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Web Video: Hitler Rants

Gunsche: There is now a separate page for the Hitler Rants. Fegelein made the request to TV Tropes.
Hitler: I should have known that imbecile would find yet another way to make me look like a fool. And now he's done it! With a separate page for Hitler Rants, I'm fucked! I was hoping the Downfall page would bury all the antics that go on in the bunker. But no! Now bring me that Screwy Squirrel Fegelein! FEGELEIN!!! FEGELEIN! FEGELEIN!

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.
  • Revolution Parodies: Using footage of the Italian version of Duck, You Sucker!. John Mallory is out to get Hitler, and nothing's going to stop him from blowing him up.
  • 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 here

The parodies were also adapted into video games or Game Mods, also by Untergangers. Deadpool comics referenced this with Hitler complaining about Nick Fury.

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.
  • Adolf Hitlarious: The point is to make fun of Hitler.
  • All Just a Dream: Some parodies. For most of the time, it's Hitler who's dreaming it all up.
  • All There in the Manual: HRP's wiki has a timeline page that provides some background that wasn't mentioned in any of his parodies.
  • Anachronism Stew
    • For example, this one, in which we learn that Felicity Merriman is supplying both General Washington and General Eisenhower. She then fires Predator missiles at the Bunker using her laptop.
  • Anti-Hero: Pretty much any way you look at it, no matter which person is the central focus of the parody in question.
  • Apocalypse How: See Cosmic Horror Story.
  • 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.
  • Author Tract: A few parodies. One Untergangerin (female Unterganger) was so notorious for making Author Tract parodies that she was viewed as a propagandist and despised within the community.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In the wake of the Brazil v. Germany football game, Germany defeated Brazil to the delight of Hitler, and the one time Fegelin loses.
  • 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.
  • Big Bad: Usually Fegelein.
    • 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
  • Big Damn Movie: Hitler's Llama Priest, by The Silver Universe.
  • Black Comedy: A few parodies.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Varies between parodies.
  • Body Horror: Played for laughs in this video. Also overlaps with I Love Nuclear Power.
  • Butt Monkey: Hitler
  • Call Back: When being informed he dies at the end of Inglourious Basterds, he references one of the original videos, in which he lost his Xbox Live account.
  • The Captain: Captain Willenbrock.
  • The Chessmaster: Stalin, Willenbrock and Mallory.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Hitler, in some parodies, such as this one.
  • Companion Cube: Krebs loves pointing at his maps.
  • 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.
  • Crossover: Many have been done so far, most prominently Hitler making phone calls to other depictions of himself.
  • 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".
  • Deadpan Snarker: Hitler is usually this, most commonly in parodies where he is portrayed as the Only Sane Man.
  • Depending on the Writer:
    • Hitler is either a raging Psychopathic Man Child, a Butt Monkey of crazy pranks, or even the Only Sane Man.
    • 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.
  • Dethroning Moment of Suck and/or So Bad, It's Horribleinvoked: In general, if there's any sucky moment in media, chances are even Hitler will flame it and start a ranting breakdown.
  • Drama Queen: Guess who.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Hitler's dream sequence. Lampshaded to shreds.
  • End of Series Awareness: Discussed when Constantin Films, the producers of Der Untergang, forced Youtube to remove most of the videos.
    • 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.
  • Epic Fail/Failure Is the Only Option: Well, that's a nice way of putting some of the things that happen in the bunker.
    • 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.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: In this video, Hitler rants about paedophillia.
  • Everything's Worse with Bees: In Hitler's adventure in Africa, Hitler gets attacked by a bee swarm. Taken Up to Eleven when they drive a police car to destroy his. Then Hitler fights a giant bee and loses. Fortunately, it's All Just a Dream. Or Was It a Dream? Because the ending doesn't make any sense.
  • Fan Disservice: The ending of Hitler's third trip to Japan may very well be one of the greatest instances of the trope. Ugh...
  • Five-Man Band:
  • 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.
  • Game Mod: Not to mention actual games.
  • The Ghost: Steiner, though some have found ways to make him appear. It doesn't end well.
  • Gorn/Ludicrous Gibs: Varies between parodies.
  • Grammar Nazi: Lampshaded in "Hitler the Grammar Nazi", when Günsche mixes up the words "you're" and "your".
  • He Who Must Not Be Seen: Stalin, Steiner and (sometimes) Fegelein, which is often played with. Stalin's shown up more since he got his own series.
  • How the Character Stole Christmas: How the Führer Stole Christmas!
  • 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.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Gunsche, as shown here.
  • Implacable Man: Anyone associate with antics will find a way to come back from the dead.
  • Insane Troll Logic: Hitler tries to kill Fegelein with his phone, because he concludes that since weapons have never worked on him, non-weapons will therefore kill him.
    • 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 two U-Boat crews and a slightly loopy Captain who's almost always drunk.
  • In Universe Nickname: Goebbels is typically called "Skeletor" by everyone else, much to his annoyance.
  • It's All About Me: In one video, Hitler complains that his pizza will be late, not caring that the delivery boy is literally risking life and limb to get it to him.
  • It Amused Me: While the victims are usually Acceptable Targets, this is the motivation for most antic masters.
  • 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.
  • Karmic Trickster: Stalin's plans have one thing in common — to piss off Hitler.
  • Kitchen Nightmares: Hitler Goes to Amy's Baking Company was made in light of the airing of the episode with said controversial episode
  • Knights Of Cerebus: Space Nazis, who are directly and indirectly responsible for everything that happens in Darker and Edgier The Assassination of Hitler video series and are set up as Big Bads in "The Final Conflict".
  • Large Ham: Three guesses on who.
  • Like a Badass out of Hell: If a parody features Hitler winding up in Hell, there's a good chance that Hitler will straight up insult the devil to his face (like here. Others seem to imply that Hitler dethroned Satan and took control of Hell.
  • Locked in a Room: Several videos had the entire Bunker staff stuck in everything from elevators to closets to roller coasters.
  • 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.
  • Loveable Rogue: Captain Willenbrock and the crew of U-96.
  • Massively Multiplayer Crossover: HRP's "War of the Hitlers".
  • Mega Corp.: Some parodies mention one by the name of "Reich Tech", which apparently makes...well, everything. Hitler is CEO.
    • Another major company is FegelCorp. You can probably guess who owns it.
  • Medium Awareness: In some videos, Hitler and some others are aware of the parodies, often in disgust.
  • Mondegreen: All over the place, but the most common one used is "Sofort!" translation , which is very often subbed as a Precision F-Strike.
  • Mind Screw
  • 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 time while Kate Bush is the absolute worst.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: Frequent in many videos. "Hitler plans to breathe", for one example.
  • Mushroom Samba: Hitler's Magical Desk
  • Nazi Protagonist: Hitler and his staff whenever the focus is on them.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Hitler's attempts to steal Fegelein's grandmother's purse fail rather spectacularly.
  • Nominal Hero: Sure, Mallory, Willenbrock, Fegelein, Kittredge, and others are all out to get Hitler... just not for the reasons you'd normally expect...
  • Once an Episode: In the "Hitler Is Informed" parodies, they will almost always include the lines: "I'm fucked!" and "Fegelein! Fegelein! Fegelein!"
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: Given that the "hero" is often Adolf Hitler.
  • Poe's Law: Has occurred a few times. Most notably, several viewers mistook FegaMan's "paid DLC" to be a serious statement.
  • Porn Stache: Stalin and Mallory.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: In this video, Hitler is outraged that the Jews have been subjected to extermination... because he wanted them to finance Germany's reconstruction
  • Reality Warper:
  • Road Runner vs. Coyote: Pretty much any parody where Mallory appears. To be fair, Hitler doesn't get off quite so easy, it's just that Mallory can never permanently kill him with his explosives.
  • Rogue Agent: Willenbrock.
  • 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 Cool: Most of the action-themed parodies.
  • Rule of Funny: Obviously!!!
  • 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.
  • Serious Business: For starters, try telling him that his Xbox Live account has been banned for life.
  • Shaggy Dog Story: In "Hitler meets Fegelein (FINALLY!)", Fegelein finally arrives to Hitler's office after the former has called for him so many times. Unfortunately, Hitler has forgotten what he wanted to talk to Fegelein about.
  • 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*"
  • Sliding Scale of Free Will vs. Fate: Varies between parodies.
  • Sliding Scale of Idealism Versus Cynicism: Varies between parodies, again.
  • Sliding Scale of Realistic Versus Fantastic: Varies between parodies, yet again.
  • Sliding Scale of Silliness Versus Seriousness: Pretty much rests on the "silliness" side.
  • Stealth Pun: Hitler believed that Aryans were the "master race". Super Hitler Kart is a race.
  • Stuff Blowing Up: Mallory has made it his goal in life to blow up Hitler. Anything that gets in his way also goes boom!
    • The Silver Universe's parodies has lots and lots of explosions that would make Michael Bay proud.
  • The Starscream: As of "The Assassination of Hitler," Gunsche is revealed to be this: He was the one to assassinate Hitler in the first place, and is revealed to be working with the Space Nazis.
  • Take Our Word for It: We never get to see the process of Hitler's "plastic surgery", but judging by the amount of noise, it's painful to hear. We do get to see the result of the surgery, and it's terrifying.
  • Take That: Towards Justin Bieber mostly, although any form of media that Hitler rants about qualifies as well.
  • Team Rocket Wins: Once in a while, one of Hitler's plans actually succeeds.
  • Temporal Paradox: HitlerRantsParodies' parodies run on the Multiverse Theory of time travel.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: Hitler gets everyone to try and kill Fegelein
  • Throw the Dog a Bone: Very rarely things might work out in Hitler's favour, but this is extremely uncommon.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: In-Universe, this is actually the standard for these videos, including the Trope Maker video.
  • Ultimate Job Security: Despite all the antics he pulled on Hitler, Fegelein somehow still remained in the bunker.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Hitler. All the damn time.
  • Vestigial Empire: Played straight to the extreme. The fuhrerbunker is all that is left of Nazi Germany.
  • Villain Song: "Greatest in the Reich" serves as this for Burgdorf.
  • The Villain Sucks Song: "You're a Mean One, Mr. Führer"
  • Vulgar Humor: Many of Wonky-Tonk-Botty's parodies (and YouTube poops) fit this trope to a T, due to his graphic use of Toilet Humor, vile profanities/references, mockery of people getting killed/seriously injured, racist content or politically incorrect/Moral Event Horizon material.
  • You Bastard: Subtly done in A Lonely Christmas; you'll feel bad after laughing at Hitler's antic on Jodl, who is left alone by himself to celebrate Christmas after his wife died.
  • You Cloned Hitler!: And usually against his own will.
  • 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.

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