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"If you stand on a soapbox and trade rhetoric with a dictator, you never win. That's what they do so well: they seduce people. But if you ridicule them, bring them down with laughter, they can't win. You show how crazy they are."
Mel Brooks, 2001 interview

In short: Adolf Hitler is treated as a joke instead of a monster.

No, this doesn't intend to excuse or underplay anything done under his regime. The point is that instead of being treated as some kind of boogeyman or evil incarnate, he's treated as something stupid, for reasons stated in the above quote. Focus is often put on Hitler's actual personality and behavior outside German propaganda - that he was a short, somewhat goofy-looking man prone to hysterics and narcissism, the opposite of the image he tried to portray to his supporters.

This was the most common portrayal of Hitler (and Nazis as a whole) in most anti-Nazi media before and during World War II. German atrocities in eastern Europe, which were dismissed as Communist propaganda elsewhere, made this portrayal a little more controversial there. After the Western world became fully aware of The Holocaust in the late 1960s and 1970s, it became more common to portray Hitler as the ultimate manifestation of evil rather than a foolish clown. This is because some people think that making fun of the Nazis makes the war crimes and genocides they perpetrated seem less serious. Thus treating Hitler and the Nazis too flippantly may evoke reactions of "Dude, Not Funny!" Still, many people subscribe to Mel Brooks' view that the Nazis' evilness itself qualifies them as Acceptable Targets.

A Sub-Trope of Those Wacky Nazis (with actual emphasis on the "wacky") and Historical Hilarity. Compare Stupid Jetpack Hitler.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • The Dragon Ball Z movie Dragon Ball Z: Fusion Reborn does one when the dead are returning to the world of the living where a man who looks like Hitler is commanding a legion of tanks and is fighting Goten and Trunks and failing. It got cut in some dubs though.
  • Naturally, Germany of Hetalia: Axis Powers occasionally causes this, commenting on his "crazy Boss". This is far more accentuated in the Gag Dub, however.
  • Zigzagged in The Legend of Koizumi: Hitler is initially portrayed as a terrifyingly charismatic sociopath, but things take a left turn into insanity — played with an absolutely straight face, of course — when he reveals his final form: THE LEGENDARY SUPER ARYAN.
  • Vincent's boss in Ergo Proxy looks like Hitler. Even more hitlarious when watching the German dub, where in the earliest episodes, before the main characters leave Romdeau, his voice is completely normal, and by episode 21, when they return, he talks with the stereotypical Führer accent.
  • Astro Boy features a minor villain known as Premier Hitlini, an obvious caricature of Hitler with the Serial Numbers Filed Off. While Hitlini is still portrayed as a dangerous dictator, he also constantly trips over himself and consistently makes a fool out of himself.
  • Overlord (2012): The head of Nazarick's Treasury is a hammy, buffoonish Doppelgänger named Pandora's Actor who's dressed up to look like Adolf Hitler in a pathetic attempt at looking cool. Ainz is deeply embarrassed by him, admitting that he created Actor during an edgelord phase he was going through in his teens.

    Comic Books 
  • Many issues of the original run of Captain America treated Hitler this way. In one story, Captain America and his boy sidekick Bucky battle Hitler and Göring. Both senior Nazis squabble over who will get to fight the child hero rather than Cap himself...and then Bucky beats them both up before the heroes just leave the two behind despite the wartime setting. Of course, this is obviously a case of Real Life Writes the Plot, since the real Nazis hadn't been defeated and deposed. Nor did Cap or Bucky ever "canonically" encounter Hitler himself (not counting the appearance of the original Hate-Monger who may or may not have been Hitler).
  • Several Captain Marvel stories of the 1940s also had Hitler as an almost childlike villain, including one where he is defeated temporarily when exposed to an "honesty ray" that forces him to tell the truth for 24 hours. Or Reltih, the Reverse Hitler, who chose to try and conquer his own world by marrying into the United Kingdom's Royal Family. You get the idea.
  • Addie and Hermy - The Nasty Nazis was a British wartime propaganda comic strip which featured child-like versions of Hitler and Göring hatching schemes and getting into trouble. A similar comic called Musso the Wop satirized Mussolini.
  • Hitler was often portrayed as an egotistical loudmouth and a buffoonish villain during The Silver Age of Comic Books in Marvel Comics' Nick Fury and His Howling Commandos comic.
  • Adolf, die Nazisau ("Adolf, the Nazi Swine") by German writer/cartoonist Walter Moers tells the story of Hitler, who survived in the sewers of Berlin, reemerging in the 90s and trying to cope with modern life. There is also a music video based on the same work. It's indeed hitlarious
  • In Savage Dragon, it is revealed that Hitler's brain was saved and was in the body of a super-powered gorilla. Thus, the villain Brainape was born. The character obviously started off as a joke but once it was discovered whose brain was in there, he became even more buffoonish.
  • This was a staple of wartime British cartoons, sometimes pairing him up with Benito Mussolini as a pair of Butt Monkeys.
  • Nero: In certain albums he is shown to be still alive, hiding in an igloo or on an island. Yet in later stories he is shown as a denizen in Hell.
  • One of Hergé's comic strips Quick and Flupke was made during the 1930s. In some episodes, the little boys dress up as Hitler and Mussolini. After World War II these innocent jokes were suddenly not that funny anymore and are kept out of the official Quick & Flupke albums.
  • Werner – Oder was? has a one-page rhyme comic which claims that the Führer didn't have a Führerschein (driver's license).
  • Adventures in the Rifle Brigade, a Garth Ennis comic about English stereotypes (and an American) during World War II, has the Brigade defeat a Baroness by singing "Hitler Has Only Got One Ball".
  • The Swedish satire strip Rocky made a joke about the theory that Nostradamus had allegedly foreseen the rise of Hitler.
    Rocky: In the year 2008, there will arise an Adolf Hipster who's a pain in the ass. He won't tolerate anyone wearing socks that cost less than a week's pay.
  • While the original run on Wonder Woman often avoided portraying Hitler and the other Axis leaders given that the war was ongoing when Hitler does appear he's generally an ineffective joke of a puppet manipulated by others, as noted by Steve Trevor who wonders how Hitler rose to such a powerful position over their usual much more dangerous Axis foes.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: In this setting, the dictator of Germany and the instigator of World War 2 is Adenoid Hynkel, the "Fooey Of Germany". While still dangerous due to his powerbase, he's shown as a neurotic joke who's main motivation seems to be to prove to the world that he isn't a fool, something that has mixed success to say the least. It's also implied that the majority of the Third Reich's success was thanks to "Die Zwielichthelden", the Legion of Doom originally formed by Kaiser Wilhelm in the early 20th century. After the deaths of Maria, Caligari, Cesare and Dr. Rotwang, and the defection of Mabuse, Hynkel's fortunes quickly crumbled.
  • Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell created The New Adventures of Hitler, a satirical series that was published in UK anthology title Crisis. Set in the 1910s, it’s based around claims that Hitler visited his brother’s family in Liverpool before the First World War.
  • There is a Gahan Wilson cartoon where an elderly Adolf Hitler on crutches is berated for not taking his loss in World War II well.
    Oh, stop bitching about it, will you? It's all been over and done with for years!

    Comic Strips 
  • Scary Gary: When Leopold asks Satan who will look after things in hell when he takes time off from work, Hitler pops up and asks Satan what his Wi-Fi password is.

    Films — Animation 
  • The GDR DEFA short "Guten Tag, Herr H" is a propaganda film (and a good one in that regard - none of the BRD laws are quoted untrue) with the premise that Hitler would came back 1970 after the general time lapse of Nazi crimes. It's a bit jarring that Hitler is shown rather just as a harmless bumbling moron.
  • The Sauerkraut Hitler from Sausage Party. He's out to kill all the Juice, but it's the part where he calls Frank an 'intolerant piece of shit' is where he goes headlong into this trope. Also the last bit where he got Karmic Rape, shouting Nein!! repeatedly.
  • Mussolini is Played for Laughs as a stupid dwarf in the critically acclaimed Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio

    Films — Live-Action 


  • Mel Brooks, who provides the page quote, naturally has taken plenty of shots at Hitler in his films. On various occasions, Brooks has declared that his goal in life is to make Hitler and his philosophies impossible to ever take seriously again. He's been doing this since Hitler was in power. When he served in the Army during World War II, his job was to go and clear out fields. One day he was close to the front line and heard the Nazi propaganda being played over the PA system and decided to play music exclusively made by Jews over his unit's PA system to Troll them.
    • The Producers is based largely on this, by having a play about him try to be a flop (which is why the trope Springtime for Hitler is named so), and hiring a hippie to play Hitler in the film version, and then having a Camp Gay director play him in the stage version (where the character's name is "Adolf Elizabeth Hitler").
      • Summed it up quite nicely near the end:
        Roger & Carmen: He didn't need our help!
    • Brooks' 1983 remake of To Be or Not to Be plays up Hitler himself as an object of ridicule, as well as turning what in the original 1942 film was a serious play put on by the main characters about the Nazis called "Gestapo" into a blatant musical parody called Naughty Nazis, which borrows more than a little from The Producers and Springtime for Hitler.
    • History of the World Part I: "See... Hitler On Ice!" Cut to Hitler in full uniform ice skating. History of the World Part II expands on it by having Hitler take a Pratfall, receive scathing commentary from the skating competition's announcers, and negative grades from the judges.
    • Blazing Saddles has a scene toward the end that takes place in the Warner Bros. commissary. An actor dressed as Hitler (who is implied to be Jewish) mentions "the bunker scene" before the place explodes into a hilarious pie fight. As the brawl unfolds, said actor can be seen in the background, tossing out rapid-fire Nazi salutes for absolutely no reason at all.


  • In the French film The 11 Commandments, Michaël Youn and his buddies have a specific Commandment to accomplish that goes like this: "You'll resurrect a celebrity of the 1940s". Youn disguises himself as Hitler, and four of his buddies are dressed as SS officers and soldiers, and they go in a village to do a Candid Camera Prank, talking to the locals and tell them how Hitler "has changed". The kicker? 3 out of 4 of these guys (including Youn) are Jewish. They got into some trouble with the local police, for real.
  • One of the short films in the horror-comedy anthology, Chillerama, is called The Diary of Anne Frankenstein. The film has the distinction of making fun of both Hitler and Anne Frank.
  • The Devil With Hitler, a World War Two propaganda comedy film, has the Devil screwing around with Hitler, setting him up for all kinds of pratfalls.
    • Its sequel, alternately known as Nazty Nuisance or The Last Three, amps up the screwing around, making Hitler, Mussolini and a Japanese General names Sukiyaki butt monkies for everyone in the film,up to and including gaslighting them into nearly killing one another and then shooting them out of a torpedo tube!
  • Look Who's Back based upon the comedic novel of the same name, in which the Führer himself ends up in present day Germany, and becomes a media sensation. An absolute riot. That is, before the Mood Whiplash kicks in and it's shown how a man as savvy and driven as Hitler could do some terribly catastrophic harm to a fragile and fearful modern-day Germany.
  • Euro Trip: When the main characters visit Mieke's home, Mieke's younger brother is shown imitating Hitler and goosestepping through the apartment without his parents noticing.
  • The 2008 Russian comedy Gitler Kaput (literally "Hitler's Kaput!") has this in spades, turning the Führer into an nervous wreck obsessed with potatoes, of all things, and who surrounds himself with white rappers decked out in Nazi-themed bling. It also lampoons German and Soviet troops, with the lead Pavel Derevyanko playing a blundering parody of SS mole Maxim Isaev from Seventeen Moments of Spring.
  • Goebbels und Geduldig. Joseph Goebbels learns that there's a Jewish prisoner named Geduldig who looks exactly like him. He goes to the concentration camp to have him shot, but Geduldig is able to escape and pass himself off as Goebbels. Meanwhile, the real Goebbels is taken by the guards to be the Jewish prisoner.
  • The 1967 French comedy Le Grand Restaurant, when Louis de Funčs starts imitating Hitler, with convenient shadows. "Muskatnuss!"
    Auf Wiedersehen, Herr Müller...
  • The Great Dictator is Charlie Chaplin's lampoon of German Nazism and Italian fascism, with the serial numbers filed off. Chaplin plays both "Adenoid Hynkel, ruler of Tomainia" and the nameless Jewish barber who is a dead ringer for him. Other Expies include Garbitsch (Goebbels), Herring (Göring), and Benzino Napaloni (Benito Mussolini).
  • Highway to Hell. Adolf Hitler (Gilbert Gottfried) is one of the inhabitants of Hell. He's played in Gottfried's standard over-the-top manner, very similar to the character of Iago in Disney's Aladdin.
  • For Inglourious Basterds, Quentin Tarantino "introduces" Hitler as a Large Ham who whines about the title characters while Chewing the Scenery and Milking the Giant Cow.
  • Jojo Rabbit is about a little boy in Nazi Germany whose Imaginary Friend just so happens to be Hitler... as played by the film's director, Jewish Māori comedian Taika Waititi. The result is that Hitler acts very much the same way the child does. However, when Jojo begins to question the Nazi ideals and becomes friends with Elsa, this aspect vanishes, and the imaginary Hitler begins to transform from a kind and goofy supporter to a wrathful reflection of the actual Hitler. At the end, when Jojo rejects Hitler's ideals once and for all, he declares "Fuck off, Hitler!" and literally kicks him out of the window.
  • Kung Fury features Adolf Hitler, a.k.a. Kung Führer, the worst criminal of all time.
  • During the dream sequence in Let George Do It! (1940), George Formby parachutes into a Nuremberg Rally and punches Hitler in the face.
  • In Little Nicky, Hitler's punishment in hell is to be forced to dress as a French Maid and repeatedly get an Ass Shove with a pineapple.
    Hitler: Holy schnitt!
  • The German film Mein Führer, featuring the comedian/singer/songwriter Helge Schneider in the title role, lives this trope. In an interview director Dany Levy said that he wanted to "knock the Nazis off their throne of vicious admiration".
  • In Rat Race, Randy Pear is a Jewish father of a family of four, who vehemently refuses to do or own anything even remotely associated with Those Wacky Nazis, including getting a Volkswagen. At one point, they are driving and pass a sign that says "Barbie Museum". His daughter insists they stop by. He agrees and is horrified to learn that the museum is actually dedicated to SS-Hauptsturmführer Klaus Barbie and is run by neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers. After getting his family out of there, they notice that their car has been taken by their rivals. Determined to continue the race, and to spite the neo-Nazis, he steals the old-fashioned car displayed outside the museum (supposedly, one of Hitler's cars). While driving, he accidentally burns his middle finger and then throat with an electric lighter, ending up with him accidentally flipping off passing bikers. The bikers force the car off the road, resulting in them literally crashing a World War II veteran rally. During the crash, he also gets a smudge above his lip. You can see where this is going. Dazed, he gets to the podium and starts trying to explain to the veterans what happened, showing them his burned middle finger, but his words are mangled beyond recognition due to his throat damage. As his story gets more animated, he starts wildly gesticulating with his arms, with a lot of the movements involving rapidly throwing his straight arm up. This ends when one of the veterans takes a pot shot at him with his service revolver and misses.
  • The Three Stooges, who were all Jewish, were the first comics to publicly spoof Hitler, Goebbels, and Göring with the short You Nazty Spy! Moe (whose real name was Moses Horwitz) was reportedly quite proud of that accomplishment. They followed up with I'll Never Heil Again and other examples, including the scene in "High as a Kite" where Curly sits down on a photo of Hitler, causing Nazis to heil Curly's bottom. Hitler is often referred to in the films as "Schicklgruber", as his father was born Alois Schicklgruber,note  and "Adolf Schicklgruber" is a more difficult name to take seriously in the Anglophone world.note 
  • Videodrome: Max has a picture of Hitler in a ballerina skirt with a swastika on it and on stilts in his living room.
  • In Who Am I (2014), a hacker group manages to hack the presentation laptop during a neo-Nazi conference and play their animation depicting Adolf Hitler in female underwear being dry-humped by dogs. The audience is outraged.
  • The German comedy movie Der Wixxer has Alfons Hatler, a butler (and in the sequel the warden of a Bedlam House) who, additionally to his similar name, also looks and talks like Hitler. In a bit of a subversion (both to resembling Hitler and being a butler in a crime mystery) he is neither villainous nor evil.
  • In most of the Indiana Jones franchise the Nazis are a serious and credible threat, but Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade features one scene where Indy (disguised as a German soldier) is trying to escape a Nazi rally with his father's diary (that is the key to the mystery of the location of the Holy Grail which the Nazis have been searching for), and literally bumps into Hitler himself. Hitler sees the book, takes it from Indy, opens it... then signs it and hands it back to him, apparently assuming the only reason a person might be carrying a book around in his presence would be because they wanted his autograph.

  • Die galaktische Gurke, a parody one-shot of Perry Rhodan, had a crazy android named Adlof Hilter, who thought he was the Führer. Since in the 70s, Rhodan was too often compared to Hitler by leftist critics (there are enough reasons pro and contra this opinion), Rhodan fans fumed.
  • Er Ist Wieder Da ("Look Who's Back") is a comedic novel in which the Führer himself ends up in present day Germany, and becomes a media sensation. At least, that's the general plot. The book opens with Hitler blithely wondering why Germany isn't an uninhabitable wasteland as per his Salt the Earth instructions shortly before his actual death. Initially, Hitler's naivety about the modern world is portrayed as amusing, and possibly even endearing, but once he gets a grasp on modern media such as the Internet, he quickly starts to exploit these inventions to great and chilling effect, managing to gradually worm his way into popularity with the ills of intentions. It should be noted though that this portrayal of Hitler aims not to make yet another caricature (unlike countless others) but to portray him as a charismatic people person, someone funny but trustworthy and scarily good at adapting, to explain how he got so far in Real Life. In a way, this is much more terrifying than the bumbling idiot or screaming madman portrayals typically seen.
  • It All Started with Columbus remarks that Hitler "looked like Charlie Chaplin but was only in the newsreels." "A furor" is the caption for the accompanying cartoon of him giving an angry speech.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Harry Enfield and Chums has a series of skits that portray Hitler, Goebbels, Himmler, and Göring as being super Camp Gay.
    Hitler: Not too camp?
    Goebbels: No, not the way you do it.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Let's Kill Hitler", where the Führer gets locked in a storage cupboard early in the episode, and is still there when it ends.
    Rory: Shut up, Hitler!
  • The Whitest Kids U' Know did a skit called "Triumph of the Ill" which featured Hitler and Göring rapping.
  • The IT Crowd features a rather throwaway gag where Douglas, upon passing out after accidentally shooting himself in the leg, meets his father, Denholm in heaven, who attempts to persuade him into coming into the light. Before he can do this, however, Hitler pokes his head round the door and Douglas starts to suspect that This Isn't Heaven. This leads to Denholm trying to play him off as a woman dressed up for a heaven Hitler party.
  • The infamous failed sitcom Heil Honey I'm Home! attempted this. Hitler is portrayed as your average sitcom husband with the Catchphrase "I've been a baa—ad Hitler" if he did something foolish or Nazi-esque. It's worth noting the show was meant to be a parody of American sitcom tropes and probably does have at least some of its tongue in its cheek in a Black Comedy sense, but the fact the title character is functionally an average bumbling sitcom husband who just so happens to be Hitler makes the concept less transgressive and tone-deaf and more surreal and bizarre, hence its cancellation after only one episode.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus:
    • Episode 12: Adolf Hitler survived World War II and is living in Britain under the name "Hilter". He tries (badly) to pretend to be British and restart the Nazi Party by winning a local by-election, but tends to lose his temper and act in a stupid and crazed manner (he hasn't slept since 1945).
    • There's also the "Funniest Joke in the World" sketch, wherein said joke is used as a war weapon against the Nazis, but the parts that best fit the trope are the German "counter-joke" (which are just captions superimposed on Hitler's speech footage) and the Allied soldier being interrogated at Gestapo.
  • Dad's Army refers to this on occasion. The theme tune, Who Do You Think You Are Kidding Mister Hitler?, is a pastiche of wartime songs that treated Hitler as a joke.
  • When some people complained that 'Allo 'Allo! made Nazis look fun and harmless, thus encouraging people to embrace Neo-Nazism, the counterargument was portraying the Gestapo as bumbling idiots, and the Wehrmacht as corrupt fools was a better way to make them unattractive to mindless thugs, rather then making them Ubermensch killing machines.
  • Soap: In a throwaway gag it's revealed that Hitler is alive and well working as a waiter in a cafe in Ecuador.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000: Mike and the Bots' reaction to the infamous "Hitler Building" scene in "Invasion of the Neptune Men".
    All: [upon seeing the building] WHAT?!
    Tom: They blew up the Hitler Building! Now where are the children going to go to see Hitler memorabilia?!
    Crow: All the Hitler rides and games! The Hitler salt and pepper shakers!
    Mike: That great restaurant, "The Bunker"... gone!
  • Hogan's Heroes: The whole show revolves around making the Nazis look like bumbling buffoons. The basic premise is that the Allies are operating an extremely effective spy ring... from inside a POW camp. Hogan and his men have managed to set up a massive underground base complete with countless hidden entrances and a radio setup that lets them communicate with Allied leadership. Of course Colonel Klink and his men remain completely oblivious to all of this, even though the POWs leave the camp on a regular basis for sabotage and espionage.
    • Carter impersonates Hitler several times to dupe Colonel Klink.
    • Kinchloe, played by African-American actor Ivan Dixon, also impersonated Hitler a few times— over the phone, naturally. He once ordered Klink to send a German officer to the Russian Front— the officer was secretly a Russian POW.
  • The Obersalzberg skits from German comedy series Switch! (1997) are essentially The Office, Third Reich style, with Hitler as the hapless David Brent figure (or rather, his counterpart from the German version of the Office, Stromberg).
  • Hitler appears in an episode of El Chapulín Colorado, played by Chespirito himself, with the expected results.
  • Done a few times in Red Dwarf, most notably when Lister manages to get himself inserted into the Nuremberg Rally in "Timeslides".
    Lister: Ignore him! He's a complete and total nutter! And he's only got one testicle!
  • Discussed Trope in The Kids in the Hall: According to one skit, a bawdy sketch involving Hitler among the pigs was deemed too offensive to show.
  • Mr. Show:
    • A sketch took the form of a news item about cloned Hitlers being given out to Jewish families, who use them for all sorts of mundane purposes. If the owners die, the Hitler is on its own. Turns out life is pretty tough when everybody knows you're Hitler.
      Cynical Hitler (David Cross): You know, the young ones are always grumbling about how "we never asked to be grown in a lab." Well, let me tell you something, we have a saying around here: Get used to it, Hitler!
    • In the very first episode, David performs a piece from his one man show "Hitler Sings", in which he puts on a mustache and gazes longingly out the window singing, "When will I be special? When will I be someone who's loved for me?" Turns out he confuses Hitler with Anne Frank.
  • In Misfits after a time travel plot goes wrong, Hitler gets beaten up by violent chav, Kelly. First by headbutting him, then kicking him in the crotch a few times when he is on the ground.
    Kelly: Oi, 'Itler. Why 'ave you gotta be such a dick!?
  • SCTV: A tabloid news show has a clip of Hitler, alive and working as a short-order cook (played by Andrea Martin). There's a sign above the counter reading "Have Hitler cook your breakfast!"
  • Horrible Histories makes fun of bad people from history all the time (and everyone else from history, for that matter) so it's not surprising they've had one or two instances of poking fun at the Fuhrer. "If we wake him up, such a paddy he will get in!"
  • On The Larry Sanders Show, Jon Stewart attempts this trope when he's Larry's guest host. A skit features Hank Kingsley as "Adolf Hankler", host of a German version of Jeopardy! in which the answer to every question is "the Jews". Guest Jason Alexander is so offended that he leaves before Stewart can interview him, and the network (which had warned Stewart about the sketch) immediately stops production on the episode and airs a rerun instead.
  • White Rabbit Project has Hitler getting more and more whimsical after being secretly fed estrogen-laced food by British secret agents in the "Estrogen" legend in the Crazy WW2 Weapons episode. Culminates in Hitler's breast becoming enlarged followed by Hitler reenacting the opening of The Sound of Music.
  • Zigzagged in Preacher (2016), as Hitler (now residing in Hell) is shown to be a neurotic little man with delusions of grandeur, but also has infrequent moments of competence — usually when that would be funnier than having him fail.
  • The Supernatural episode "The One You've Been Waiting For", in which the Thule society resurrects Hitler:
    Hitler: I love doggies. Woof, woof, woof.
  • Heilsubælið Í Gervahverfi, an Icelandic sitcom set in a hospital, has the head doctor have similar facial features to Hitler, same hairstyle, same mustache, similar voice, has the swastika on his coat, doesn't have the salute but close to it and as a greeting, he says "Hæ, litli!" which translates to Hi Little, but does sound eerily familiar if you say it fast. And his first name? Adolf.

  • The Amon Düül II album Made In Germany has "5.5.55," where Wally Whitefish interviews (stock audio of) Hitler before the latter takes the stage at a White House rock concert.
  • "Der Fuehrer's Face", a Spike Jones tune ridiculing Nazi ideology and Hitler in particular, later the basis for an animated short.
  • Several sets of unofficial lyrics to the "Colonel Bogey March" include references to Hitler's rumored testicular problems.
  • The Bonzo Dog Band: On "The Intro & the Outro" of their debut album, Gorilla, Hitler apparently plays along in the band.
  • In Nick Lowe's song "Little Hitler", he compares Jake Riviera, his notoriously thuggish manager, to the Fuhrer.
    • The following year Elvis Costello topped Lowe with "Two Little Hitlers". While Riviera was Costello's manager as well, this is more a comical love song where both sides are Godwined.
  • Possibly an Ur-Example: In 1939, some Nazi leaders denounced the popular dance tune "The Lambeth Walk" as "Jewish mischief and animalistic hopping." So Charles Ridley of the British Ministry of Information took some footage of Nazi troops from Triumph of the Will and remixed it to make it look like they were dancing to (you guessed it) the Lambeth Walk. Comics historian Mark Evanier remarks, "It is said the film was shown for Joseph Goebbels and he exploded and ran screaming from the room in anger. If so, that alone was reason enough to make it." You can watch it on his blog here.
  • Another Ur-Example is Ludwik Sempoliński's song "Ten Wąsik, Ach, Ten Wąsik" (That Mustache, Oh, That Mustache), that premiered in a Polish cabaret in May 1939. The lyrics mock Hitler as someone who stole Charlie Chaplin's schtick, and the song's popularity led to Sempoliński going into hiding from the Nazi occupying forces (who actually had orders to detain him).
  • The Residents devoted an entire concept album, The Third Reich 'n Roll, to poking fun at Hitler and Nazis.
  • Subverted for shock value in Anal Cunt's "Hitler Was a Sensitive Man" and "I Went Back in Time and Voted for Hitler".
  • The sound track for the Mel Brooks film, To Be or Not to Be (1983) has an extra bonus track called "Hitler Rap," not in the film. Brooks made a video of it.
  • This is the gag behind more than one Hanzel und Gretyl song, which tend to feature "speeches" sampled from The Great Dictator arranged to make it sound like an oddly high-pitched Hitler singing nonsense to the tune of Industrial Metal.
  • You might know "Schweine" by Glukoza from Grand Theft Auto IV. But not the video note  that shows the Nazis as a pigs...and Hitler desperately needs a baby pacifier.
  • Sabaton: Yarnhub's story video for "Christmas Truce" has a couple shots of a German soldier with a toothbrush mustache, clearly meant to be Hitler in his German Army days, trying to tattle on the truce to the generals before being hit in the head with a stray soccer ball, then grumpily observing the proceedings from the sidelines.

  • Behind the Bastards has devoted several episodes to Hitler and the Third Reich, and tends to treat Hitler's eccentricities (such as the time when he thought Karl May, a young adult novelist and serial Con Man, was a military genius, or the time he as a teenager relayed an elaborate murder-suicide fantasy to a friend because he thought he had been "spurned" by a childhood crush of his, a girl he had never actually spoken to) as the butt of jokes.

    Puppet Shows 


  • The Em-Fuehrer Jones, Langston Hughes' parody of The Emperor Jones, has Hitler lost in a black forest, trying in vain to goosestep away from the non-Aryan voices confronting him from all directions and giving him "Heel!" for "Heil!"
  • Martin Downing's The House of Frankenstein features a "Phantom of the Opera" whose crippling facial deformity is a face that's a spitting image of Hitler's, fetish fuel for Ilsa the German maid...
  • Another nominee for Ur-Example: the stage version of Hellzapoppin' opened with newsreel footage of Hitler dubbed with a Yiddish accent.

    Video Games 
  • Hearts of Iron 3 consistently pokes fun at Hitler in the tutorial which he narrates, reminding you that his facial hair is inadequate and he's not a very good painter. The tutorial also ends with him shooting himself in the head.
  • The New Order Last Days Of Europe generally presents the genocidal insanity of Nazism in a realistically somber and grim light, but occasionally allows itself the liberty to engage in some Black Comedy at their expense; from the senile Hitler's berating of the player for using cheats to sequence-break the game to High Priest Velimir's truly nonsensical historical and linguistic theories.
  • The online game Double Hitler, a QWOP-style adventure game that suggests Hitler was actually two young boys in a Totem Pole Trench. The Nazis come off as particularly incompetent and their sheer gullible stupidity is Played for Laughs, not only for being taken in by the Paper-Thin Disguise of the boys but at one point being so breathtakingly idiotic that one mistakes a balloon with a face drawn on it for an unusually stoic Fuhrer.
  • RAID: World War II, when you strike a successful blow against the Nazi war machine, you get treated to Hitler receiving the report and basically throwing a tantrum (including one where he throws a freaking hand grenade at the poor guy who brings him the report).
  • Beginning with Sniper Elite V2, the series has a Running Gag of a mission where you get to kill Hitler...or someone who is a convincing body double of the guy (none of the games ever confirm or deny that its really him, however).
  • In Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus. Hitler is 71 years old by the events of the game, and is a physical and mental wreck. Over the course of his appearance he forgets about the casting for a propaganda film he wrote, waves a gun in the actor's faces, pumps an entire clip into Ronald Reagan on the suspicion he's a Jewish spy, stops to take a leak in an ice bucket in full view of the actors, misses the bucket and pisses blood all over the floor while ranting about his books and Jewish infiltrators. Then he pukes. Then he mistakes the director for his mother and buries his head into her bosom for comfort. Then he demands B.J. at gunpoint to act as himself while completely failing to recognise him, and then chastises him for failing to properly capture B.J.'s personality. And then he stops halfway through a rant about his film to take a nap on the floor. Hitler shoots one of the other actors after he complains that the SS-Man in the acting room hit his nose too hard. At this point the player has a chance to go up to the sleeping Hitler and kill him with a single kick to the face — and there's even an achievement for it!note  Proceeding normally, B.J. loses it and kills the SS-Man, emptying a clip into him and crushing his head in before throwing the rifle and cracking bulletproof plastic and shouting at Hitler. Hitler CONSIDERS THIS AN ACT AND CONGRATULATES HIM FOR BEING BETTER THAN PERFECT DESPITE THE FACT THAT HE KILLED ONE OF HIS GUARDS. He then shoots the other actor who just slumps over dead. That said, he's still the power-mad, paranoid, genocidal dictator of a world-spanning white supremacist regime which commits countless atrocities against innocent people and is absolutely not Played for Laughs.

    Web Animation 
  • Downfall Hitler (of Hitler Rants fame) is one of the main villains of The Frollo Show, and one of the most incompetent and stupid. Even when a question was specifically designed to send Scanty on a risky mission instead of him...
    Stocking: The first one to name five German cities doesn't have to go.
    (smash cut)
    Hitler: Why did that question have to be so hard?!
  • Dolph from Camp Camp has a such a strong resemblance to Hitler and Nazi mannerisms that it's even lampshaded by Nikki. The joke in this case is that this contrasts quite strongly with his actual personality - despite the resemblance, he's actually a genuinely nice kid who seems to be unaware of how reminiscent he is of an infamous historical figure who's his complete opposite, as well as how much he tends to make people uncomfortable for that reason.

  • The Non-Adventures of Wonderella has an Opposite-Sex Clone of Hitler, called Hitlerella, who is treated just as much of a joke as the rest of the cast.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal has various strips involving Hitler that make jokes at his expense, such as an alternate universe Hitler who works at a carnival. There's also one strip revolving around a clone of Hitler who was created specifically to be punished for the original's crimes. However, his creators quickly felt guilty about this and released him into the world (its implied that the clone has the original's personality but not his memories). It quickly turns out that without a power base like that of 1930s Germany, Adolf Hitler is just kind of a jerk that no one wants to be around. In another strip Hitler has become so effective at fighting off time-travelers that when those from the far future come back to subjugate everyone else, there's only one person humanity can turn to... the film executives veto such a movie idea.
  • Hipster Hitler is made of this, re-imagining him as a modern-day pretentious hipster (also featuring Josef Stalin as a frat guy).
  • Goats:
    • In an arc, the protagonists go see the movie Good Hitler versus Space Hitler, where Good Hitler is an agent while Space Hitler is a creepy alien. It's implied to be only the latest in a long line of Good Hitler movies.
    • The Good Hitler franchise went on the become a bit of a running joke in Goats, and the beginning of a Good Hitler story (in which he fought Good Kim Jong Un who had turned evil) was later featured in Jon Rosenberg's other comic Scenes from a Multiverse.
  • Bob the Angry Flower has a strip where Hitler returned to Earth to atone for his sins by saving people. Everyone hates him and treats him badly because he's, well, Hitler.
  • Bug Martini shows us it's a bad idea to argue with Hitler over the internet.

    Web Original 
  • Cats That Look Like Hitler: A photo gallery of various cats who resemble Den Fuehrer.
  • Hitler has made three appearances on Epic Rap Battles of History, rapping against Darth Vader. He was frozen in carbonite after the first, dropped into the Rancor Pit after the second, and sliced in half by Vader's lightsaber after the third, because Even Evil Has Standards.
  • This is the premise of the Hitler Rants Gag Sub videos. The footage is from Downfall (which itself is not comedic), about Hitler's final ten days, hiding out in the Führerbunker as the Battle of Berlin rages outside. In the early days, people just added Gag Subs to a scene of Hitler (Bruno Ganz) angrily ranting (originally about a counter-attack he'd planned but was not carried out on account of it being impossible), making it look like he is ranting about whatever the video creator takes issue with at the moment. But later on, people started adding comical special effects, creating a bizarre cartoonish universe, wherein Hitler comes up with outlandish plans to win the war, which are usually foiled by the incompetence of himself or his generals or the jokes and antics of his brother-in-law Hermann Fegelein. There are also crossovers with other Hitlers sometimes, usually goofy ones such as the one from Inglourious Basterds.
  • The Ignore Hitler meme. Word of God said he did it to make fun of Hitler.
  • Things That Look Like Hitler: A photo gallery of various people, animals, and objects that (may) resemble Hitler.
  • And, of course, let's not forget the Hitler House.
  • Hitler Getting Punched: A gallery of photos and comic scans about Hitler getting beaten up in amusing ways.
  • To make up for Eight Crazy Nights being such a poor Hanukkah movie, The Nostalgia Critic provides an image of Hitler roasting on a menorah.

    Western Animation 
  • Cubby's World Flight by Van Beuren Studios is the earliest known cartoon depicting Adolf Hitlernote . He is simply seen wearing Lederhosen and greeting Cubby with a beer Maß as he passes over Germany in his plane, alongside Paul von Hindenburg and an unidentified blond officer.
  • The Simpsons: Despite creator Matt Groening going on record claiming he is not fond of Hitler jokes, he has a let a few good ones pass. Sadly, some of Hitler's appearances on the show are more redundant than really funny.
    • In "Duffless", Hitler's head is seen passing by in a bottle with formol.
    • In "Rosebud" a flashback shows that Mr. Burns teddy bear Bobo fell into Hitler's hands after Charles Lindbergh crossed the Atlantic. During the bombing of Berlin, Hitler blamed Bobo for his downfall. "This is all your fault!"
    • In "Bart vs. Australia", Bart dials a random phone number to Argentina, which reaches an elderly Adolf Hitler's car phone. However, being old and decrepit, Hitler doesn't reach the phone in time.
      Old!Hitler: ACH! Car phone is more like nuisance phone!
      Cyclist: Buenos noches, mein fuhrer!
      Hitler: *exhausted tone* Jah jah...
    • In "New Kids on the Blecch", an Olympic TV special is broadcast showing Hitler enraged that in the 1936 Olympics, Jesse Owens outraces his Zeppelin. In the 1968 Olympics, Bob Beamon breaks the long jump record and gets him angry again.
    • In the episode "Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie", a cartoon from the 1940s is shown where Itchy and Scratchy beat, kick and decapitate Hitler. Then Itchy chops off Scratchy's head and Franklin D. Roosevelt appears, kicking both Hitler and Scratchy in the butt.
    • In "The Regina Monologues", Moe guesses that Hitler was the famous person depicted on the $1000 bill.
    • In "Bart Carny", Hitler's car is destroyed by Bart during a carnival. Nelson Muntz punches Bart and asks him: "That was Hitler's car. What did he ever do to you?"
    • In "Old Yeller Belly", Lisa and Santa's Little Helper watch an old Rin Tin Tin movie, where the dog bites Hitler for no other apparent reason than the fact that they both appeared in black-and-white movies. Then Santa's Little Helper sees a mailman that looks like Hitler and attacks him.
    Mailman: Leave the mustache on, my wife says, you look so handsome, she says...
    • In an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon that spoofs The King's Speech, Hitler is — again — thrown in at the last moment, crushing Scratchy with his tank. This causes Maggie to imitate Hitler's salute, to which Lisa quickly corrects her.
    • The alternative ending of the film Casablanca in "Natural Born Kissers" shows Hitler suddenly appearing from his hiding place in Sam's piano, about to kill Humphrey Bogart with a grenade, when Ilsa drops out of the plane with a parachute and lands on the piano, trapping Hitler inside when the grenade goes off.
    • The Christmas special segment set in World War II ended with Marge breaking into a Nazi-filled movie theater, Inglorious Basterds style. Ater Marge tears through the cinema screen (which is playing a Nazi parody of Dumbo), Hitler tears off his moustache and puts it on Göring who's sitting next to him.
    • In "Whacking Day", Grandpa Simpson tells a (probably apocryphal) story in which he, in drag, performs as a cabaret singer for a room full of Nazis and catches the eye of Hitler... until his fake boob falls out.
      Hitler: "Ach du liber! Das ist nicht ein booby!"
  • Frequently, in Family Guy, Hitler is played for laughs in cutaways.
    • Cleveland complains about shows that derail their own plots for random "bullcrap." Cut to a brief scene of Hitler juggling fish on a unicycle while calliope music plays. Later in the episode the show cuts back to the same scene, only for Peter to run in, knock Hitler off his unicycle, and punch him in the face, then tell the audience they "had a plan for that all along."
    • In the first episode, Lois claims that all of the world's problems are caused by poor self image. We immediately cut to a scrawny Hitler trying to work out in a gym and getting jealous of a muscle-packed rabbi with female admirers on his arms.
    • Death tells Peter about how death is a necessary part of life, and gives an example by asking what the world would be like if Hitler never died. It then cuts to Hitler as a modern talk show host.
    • Naturally, he appears in "Road to Germany" when Brian, Stewie and Mort are trapped in World War II-era Poland and later, Germany. He only appears in the end where he and Stewie enact a parody of the Mirror Routine from Duck Soup.
    • He also appears in "The Griffin Family History" where it's revealed that one of Peter Griffin's ancestors was Adolf Hitler's annoying brother.
    • "420" has a bit where Peter and his father-in-law Carter try to illegalize marijuana again by creating a brief propaganda film consisting of clips of Hitler and a German crowd dubbed over by Peter and Carter that implies the Holocaust happened because Hitler and everyone who supported him were potheads. The plan fails because Carter receives a call informing him that FOX owns the rights to Hitler's likeness and they won't let anyone slander him.
  • The Cleveland Show has also had its fair share of Hitler jokes.
    • In "All You Can Eat", Junior starts going by the name "CJ" instead of "Cleveland Junior", saying that many famous people only go by one name, such as Madonna and Hitler. Roberta takes offense to Junior comparing himself to someone as disgusting and scummy as Madonna.
  • In one Hey Arnold! episode, Arnold's grandfather told an embellished tale of the time he fought Hitler in the war. He defeated Hitler by giving him a wedgie. But Arnold calls him out on this, so Grandpa admits that it wasn't Hitler.
    Grandpa: It was Goebbels.
  • Looney Tunes:
    • The 1933 cartoon Bosko's Picture Show includes a mock newsreel, which at one point features vaudeville comedian Jimmy Durante on vacation in "Pretzel, Germany". Durante is shown being chased around by Hitler, who is wearing lederhosen and carrying an ax. This section with Hitler is often cut in syndication, however.
    • In the 1944 short Russian Rhapsody, Hitler pilots a bomber personally to attack Russia, but is defeated by "gremlins from the Kremlin", who do such things as putting tacks on his chair, scaring him with a Josef Stalin mask, and disassembling the bomber out from under him.
    • In another 1940s short, Daffy the Commando (1943), Hitler is compared to a skunk and Daffy Duck hits him with a mallet near the end of the cartoon.
    • Daffy, again, tricks Hitler, Goebbels, and Göring in the 1944 cartoon Plane Daffy
    • The 1942 short The Ducktators depicts Hitler as a duck taking over a barnyard. He is defeated along with Benito Mussolini and Hideki Tojo in the end.
    • The 1943 short Tokio Jokio has Hitler briefly appear for a joke involving Rudolph Hess.
    • A 1945 Bugs Bunny cartoon, Herr Meets Hare has Bugs make mock of Hermann Göring in the same manner that he usually takes on Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam. At the end, Bugs scares off Hitler and Göring by dressing up as Josef Stalin.
    • 1943's Scrap Happy Daffy has Hitler losing his shit after reading about Daffy's scrap pile ("?!#@#@!! Non-Aryan Duck!"). He sends a goat to destroy it and it looks as if the Nazis won until Daffy gets some divine intervention. Also, a scene transition is used to implicitly call him a horse's ass.
    • Hitler, Hirohito and Stalin appear in very bizarre caricatures in the nightmare scenes from 1943's ''Tin Pan Alley Cats."
  • Robot Chicken:
    • "Li'l Hitler" shorts feature a child version of Hitler at school trying to take over the desks of other students.
    • Also, a series of "Dicks With Time Machines" sketches ends with the mischievous time traveler disrupting one of Hitler's speeches by projecting a picture of him on the toilet, making him into a laughingstock who can't get anyone's attention. (The title then changes to "Heroes With Time Machines").
  • In the South Park episodes "Hell on Earth 2006" and "Mr Hankey's Christmas Classics", he appears as a deranged resident of Hell. Cartman also admires him and frequently dresses up as him for fun, much to others' disgust.
    Narrator: Adolf Hitler was a very, very naughty man!
  • The Tex Avery MGM Cartoons short Blitz Wolf centers around a retelling of The Three Little Pigs where the Big Bad Wolf is a goofy, lupine caricature of Hitler. As you would expect, he ends up getting blown to Fire and Brimstone Hell.
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Der Inflatable Fuhrer", it turns out that Hitler tried to smuggle his possessions out of Nazi Germany in a balloon hidden inside his anus. The balloon burst, trapping Hitler's soul inside it. (Makes Just as Much Sense in Context.) The ATHF convince Talking Balloon!Hitler to stop hating Jews by pointing out that most of his favorite celebrities are Jewish, but when the Fuhrer starts hating on gays instead, Frylock decides he's had enough and literally bursts Hitler's bubble.
  • The Donald Duck cartoon Der Fuehrer's Face. All together now:
    Ven der fueherer says, "Ve ist der master race,"
    Ve heil! (Bronx cheer) Heil! (Bronx cheer) Right in der fuehrer's face!
    Not to love der fuehrer ist a great disgrace,
    So ve heil! (Bronx cheer) Heil! (Bronx cheer) Right in der fuehrer's face!
  • Another Disney short, Education for Death, is a relentlessly somber illustration of how Germans were conditioned from birth to the Nazi mentality — in a revisionist version of Sleeping Beauty taught to children, Hitler is shown as a buffoonish fairy tale hero. Yes, this film is so grim, they can use Hitler as comedy relief.
  • Hitler made a few appearances on The Critic as well. Once, to illustrate Jay's unpopularity, Duke shows him test audiences giving Hitler a higher approval rating. In another episode, a French waiter at Cannes reminiscences about Hitler and Eva Braun vacationing on the beach.
  • In the Popeye cartoon Seein' Red, White and Blue, Popeye's punch (which already knocked Hirohito over onto his horse's ass) K.O.s Hitler, whose dialogue is relegated to a simple and elongated "B.O.!"
  • One time on Code Monkeys, GameAvision gets sued by Hitler's descendants over a new game that Dave made about Hitler as part of a bet; they turn out to be a Nazi cabal trying to get a footing in America. While at Hitler Castle, Dave and Black Steve discover Hitler's frozen-in-carbonite body in a back room. They decide to thaw him out, beat him up, piss on him, and give him an atomic sit-up. He escaped and set off mind-controlled bears and Nazi troopers against the staff; a bunch of cowboys defeat his forces and Hitler shoots himself again. Another episode had a brief gag of the GameAvision freezer having a Hitler clone inside; Mr. Larrity claims it's there for "insurance".
  • Rick and Morty has Abradolf Lincler, a hybrid clone of Abraham Lincoln and Adolf Hitler created by Rick. He was intended to be a perfectly neutral political leader but his conflicting nature makes him act very strange. His first appearance has him show up at a party to attack Rick, only to end up getting the crap kicked out of him by a black guy.
    • And recently a Planet of Hitlers appears with different versions of Hitler from different worlds meeting to organize genocides.
  • Love, Death & Robots: "Alternate Histories" is pretty much just Hitler dying in increasingly improbable ways while still at art school. And the even more improbable consequences of each death.
  • Rare Francophone example: The penultimate episode of Il était une fois... l'homme has only one scene with Hitler, and that's in a newsreel shown in a movie theater. Here, he is depicted as a bug-eyed goofball whose dialogue is obviously dubbed over by a recording of one of his actual speeches.
  • Ironically, in Histeria!, the above show's Denser and Wackier American Spiritual Successor, this trope is cruelly averted. In the World War II episode, Hitler is portrayed as a Big Red Devil with a perpetual Slasher Smile, a voice like Dr. Claw, and not an ounce of humor to offset his villainy. This depiction is just as nightmarish as it sounds, so Histeria! would have been better off playing this trope straight instead.
  • The teaser to the SuperMansion episode "Home is Where the Shart Is" shows a flashback where Adolf Hitler has Titanium Rex and the 1940's roster of the League of Freedom dangling over a pit of lava and announcing his intent to kill them by siccing a Pig Man supervillain named Schwein Kampf on them. Unfortunately for Hitler, he won't stop insulting Schwein Kampf for being a humanoid pig, resutling in Schwein Kampf turning on Hitler and tossing him into the lava after Titanium Rex assures him that pretty much no one likes Hitler at all.
  • Terrytoons' wartime cartoon "The Last Roundup" pits Gandy Goose and Sourpuss in Germany against Hitler (caricatured as a pig). Gandy is uncharacteristically competent in this cartoon.

    Real Life 
  • Groucho Marx literally danced on Hitler's grave, performing a two-minute Charleston on top of the ruins of the bunker where Hitler killed himself. However, he later remarked that it was "not much consolation."
  • Nazi chic often enters this — either intentionally though Crosses the Line Twice, or because the Fuhrer is used in ridiculous ways, as John Oliver discovered regarding Thailand.
  • Oddly enough, Defied Trope by Steven Spielberg: After making Schindler's List, he swore off ever portraying Nazis again as anything else but pure, unmockable evil (even if an evil that would get its ass kicked a lot by the protagonists or literally would be struck down by the wrath of God for its hubris), because he said he would never be able to feel this Trope again in good taste (and wouldn't be able to apply it well, if he did tried to use it). This is one of the various Real Life Writes the Plot factors that made Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull use the Red Scare and Communist Russians as the Big Bad.
  • Downplayed, but there are multiple documentaries that take an obvious delight in lampooning Hitler by pointing out that, in real life, he actually was an absurd little man. What else is there to say about someone who wanted to build a Volkshall big enough that it would have its own internal weather system note  if it wouldn't have sunk into the soil of Berlinnote , and whose long, long list of quack remedies and prescription drug-abuse includes injecting bull semen into his bloodstream as a virility tonic?
  • A similar version of the trope was employed in the Eastern Bloc countries to ridicule communist dictators whenever gaffes, illiteracy or being unsophisticated on their part became known to citizens.


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