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.
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- Straight: A suspiciously Nazi-like army has the red armbands, but in place of a swastika is some other symbol.
- 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.
- Nazi Germany was a very dark period in history, and most people (particularly the Germans) are not proud of it and don't want to glorify (or appear to glorify) it. Except in educational or My God, What Have I Done? contexts, it falls into the category of Let Us Never Speak of This Again.
- 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.
- It actually isn't Nazi Germany, but an Alternate History regime that used a different symbol.
- 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: "This show shouldn't have swastikas because the swastika is a symbol for the Nazis!"
- Lampshaded: "Hey, I thought that seal was originally a swastika in the manga.." "No. It's a manji, a Buddhist symbol of protection, and the producers changed it for the anime so people wouldn't accuse them of Putting on the Reich."
- Invoked: ???
- Exploited: ???
- An artist with a penchant for Darker and Edgier works puts one into his painting, in a blatantly obvious way.
- The author says "I don't care what people think, I'm going to put a manji in there".
- 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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