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    Hitler 

Führer Adolf Hitler

Played By: Wolf Muser

The Führer of the Third Reich.


  • Adaptational Heroism: The Man in the High Castle may be the only form of media ever to portray Hitler as the lesser of two evils. (By comparison, in the original novel, he was locked in lunatic asylum by his own allies).
  • Anti-Villain: It tells you a lot about the world of The Man in the High Castle that Adolf Hitler qualifies as an Anti-Villain. Hitler is the only thing stopping the Nazis from going out and bombing the Japanese.
  • Barrier Maiden: Him being alive is the only reason the alternate 1962 is still peaceful and not a nuclear wasteland. Japan and Germany are still at peace, because Hitler respects the Japanese and sees them as equals. Should Hitler die, his successor, probably Himmler or Goebbels, would definitely attack the Japanese Empire in an attempt at full world domination, resulting in another but more devastating war.
  • Big Bad: He's the man most responsible for the horrors of the setting, including the multiple genocides, atomic bombings, and state-driven terrorization and repression of its own people. This becomes a subversion after the reveal that his more hardline followers want to start another war with Japan, whereas he is opposed to such action.
  • Break Them by Talking: Just like in real life, Hitler's greatest weapon was his oratory powers. He shows his skill with this in the finale as he manages to stop Rudolph Wegener from assassinating him through a "The Reason You Suck" Speech.
  • Character Death: Slipping into a coma from poison administered on behalf of Martin Heusmann, Hitler dies in his sleep in Season 2's end.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He opposes a nuclear war with Japan, because he correctly recognizes the devastation it would cause to the entire world.
  • Evil Virtues: He may still be a genocidal warlord in this setting, but he respects the Japanese enough to oppose a nuclear war that would in all likelihood destroy the planet. Plus, he's completely unshaken even while being held at gunpoint, and unwilling to let his apparently deteriorating health affect his actions in any way.
  • Historical Domain Character: This is fairly self-evident.
  • A Lighter Shade of Black: Purely on the basis of not favouring a nuclear war with Japan, he astonishingly manages to be less evil than other Nazi factions.
  • Nerves of Steel: Stays completely calm when being held at gunpoint, despite knowing the wielder of the gun clearly intends to kill him.
  • Older and Wiser: A twisted and darker example of this trope. Thanks to the The Grasshopper Lies Heavy movies, this Hitler seems aware of his fate and the Third Reich's fate in other realities, and here he is trying to preserve his legacy by trying to prevent a nuclear war between Germany and Japan.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He has largely secluded himself to his mountainside castle, not involving himself much with the day-to-day running of the empire he built. The main threat of the series is the Succession Crisis that would result in the event of his death leading to a possible nuclear war with Japan.
  • Properly Paranoid: Hitler stays in a fortified castle far away from urban areas and is always guarded by a SS contingent 24/7. He even keeps pistols within reach in his room.
    Heydrich: Our leader's paranoia at least has one advantage. He hides weapons everywhere.
  • Working Through the Cold: Everyone talks about how he does not have long to live, but he himself acts like nothing is wrong.
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    Himmler 

Reichsführer SS/Führer Heinrich Himmler

Played By: Kenneth Tigar

Hitler's number two, head of the SS.


  • Allohistorical Allusion: In an ironic twist, at the end of season 2 he makes a big speech about Heusmann's betrayal of Hitler being an abominable act. The historical Himmler tried to make a deal with the Allies behind Hitler's back at the end of the war in a pathetic attempt to save his own skin.
  • Big Bad: After Hitler's death and Heusmann's arrest, Himmler is left leading the Reich and takes center stage as the main antagonist, being behind much of the conflict of season 3.
  • Casting Gag: Kenneth Tigar played the old man in The Avengers (2012) who refused to kneel to Loki, essentially saying that he (Loki) was like the Nazis.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: Himmler is portrayed with quite a deep, booming voice.
  • Four Eyes, Zero Soul: Like his historical counterpart he has round glasses which enhance his icy demeanor.
  • Historical Domain Character: Himmler was the Reichsführer-SS, Chief of German Police and Minister of the Interior of Nazi Germany.
  • Historical Villain Downgrade: Likely on purpose. In real life, Himmler attempted to sell Hitler's skin to save his own life, while in the show he seems a steadfast supporter. However, this is likely because the Nazis won in this world, so Himmler had no reason to falter in his loyalty. The fact that his rival Hermann Goering was executed in this timeline for attempting a coup against Hitler also presumably dissuaded Himmler.
  • Hypocrite: Has Nicole arrested and sent to a "re-education facility" for her bisexual lifestyle, specifically calling it "perversion." Himmler is suspected to have been bisexual himself, though unlike his archenemy Ernst Röhm, he seems to have kept quiet about it. Such hypocrisy would not be unusual for the nazi leadership.
  • Lesser of Two Evils: Subverted. Initially Himmler appears to be a saner option compared to Heusmann, but it's later revealed that Heusmann's ambition to Take Over the World pales in comparison to Himmler's ambition to Take Over ALL Worlds.
  • Multiversal Conqueror: He orders the construction of the Nebenswelt so that the Nazis can expand their empire across the multiverse.
  • Rank Up: He becomes the new Fuehrer after Hitler's death and Heusmann's arrest for his murder.
  • Sadist: He concluded Joe's assassin brainwashing by forcing Joe to shoot his own father, which went too far and turned Joe into a Serial Killer. After Jarr Null concludes with the destruction of the Statue of Liberty, Himmler doesn't bat an eye or clap his hands. It's only after the pro-Nazi riots start burning down buildings and beating civilians on the street to death, that he starts smiling and laughing and comparing it to how he enjoyed Kristallnacht, preventing public services from stepping in, and standing on the open sidewalk to watch it firsthand. This gets him shot.
  • Uncertain Doom: He's shot by the resistance at the end of season 3. His fate is uncertain as Smith states he's still in the middle of surgery.
  • Villainous Rescue: Himmler's arrest of Heusmann is what stops the world from entering into a nuclear war.

    Heydrich 

Reinhard Heydrich

Played By: Ray Proscia

Second-in-command of the SS.


  • Adaptational Villainy: In the book, his faction is the faction that opposes a nuclear war with Japan. Here, he's depicted as a complete sociopath. This may not necessarily be much of an upgrade in villainy, since his book counterpart is more like the least evil of a number of evil Nazi factions rather than not being evil at all.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: When Smith recites his nickname, the "Man with the Iron Heart", Heydrich admits that he's particularly fond of that one.
  • The Chessmaster: He's slowly orchestrating a coup against the Führer.
  • The Dragon: Turns out he didn't plan on becoming Führer himself but was acting on under the orders of Heusmann.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone treats him with a heavy dose of fear.
    Helen: Heydrich scares me, John. H-He says it's for the glory of the Reich, but he enjoys the things that he does.
  • Historical Domain Character: Heydrich was a real person, and was even more monstrous in reality. This is the man who thought up the Holocaust.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: By his own admission to Schmidt's children, he's proud to have literally hunted down "subhumanoids" in Africa.
  • Red Baron: "The Man Without a Heart", Smith dubs him, and he wears the title proudly. Also counts for the historical Heydrich, who was dubbed "The Butcher of Prague". Hitler himself called Heydrich "The Man with an Iron Heart", and a common joke before Heydrich's death was that he served as "Himmler's Brain".
  • Out-Gambitted: Heydrich's attempted coup to overthrow Hitler gets undone by Hitler himself, who already knew the coup was coming thanks to the film reels.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In a manner of speaking. In real life, Heydrich was killed by the Czech resistance in 1942, before the Germans even began to lose the war, while in this universe he's still alive literally twenty years later, in 1962.
  • The Sociopath: He is planning to start a nuclear war that would kill millions in the process and doesn't show a single ounce of regret or remorse for that matter.
  • The Starscream: He doesn't hide the fact that he wants to overthrow Hitler in a coup.

    Heusmann 

Reichsminister Martin Heusmann

Played By: Sebastian Roché

A minister of Nazi Germany.


  • Big Bad Wannabe: Seemingly appeared as the Big Bad at the end of Season 2, after assassinating Hitler, however, at the beginning of Season 3, he is executed by his own son.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretended to lack ambition and look weak so that Hitler would choose him as his successor as acting Chancellor. In fact, he was plotting against Hitler all along and even poisoned him to take over.
  • The Chessmaster: In actuality he has been playing a long gambit to put himself in charge and destroy Japan, the sole remaining rival to absolute Nazi world domination.
  • Disappeared Dad: He's Joe's father who was always absent. Subverted in that he claims he didn't abandon Joe, his mother took their son with her to the United States when she became disgusted with the Nazi ideology.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Heusmann is a unrepentant genocidal Nazi, but he does actually seem to care for his son and wishes to make amends. He also talks with sorrow about having lost his wife and other children during the war.
  • Knight Templar: Never doubts that he's entirely right in his quest to wipe out the lesser races so the Aryan race can live in absolute harmony.
  • The Man Behind the Man: Heydrich, who plotted to overthrow Hitler and declare war on Japan, was actually working for Heusmann, making him a Greater-Scope Villain for season 1.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: He's possibly a stand-in for Albert Speer, Hitler's chief architect (and self-claimed "only friend"), as Speer's fate in this alternate history is not elaborated upon anywhere so far, or else Heusmann was Speer's successor.
  • The Starscream: He was the mastermind and benefitiary of Heydrich's plot to overthrow Hitler.
  • Visionary Villain: He aims to end conflict from Earth by committing genocide against the Japanese so only the "Master Race" remains and may live in peace.

    Wegener 

SS Standartenführer Rudolph Wegener

Played By: Carsten Norgaard

A Nazi official from Berlin, he travels usually under the assumed name of Swedish businessman Victore Baynes. He knows Tagomi from way back.


  • The Atoner: World War Two and the subsequent genocides clearly left Rudolph guilty, and he seeks to atone for it.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Travels under a fake name.
  • Death by Adaptation: His book counterpart survives the events of the book. He is Driven to Suicide in the final episode of the first season.
  • Mr. Exposition: Serves as this in providing Tagomi (and the audience) on what's happening in Germany.
  • Prevent the War: Agrees with Tagomi that they should prevent a shooting war between the GNR and the JPS.
  • Sadistic Choice: Is provided one first by Heydrich (kill Hitler or lose everything you love), and then much more effectively by Hitler (kill Hitler and get solace for previous genocides he had participated in, or kill himself and keep solace in the fact that he is not causing an even worse genocide of the Japanese).
  • Shell-Shocked Veteran: The war left some massive psychological scars on him.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Hitler says that Wegener was lost when he lost his faith in the Reich, Wegener snarls, "I was lost the first time I committed evil in your name!"
  • Token Good Teammate: He's the "good" Nazi of the show, being moral and seeing the errors of Nazi ideology. He knows that he's definitely not a good man after the things he's done, and he wants to make it right any way he can.
  • Your Cheating Heart: He appears to have extra-marital affairs, though in his defense it seems his wife and he are separated in all but name.

    Dr. Mengele 

Dr. Josef Mengele

Played By: John Hans Tester

A high-ranking officer in the SS science division.


  • Historical Domain Character: Josef Mengele was an SS "doctor" (in the loosest sense of the word) who conducted horrifying medical experiments on prisoners at Auschwitz.
  • Mad Scientist: As if Mengele would have any other profession. Here he experiments on people who travel from alternate worlds.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: The real Mengele studied medicine and carried out human experiments on death camp prisoners with little to no scientific purpose behind them. Here, he's apparently also an engineer capable of constructing an Interdimensional Travel Device.
    • At the very least, it's clear that he's experimenting on captured travelers and organizing the test subjects.
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    Keller 

SS Gruppenführer Keller

Played By: Stephan Goldbach

A Gruppenführer of the SS sent by Heusmann to support John Smith.


  • Bald of Evil: A bald Nazi officer of the SS
  • The Brute: He commands Nazi SS forces, though he's of a rank subordinate to John Smith, and advocates razing an entire city in response to the Resistance uprising.
  • Fallen Hero: Like Smith, he was a former member of the United States military during the Second World War, who joined the SS after the Axis victory.

Greater Nazi Reich Officials

    Rockwell 

George Lincoln Rockwell

Played By:

Governor of Nazi-controlled North America.


  • Asshole Victim: Other Nazis don't like him very much, and he gets humiliatingly deposed and exiled to Cuba by Smith, who follows up by having him assassinated a few weeks later.
  • Hate Sink: Even among the Nazis, he's a particularly disreputable character, having been named Reichsmarshall because he founded the American Nazi Party, and is also arrogant, smug, and sleazy.
  • Historical Domain Character: George Lincoln Rockwell was the founder of the post-war American Nazi Party, a supporter of racial segregation and Holocaust denier, and was assassinated in 1967.
  • In the Back: Smith sends his regards via a large knife through his torso while Rockwell is watching a live sex show.
  • Out-Gambitted: He spends season 3 plotting against Smith to have him removed and nip his ascendency in the Reich's chain of command in the bud. This plan falls apart when Smith blackmails Rockwell's co-conspirator Hoover into framing Rockwell.
  • The Quisling: He's an American in the highest position of authority on behalf of the Nazi occupation.

    Hoover 

ARBInote  Director J. Edgar Hoover

Played By: William Forsythe

Head of the internal GNR intelligence agency.


  • Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time William Forsythe collaborated with the Nazis on TV.
  • Les Collaborateurs: He's an American serving the Nazi state as an autority.
  • The Dragon: To George Lincoln Rockwell in his plot to bring down Smith
  • Historical Domain Character: The real Hoover was the founder of the FBI. Here, he is a collaborator with the reigning Nazis.
  • I Fight for the Strongest Side: Smith notes that Hoover will side with whoever has more power after Smith gets evidence of Hoover's own sordid secrets that would surely get him executed, he joins Smith to bring down Rockwell
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: For much of season 3, he's scheming with George Lincoln Rockwell to have Smith removed from power. However, Smith blackmails Hoover with his own sordid private life that would get him in hot water with the Reich, so he helps Smith frame Rockwell instead. From that point onwards, Hoover becomes a loyal servant of Smith.

    Henry 

Henry Collins

Played By: Kurt Evans

Deputy Minister of Information of the GNR and head of the Greater Nazi News Service. Husband of Lucy.


  • Asshole Victim: The man's a complete tool, so his death doesn't really sadden anyone.
  • Les Collaborateurs: Like John Smith, he's American but came to serve the Nazi Regime.
  • Karmic Death: He's gunned down whilst forcibly telling the public the truth after a entire career of lies.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Resistance kidnaps Lucy to blackmail Henry into collaborating with them. He refuses, however, until Dixon tells him she's pregnant.
  • Mouth of Sauron: As head of the Propaganda Machine, he selects and delivers the official news of the GNR.
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    Raeder 

SS Haupsturmführer Erich Raeder

Played By: Aaron Blakely

A SS officer working under Smith, he serves as his personal aide in the GNR military.


  • Irony: He shares his name with Grand Admiral Erich Raeder, the head of the Kriegsmarine at the beginning of WWII. Grossadmiral Raeder openly despised the Nazi Party, opposed going to war in the first place, often defiedHitler, and tried to protect Jewish sailors from the Gestapo. He was sacked in 1942 and replaced with the much-more-manageable Admiral Karl Dönitz. This Raeder, on the other hand, has none of the Grand Admiral's redeeming qualities.
  • Number Two: Acts under Smith when he's not around.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Killed by Joe Blake on Himmler's orders because He Knows Too Much about Smith, particularly the abandoned escape plan for Thomas Smith, and as a reminder to Smith that no loose ends are acceptable as Himmler grooms him for higher positions.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Smith to the point that he's told to bring evidence to Hitler in case something should happen to him. Later, Raeder helps Smith in setting up his plan to attempt to save his son by smuggling him away. That would cost Raeder his life.

    Reiss 

Hugo Reiss

Played By: Bernhard Forcher

The GNR Ambassador to the Pacific States.


    Diels 

Oberführer Oliver Diels

Played By: Alex Zahara

An SS Oberführer stationed at the GNR embassy in San Francisco


  • Defector from Decadence: Defects to the Japanese Empire in the aftermath of Hitler's death. He and other Nazi defectors are later tracked down by assassins from the Reich and killed.

Greater Nazi Reich Civilians

Smith Family

    Thomas 

Thomas Smith

Played By: Quinn Lord

John and Helen's only son and their eldest child.

  • The All-American Boy: In keeping with his parent's portrayal as the typical 1950s-style married couple with a fascist twist, Thomas is a polite and dutiful son who loves sports and outdoor activities, who just happens to believe wholeheartedly in Nazi ideas about politics and racial hygiene.
  • Driven to Suicide: After watching his father being honored by the Nazi leadership for bringing down Heusmann, he delivers himself to the authorities to be euthanized for suffering an incurable genetic disorder. Also a situation of Honor Before Reason, as Thomas appears to do it as his responsibility to his family and the Nazi laws that they and their society follow.
  • Nice Guy: If you take apart the Nazi indoctrination he has been raised in since birth, which is hardly his fault, Thomas is a genuinely nice boy.
  • Precocious Crush: Thomas appears to be developing this towards Juliana.
  • Tomato in the Mirror: He doesn't take it well when he finds out he suffers from an incurable genetic disorder that, according to Nazi ideology and laws, make him a "useless eater".

    Jennifer 

Jennifer Smith

Played By: Genea Charpentier

John and Helen's eldest daughter and their second child.

    Amy 

Amy Smith

Played By: Gracyn Shinyei

John and Helen's second daughter and their youngest child.


  • Conditioned to Accept Horror: Raised and educated within Nazi ideology, she's the first to stand up and give the Nazi salute during Thomas' memorial in which his submition to eugenic execution is praised

Other civilians

    Dr. Adler 

Dr. Gerald "Gerry" Adler

Played By: Kevin McNulty

The Smith family doctor and a close friend of John and Helen.


  • Hero with Bad Publicity: His wife thinks he's this trope since she believes her husband is "helping the community" by euthanizing the undesirables and gets death threats and called a murderer for this.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:He's killed by the same poison that he gave to John to euthanize his son.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade:John kills him to prevent Dr Adler from revealing his son's medical condition to the GNR authority.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: While he understands most parents hate euthanizing their children, he still does it since it's the law of the GNR. Unfortunately his decisions to stick to the law by not keeping Thomas medical condition a secret and almost revealing the boy's condition to the authorities if John doesn't euthanize his son first ends up getting him killed by John to keep it a secret.

    Alice 

Alice Adler

Played By: Gillian Barber

Dr. Adler's wife and a close friend of Helen.


  • Asshole Victim: She is killed by Helen in self-defense when trying to strangle her in a rage in retaliation for Helen slapping her and to avenge her husband's death after spitefully pointing out Helen's daughters possibly inheriting defects like the late Thomas and should be reported in the name of the Reich to join their brother in death and calling out the Smiths for their hypocrisy in terms of their loyalty to the Reich.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Helen accidentally kills her while confronting her to stop spreading "rumors" about Gerry's death. John later breaks into her home to stage a robbery and make it seem like she was killed by a burglar.
  • Revenge Before Reason: She lusts to seek justice for and to avenge her husband Gerry's death by spreading "rumors" and even threatened Helen to report her daughters for possibly carrying defects out of spite and revenge.
  • Spanner in the Works: She almost had an investigator examine her husband's body since she correctly believed he was poisoned and not dead from a heart attack, thereby revealing the truth about his death. To prevent that, John orders that Dr. Adler's body be "accidentally" cremated.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: The more suspicious she is about the mysterious circumstances of her husband's death, the more antagonistic she is towards the Smiths for their involvement in Season 3.
  • We Used to Be Friends: Was a close friend of Helen, until her husband's death and her suspicions about the Smiths being involved made her turn against her.

    Lucy 

Lucy Collins

Played By: Emily Holmes

A close friend of Helen and wife to Henry Collins, the Deputy Minister of Information of the GNR.


  • Functional Addict: She consumes a number of drugs - all prescribed by Dr. Adler - Pervitin for fatigue (methamphetamine), Obetrol for weight control (amphetamine), eukodal (Oxycodone, an opioid) and cocaine for the sinuses.
  • Stepford Smiler: Resorts to this to keep her inability to have children and her husband's resulting contempt a secret.
  • I Have Your Wife: The Resistance kidnaps her to blackmail Henry into collaborating with them.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her fate after being kidnapped by the Resistance is not touched upon. With Henry killed after revealing the truth about Hitler, and knowing of the Resistance attitude towards Nazis, even civilians, she very well may have fallen to You Have Outlived Your Usefulness Her fate is ultimately revealed in Season 3 as it was confirmed that she is still alive.

    Thelma 

Thelma Harris

Played By: Laura Mennell

A journalist


  • The Beard: She's and her husband, Wayne Harris, are one for the other
  • Lipstick Lesbian: She acts and dresses very feminine, which is expected within a regime that persecutes homosexuality and imposes traditional gender roles and behavior.


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