YMMV: Downfall

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YMMV Tropes related to the Film:

  • Award Snub: Bruno Ganz was un-nominated for his humanizing but still sociopathic portrayal of Hitler
  • Awesome Music: Given the subject matter, the score is sporadic and woefully depressing, but Stephan Zacharias' work is absolutely wonderful, setting and reflecting the mood of the film perfectly. Der Krieg Ist Aus and Hoffnung Am Ende Der Welt in particular may be capable of inducing Manly Tears.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Fegelein, seeing how much he's used in the parody videos.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Jerkass Woobie:
    • Hitler in this film.
    • Fegelein is also portrayed as this in the film. A Nazi, an opportunist, a deserter… and a young man who just wants to live, unlike his lunatic fellow men determined to die for a crazy ideology that has totally blown up in their faces.
  • Magnum Opus/Tough Act to Follow: For Oliver Hirschbiegel. All of his later films weren't as successful as this film.
  • Memetic Mutation: The scene where Hitler snaps upon hearing that there are no reinforcements to be mobilized to aid Berlin has been subject to many YouTube videos where different subtitles are given to amusing effect, including, but not limited to Hitler getting banned from Xbox Live, essentially turning Hitler into an all-out Drama Queen. It's become so popular that it got an entire page dedicated to his misadventures.
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Just in case you were actually thinking of sympathizing with the poor, broken down old Hitler, he starts boasting about his genocide and treats the surviving Germans with contempt. In his case, he's very aware of this and admits right before killing himself that he would soon be hated the world over.
    • Herr and Frau Goebbels, of course, display some very unusual attitudes toward family values, and though they were simply trying to prevent their children from being brutalized by the Soviets, killing them was just a tad bit overkill.
  • Nausea Fuel: The Schenck/Hasse operating scene is both this, Nightmare Fuel, and Squick.
  • Narm:
    • Hitler's rants, especially the scene where Gunsche tells him that they can't find Fegelein. Ever since, Memetic Mutation turned Fegelein into a Memetic Badass Magnificent Bastard.
    • Many, many, many of the movie's dubs. Here's a sample from the French dub.
    • The Fegelein rant also gets this in the Spanish dub, to some degree:
    Hitler: [rough English translation] What do you mean you can't find him? He's not invisible! Search for him conscientiously!
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The most obvious examples are when the viewer first sees children trying to hold back the Soviets and the notorious scene when Hitler snaps.
    • Towards the end of the film there's a string of suicides, most of them are off-screen but we have a close-up of Franz Schädle who shoots himself very suddenly in the face in the middle of a makeshift hospital.
    • Also, Ernst-Robert Grawitz uses grenades to kill himself and his family during an otherwise serene dinner. And that's just the tip of the iceberg as far as cruelty to kids in this film goes.
    • The infamous rant is pretty frightening. Hitler becomes a tornado of fury, ready to lash out at everyone.
  • Nightmare Retardant: The Hitler Parodies have made Hitler's rants considerably less terrifying.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Hirschbiegel said that the purpose of the film is to make the Nazis feel human and not just monsters one can dismiss as nothing like oneself. Also, War Is Hell.
  • Tear Jerker: When Frau Goebbels gets her children to consume a spiked drink, so she can slip them some cyanide later, her eldest daughter Helga knows something is amiss and won't drink. Eventually her mother forces her to drink it while she sobs the whole time, leaving the scene positively heartrending.
    • Which was worse: the fact Helga realized what her parents were doing and struggled enough to cause deep bruising, or the younger children just trustingly drank the sedative without knowing what it was?
    • The German citizens evoke sympathy as well. A father pleads with his son's Hitler Youth unit to save themselves, but they refuse. To add insult to injury, the man's own son calls him a coward.
      • And since the father was on the Eastern Front, he at least tries to get them to use a less obviously exposed position to fight. They ignore him and all die having done nothing to stop the Soviets or even hold them up for a while.
    • Elder German citizens were executed in the streets because they were unable to or unwilling to fight.
    • Blondi being forcibly given a cyanide pill. She whimpers for a few seconds as the bunker staff hold her mouth closed and then suddenly falls silent, making a "THUD" noise as her body hits the ground. Even Hitler can't bear to look at this.
  • True Art Is Angsty: Hoo boy.
  • Watch It for the Meme: It must be something of a Periphery Demographic of the Hitler Bunker clips who thinks, "Wow, a subtitled German film about the last days of World War II - I gotta see this!"
    • A parody clip is fairly popular in Greece, due to a satirical TV show.
  • "Weird Al" Effect: It's hard to take the original "Hitler rant" scene seriously once you've seen the numerous Gag Dub spoofs of the scene.

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  • Fridge Logic: Why go through all this trouble showing the prizes on the belt and building the premise of the game around preventing them from going overboard, when you're just gonna lose them all if you fail on a later round? This is especially annoying since there were safe levels for the cash and the more expensive prizes may be turned down anyway.
  • Funny Moments: Jericho's reaction to a female fan accidentally blurting out her Hooters Girl credentials.
  • Padding: Averted by the last two episodes. ABC ordered six episodes, but due to the faster pacing in the final two episodes, they were able to edit the final two episodes into one. You can easily tell it was edited, however, since Chris awkwardly says "Welcome back" at the beginning of the final episode.
  • What an Idiot: You can safely blame Central Casting. One failed to connect the Hula Hoop with the dance it's named after, another said that Kentucky Fried Chicken serves "Italian B.M.T.", a third couldn't get the answer "Y2J" as Chris Jericho looked on in amusement, and everyone seemed to have difficulty when faced with anything involving pop music.

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