Video Game: Wolfenstein

Wolfenstein is a long-running series of videogames created first by Muse Software, then followed by id Software, Raven Software, and later by MachineGames. This series is often regarded as the series which launched the First-Person Shooter genre with Wolfenstein 3D, alongside Doom, also by id. So far, the games in the series are the following:

Most of the series follows the adventures of the soldier William "B.J." Blazkowicz in his war against Those Wacky Nazis. Although 3D had a comical side in some aspects, what with a Secret Level featuring the Pac-Man ghosts, later Turn of the Millennium entries have a more "serious" thematic, with heavy emphasis on the supernatural and occult and experimental weapons development projects regarding Nazi Germany.

Common tropes found across the series include:

  • America Won World War II: The saga is all about B.J. taking on the Nazis all by himself.
  • Authority Equals Asskicking
  • Bad Boss Fat Bastard: At least one of them per game, and you get the chance to kick their ass in some way.
  • Broad Strokes: This is how later games in the series seem to treat Wolfenstein 3D. It's implied the events of the first game sort of happened, but B.J. never killed Hitler (who still seems to be alive as of The New Order).
  • Elite Mooks: Mostly the Elite Guard in the FPS games.
  • Gatling Good: Mostly a Chaingun-like weapon.
  • Ghostapo: Although considered highly important to the series, historically, it actually has less of a presence than one might expect; most of the various mutants and monster B.J kills are created by Super Science (bio-engineering and cybernetics, specifically) rather than Sorcery — the zombie-esque "Mutants" of Beyond Castle Wolfenstein are created by a chemical substance and are upgraded with implanted guns, for example. Magic appears in only three Wolfenstein games so far:
  • Gratuitous German: Though it's a World War II game, it wastes no chance in spewing gratuitous german phrases to everything.
  • 100% Completion: Across the games (mostly prevalent in the FPSes, with the possible exceptions of RTCW and W:ET) there are many secrets and trasures scattered across the levels which serve for a major objective.
  • Idiosyncratic Difficulty Levels: Ranging on four, commonly called: "Can I play, Daddy?", "Don't hurt me!", "Bring 'em on!" and "I am Death incarnate!"
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Iconic to the series as a whole since it first became a 3d FPS series. Wolfenstein 3D famously involves Adolf Hitler in a mecha suit as a boss and cybernetically augmented, zombie-like "mutants" in its first expansion. Return to Castle Wolfenstein features actual jetpack-equipped Nazi troopers, bio-engineered monsters and the Ubersoldaten, who could be either Elite Mooks in Power Armor, cyborgs or robots. The 2009 game and The New Order go full-fledged Diesel Punk.
  • Large and in Charge: Most of the bosses. The character sheet lists them.
  • More Dakka: As WW2-based games, this is to be expected.
  • Nazi Gold
  • Nazi Hunter: BJ Blazkowicz, and he only hunts Nazis.
  • No Swastikas: For some releases, the game replaces the Nazi imagery with something else.
  • One-Man Army: Most of the time, the player will be facing the Nazis by his or herself.
  • Those Wacky Nazis