce Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act. (They have a problem with officers committing suicide afterwards.)
- Originally it wasn't even Hitler in the position, but after Hitler was killed they realised it would be easier to start cloning than find yet another replacement.
- The original Japanese version of Bionic Commando had cloned Hitler as the final boss. In all versions, you get a cutscene of Hitler's head going boom when you win the final battle.
- Rearmed has "The Leader" (a literal translation of "Der Fuhrer") as the final boss.
- In Download 2 for the PC Engine, terrorists have saved Hitler's brain.
- There are Downfall parodies about Hitler getting cloned (usually against his will), by either Speer, Fegelein, or some random dude.
- In the first episode of season four of The Venture Bros. a group of Nazis commissions Rusty to clone Hitler from a dog. He flat out refuses. Lampshaded as well, in the page quote and also this:
Rusty Venture: Really? You went with that cliche?
- The episode of Code Monkeys where Hitler is thawed out ends with one of his "backup clones" being found in the 'fridge.
- Clone High has a clone of Hitler, who appears in a few crowd scenes. However, he appears to be wearing an armband with a peace sign on it rather than a swastika.
- The Haunted World of El Superbeasto features Nazi zombies and Hitler's Brain in a Jar.
- In Archer, Dr. Krieger's backstory is a direct homage to The Boys from Brazil. Once you can get past the dissimilar facial hair, the resemblance is actually rather creepy.
- In The Clone And The Tree Of Life, an animated short, a scientist clones Hitler as part of his plan to take over the world.
- In Futurama, Professor Farnsworth claims that he once put Adolf Hitler's brain into the body of a great white shark.
- He also once shot Hitler with a Disintegration Ray while time traveling, so...yknow, it all evens out.