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The trend to cast British actors as ThoseWackyNazis, or more broadly, [[ANaziByAnyOtherName villains who are not named as Nazis]], or cannot be Nazis in context, who are however PuttingOnTheReich. Because, y'know, [[EvilBrit British people are evil]].

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The trend to cast British actors as ThoseWackyNazis, or more broadly, [[ANaziByAnyOtherName villains who are not named as Nazis]], or cannot be Nazis in context, who are however PuttingOnTheReich. Because, Because y'know, [[EvilBrit British people are evil]].



* Averted in ''Film/IngloriousBasterds'', where the main Nazi is played by an Austrian, Creator/ChristophWaltz. In fact, ''all'' of the German characters in the film, Nazi or not, are portrayed by either Germans or Austrians. Well, one unnamed German general is played by an Italian, and Creator/QuentinTarantino himself plays a German soldier in a cameo, but there's not a British Nazi to be found.

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* Averted in ''Film/IngloriousBasterds'', where the main Nazi is played by an Austrian, Austrian Creator/ChristophWaltz. In fact, ''all'' of the German characters in the film, Nazi or not, are portrayed by either Germans or Austrians. Well, one unnamed German general is played by an Italian, and Creator/QuentinTarantino himself plays a German soldier in a cameo, but there's not a British Nazi to be found.



* James Mason again as Seibert in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil''. The film however subverts the trope as the even more evil Dr. Mengele is played by Gregory Peck and Nazi-Hunter Lieberman is played by Laurence Olivier.

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* James Mason again as Seibert in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil''. The film however film, however, subverts the trope as the even more evil Dr. Mengele is played by Gregory Peck and Nazi-Hunter Lieberman is played by Laurence Olivier.



* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the leaders of the Nazi offshoot organization Hydra are played by Creator/HugoWeaving[[labelnote:*]]'' ethnically British, but lived all over the Commonwealth ''[[/labelnote]] and Creator/TobyJones. Creator/RichardArmitage also gets a brief role as Hydra assassin Heinz Kruger.

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* In ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'', the leaders of the Nazi offshoot organization Hydra are played by Creator/HugoWeaving[[labelnote:*]]'' ethnically British, but lived all over the Commonwealth ''[[/labelnote]] and Creator/TobyJones. Creator/RichardArmitage also gets a brief role as Hydra HYDRA assassin Heinz Kruger.



* The BBC docudrama series ''Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial'', which dealt with the same subject matter, featured an almost entirely British cast for characters including Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering and Albert Speer.

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* The BBC docudrama series ''Nuremberg: Nazis on Trial'', which dealt with the same subject matter, featured an almost entirely British cast for characters including Rudolf Hess, Hermann Goering Goering, and Albert Speer.


* In ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', every Nazi except Eichmann (who is played by the American Creator/StanleyTucci) has a British accent. This was deliberate -- the mainly British actors kept their natural accents, as it was felt that putting on an accent would shift the focus from the evil of the protagonists to how well Creator/KennethBranagh could do "Saxony-Anhalt".

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* In ''Film/{{Conspiracy}}'', ''Film/Conspiracy2001'', every Nazi except Eichmann (who is played by the American Creator/StanleyTucci) has a British accent. This was deliberate -- the mainly British actors kept their natural accents, as it was felt that putting on an accent would shift the focus from the evil of the protagonists to how well Creator/KennethBranagh could do "Saxony-Anhalt".


* Ian McKellen in ''Film/AptPupil''.

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* Ian McKellen Creator/IanMcKellen portrayed a NaziGrandpa in ''Film/AptPupil''.


A sub-trope of EvilBrit and PuttingOnTheReich. Sister trope to TheQueensLatin in that the main reason it exists is that to an American audience, a British accent ''sounds'' European enough while still being comprehensible.

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A sub-trope of EvilBrit and PuttingOnTheReich. Sister trope to TheQueensLatin in that the main reason it exists is that to an American audience, a British accent ''sounds'' European enough while still being comprehensible.comprehensible without subtitles.

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* Ian McKellen in ''Film/AptPupil''.


* The Imperial Navy in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Most Imperial characters who aren't Vader and the Emperor speak with British accents (and Ian [=McDiarmid=], who played The Emperor, is British). In particular is the casting of veteran horror actor Creator/PeterCushing in ''A New Hope'' as Grand Moff Tarkin. This could be justified in that the films were shot in Britain, so most of the smaller parts (which most of the Imperial characters were) would be filled by British actors.

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* The Imperial Navy in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Most Imperial characters who aren't Vader and the Emperor speak with British accents (and Ian [=McDiarmid=], who played The the Emperor, is British). In particular is the casting of veteran horror actor Creator/PeterCushing in ''A New Hope'' as Grand Moff Tarkin. This could be justified in that the films were shot in Britain, so most of the smaller parts (which most of the Imperial characters were) would be filled by British actors.



* James Mason again as Seibert in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil''. Which film however subverts the trope as the even more evil Dr. Mengele is played by Gregory Peck and Nazi-Hunter Lieberman is played by Laurence Olivier.

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* James Mason again as Seibert in ''Film/TheBoysFromBrazil''. Which The film however subverts the trope as the even more evil Dr. Mengele is played by Gregory Peck and Nazi-Hunter Lieberman is played by Laurence Olivier.


[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot or AlternateHistoryNaziVictory.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, Nazi Germany, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot or AlternateHistoryNaziVictory.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.


[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.

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[[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot.DayOfTheJackboot or AlternateHistoryNaziVictory.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.


** A couple of good characters have the accent as well, such as Obi-Wan, Mon Mothma, and Padme when talking to other officials. In-universe, their accent is known as a Coruscanti accent.


* An inversion in ''Film/BitterVictory'', in which German actor Curd Jürgens plays an ''Allied'' ([[FakeNationality South African]]) officer.

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* An inversion in ''Film/BitterVictory'', in which German actor Curd Jürgens Creator/CurdJurgens plays an ''Allied'' ([[FakeNationality South African]]) officer.


[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.

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[[IThoughtItMeant [[JustForFun/IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.


* The main cast of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' is not German: Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/KennethBranagh, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Cranham, Tom Hollander and, last but not least, David Bamber as UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Noticeably, while the opening makes it clear that the TranslationConvention is in use, Hitler is the only person who keeps his German accent. The film does have German actors, like Creator/ThomasKretschmann or Christian Berkel, but their roles are secondary.

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* The main cast of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' is not German: Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/KennethBranagh, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Cranham, Tom Hollander Creator/TomHollander and, last but not least, David Bamber as UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Noticeably, while the opening makes it clear that the TranslationConvention is in use, Hitler is the only person who keeps his German accent. The film does have German actors, like Creator/ThomasKretschmann or Christian Berkel, but their roles are secondary.


* The main cast of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' is not German: Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/KennethBranagh, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Cranham, Tom Hollander and, last but not least, David Bamber as UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Noticeably, while the opening makes it clear that the TranslationConvention is in use, Hitler is the only person who keeps his German accent. The film does have Germabn actors, like Creator/ThomasKretschmann or Christian Berkel, but their roles are secondary.

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* The main cast of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' is not German: Creator/EddieIzzard, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/KennethBranagh, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Cranham, Tom Hollander and, last but not least, David Bamber as UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Noticeably, while the opening makes it clear that the TranslationConvention is in use, Hitler is the only person who keeps his German accent. The film does have Germabn German actors, like Creator/ThomasKretschmann or Christian Berkel, but their roles are secondary.


[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot.) It is also not about British actors playing any German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.

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[[IThoughtItMeant This trope is not about]] British people who were members of the Nazi party, or British fascists. (Stories about Britain being conquered by the Nazis, or falling under the control of native fascist regimes, go under DayOfTheJackboot.) It is also not about British actors playing any evil German characters -- such as Creator/AlanRickman in ''Film/DieHard'' -- as contrary to [[AllGermansAreNazis this trope]], Not All Germans Are Nazis.


* Creator/AlecGuinness played Hitler in ''Film/HitlerTheLastTenDays''.

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* Creator/AlecGuinness played Hitler in ''Film/HitlerTheLastTenDays''.''Hitler: the Last Ten Days''.



* Creator/EddieIzzard, Bill Nighy, Creator/KennethBranagh, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Cranham, Tom Hollander, in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' And Hitler is played by David Bamber. Noticeably, while the opening makes it clear that the TranslationConvention is in use, Hitler is the only person who keeps his German accent.

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* The main cast of ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' is not German: Creator/EddieIzzard, Bill Nighy, Creator/BillNighy, Creator/KennethBranagh, Tom Wilkinson, Kenneth Cranham, Tom Hollander, in ''Film/{{Valkyrie}}'' And Hitler is played by Hollander and, last but not least, David Bamber.Bamber as UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler. Noticeably, while the opening makes it clear that the TranslationConvention is in use, Hitler is the only person who keeps his German accent. The film does have Germabn actors, like Creator/ThomasKretschmann or Christian Berkel, but their roles are secondary.

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