Secure the towering height,
Where princes stand:
Love of the fatherland,
Love of the free man,
Founds the ruler's throne
Like crags at sea.
When Germany isn't shown as Oktoberfest, or All Germans Are Nazis, chances are it would be shown like this, particularly in historical works. The Theme Park Version of Imperial Germany (and Prussia in particular) during the late 19th century and World War I, these Germans are likely to be dour, industrious types with a love of war, honour and tradition and a hatred of fun and games. Given that this version of Germany has definite Proud Warrior Race undertones, characters from the Kaiserreich will most likely be Arrogant aristocrats spouting Gratuitous Germannote and wearing Badass Longcoats, dueling scars and monocles optional. What isn't optional, on the other hand, is the Pickelhaube, the classic World War I-era German army helmet topped by a nasty-looking steel spike.
Keeping in line with the late-19th century/World War I era atmosphere, great big black eagles and Iron Crosses will most likely be everywhere, while the Kaiserreich's military will usually consist of vaguely WWI-ish technology, especially ugly box-shaped tanks (which all have individual names), U-Boats, Gas Mask Mooks, and, of course, zeppelins. Bonus points if there is some amount of confusion as to whether this is the Kaiserreich or the Those Wacky Nazis (especially if No Swastikas is in effect).
- Kind of inverted in Axis Powers Hetalia, as the character of Prussia is loud, rude, and undisciplined. But he sometimes kicks ass in fights and according to Word of God he is completely devoted to his mentor and one of his bosses, Friedrich II. He has a Nice Hat. Word of God also once stated that Prussia's true nature is that of a "punctual and dilligent soldier," but this is masked by his bad manners. The comic also points out that the Prussian state is descended from The Teutonic Knights.
- The Galactic Empire in Legend of Galactic Heroes is basically Prussia IN SPACE!
- Weissen in Gunka no Balzer is very similar to Prussia, but the king takes on a more subordinate role compared to the military leadership.
- In Youjo Senki, the Empire is presented as alternate history version of pre-World War I Germany, depicted as efficient, meriteocratic and fairly egalitarian, but surrounded by countries intimidated and paranoid due to the Empire's military might.
- Playing up the "confusing which era they are in" part to the hilt, the manga instead seemingly turns the conflict into an allegory of WWII rather than WWI, up to redesigning the Empire's military to look like the Wehrmacht and turning the Empire into a Nazi Germany allegory. But they're still the good guys, oddly enough.
- The latest Citroen ad (that's right, a French car), "Unmistakably German- Made in France" invokes this one in spades. "Ride of the Valkyries", fencing, blond bloke and the Brandenburg Gate.
- The Mass Effect fanfic series Uplifted plays straight with this trope, with the Prussian aristocracy forming the core of a coup against Hitler. However, the Prussians are viewed as arrogant and narrow minded against non Prussian officers. It is a fairly realistic portrayal of the period.
- Inspector Kemp in Young Frankenstein: Spiffy uniform with jackboots, monocle (over an eyepatch), and thick full mustache/mutton chops. And actually a subversion, as he lives in Transylvania and wears an Austro-Hungarian style uniform.
- The German aviators team in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (which story is set in 1910) : Bumbling Sidekick Captain Rumpelstoss (played by Karl Michael Vogler) and Large Ham Colonel Manfred von Holstein (Gert Fröbe). Every Kaiserreich cliché shows up during their screentime, from Pickelhauben to Germanic Efficiency, the latter being greatly spoofed with the characters constantly referring themselves to "The Manual of Instructions" (their only qualified pilot died in a flying exercise and they had to replace him despite their incompetence in that field). Holstein also produces his own military brass fanfare A Cappella when marching.
Colonel Manfred von Holstein: "There is NOTHING a German officer cannot do."
- A lot of Wonder Woman takes place here, since Dr. Poison's origin is changed from Nazi Germany to Imperial Germany.
- The Andermani Empire in Honor Harrington pretty much Space Prussia. It is even named after Alemmania, an ancient German monarchy.
- The planet on which the plot of Poul Anderson's "Among Thieves" is set is very clearly Prussia IN SPACE - inhabited by Germanic warriors led by a Junker-like aristocracy. The story's protagonist, a wily Chess Master who is clearly modeled on Bismark, manages to outwit and destroy the story's true villains - a culture of ruthless sadistic cannibals who delight in genocide - and gets the reader's full-hearted applause.
- As the storm clouds gathered over Europe and the Far East in the 1930's, Pulp Magazine hero Secret Service Operator #5 fought attempts by various foreign armies to conquer the United States, including the Purple Empire, an Eastern European army right out of World War I atrocity propaganda, but with little resemblance to the fascist dictatorships rising to power at the time.
- Victoria: Bill Kraft wears a Prussian uniform, complete with pickelhaube and answers to the Kaiser. Odd, since most of the book takes place twenty years into the future.
- Famous sports cartoonist Bill Gallo of the New York Daily News memorably renamed infamous Yankee owner George Steinbrenner as Prussian General von Steingrabber, complete with a thick accent and a pointy helmet. It became so popular that Steinbrenner posed as his Prussian alter ego for a photo shoot.
- The Neu Swabian League, a supranational alliance of Germany, Austria, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and Poland that's one of the Full Thrust superpowers, is Prussia IN SPACE complete with an emblem that's the Imperial Eagle given a sci-fi makeover. In an aversion of Prussia's usual portrayal, they are as close to "good guys" as you're getting in a Grey and Grey Morality setting.
- In the tabletop RPG Castle Falkenstein, Prussia is the Evil Empire. Bismarck is basically The Dragon to the setting's Big Bad, The Adversary, Lord of the Unseelie.
- The Chaos Dwarfs use mostly Mesopotamian imagery, with elaborate helmets, ziggurat temples, Persian style beards and bull-like monsters. But on second look, they are a rigidly disciplined race with advanced industry and love of firepower, especially heavy artillery. And many of their helmets have spikes on top. You can even find an old model of an artillery sergeant wearing a monocle.
- The Reikland, political capital of the Empire, is strongly based on Prussia, keeping with the Germanic theme of the Empire.
- Warhammer 40,000: When the Imperium of Man isn't cribbing from Ancient Rome or Soviet Russia under Stalin, they're probably aiming for this trope with the "confusion between which World War they're in" part Up to Eleven. The Death Korps of Krieg are a particular stand-out.
- City of Heroes Big Bad and resident The Chessmaster Nemesis is from Prussia. He uses only the most state of the art steampunk technology and even dresses his Evil Minions in Prussian military gear. Since he's a very high level villain, it can be quite humbling to have your team wiped by a bunch of guys looking like they belong to a marching band.
- Team Fortress 2 gives the German (and rumored to be ex-Nazi, though he's actually not) Medic an unlockable hat called the Prussian Pickelhaube.
- Amnesia: The Dark Descent takes place in a castle in 19th Century Prussia. And it's evil.
- In Europa Universalis III and IV you can found Prussian beginning in the 1500s. To do this you have to convert to Protestantism, except, ironically if you play as the Teutonic Order in III, where you can keep the Catholic faith.
- Cuphead has Werner Werman, a mouse with a pickelhaube, a fairly exaggerated German accent, war medals and bullet shells decorating his mouse hole, and a tank made from a soup can. Like many of the other bosses in the game, he is also a mishmash of puns and shout outs. In his case, he's a Shout-Out to both old war cartoons and (obviously) Tom and Jerry. Which is a lot more brilliant than it might seem at first: "Jerry" was a common nickname for German soldiers in World War I.
- The Garlyle Forces of the original Grandia; though they are not a national army so much as a glorified security team. Next to the obligatory technology, the majority of their footsoldiers sport pickelhaubes.
- Nortis of Grandia Xtreme is a militaristic state, looked down upon by other nations for their pre-game warmongering tendencies. Their army is noted to be the most advanced in the world, with tanks, artillery and triplanes reminiscent of early-to-mid 20th century Germany's at their disposal. All named characters from this country have German - or at least very Germanic-sounding - names (though settlement names and designs begin to border more on generic European stylisation).
- The Jaegermonsters of Girl Genius invoke a little bit of this, most notably in their deep respect for ridiculous headgear. Captain Vole definitely has vays of makink you tok: his opening line "I hef not yet finished givink my report" is spoken as he tears a man's arm off. Also notable is their use ov reedikulous quasi-german hak-sents, even though the entire cast is supposed to be speaking German. This emphasizes the fact that they really ARE invoking tropes in-universe; they were created by a mad scientist in the stereotyped Prussian mold. In a short story, the first Heterodyne is briefly brought to the present, speaking the same way.
- As it starts out in the eighteenth century, it's unsurprising that Prussia makes an appearance in the Alternate History Look to the West. There was no Miracle of the House of Brandenburg in this timeline and Frederick The Great was killed at the Battle of Kunersdorf, meaning Prussia's ascendancy is halted. Prussia is then completely destroyed over a series of later wars, eventually being divided between Denmark and Saxony and its last king exiled to America.