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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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