Playing With: Putting on the Reich

Basic Trope: The bad guys wear uniforms based on those worn by Nazi Germany's forces or some other "bad guy" group.
  • Straight: The Evil Empire's troopers wear uniforms based on those worn by the Wehrmacht during World War II. Hitler salute optional.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Everything about the Evil Empire apes Nazi Germany.
    • The Evil Empire's troopers wear exact replicas of SS uniforms, complete with swastika armbands.
    • The Evil Empire's medics wear exact replicas of SS uniforms. It makes sense of course as the Evil empire thinks Nazis were soft-hearted wusses.
  • Downplayed: A few random things about the Evil Empire vaguely resemble Nazi German equivalents.
  • Justified:
  • Inverted:
    • The heroes wear Wehrmacht or SS style uniforms; possibly to infiltrate their enemies' headquarters.
    • Or the bad guys were once part of the Nazi Empire, but now are a separate enemy force. They abandon their old uniforms for newer ones.
    • The bad guys intentionally model everything possible on the Allies of WWII - their uniforms, weapons, and vehicles are all painted in Allied markings. Bonus points if their tanks look like Shermans.
    • Bad guys that actually are Nazis don't resemble them.
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
    • ...but their dress uniforms practically scream Nazi Germany.
    • Until they betray the heroes and ally themselves with the Evil Empire to further their own agenda.
    • Said German soldiers are only told to be the good guys, and in reality are still with the Nazi forces.
    • The characters are German War Refugees who have Nazi sympathies, and are trying to escape the Allied armies.
  • Parodied:
    • Uniforms include massive peaked caps, huge racks of medals, and breeches hanging down past knees.
    • Civilians wear Nazi-like clothing ("it's the latest style!") but the military's uniforms are generic.
    • Old ladies wear Nazi-like clothing! And they're every bit as brutal as the real deal!
    • Babies wear cute little SS uniforms designed just for them.
  • Zig Zagged: The bad guys wear a variety of uniforms, including German ones, but also including American or Western European style uniforms.
  • Averted: The bad guys' uniforms don't rip off the Nazis.
  • Enforced:
    • Executive Meddling assumes that Viewers Are Morons and won't understand who the bad guys are unless their uniforms ape the Nazis.
    • By identifying the antagonists with Nazis, it's easy to tell the viewer/reader that they're the bad guys.
  • Lampshaded: A recruit to the Evil Empire's army asks: "Why are we dressing like we're about to invade Poland?"
  • Invoked: The Evil Empire is a successor state to Nazi Germany, so they go out of their way to call back to their roots.
  • Exploited: Rival nations emphasize the Empire's uniforms' Nazi-esque qualities in propaganda.
  • Defied: The Evil Empire doesn't want to associate with the Nazis and does something different to differentiate themselves from their precursors.
  • Discussed: "We have to fight an evil empire? Five bucks says they're all wearing uniforms that look like Nazi knock-offs."
  • Conversed: "Have you ever noticed that all of the bad guys in tv look like Nazis?"
  • Implied: The soldiers are said to wear Nazi-like uniforms, but are never seen.
  • Deconstructed: Everyone can recognize the Evil Empire for what they truly are due to their fashion choice.
  • Reconstructed: ...Which is exactly what the Empire was aiming for.
  • Played For Laughs: Since the Empire's forces wear Nazi-like uniforms, it seems like they're really evil people... except they can't even shoot straight, and the heroes consider them a nuisance at best.
  • Played For Drama: The Mooks wear Nazi-like uniforms, and prove to be just as cruel as the historical ones.

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