The Hitler Rants (also known as "Hitler Reacts", "Hitler Parodies" or "Downfall Parodies") videos are a fanmade series of Gag Subs involving Hitler from Downfall, often ranting about several topics. Said rants are usually anachronistic, often over trivial matters and sometimes can even relate to current events of the time a video gets made, all for Rule of Funny. The most common scenes used are usually Hitler melting down while in his bunker upon hearing that Felix Steiner couldn't muster up a counterattack or Otto Gunsche informing him that Hermann Fegelein has gone AWOL. The most commonly used scenes are actually rather early in the film.The series has since expanded to the point where the makers of parodies (or Untergangers in reference to the source material) have practically created an entire universe. Not only this, but it has expanded to the point where it has gained a number of spin-offs using footage from other films:
U-Boat Parodies: Using footage from Das Boot. Captain Heinrich Lemann-Willenbrock and the loveable crew of U-96 set out to perform all kinds of antics to embarrass Hitler.
Stalin Parodies: Using footage from an obscure Russian film the title of which translates as Tukhachevksy, Conspiracy Marshall. Stalin plots various schemes for his own ends, many of which ultimately cause trouble for Hitler.
American Girl: Using (often dubbed) footage of various movies based on the toy line. The two most common are Felicity Merriman and Kit Kittredge, though Samantha Parkington is starting to become popular.
Mussolini Parodies: Using footage from a film called Mussolini Ultimo Alto, which like Downfall depicts the fall of Mussolini. Much like Hitler Rants, Mussolini runs into all kinds of trouble and rants about it.
Gaddafi Parodies: Using actual footage of Muammar-Al Gaddafi. He believes himself to be a superior dictator to the others, and is determined to prove it.
A list of Untergangers can be found hereThe parodies were also adapted into video games or Game Mods, also by Untergangers.For his part, the film's director, Oliver Hirschbiegel, likes the concept considering it furthers the purpose of his film of making the Nazis feel human and not just monsters one can dismiss as nothing like oneself.
Hitler rants about the following tropes:
Acme Products: Both Reich Industries and FegelCorp produce all kinds of goods and services.
Arch-Enemy: Hitler has so many of them. There's Fegelein and Himmler, but then we also get Stalin and his antic master Mikhail Tukhachevsky, the entire U-Boat Parodies crew, Kit Kittredge, Felicity Merriman, Werner Hartenstein, and let's not get started on Mallory...
Arms Dealer: Speer, except for the fact that he doesn't deal in weapons, but in antic equipment.
A particularly amusing subversion, given that the Real Life Speer was in charge of Germany's weapons development and manufacture.
The same goes with Felicity Merriman's father, Edward Merriman. Besides being responsible for supplying antic weapons to the Continental Army, he also built and marketed submachine guns, rifles, and even a jolly-buzzer.
Ascended Extra: Stalin is mentioned only once in the original video (and sometimes the subs don't even include his name), but now he has his own series.
Beware the Quiet Ones: Lt. Werner might appear at first glance to be just a really shy and reclusive officer, but whenever Captain Willenbrock finds an antic-related job for him Hitler's in a lot of trouble...
Beware the Nice Ones: Pretty much sums up the American Girls - Felicity, Kit and Sam might look like a bunch of innocent ten-year olds, but they can pack a lot of punch, especially for Lissie, the colonial antic master.
Otto Günsche and Soviet Union during "The Assassination Of Hitler" storyline serve this role. Na'kuhl and real-life Hitler take this role in "War of the Hitlers" storyline. Both storylines also feature Space Nazis as Bigger Bads
Complexity Addiction: Mallory is so keen to blow up Hitler, but he never once seems to stop and consider the possibility of maybe using more reliable tactics... like just shooting him.
Cool Ship: U-96, the setting of the U-Boat Parodies.
Conspicuous CG: Fegelein The Lost Tapes. Not to mention The Silver Universe's later parodies, especially his Hitler's Llama Priest series. Then there was Wonky Tonk Botty, who made a 31 minute parody fully animated in Flash.
Cosmic Horror Story: This whole meme takes place in a universe where dozens of people have the power to tear apart the universe, and they will do so for as simple a reason as to get a laugh.
This video uses footage from an actual Cosmic Horror Story, In the Mouth of Madness. The video sees Captain Heinrich Lehmann-Willenbrock tearing apart reality and forcing Hitler to endure the terrible music of Kate Bush's mirror universe counterpart, while the rest of the universe falls apart to his amusement.
Darker and Edgier: The Assassination Of Hitler video series about the assassination of Hitler and battle for leadership among the Reich has much darker and serious tone than other parodies, with little to no humor and comedy, with more emphasis on drama. Most of the cast are Killed Off for Real or Driven to Suicide. While the ending has Fegelein preventing the assassination of Hitler, it also has a massive Sequel Hook that will possible lead into something called "The Final Conflict".
Gunsche is usually the straight man to Hitler, but sometimes quirks into constantly spouting the obvious.
Fegelein can be anywhere from a constant prankster to The Ghost to even the Big Bad with almost god-like powers.
The technology and places used can vary between well-known and established modern names (ie. Windows 7 and Gamestop) to a Nazi Bland-Name Product (ie. Windows 1945 and Reich Games).
In cases where Hitler is aware of the parodies, he can be either incredibly supportive of them (to the point where its depicted as though he himself actually writes and acts in them to entertain people) or he outright despises them and actively tries to get rid of them.
All men in the bunker are either perverts, or not.
The Determinator: There is literally nothing that can stop Mallory from his quest to blow up Hitler, and for that matter any antic master.
This also happened during the controversy surrounding SOPA, a bill that would have granted the entertainment business absolute power over the internet. This video depicts a nightmarish After the End scenario that resulted from the passing of the bill.
Enemy Mine: Occasionally, Hitler and Fegelein will team up.
Possibly inverted in the U-Boat Parodies, at least from Willenbrock's point of view. For him, success is the only option, though that still usually results in him finding some way to benefit from Hitler's misery. Stalin Parodies follow a similar concept, though Stalin does occasionally get humiliated in comedic ways.
To a lesser degree, Mallory usually causes massive amounts of property damage, and does occasionally manage to blow up Hitler... but the strange way the Physics of the Parody Universe work ensure that either Hitler survives or his death his only temporary, leaving Mallory to constantly have to try new things.
Sixth Ranger: John Mallory (Not TECHNICALLY a Master of Antics, but often works with them, as they have similar goals.)
Flanderization: The officers are usually flanderized to just their most obvious actions. For instance, Jodl constantly objects, Krebs has a map-pointing fetish and Gunsche informs Hitler of anything. In the spin-off parodies, Mallory is a psycho whose solution to any problem is through explosives (usually dynamite), leading him to constantly blow various things up.
Foil: Captain Heinrich Lemann-Willenbrock to Hitler. Hitler spends most of his time ranting and shouting at his incompetent staff to carry out plans which they can never manage. Meanwhile, Willenbrock, who doesn't even have a position of government, is calm, rational, and plans his schemes carefully. Guess which one normally succeeds. Merriman, Kittredge and Parkington also served as a stark foil to Hitler's sinister image, being that they were depicted in their original stories as loveable children and as role models.
Gag Sub: German-speaking viewers will regularly comment that the series loses some of its humor value if one actually understands what he's saying.
Gambit Pileup: Pretty much the whole driving force behind The Twelve Days of Christmas With Hitler and Friends. Hitler is just trying to have a nice Christmas. The trouble stems from three different antic masters plotting against him in order to win Thomsen's contest to perform "The Ultimate Antic", Mallory wants to blow up Hitler (again), the other dictators plotting schemes against Hitler for their own ends, and his staff's complete inability to deal with any of these issues.
Idiot Ball: Goes back and forth depending on the parody. Hitler can go from being the Only Sane Man in one video to a complete moron in the next. Then of course there's Jodl, whose reasons for objecting to his plans range from pointing out blatant flaws to outright insanity.
Hitler's main reason for ignoring Jodl is because he is convinced it is bad luck to listen to a "bald virgin".
Interservice Rivalry: Taken to the ridiculous extreme, with Hitler overseeing the regular German army while the entire navy is out to get him, though granted the German navy in this universe consists of a single U-Boat crew and a slightly loopy Captain who's almost always drunk.
Joker Immunity: Practically every single one of Hitler's arch enemies. On the rare occasion he does catch one of them, they'll always escape.
Justin Bieber: "Hitler Has Justin Bieber Shot and Killed", reasoning that the only way to end the Bieber fever epidemic is to cut it off at the source. The other generals fear an invasion of teenage Beliebers. Then we see the assassination, which splices clips from Bieber being gunned down by police in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Only somehow Bieber survives, leading Hitler to exclaim, "FAILURE! FAILURE!". That could be because they gunned down Bieber's character, but not the man himself.
Karma Houdini: Just about every antic master normally gets away with whatever scheme they've just pulled to make Hitler's life miserable. Once in a while, Fegelein gets arrested, but he usually gets out of it.
Mallory has yet to receive any form of comeuppance for what may be over thousands of dollars worth of property damage he has caused, or his numerous attempted murders.
Lovecraft Lite: The aforementioned The Menace of Fegel-Forest is for the most part a very dark parody in which many familiar characters are forced to endure the horror of The Slender Man. That is until the very end, when Mallory successfully kills the Slender Man with an antic rifle, and then proceeds to detonate a liquid explosive specifically to blow up Hitler, as always.
Mirror Universe: While not frequently explored, there is one that exists for the Parody Universe, where everything is reversed. The fact that everything is spelt backwards (regardless of how pronounceable it may make people's names) aside, Hitler has successfully conquered the world and worked his way into other dimensions, regularly performs antics on Fegelein and relentlessly tries to blow up Mallory who is also Juan's unwilling lackey, Captain Willenbrock constantly fails at his schemes due to the actions of Hitler and often rants about it, and Justin Bieber is the greatest singer of all timewhile Kate Bush is the absolute worst.
Hitler's pencils have the power to do anything from blowing up buildings to stopping time. It gets even more absurd, as quite a few characters have superweapons hidden in seemingly ordinary objects, such as forks, bottles, and even select body parts.
Running Gag: No matter what the topic is, Stalin, Steiner and/or Fegelein are somehow involved. Generally, Steiner has done something wrong or is doing something off screen like getting ready to drive Hitler to wherever he needs to for his latest plan, Fegelein is up to his trollish antics and Stalin knows better than Hitler about the topic.
Rule of Symbolism: There are very specific individuals representing good and bad music. Kate Bush exists as the personification of beautiful, powerful, and incredible pop music while Justin Bieber is used as a personification of crappy music. It's not just limited to music, though. There are many others.
Sdrawkcab Name: Nielegef, and pretty much everything from the Mirror Parody Universe. Taken Up to Eleven in some parodies, where his name is mirrored horizontally in the subtitles.
Self-Deprecation: Some of HRP's parodies, particularly those about the man himself, such as him getting enough subscribers, among other things.
Shared Universe: It would be impossible to count how many people have made parodies, though different people have different views on continuity. HitlerRantsParodies, for example seems to be set entirely in his own independent continuity, while HitchcockJohn and Benad361's parodies appear to be set in the same reality, occasionally collaborating in crossovers or borrowing characters from each other's work.
Seadog Beard: Captain Willenbrock and the crew of U-96 frequently, though they do tend to shave more frequently than they did in Das Boot.
Shout-Out: Many. Listing them here would just stretch the page, so just look up the parodies if you want to.
Shmuck Bait: the FegelStations. Even before playing the first one, Hitler suspects there is something amiss. Upon playing it he immediately catches on that the "bugs" in it were put there on purpose and that the entire system is made to troll him. And yet, even three Fegelstations later, he still didn't learn his lesson to just not touch the damn things.
Sound Effect Bleep: In "Viva La Fegel 2", Hitler gets an enormous cock as a result of Fegelein messing with his medicines. Leads to Black Comedy Rape on Eva, that the others listen in on. But when asked about what he was doing: "I never knew Viagra would help me *WHINNY!* so well. The *SQUAWK!* was that noise?! Now he's censoring me! He's *ELEPHANT TRUMPETING*. Don't tell me I'll have to walk around doing this all *OWL COOING* day. Tell *CAW!* to undo this! *CUE MORE BLEEP SOUND EFFECTS*"
Your Answer to Everything: Every problem Hitler faces will be met with ranting, Fegelein will always deal with his problems via antics, Krebs will point at maps, and of course Mallory's solution to everything is to blow it up.