Playing With: Dirty Communists
Basic Trope: Communist characters used as villains.
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- Straight: General Khlebosupov is a paranoid Jerkass who mistreats his underlings and plots to start World War III - and it's up to Agent Bob to stop him.
- General Khlebosupov and all his friends are essentially Commie Nazis.
- Everyone in the Soviet bloc, down to the last man, woman, and child, is a deranged Communist fanatic ready to take and carry out any orders, no matter how terrible.
- Downplayed: General and his colleagues are loyal to the Soviet ideal of better living for the working class, but believe that armed confrontation over it is inevitable.
- Justified: General is a head of the military in a state that's famous for it's repressive nature even compared to their Eastern Bloc allies.
- Khlebosupov and his collegaues are imagined to be Dirty Communists in the West, but when Agent Bob meets them, they turn out to be alright people.
- After a major snafu in the espionage world, Bob's agency immediately suspects Khlebosupov, but when Bob contacts him and demands to know what his scheme is this time, he proves it wasn't his fault.
- The Communists are the bad guys, but they are Noble Demons and/or Well Intentioned Extremists.
- Double Subverted:
- Parodied: General Khlebosupov and his cronies have abandoned personal hygiene because of soap shortages, making them literally "Dirty Communists".
- Zig Zagged: The story concerns a conflict between two Communist powers - the Workers of the World Alliance, which averts this trope, and the Hammer Empire, which tries to hide its nature under cheery propaganda, but ultimately plays the trope disgustingly straight.
- Averted: The story uses Western Terrorists backed by Corrupt Corporate Executives as the primary antagonists, with no Communists in sight.
- Enforced: The story is a Spy Drama written at the peak of the Cold War. Who else could be a main villain in this case?
- Lampshaded: "Didn't you have enough ideologically-motivated wrongdoings for today, General?" "KONESCHNO NYET!" note
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: A Nazi by Any Other Name uses the fear of communists to gain political power and establish their own regime.
- Defied: ???
- Discussed: "Darn... these Commies are always up to no good. You teach them a lesson, Agent Bob." "Will do."
- Conversed: "And again, we see the Commies as the bad guys. Don't the filmmakers know that the Cold War is over?"
- Deconstructed: The work goes out of it's way to show that people in Eastern and Western camps are really Not So Different after all.
- Reconstructed: However, this does not make Communist regimes any less repressive, even in spite of being staffed by normal people.
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