Playing With: No Swastikas

Basic Trope: All references to Nazi Germany (swastikas, appearances of Adolf Hitler and other members of the Nazi party, etc) are removed in a toned-down World War II story.
  • Straight: A suspiciously Nazi-like army has the red armbands, but in place of a swastika is some other symbol.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The army doesn't do the Roman salute, but instead does something else to salute its leader. (Possibly something silly, if this is a Those Wacky Nazis context.)
    • The plot is set during World War II, but this trope still applies.
  • Downplayed: All armies are accounted for in a WWII story, but to avoid making anything too blatant they swap some characteristics of the armies on each side. No army, however, has any of the more extreme Nazi tendencies.
  • Justified:
    • The Nazis are undercover agents in another country, and exposing any Nazi symbols would blow their cover.
    • It actually isn't Nazi Germany, but an Alternate History regime that used a different symbol.
  • Inverted:
    • Swastikas are seen all over the place, even though this is a non-Nazi Germany setting.
    • There are absolutely no American or British flags or depictions of Franklin Roosevelt or Winston Churchill in a World War II-based story, though the Nazis are depicted correctly.
  • Subverted: A magic seal that looks suspiciously swastika-like is seen.
  • Double Subverted: But it is quickly explained that it's a manji (a Buddhist symbol that looks the same, but actually is a symbol of peace).
  • Parodied: The Army of “Stop Having Fun” Guys has armbands with frowning faces on them.
  • Zig Zagged: In one episode of the series, Nazis are shown with swastikas on their armbands. In another one episode, Nazis are shown without swastikas on their armbands.
  • Averted: All Nazis wear swastikas on their armbands, and all Nazi references (including Nazis, Adolf Hitler himself, all swastikas) are shown unedited.
  • Enforced:
    • The work is a kids' show, and the standards and practices people don't want kids to be exposed to such an atrocity.
    • The work is an American TV show or movie that has to be edited in Germany to remove those references.
  • Lampshaded: "Hey, if we're Nazis, then why aren't there any swastikas on our uniforms?"
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: ???
  • Discussed: ???
  • Conversed: "Duh, what's with all those Nazis without swastikas all over this place?"
  • Deconstructed: The writers decide that even though it was a shameful point in history, they should not censor history, and were wrong to censor it.
  • Reconstructed: ...But don't want to expose kids in to this (see "Justified #2").
  • Played for Laughs: "What? That's what the Germans used in World War II! What else would they use?"
  • Played for Drama: A child meets with a group of seemly affable Neo-Nazis, and since he never learned about the atrocities of the original Nazis due to censorship, they have an extremely easy time convincing him to join their "little club".

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