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Dressed up like a million Storm-y-troopers
Trying hard to look like Menschen Ubers! (super dupers!)
"I know there are many people who fall ill when they see this black uniform; we understand that and don't expect that we will be loved by many people."
Heinrich Himmler, The SS as an Anti-Bolshevist Fighting Organizationnote 

A quick and easy way to suggest a group of people are evil in fiction is to give them uniforms that resemble those worn by the Third Reich. In a broader sense, this can also refer to using other stylistic elements from the Nazi times (like the "Führer" title, goose-stepping "stormtroopers", or swastikas if the creator is more daring) to make sure your villains are visibly evil. When a group puts on the Reich, expect to see the classic fascist colors of red background, black symbol, and white circle and an easily recognizable, sometimes swastika-like insignia somewhere... or everywhere.

Incidentally, some of the uniforms for the real SS were manufactured by Hugo Boss using slave labor.note  Those Wacky Nazis were actually pretty snappy dressers despite being evil, which just furnishes another reason for authors and costume designers to borrow their motifs. Very common when State Sec is around.

In a similar manner, a fictional evil organization may sometimes be copying the uniforms or symbolism of other historical entities that have an easily-recognizable style and a bad reputation in the minds of the audience. Common examples include the Roman Empire, the Mongols, the Soviet Union, and Imperial Japan, among others. Cultural variations may occur, with different styles being considered stereotypically evil in different parts of the world.

This trope is named after the expression "Puttin' on the Ritz".

Note that this trope covers aesthetic similarities to Nazis. For ideological similarities, see A Nazi by Any Other Name. May result in Commie Nazis.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Aldnoah.Zero: The uniform the Martian army particularly the Deuteragonist Slain's looks like Prussian-variation of this trope.
  • The villainous Empire in the H-anime Angel Core, with armored battle robots that look like the Kerberos Corps troopers from Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade has SS-style uniforms (including the SS lightning bolt insignia), and experiments relating to the supernatural.
  • In Attack on Titan, the uniforms worn by the nation of Marley resemble German military uniforms from the first World War. For bonus parallels, members of an ethnic minority are required to wear an armband to identify their lower status.
  • Bleach: Like the Nazis, the Vandenreich modernises the Quincies' Teutonic Knight-themed history by switching the priest-themed tunics to military uniforms, changing the style of their crosses from Latin to Iron, and expanding the German-chanted powers they wield. The Jagdarmee (Hunting Unit) is sent to conquer the Hollows and control them via ethnic cleansing, and The Emperor regularly culls "impure" Quincies from his ranks, retaining only those he deems "pure" or "useful". The elite unit of Sternritters is called the "Schutzstaffel".
  • Blue Exorcist: The Illuminati's uniforms are pretty Nazi-ish, and their lead Torture Technician looks a lot like Hellsing's Montana Max, an actual Nazi, only considerably less-respected and sure of himself. Their goal, by the way, is finding or creating a strong body for their resident son of Satan and created a horde of zombies as a by-product.
  • A subversion in Dolls (2005): the standard Tokkei uniform worn by the protagonists consists of a Badass Longcoat, a Commissar Cap with a winged skull badge (combining the Reichsadler and the SS Totenkopf) and a red armband.
  • The Red Ribbon Army from Dragon Ball has just about the least oppressive dress code out of any army in fiction, but the effeminate, physically formidable, blond-haired, blue-eyed General Blue seems to dress this way strictly out of personal preference.
    • Not to mention the red armbands they wear.
    • Also, one of the movies, Fusion Reborn, features a character known as the Dictator who is quite blatantly an Adolf Hitler expy.
  • In Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, the soldiers under the leadership of General Hein.
  • While the uniforms in Fullmetal Alchemist are much more French than German, the simple fact that they refer to their leader as the Führer is a tipoff that all is not right. It's made even more obvious in the 2003 anime version, where we eventually learn that the entire series takes place in an alternate universe equivalent to early-20th-century Germany.
  • The uniforms, weapons and armors of the Kerberos Corps in Jin-Roh: The Wolf Brigade and the rest of the Kerberos Saga. Justified, considering it's set in an Alternate History timeline where World War II was fought between Germany and Japan, the latter's ass got kicked by the former, and the Corps is a secret police force for the fascist Japanese government.
  • Brockenman of Kinnikuman, and his son, Brocken Jr. of Ultimate Muscle.
  • The crew of the Silvana in Last Exile wear black uniforms with silver trim that look vaguely like those of the SS, but more loosely tailored. Oddly enough, they're the good guys.
  • The very Prussian-style uniforms of the Galactic Empire in Legend of the Galactic Heroes. When you see the uniforms their foes wear, it's clearly World War I IN SPACE!
    • Arguably an aversion, as the Empire isn't really any worse than its "democratic" rivals. And on that note, the "Reichswear" is used on both sides. The leader of the said rival has the distinctly SS-like "Patriotic Knight Corps" as his bodyguard and a nice little cult of personality.
    • The first Kaiser of the Galactic Empire had about as few qualms as Hitler and Stalin, but was actually a 18th-19th Century Prussian fetishist.
  • The Principality of Zeon and its offshoots from Mobile Suit Gundam's Universal Century, to the point that Gihren Zabi is directly compared to Hitler at one point, and by his own father, no less. Gets more Anvilicious as time goes on, since later series played up the "Zeon = Nazi Germany" metaphor: Zeta Gundam gives us Axis Zeon = Axis Powers. Gundam ZZ gives us Neo-Zeon = Neo-Nazis. Gundam 0080 gives Zeon a fixation on using German words with their mecha, like Kämpfer, Gelgoog Jäger and Rick Dom Zwei. Gundam 0083 introduced battle flags that were based on the Wehrmacht Reichskriegsflagge. MS IGLOO waves that same flag with pride, sticks Reichsadlers on almost every uniform going (replacing the Swastika with a Zeonic symbol), and has Colonel Herbert von Kuspen wearing a leather coat and Iron Crosses (and this is the series showing Zeon as the protagonists!) Gundam Unicorn gives the Neo-Zeon group 'the Sleeves' mobile suits with Stahlhelms. And to cap it off, a later spinoff manga set during the war, The Plot to Assassinate Gihren, is essentially Operation Valkyrie Recycled IN SPACE!.
    • In another Gundam example, the uniforms worn by the Mariemaia Army in Endless Waltz were quite intentionally modelled on the Hitler Youth uniforms.
  • Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water: Neo Atlantis troops wear red armbands, salute to their leader using the specific shot "Neo Atlan" while using their arms and their pointed hoods sure aren't because they're penitants readying for the Sevilla Holy Week.
  • The guards of Impel Down in One Piece look like demons and wear uniforms that bear a very strong resemblance to SS officer uniforms, complete with armbands showing the Impel Down symbol (not quite a swastika, but close).
    • Ironically enough, despite how they look, they're not particularly evil and are rather understandably just trying to stop the prison break initiated by Luffy; it's easy for readers to forget that while Luffy and Jimbei are good guys and Ivankov seems to be too, most of the other pirates who escaped decidedly are not. The head of Impel Down, Magellan, in particular, is often considered a Hero Antagonist. Though it doesn't help that despite Magellan and Hannibal, the other staff members enjoy torturing and killing the inmates even long after said inmates have relinquished their pirate life and just wanted to go home.
    • The Germa Kingdom where Sanji was born is very blatantly inspired by Nazi Germany symbology, such as name, copious amount of eagle statues and unethical scientific experimentation. Their uniforms are based more on Sentai conventions, but this doesn't stop them from being a highly brutal and militaristic organization that once led an entire empire of evil, unlike the law-allied Impel Down.
  • Parodied in Ouran High School Host Club where the Zuka club dons SA-like uniforms and begin to preach about the superiority of women. Furthermore, they are once seen with a Nazi flag in the backdrop, except with the Swastika replaced by the kanji for "woman".
  • Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt: Scanty and Kneesocks outfit of choice is a dress uniform complete with arm band, which they impose on the entire school in "Les Diaboliques".
  • Team Rocket in Pokémon: The Series. Not only do they wear uniforms similar to Nazi Germany, as well as being implied to experiment on sentient creatures, but in one of Team Rocket's boss fantasies during AG in the Japanese version, they are even doing a pose similar to the Hitler salute, and militaristic footsteps are heard. (This was omitted in the English version, presumably due to the implications of the scene.)
  • Saber Marionette J is rather obviously playing with this, having three evil Marionettes wearing costumes with various degrees of similarity to Nazi uniforms and Big Bad who calls himself Füher.
  • Shangri-La: Despite being a Mega-Corp, some parts of the Atlas Corporation get in on this, with CEO Ryoko Naruse's Troops, the Z4, wearing SS styled uniforms (Black Tunic, Black Pants, Black Jackboots, and Atlas Corporation armband). In particular, at the end of Episode 8, Ryoko orders the massacre of the girls at the prison after Kuniko and Tomoka escape.
  • The uniforms of the Helevetian soldiers in Sound of the Sky. Played with- most of the soldiers are not evil, and while the Clocktower Maidens have uniforms similar to those of the German Wehrmacht, they are the heroines of the story. On the other hand, the warmongering Big Bad Colonel Hopkins and his troops, who are also part of the army, have the most threatening and SS-like uniforms, complete with black color, to signify their villain status.
  • The uniforms of the RKO in Trinity Blood are based off the Waffen-SS, probably to emphasize their bad guy image.
  • Sunako Nakahara from The Wallflower dressed up as a Nazi in Episode 3.
    • Which is actually inverted since Sunako is the hero of the story, and she dons the uniform to rescue pretty shoujo boy Kyouhei from a host club that had kidnapped him.
  • Zoids: The original name of the Zoid Berserk Fury is actually Berserk Fuhrer.

    Comic Books 
  • The Goths in Asterix wear helmets that look like the helmets of WWI German soldiers. The Goths are pre-unification Germans, as they are shown as bickering and prone to infighting (which quickly becomes an important plot point). Goscinny and Uderzo used a more general stereotype of militaristic, simple-minded, and orderly Germans/Prussians. They later regretted this portrayal and the few Goths appearing later in the series are not putting on the Reich at all.
  • They might have been the Third Reich's worst nightmare, but the Blackhawks' uniforms were partly based on the Nazis (specifically, the boots and pants.)
  • In Brother Power the Geek #2, the villainous Hound Dawg and his war hawk cronies appear with uniforms and gadgetry evocative of Nazis.
  • One Chick Tract envisions the country run by the secular humanists/atheists/vegetarians/whatever — they dress in a charming mix of Nazi, Communist, and Spanish Inquisition. Oh yes, and their salute is the peace sign. And the swastika stand-in is the "ecology" symbol from ca. 1970.
  • In Injustice: Gods Among Us, the soldiers of Superman's One Earth Regime wear armor that looks like a futuristic Nazi uniform. Their helmets in particular resemble the Stahlhelm.
  • Carlos Ezquerra says he made an eagle a prominent symbol of the Judges in Judge Dredd because it was strongly associated with the Nazis and Spanish fascists, the latter of whom he lived under for many years. In-story, it's because the Mega-Cities are successors of the dissolved United States government. The Special Judicial Squad takes this even further, wearing black uniforms with skulls on their helmets.
  • Kayko & Kokosh: The antagonistic robber knights' ("knaveknights" in the Netflix series) tunics are patterned with the coat of arms of The Teutonic Knights; the comics were drawn by a Pole for a Polish audience, to which this counts as obvious villain-coding.
  • The Dingoes in the Knuckles the Echidna series were this to the point that the artists were forced to remove the symbols on their uniforms.
  • Earth Man in Legion of Super-Heroes is a Terran supremacist and historical revisionist who claims Superman was originally from Earth. He leads a movement of fellow Earth natives in a campaign of hatred and bigotry towards offworlders of any kind after he and his cronies were all rejected from the Legion; not only is it established that he's basically a 31st century equivalent of a Nazi, it's the costume (and the fact that he's a statuesque blond) that really ties the image together. Also the Nazi-style armbands with Superman logos (replaced with Earth logos after their defeat at Superman's hands).
  • Luther Arkwright: The puritans in The Adventures of Luther Arkwright and the neo-puritans in Heart of Empire. Includes things like mass rallies, the use of "Hail Cromwell", and black uniforms with simple silver crosses.
  • Marshal Law is an ultraviolent fascist cop who wears a black, red, and silver costume with this look. In "The Hateful Dead", he gets mistaken for a super-Nazi by a group of zombie superheroes who were in WWII. Ironically, he really hates actual Nazis.
  • The Midnighter (whose look is basically Batman minus the cowl ears and a black leather coat instead of the cape) once got sent back in time to 1945 Berlin and asked by a bunch of kids if he was with the Gestapo. He replied that they had the same tailor.
  • Vril Dox's costume in R.E.B.E.L.S. in The DCU bears more than a faint resemblance to a Nazi uniform, including jodhpurs.
  • Done in El Sulfato Atómico, the first story of Spanish comic Mortadelo y Filemón, whose villainous country is an expy of Nazi Germany named Tirania. Several character types and quotes from Those Wacky Nazis are used on it.
  • The Vole Imperium from Tank Vixens.
  • Tintin: King Ottokar's Sceptre, published in 1939, introduces the nations of Syldavia and Borduria, with Borduria explicitly inspired by Nazi Germany and fascist Italy (the unseen Bordurian leader is named Müsstler), and Syldavia served as an analogue to the pre-Anschluss Austria. Starting in the post-WWII story, The Calculus Affair (published in 1956), Borduria became Commie Nazis, with its Secret Police, the ZEP, modeled after Nazi Germany's SS and the Soviet Union's NKVD.
  • The Ultimates: Once they secured their position in SHIELD and seemingly killed the Ultimates, the Chitauri displayed their old Nazi flags. Just for a sentimental thing, the Nazis were their allies, but the Chitauri have their own agenda.
  • V for Vendetta's Norsefire party is pretty much literally the Third Reich IN THE UK!, though the movie throws in bits of Oceania. Unsurprising, what with Norsefire being an extension of the National Front, British Union of Fascists, British National Party, and similar groups. Even clearer in the original comics where Norsefire shares the National Front's "NF" symbol.
    • The original comic does a good job of localizing its fascist government, and thus making its point that such regimes can emerge anywhere, by extrapolating from traits and tendencies that were supposedly observable in the Thatcherite government of the time of its creation. The movie gives this a Setting Update of sorts by drawing (considerably less subtle) parallels to the Bush administration (Adam Susan is renamed Adam Sutler in a move that is, ironically, less localized).
  • The original designs for the uniforms worn by the X-Corps in X-Men comics had distinct Nazi overtones. This was decided to be a bit tacky and the published version wear vaguely militaristic uniforms, which don't really look that different from the leather outfits the X-Men were wearing at the time, but which, nonetheless, are meant to be a clue that Something's Not Right. When we say "distinct Nazi overtones," we are of course talking about Banshee wearing a barely disguised swastika on his chest.

    Fan Works 
  • In Good Omens fic The Viennese Job by A.A. Pessimal, the demon Crowley, with his impeccable sense of style and cool merges into wartime German society by wearing its uniforms. Posing as an SS colonel, Crowley reflects that while the Nazis may be horrendous unspeakable bastards, they certainly cornered the market in well-tailored stylish uniforms.

    Film — Animation 
  • The Chancellor of the unnamed country in 9 was obviously inspired by the Nazis. The flags, uniforms of the soldiers, hell even their combat robots look like stahlhelms with legs.
  • The Brand X army from Foodfight!. They even have a Nazi Reichsadler (the eagle emblem) outside their headquarters, just with X replacing the swastika.
  • In The Lion King (1994), Scar's musical number "Be Prepared" has the hyenas goose-stepping in front of Scar in a sequence inspired by the famous Nazi propaganda film Triumph of the Will. The German dub of that scene is rather unnerving because of the Nazi parallels.
  • Ralph Bakshi's movie Wizards: Black Wolf's troops are explicitly in Nazi uniforms, as his military is a direct copy of the Nazis.

    Film — Live-Action 
  • In Sergei Eisenstein's Alexander Nevsky, the common soldiers of The Teutonic Knights all wear identical face-masking Stahlhelms. (The Stahlhelm itself was, in turn, probably based on a medieval German style of helmet called a Schallern.) And the archbishop wears a miter with swastikas! Quite possibly the earliest example of the trope (five years after Those Wacky Nazis took power).
  • In Bank Shot, the guards in Streiger's prison wear uniforms that make them look like Brownshirts.
  • The Blaxploitation movie The Black Gestapo, which is about exactly what you think. A black mob fighting back against the system becomes increasingly radicalized until they're literally wearing SS uniforms and goose-stepping through town.
  • In Bright, Kandomere (the elven federal agent looking for the magic wand MacGuffin loose in LA) wears a metal gorget which resembles those worn by the World War II-era Feldgendarmerie (the field military police for the German armed forces).
  • The two Munich police officers in The Cube, who seem to be wearing altered SS uniforms.
  • Also subverted by the San Angeles P.D. in Demolition Man. Their leather jackets, jodhpur breeches and jackboots look appropriately authoritarian, but they're just as ineffectual and wimpy as the regime they maintain, having no further strategy for an uncooperative suspect beyond adding "Or else!" to their verbal commands.
  • Dune (2021): The Atreides wear very snazzy black dress uniforms (which, oddly enough, resemble those of Imperial officers from Star Wars), and are also very fond of huge, brutalist construction projects, large formations of soldiers and similar displays of martial might. They are also the good guys.
  • Equilibrium's totalitarian government with distinct long black uniforms (its police officers frequently wear black motorcycle helmets while the Clerics simply wear Long Coats, with a flag consisting of four Ts, as a reference to the Tetragrammaton government (Tetrarammaton being a phrase referring to four letters and the name of god).
  • Andy's torture outfit in The Final is an SS uniform.
  • The Grand Budapest Hotel features the Zig-Zag Division, a nationalist movement springing up in Zubrowka. They wear armbands with a double-zig-zag logo, and push a highly anti-immigrant agenda onto the local gendarmes. Subverted when actual Nazis show up near the end.
  • The obscure political-parody film Hail (1972) features a sub-plot where the power-crazed US President creates a national police-force to serve as his personal Brownshirts. He personally designs the uniforms, staging a private fashion-show which displays various authoritarian samples from history. Upon seeing a Gestapo outfit: "I like those boots!" The disturbing final product is half Nazi, half Captain America.
  • In Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, the Ministry of Magic becomes this after Voldemort takes over. The Mooks wear gray versions of the standard SA uniform, higher officials like Runcorn wear longcoats similar to those of the SS, and the Ministry starts issuing anti-muggle-born propaganda very similar to the antisemitic tracts issued by the Third Reich. Similarly, Voldemort's own Death Eaters wear hooded robes very similar to those of the Ku Klux Klan, but in black instead of white. When the regular Ministry of Magic temporarily become bad guys in Order of the Phoenix, they go for a Stalin-era Soviet look.
  • Hunk: As a result of his constant flitting through time, The Devil shows up at one point dressed in an SS uniform: complete witha High-Class Glass to complete the image of a Nazi Nobleman.
  • In John Doe: Vigilante, John Doe's followers, the S4D movement, wear black clothes, white masks and red armbands making them look like a cut-rate S.S.
  • Mad Max: Fury Road gives us a rather unconventional example in the War Boys, who look like Neo-Nazi skinheads. Given that their leader is obsessed with eugenically breeding the perfect son and has indoctrinated them into believing in a twisted interpretation of Norse paganism not unlike some real Neo-Nazis practice, this is almost certainly intentional.
  • In Man of Steel, Zod's crew includes an inexplicably German-accented and longcoat-clad Mengele Expy who tries to experiment on Superman. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Superman's troops in Bruce's Bad Future "Knightmare" give off a clear Waffen SS, right down to wearing Stahlhelm-like black helmets.
  • Schist's oil company logo in Man-Thing is very similar to the Nazi party flag, with its red-white-black composition.
  • Inverted with Hydra in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. During the events of Captain America: The First Avenger, Hydra was a research division of Nazi Germany with uniforms and insignia resembling those of the SS. Even after turning against the Nazis, they still retain the black uniforms and fascist imagery. However, by the modern age, they discarded most of their Nazi iconography and appearances which in turn allowed them to infiltrate and hijack S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • Referred to in Thor, when, after the S.H.I.E.L.D. agents "confiscate" Jane Foster's custom-made "tornado" equipment, Eric Selvig calls out Agent Coulson, accusing them of being "jack-booted thugs."
  • Monty Python's Life of Brian features a Jewish resistance group, the "suicide squad", with uniforms based on the sarazen ones, and their insignia is a... a... a swastistar. Oh, and their commander has a toothbrush moustache, too. This subplot was almost completely cut from the film except a sudden appearance at the end.
  • In the 1987 Hindi film Mr. India, everyone in the Evil Overlord Mogambo's organisation greets each other with 'Hail Mogambo', and his soldiers wear uniforms that look like SS uniforms.
  • The Nutcracker in 3D: The rats have uniform that reassemble Nazi uniforms, including the signature helmet shape for soldiers, the high collar uniforms for higher officers, and even some Pickelhaubes among top-ranking rats. The rats are also ideologically similar to Nazis, being an invading force and wanting to exterminate toys.
  • David 8's dull grey uniforms and skull-like features (topped off with peroxide-blond hair) evoke this in Prometheus. (Likewise his 'sister', Meredith Vickers.)
  • In the 1951 movie adaptation of Quo Vadis, the scene where the troops march before Nero, who watches from a balcony and salutes them, is directly choreographed from Triumph of the Will.
  • In the 2010 Rajnikanth starrer Endhiran, when the robot Rajnikanth becomes evil after being reprogrammed by Dr. Bohra, he starts wearing trenchcoats, like the State Sec, and has an army of robots who too dress up like Schutzstaffel officers.
  • In the dieselpunkish 1995 film version of Richard III (starring Ian McKellen), the titular character's outfit is based off of a SS-Oberstgruppenfuhrer's uniform. Additionally, his government's flag is basically the Nazi flag, but with his personal heraldic figure, a boar, in place of the swastika. This Richard is similar in appearance to Oswald Mosley, the leader of Britain's home-grown Fascist movement during the 1930s. There are also many visual ShoutOuts to Nineteen Eighty-Four in the film.
  • RoboCop has this quite a bit. Clarence Boddicker from the first movie wears glasses resembling those worn by Heinrich Himmler and OCP evokes this quite a bit with corporate logo being white circle on a red background with a stylized O, C and P in black on the circle instead of a swastika. The company's private army in RoboCop 2 wear totalitarian longcoats and caps. The Rehabs in RoboCop 3 wear grey uniforms, and their oppressive tactics are reminiscent of Nazis; Bertha even outright calls them "Nazi sons of bitches!"
  • Spaceballs has the Spaceball officers wearing uniforms that look more Nazi-like than the Imperial Navy they're parodying. One of the troops responds with "Jawohl commandant", which gets him an odd look from Dark Helmet.
  • The Octopus wears an SS uniform, and a samurai costume, and a Russian coat in The Spirit. Why, you ask? Well, why not?
  • The uniforms of the Federation Navy in Starship Troopers are designed this way as part of the film's satire or science fiction military narratives. For instance, Neil Patrick Harris' character's uniform looks exactly like a simpler version of a Schuetzstaffel officer's. The "heroes" of this story are functionally Nazis in all but name.
  • Star Trek Into Darkness: The new Starfleet dress uniforms seem to hint at the undercurrent of increased militarism in the alternate timeline, some of them look like something straight out of the Imperial Navy.
    • Although, strangely enough, they're now made of denim. The Gap must still exist in the future.
    • Though they do also strongly resemble the uniforms from Star Trek: The Motion Picture, with the shoulder pips denoting rank in a similar fashion to those on the 24th-century uniforms.
    • Also, the brown uniforms (presumably Marines/ground forces or enlisted) evoke an image of World War 2 British and US Army uniforms.
  • Star Wars: The Galactic Empire, in spades.
    • Their soldiers are called "Stormtroopers" (an ambiguous term in English, used to translate both Stosstruppen and Sturmabteilung). And Darth Vader's helmet vaguely resembles a Stahlhelm (It's also based on the samurai kabuto; the concept art made this vastly more obvious). The crew members on the Walkers appear to be wearing Wehrmacht uniforms down to the helmets, only with goggles added. Even some of their weapons are modified versions of WW2 German Army equipment. For example, the DLT-19 Heavy Blaster Rifle used by the stormtroopers is a modified MG-34 machine gun and the A-280 was made using casts of the Sturmgewehr 44.
    • Most blatant of all are the Expanded Universe's description of COMPNOR, a SA-SS hybrid. There's even a "Sub-Adult Group"; real subtle.
    • Several sequences in the movies had a definite Riefenstahl flair:
      • In The Phantom Menace, there is a shot of Trade Federation droids marching through an arch on Naboo that was almost certainly inspired by actual footage of Nazis marching through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
      • In Attack of the Clones, there was a scene of Palpatine watching the Clone Troopers goosestepping as they prepare to be deployed for war to kick some Separatist ass in such a way that very closely resembles Hitler's watching the Nazi soldiers.
      • Revenge of the Sith was by far the most blatant use of the trope, as a lot of the film depicts things that are unmistakably similar to how Adolf Hitler came to power. In the novelization, Palpatine even says that his empire will last for ten thousand years in what is unmistakably a reference to Hitler's vow of a Thousand Year Reich.
      • The shot of thousands of troops lined up to welcome the Emperor in Return of the Jedi. Ironically, George Lucas stated in the commentary that that scene in particular was actually intended to reference the May Day Parades of what was at the time the Soviet Union.
      • And it's not just the Imperial navy. The Rebel Alliance awards ceremony at the end of A New Hope is modeled directly from a scene in Triumph of the Will.
    • In Star Wars Rebels, the Empire's black emblem is now displayed in a white circle on the center of bright red banners.
    • By The Force Awakens, the remnants of the Empire (since christened the First Order) manage to take this further, down to the Riefenstahl imagery (example pictured). Tellingly, they take more after the infamous SS than the Wehrmacht influences in the original trilogy, with Abrams even directly comparing them to Nazis who fled to South America after the war.
  • Super Mario Bros. (1993) provides fascist undertones to Koopa's regime, particularly in regards to the Goombas' "Storm Trooper" inspired uniforms. Additionally, early scripts indicate "lizarddom" and racial superiority as chief motivations for Koopa; he feels that mammals are inferior and need to be kept in check while eating plants (herbivores) is a sign of a race's decline.
  • Things to Come: "Wings Over the World" wear black uniforms, and intend to absorb all independent countries into their new world order. Filmed in 1936, so they are the good guys.
  • In the movieTop Secret!,East Germany is portrayed, in a parody tone, as a miniature of the Third Reich, with frequent direct references to nazi era in the sight gags, such as a novelty clock in the malt shop portraying a cartoon Adolf Hitler whose arms are the clock hands, and General Streck passing the time by reading "Hermann Goering's Workout Book. Also, in the film the soldiers of the Nationale Volksarmee are shown wearing the traditional Stahlhelm, rather than the M56 helmet used in real life, which was more similar to that of the Soviet army.
  • CLU of TRON: Legacy is basically an Evil Counterpart of his creator, Kevin Flynn. He has grandiose speeches about entering the human world to rid it of its imperfections, commits genocide on the ISOs, has a Homage Shot to Triumph of the Will, black-clad secret police, etc. Judging by the Gladiator Games he favors, CLU leans towards the Ancient Rome-influenced end of the Most Definitely Not Hitler scale.
  • Damn near everyone in the low-budget movie Warrior of the Lost World. The villains (from the "Omega" political party) dress in snappy black uniforms with an inverted red triangle, with a white disc and a black omega. Prosser, their leader, dresses in a black leather trenchcoat. However, even the good guys, freedom fighters struggling against Omega have people dressed in actual Nazi uniforms. Including a black guy in SS uniform.

  • The Dayao from Always Coming Home. Warlike conquerors, with youth parading through the streets. An Armchair Military Glorious Leader who is considered infallible and accepts no criticism, punishing anyone disagreeing. Attempts to take on every neighbor in sight instead of concentrating on one at a time. Racist ideology which considers themselves alone true humans. Obsession with Awesome, but Impractical superweapons at the expense of regular military.
  • In The Dagger and the Coin series by Daniel Abraham, the spider cult that that takes over Antea has as its banner a red flag with a white circle with an "eight-fold" symbol (implied to look like an eight-barred asterisk), which would look a lot like a Nazi flag. The cult engages in a massive propaganda campaign to the effect that there is a massive conspiracy by the entire Timzinae race against Antea—a conspiracy that is entirely imaginary. The cult uses this propaganda to manipulate Antea into launching a war of world conquest, with one of Antea's objectives being the wholesale elimination of the Timzinae. Oh, and the leader of the cult wears a black cape everywhere.
  • The later Destroyermen books introduce a new enemy in the face of the League of Tripoli, a political entity created by a large fleet that has crossed over from another parallel world. In this world, the fear of communism (which was quickly crushed) has given rise to fascism in France, Spain, Italy, and Germany. The first three formed the Confédération États Souverains (Confederation of Sovereign States), bringing in Germany as a junior partner, and declared war on the "lesser" nations: UK, US, and Russia (no USSR in that world). The combined fleet that formed the League was on its way to Egypt to take it from Britain. As expected, League naval officers treat Lemurians as little more than animals, disgusted that humans are treating them as equals. They're not stupid, though, and understand that Lemurians can fight, even if their technology and military might is nowhere near what the League has. The League controls the Mediterranean region and is secretly monitoring the Alliance. While the League's interference in the wars with the Grik and the Dominion has led to losses for the Alliance, the League has also lost several assets, including a French Surcouf-type submarine (sunk by the USS Walker), a Spanish Alsedo-class destroyer (ambushed and sunk by a sailing frigate), a German Type XIB submarine (surrendered to the Walker), and a French Bretagne-class battleship (ran aground and captured by Alliance forces). Despite this, it's stated that the League's fleet far outclasses these minor losses. The final book in the series has a major battle between the Grand Alliance and the League, resulting in heavy losses on both sides, but with the League also losing nearly half of their naval assets (either sunk or captured by the Alliance).
  • Discworld: Wolfgang von Uberwald's "Werewolf Movement" in The Fifth Elephant sport black leather uniforms with a nickel (not silver, for obvious reasons) insignia of a wolf's head and lightning bolts.
  • The Dresden Files: In Ghost Story, the defenses that Evil Bob has set up to protect the Corpsetaker's lair in the Nevernever are deliberately designed around the German defenses at Normandy, complete with wolf-like demons wearing Nazi uniforms and helmets. Evil Bob completes the regalia by wearing a Nazi officer's uniform with black trenchcoat. Of course, seeing as how Evil Bob's last conscious memories were from World War II, it only makes sense that he'd use the most recent and advanced military defenses he knew of. Note that it's never confirmed that the "wolfwaffen" are constructs, in which case Evil Bob might've recruited actual Nazi ghosts for his defense force. If so, there may not have been any "Putting On" about it.
  • In David Weber's Empire from the Ashes, when the humans from Earth re-establish the empire and incorporate the various national militaries into a new united one, one general, an American, reflects briefly on his discomfort at wearing an Imperial Marine uniform, which is black with silver trim. In the first book of the series it was established that corrupt mutineers from the original Empire had been secretly influencing human society over millennia, including inspiring the SS uniform which was based on the Imperial Marine uniform, as a Take That! to the mutineers who had repented and were secretly fighting them.
  • In Norman Spinrad's novel The Iron Dream, the followers of Ferric Jaggar don uniforms similar to Nazis. Of course, the writer of this novel within a novel is supposedly Adolf Hitler himself (who also gets credited in the intro for designing the clothes)! Go figure. The book's editor later notes that the clothing would eventually become very popular with cosplayers in the novel's universe's Comic Con.
  • Older Than Television: The 1939 Sinclair Lewis novel It Can't Happen Here chronicles the rise of an American fascist government driven in part by the support of conservative Christians and 'forgotten men'. The supporters of the government form a militia known as the Minute Men or M.M. They have many of the trappings of the Nazi stormtroopers, right down to implied homosexuality in the ranks and at the top (see Ernst Roehm.)
  • Mordred's Thrashers in The Once and Future King by T.H. White, even down to wearing armbands with a red emblem, in this case of a whip.
  • Overlord (2012): When Suzuki Satoru created Pandora's Actor, he was on a Darker and Edgier kick and based the Chuunibyou Doppelgänger's appearance on Nazi military uniforms (somewhat bowlderized to neo-fascist in the English dub of the anime) due to thinking they looked cool. Having matured past that phase, he now suffers from invoked in-universe Creator Backlash.
  • The Concordat, the enforcement arm of Vordan's Ministry of Information in Django Wexler's The Shadow Campaigns series, acts like State Sec and dresses 100% Reich, even down to the black and silver uniform (complete with eagle emblems - though the Vordanai eagle resembles the American eagle, not a Reichsadler) and the black leather Badass Longcoat. However, the Vordanai are not Fantasy Counterpart Germans - that honor goes to Hamvelt, which is a fairly obvious Expy of the Napoleonic-era Holy Roman Empire.
  • Star Wars Legends: The Galactic Alliance Guard is shown looking this way in the Legacy of the Force series. Jacen Solo has them created to deal with Corellian terrorist activity on Coruscant but as he turns fully to The Dark Side and becomes Darth Caedus, they turn into “Jacen’s Fist”, paralleling his grandfather’s “Vader’s Fist” 501st Legion. Their helmets especially look like both German helmets and Vader’s helmet. The jackets, pants and high boots are similarly German-styled.
  • An unusual (and rather original) subversion occurs in Harry Turtledove's Southern Victory Alternate History series, where while the Confederates (who are supposed to be Nazi Germany in the series) pretty much copy almost everything the Nazis do and did—from trials, to their own Expy of Hitler, to even their own salute, party cry, and genocide. The one thing the Freedom Party (the CSA version of the Nazi Party) doesn't copy is the uniforms. The description in the books and some of the covers show them to resemble WW2 US uniforms. The US on the other hand does use German-styled uniforms and helmets because they have had a long-standing alliance with Imperial Germany (to the point of almost hero worship of the German Empire). As for the Germans themselves, Germany is still under the Kaiser. And, ironically, despite TL-191 Confederates eventually becoming an Alternate History Nazi equivalent, they mostly use equipment and uniforms clearly based off of those of their traditional allies, the British and French (tanks suspiciously similar to British ones in WWI and Spitfire-like fighter planes in WWII).
    • What's even funnier about the Confederates in the Second Great War is, in spite of the uniforms and alliances with the traditional Allies, their military hardware ended up resembling German machinery. For examples, their Barrels (Tanks) were based on the Panther and Tiger tanks, their Hound Dog fighters were expies of Bf 109s, their Mule dive bombers were Stukas with Southern Crosses painted on the sides and they also fielded things like Barrel Busters (Tank Destroyers) and Stovepipes (Panzerschrecks). Despite this however, the US would be the one to field the first turbo (jet) fighters, specifically the Boeing-71 "Screaming Eagle", which was pretty much an expy of the Me 262.
  • The vaguely Fallout-like setting of Victoria has a neo-nazi militia, the Landwehr, who play this completely straight, even using the original Waffen-SS military ranks. Then there's a fascist Lady Land, who are a little more subtle about it. In a rare heroic example, the good guys themselves also do it to some extent—Not so much with their uniforms, but they admire everything Prussian, to the point of using quite a bit of Gratuitous German.
  • In the Vorkosigan Saga, Barrayaran military uniforms incorporate high collars, peaked caps, capes and jackboots. It makes sense for them to lavish attention on their uniforms, since Barrayarans as a group are all military-mad, and the ruling-class Vor insist they are not an aristocracy but a military caste. In keeping with the spirit of the trope, just before the events of the series, the government employed political officers as military watchdogs.

    In an interesting subversion there's actually very little Germanic element in the Barrayaran culture, which is mostly a British-Russian fusion, with some Napoleonic French and vaguely Greek bits thrown in. And the political officers weren't organic developments, but are a part of the Evil Plan by the then-current Emperor, who mercilessly used and threw them out the moment they fulfilled their task in his plans.
  • The Wheel of Time series depicts ex-False-Dragon Mazrim Taim, now ostensibly working for the good guys, building up an army of magic-users using a variety of titles clearly based on Nazi ranks but in the Old Tongue, with Taim himself being simply "the Leader". Possibly lampshaded when General Bashere isn't sure this is the real Taim because he's shaved off his mustache.
  • The Gale Force (the Wizard's army) in Wicked, though of course in green.
  • The Witcher features an example in the non-human volunteer force of the Nilfgaardian army known as the Vrihedd Brigade, who are essentially a fantasy version of the less reputable elements of the Waffen-SS. The Vrihedd Brigade recruits from most of the known world, wears black uniforms with thunderbolt insignia, and have a reputation for being sent in when you need a victory and couldn't care less about little words like "collateral damage" or "atrocity". Their leader, Isengrim Faoiltearna, went by the very Nazi-esque moniker "Iron Wolf".

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Adam Adamant Lives!, Surveillance Services are a private security firm who make deliberate use of Nazi imagery: black uniforms, Roman salutes, and even SS collar flashes.
  • Alex Rider: A huge part of Dr Grief's long-term plan, once his clones have taken over. He quotes regularly from Mein Kampf and the code to his office is 1889, Hitler's year of birth.
  • Episode 6 of American Gods (2017) has Shadow and Mr. Wednesday visit Vulcan, Virginia, a small suburban town full of gun carrying citizens, wearing black uniforms and red armbands (although the armbands are adorned with the Vulcan name instead of swastikas).
  • Angel:
  • Babylon 5: The black uniforms of the Psi Cops. And the black armbands of the Nightwatch (some of whom wore brown shirts to boot). Also a man witnessed in the future trying to slander Babylon 5 personnel for propaganda purposes, and the pin on his jacket bears a symbol very much like the SS double lightning bolts.
  • Battlestar Galactica (1978) has the Eastern Alliance, one of the factions on planet Terra (despite the name, it's not Earth). Their uniforms, symbolism, and ideology is clearly based on fascism. Their primary belief is that they are destined to be the rulers of the universe, and anyone who disagrees or does not bow down is to be exterminated. They're even willing to let millions of their own people be killed by retaliatory nuclear strikes in order to solve their overpopulation problems. A glaring example: they broker a secret peace treaty with the Nationalists... only to break it when it's convenient. Sound familiar? Their officer claims that they are the greatest military power in the universe... until they see the Galactica. Initially shocked by her size, he resumes his rhetoric after finding out that she's the last of her kind.
  • The Boys (2019): Stormfront. Her design evokes Nazi imagery, with metal American flag armbands, a metal belt with a Reichsadler Eagle for the buckle, SS-shaped earrings, and a military-buzz-cut-based haircut. Perhaps not surprisingly, she's a violent racist plus former subject/wife to a Nazi scientist, with the same beliefs.
  • One episode of Community ended with Chang holding a meeting with his Enfant Terrible army, managing to act like Patton and Mussolini at the same time.
  • In the Corner Gas episode "Dark Circles", Brent gets a new black shirt that inspires Wanda to do her job much more quickly and nervously. Entirely accidental on Brent's part.
  • Doctor Who has several examples, mostly from the Classic Series, when many of its staff members had living memories of World War II:
    • The very first Dalek serial includes Daleks doing Nazi salutes (with their plungers) while talking about how they are superior beings. It all goes downhill from there.
    • In "The Dalek Invasion of Earth", the Daleks refer to the genocide of all Earth life with the extremely loaded term of a "Final Solution".
    • "Inferno" is set in a parallel universe where its implied the UK was taken over by the British Union of Fascists (exemplified by a poster of an Oswald Mosley lookalike) in the mid-20th century, and is now the "Republic of Great Britain". Instead of UNIT, it's the "Republican Security Force", with UNIT's beige uniforms being replaced with brownshirts and jackboots. Even the ranks are English translations of Nazi Party ranks.
    • The main antagonists of "Robot" are the Scientific Reform Society, which presents itself as an altruistic organization that seeks to improve the world with science, but in reality is a neofascist organization who makes no effort to hide their beliefs (especially their faith in eugenics) when pressed. Their uniforms are palette swaps of Nazi uniforms, and their rallies are even modeled after Hitler's speeches.
    • "Genesis of the Daleks" shows us the backstory of the Daleks, who Terry Nation deliberately modeled after the Nazis, and no wonder they turned out the way they did. The Kaleds (the species they evolved from) are equally as xenophobic, with their soldiers dressed in black uniforms and the "Military Elite" wearing black jackets, breeches and jackboots, their bodyguards being Blackshirts in all but name. Their symbol is an eye with lightning bolts behind it, and their own de-spectacled Himmler allegory, Nyder, even wears the Iron Cross in earlier episodes (it was removed partway through due to the show's staff finding it a bit too on the nose).
    • "Paradise Towers" has the future resort of its title guarded by the 'Caretaker' police force, who all wear grey uniforms with peaked caps. The Chief Caretaker having has a Hitler moustache and his underling, the Deputy Chief Caretaker, wears a pantomime SS uniform. This is a mild subversion, as while the Caretakers are officious bureaucrats, they're not really evil.
    • "Dragonfire" also has another odd example of this in the form of intergalactic shopping centre Iceworld's security force, who all wear stark-white Prussian style uniforms that are even worn with white pickelhaubes. This is due to Iceworld's villainous owner, Kane, being named 'Hess' (after Rudolph Hess) in the original script, and he naturally dies by his face melting too.
    • A weird inversion: The Ninth Doctor's leather jacket was patterned after a German submariner's jacket (source). This is probably to reflect the fact that the Doctor has attempted (and from the audience's perspective, succeeded in) an actual, intentional genocide by this point. Commented on by Captain Jack in "The Empty Child", set in 1941 London:
      Jack: The way you guys are blending in with the local colour – I mean Flag Girl is bad enough, but U-Boat Captain?
    • A more subtle example can be seen in "The Idiot's Lantern", in which the TV antennae are shaped like swastikas.
    • "Turn Left": In the crapsack alternate timeline, the British government goes this route, if Wilf's comment when the Colasantos are taken away is any indication:
      Wilf: "Labour camps". That's what they called them last time.
      Donna: ...what d'you mean?
      Wilf: It's happening again.
      Donna: What is?
      [cut to the perpetually optimistic Mr. Colasanto, who's breaking down and sobbing as he hugs his wife as they are hauled away]
    • "Cold Blood": Silurian military commander Restac, a General Ripper consumed by her Fantastic Racism against humans, has red, white and black epaulettes like the old German flags, and also sports a nasty facial scar reminiscent of Nazi commando leader Otto Skorzeny.
  • The Peacekeepers from Farscape are pretty much Space Nazis. Fascism, racial purity, the uniforms, color scheme, everything. Although their emblem actually comes from a 1920s Bolshevik army.
  • The uniforms of the Alliance Navy in Firefly. It doesn't help that many Alliance uniforms were left over from the Starship Troopers movie, which definitely did have slight fascistic overtones.
    • Lt. Womack in "The Message" wears a black leather trenchcoat and a shoulder harness similar to that of an SS officer. Being part of the Alliance's "Allied Enforcement" division isn't doing the Nazi undertones any favors.
  • By the end of First Wave, the Gua seem to have adopted this style. In fact, when Mabus is trying to convince Cade that the latter has been a Manchurian Agent from the get-go, he tries to put images in Cade's mind of Cade wearing a decidedly Nazi-like uniform and even giving a suspiciously similar salute (presumably, to Mabus).
  • Garth Marenghis Darkplace. In "The Apes of Wrath" Garth wakes up from a month-long coma to be told that monkeys have taken over the hospital. Disbelieving, he opens the door to see two monkeys in German steel helmets and carrying MP-40 submachine guns marching down the corridor.
  • The Wesenrein, the Wesen purity group in Grimm, takes most of its look from the Klu Klux Klan, but when we see their headquarters, sure enough their Wolfsangel sigil is in a white circle on a red banner.
  • Neo-Humans in Inazuman seem to have a fondness for Nazi-esque designs, which fits well with their ideology. Their Phantom Soldiers are clad in gas masks and Wehrmacht-style helmets, while Führer Geisel wears a black uniform evocative of the SS.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "Starcrossed", the Hing evoke the Nazis, which is unsurprising considering that the episode is a Whole-Plot Reference to Casablanca.
  • A Series of Unfortunate Events (2017) has the Village of Fowl Devotees, who have flags that are simply Nazi flags with crows replacing the swastikas.
  • In the television version of The Stand, Flagg's mass rally in Las Vegas features vexilloids resembling the Third Reich's flag: red, with a stylized black crow fimbriated in white. The treacherous Harold Lauder starts the series a pimply awkward unkempt geek and slowly starts improving his appearance. By the time Nadine Cross seduces him, he's wearing a black shirt with roses on the back and tight brown trousers, with his pale-blonde hair slicked back, looking like a flamenco dancer joined the SA.
  • Stargate Atlantis:
    • The Genii have uniforms that bear a fair resemblance to some German uniforms from World War I.
    • A downplayed version occurs in "The Condemned", which features a society that deports its prisoners to the vicinity of the planet's Stargate so the Wraith will feed only on them, where the Magistrate's uniform bears some fascistic overtones.
  • The Star Trek franchise has numerous examples of this:
    • Star Trek: The Original Series has the most overt example, with a society (at the instruction of a Federation observer) copying Nazi Germany exactly in "Patterns of Force".
    • Mirror-Odo's uniform in the Star Trek: Deep Space Nine episode "Crossover" evokes this. Though still recognizably Bajoran, it is all-black and fitted with a high collar and a belt.
      • And of course, there's Gul Hitler Dukat.
      • And the Section 31 uniforms.
    • The Voyager episode "The Killing Game" featured hunter-race the Hirogen capturing the Voyager crew and forcing them to re-enact a WW2 holoprogram, with the Hirogen taking the part of the Nazis in occupied France. They wore their Nazi uniforms when outside the holodeck too. However, only one of them actually believes in the Nazi philosophy - the leader is ready to strike a deal with Janeway in exchange for the holodeck technology.
    • Star Trek: Enterprise goes all the way in the episode "Storm Front", which has aliens with a Nazi-like ideology going back in time, allying with the actual Nazis, and wearing actual Nazi uniforms.
      • And then there's the Imperial Starfleet uniforms from "In A Mirror, Darkly", which are generally like their prime universe counterparts, but now include Sam Browne belts and black and silver rank epaulettes. As well, the MACO insignia is now a Totenkopf-like skull rather than the Mako Shark.
  • Stranger Things: A variant. Eleven's serial number is tattooed on her left forearm, right where the Nazis put it on people in the camps. She's also essentially a government slave and used as a human test subject in completely unethical, illegal ways, which the Nazis did as well. Not to mention her "owners"' tactics in trying to retrieve Eleven once she escapes easily put them into Nazi territory.
  • Supernatural: The Apocalypse World version of Castiel, who is Heaven's Torture Technician, for some unknown reason wears a Schutzstaffel-like uniform and has a German accent, despite neither his counterpart in the main universe nor his human vessel having one.
  • Not so much the uniforms, but the flags of the Phoenix Group in Terra Nova resemble Nazi battle standards.
  • In Tin Man, the Wicked Witch has as a Secret Police the black-leather-wearing "Long Coats".
  • The sci-fi television miniseries V (1983), which is hardly surprising as it was adapted from a script about the rise of a fascist movement in the United States. Notably such aspects as the swastika-like Visitor's flag, the Friends of the Visitors (Hitler Youth), the persecution of scientists (Jews), collaborators, the creation of fake 'incidents' to justify Visitor policies, the Great Leader (Fuhrer) and Diana's Mengele-like experiments.
    • Averted by the remake, which takes a different tack. The enigmatic but charismatic Vs suddenly arrive with messages of hope, change, and universal health care.

  • David Bowie went through a period of this, especially in 1976 with his album Station to Station and his "Thin White Duke" persona. Even more troubling, he began expressing actual fascist ideology during this phase. (As one might expect, this was at the height of Bowie's cocaine-induced Creator Breakdown.) Thankfully he snapped out of this after spending some time in Germany and getting to know people who remembered the actual Nazis, and described that period in his life as an Old Shame.
  • The music video to Disturbed's cover of "Land of Confusion" has the oppressive, money-driven soldiers looking like this, going so far as to make their insignia a stylized dollar bill similar to a swastika.
  • In the Gorillaz short "Fancy Dress", each of the band members are dressed up for a photograph. Noodle is dressed as a park ranger, 2D is dressed as an undead mummy, Russel is dressed as Charlie Chaplin, and Murdoc, perhaps not too surprisingly, runs in wearing an SS uniform, complete with a riding crop. Russel reacts rather appropriately.
    Russel: Oh man... where'd you get that outfit? You can't go dressin' up as a God-damned Nazi, you cracker-ass.
    Murdoc: Why not?! I mean, if it's good enough for Lemmy, Keith Richards, and Leonard Nimoy, then it's good enough for me!
  • Keyakizaka46 wore costumes that resembled the SS uniforms worn by the Nazi Party during a Halloween event and were heavily criticized for this. Their management eventually apologized.
  • The music video for Lady Gaga's "Alejandro" shows the male dancers in this, with Gaga herself wearing a bra with AR-15s attached.
  • Laibach. Seriously. That is to say, they have a serious case of this. They are not taking it seriously.
  • Nicki Minaj's music video for "Only" heavily uses Nazi imagery.
  • In side four of "The Wall" by Pink Floyd, Pink's fragmented negative feelings metastasize into his darkest persona yet, as he hallucinates that he is a fascist dictator during the songs "In the Flesh", "Run Like Hell", and "Waiting for the Worms". Fascist Pink is nothing short of Hitler, and much of the imagery (colours, design and symbols) are taken directly from the Nazi heraldry. This comes off as supremely ironic — as Pink's father was killed during the Battle of Enzio in World War II, Pink has essentially become the same kind of evil that took his father away from him, which laid the first brick in the emotional wall that has led him to this point.
  • Raubtier have an official video for Achtung Panzer, which features zombie soldiers in clearly-not-WW2 tanks (they look like Centurions in one view, but the artwork appears inconsistent), led by the Grim Reaper in a beret that looks more like British military than German- but the zombie soldier in command of the lead tank is wearing a rolled helmet which certainly creates the atmosphere (the grey pallette helps with this, plus the appearance of taking over the world) and the machine-gun on his cupola looks rather German WW2 styled.
  • Many Visual Kei bands and artists at one point or another. There are almost too many to name, but suffice it to say none (or very few, anyway) are known to have actual Nazi sympathies — it's strictly for shock value and that the Nazis, despite being evil, did have some cool-looking clothes/designs. That said, this was more common years ago — the Unfortunate Implications and the possibility of being banned from touring/performing in places where No Swastikas is in effect has much reduced the appearance of actual Nazi stylings — almost anything a modern Visual Kei artist wears will be an expy of it — and even with that the criticism is often still there, so it's nowhere as common as it once was.
    • One of the worst Visual Kei offenders was Rosenfeld, an early 80s band that dressed as Nazis with actual Nazi memorabilia and made their entire image and even some of their songs about Naziism, to the point where it was arguable as if they actually did have Nazi sympathies. Had they just dropped the Nazi style, they could have possibly been seen as one of the founding bands of Visual Kei (especially because there's an ongoing Flame War as to whether X Japan plagiarized some of their non-Nazi stylings). Instead, they became an Old Shame to the scene, and pretty much only remembered/celebrated by elitists or trolls.
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra's Concert Film Propaganda centers around a parody of Nazi Germany in which the band are depicted as a trio of dictators leading a rally in the midst of an uprising. Not only do the band's uniforms mix the blackshirts of fascist Italy with the red armbands of Nazi Germany, but faux Nazi flags with silhouettes of the band in place of a swastika are prevalent, and the band's performances are set in an elaborate palace evocative of fascism's neo-Roman predilections.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In BattleTech, Malvina Hazen, the Ax-Crazy khan of Clan Jade Falcon in the 3140s institutes the Mongol Doctrine, which abandons the Clans' usual single combat and dueling for massive scorched earth tactics including the use of nuclear weaponry ad deliberately targeting civilian populations for genocide. Just in case this wasn't enough to make it clear how evil a character she is, she also designs a new dress uniform for Falcon warriors that's very obviously based on the ones worn by the SS.
  • Centrum from GURPS: Infinite Worlds is really closer to Communists with parachronics but they're drawn wearing snazzy Nazi-esque uniforms.
  • JAGS Wonderland has the Army of No, an enormous legion of Wild Things created by the Caretakers to destroy humanity. Everything else they've done is also to destroy humanity, but the sponsors of the Army wanted homo sapiens to be punished for the crime of existing first. So, they quite deliberately made the Army out to be the most gleefully Always Chaotic Evil force they could, making them as fascist as possible. The uniforms (many actually have their snappy blue jackets and leather fatigues sown into them on the manufacturing line so they won't screw up the dress code) was the first step.
  • In Rifts, the Coalition soldiers are called Dead Boys because of their skull motif, ripped from the SS. Their dress uniforms are SS-based as well.
    • For that matter, Emperor Prosek is (in addition to the above dress stylings) consciously modeling much of his empire's political organization, propaganda tactics, and social engineering on the Third Reich itself — he's a historical scholar with a specialty in Nazi Germany, and has explicitly taken Hitler as his role model.
  • In Warhammer 40,000, the ruthless commissars of the "Imperial Guard" go for the twofer by taking the name "Commissar" from the Soviet Union and the greatcoat and high-peaked cap from the Third Reich. Furthermore, some planets' regiments, like the Armageddon Steel Legion, Attilan Rough Riders and Death Korps of Krieg, wear outfits resembling those of the aforementioned villains of history. The Armageddon Steel Legion's use of gas masks is at least justified by their home planet's chokingly polluted atmosphere, and the Death Korps of Krieg by their homeworld being subjected to atomic bombardment, the radiation of which has yet to clear. Though the Death Korps of Krieg have a German-sounding name, their uniforms take inspiration from German, French and Belgium WWI uniforms. The Death Korps of Krieg are also known for using spiked helmets that the basic design were infamously used by German troops in World War I, along with the coal-scuttle helmets usually associated with the Wehrmacht but actually first used by German troops in the First World War. They go even further - Krieger horses wear gasmasks and black/silver spiked barding while having one of the aforementioned Death Korps riding them. AND to go even further. The men of Krieg are clones. Though they don't hold a candle to a group of mercenaries who use cloning technology to keep their "perfect genetics" intact.
    • Older (metal) Cadian units, on the other hand, wear obvious Wehrmacht-inspired uniforms, right down to the bread-bags, Y-straps, jack boots, and cylindrical ribbed gas mask cans.
    • A bunch of platinum-blonde, white-as-snow women in red-on-black armor with white and gold highlights, all fanatically devoted to an empire with an eagle motif, who are fanatically concerned with genetic and ideological purity? The Sisters of Battle combine this trope with a healthy mix of horror tropes, Amazon Brigade, Combat Sadomasochist and Jeanne d'Archétype, though more recent depictions have started to switch the skin colors around a bit (the Imperium is very Equal-Opportunity Evil as long as you aren't a mutant) and the perfect skin fell by the way side in favor of horrific scarring.
    • Even Orks used to put on the Reich back in The '80s: Goffs had their iconic spiked Stahlhelms, while Bloodaxes imitated Imperial uniforms and paraphernalia down to the rank insignia and Commissar cap. The Stormboyz were the most egregious example, though: originally, they were a sub-culture of malcontent youths who rebelled against mainstream Orkish society by doing "un-Orky" stuff such as drilling, parading and being all disciplined and hierarchical. They even wore lightning bolt badges closely resembling the SS-rune.
    • In an odd case of... well, it's not exactly defictionalization, but let's call it close enough, the Games Workshop headquarters in Nottingham is allegedly known among the local cabbies as "the Reichstag".
  • On a related note to 40k, above, many aftermarket manufacturers of Games Workshop-compatible bitz and figures seem to like making Ork proxy miniatures with copies of historical uniforms and equipment, only oversized and cobbled together, Ork-style. Of particular note here is, who have greatcoated and Afrika Korps Orks wielding Ork-styled versions of MP 40, MG 42, Panzerschreck and Flakvierling.

    Video Games 
  • Battalion Wars has the Xylvanians, who are a cross between WWI Germans, Nazis, and, of course, vampires.
  • Columbia in Bioshock Infinite, for all its pretensions of upholding "true" American values and culture, is shown to have taken more than a few influences from Imperial Germany and (thanks to the Tears) the Third Reich.
  • Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony has Kokichi Oma, whose official art depicts him wearing a Nazi hat to affirm his talent as the Ultimate Supreme Leader.
  • Kirkwall's Templar order under Knight-Commander Meredith shows signs of this in the third act of Dragon Age II.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the standard (non-armor) uniforms of the Thalmor invoke this appearance. Despite being called "Robes", they're designed to look more like a longcoat than a robe, and are actually unable to closed in the front. Very fitting, as the Thalmor are essentially Nazi Elves.
  • Enclave Officers from Fallout 3 wear a uniform that makes them look like a Nazi mixed in with a Confederate soldier (with maybe even some Star Wars thrown in). Colonel Autumn's uniform is especially Reich-ish. In both Fallout 2 and 3, they truly consider themselves and themselves alone to be the absolute master race, and who intended to kill off the entire population of America, who they perceive as "mutants." So their Putting On The Reich act becomes fitting. They also use overt imagery and rhetoric.
    • The pre-War U.S. Military (from which the Enclave is directly descended) also used a version of Colonel Autumn's uniform. As evidenced by General Chase's overcoat and the US Army general outfit. (This was the army that violently annexed Canada.)
    • In Fallout: New Vegas, Caesar patterned his totalitarian empire after bits and pieces of the real Roman Empire. He succeeded spectacularly.
      • Partly subverted by the Great Khans, who engage mostly in drug-dealing and banditry; the Courier can point out how much like their namesake they're not. In one ending, they may decide to rectify this and start up a proper empire.
  • The Imperial Troopers in Final Fantasy VI, who wear stahlhelms and give what appears to be a Nazi salute to the Emperor during a cutscene.
    • Note also; in said cutscene, the three Generals (i.e. the soldiers considered the best of them all) behind the Emperor are Kefka, Celes and Leo. They all have blonde hair and blue eyes (then again, so do most of the heroes).
  • In Final Fantasy VIII, SeeD's men's formal uniform is essentially a Nazi SS uniform with shoulderpads.
  • The Turd Reich from Hell Pie are a race of sentient turds that launch a genocide against the munchers as an invading force with black gestapo hats for uniforms.
  • The soldiers of the Rahmos empire from Iron Grip: The Oppression wear a mashup of a German WWI uniform and a Napoleonic era musketeer's jerkin, plus a very Stahlhelm-esque helmet. Hardly surprising, since Rahmos is a Culture Chop Suey of All the Little Germanies, Imperial Germany, and Glorious Mother Russia. And they're also very militaristic and expansionist and prefer an atheist ideology over any forms of religion.
  • It can't get more overt than the Helghast from Killzone. Their basic Mook comes with a helmet, gas mask and trench coat, and they're all about the militarism and xenophobia. And that's just scratching the surface. Even their origin strongly resembles the birth of the Third Reich.
  • In Luftrausers, your faction does this up to eleven with their uniforms, logos, and generic nazi looking scientists. Although the salutes are normal salutes and instead of a swastika they use a picture of a Rauser plane.
  • In Mega Man X4, the Repliforce, an army of Reploid soldiers and the most powerful military in the world, give a Nazi salute under direction of their leader General in the opening cutscene of the game.
  • Metal Slug has this going on with the Rebel Army, though only General Morden actually dresses like one (nevermind that he's Canadian). The mobile game Metal Slug Attack however has unique Rebel units like Abigail and Dion who actually dress like this.
  • An interesting version of this occurs in Metro2033, combined with No Swastikas. The Nazis use a flag with the same red foreground and the white circle in the middle, but instead of a swastika, there is a big Gothic capital letter C.
  • Nintendo Wars: While Black Hole soldiers look like astronauts, several Black Hole COs dress in a manner specifically intended to recall Nazis — namely, Flak (a stahlhelm-and-greatcoat sporting grunt soldier), Adder (an officer in jodhpurs and epaulets), and Sturm himself (a general with a Commissar Cap and a gas mask).
  • In Path of Exile, the Blackguards you encounter in Act 3 are heavily implied to have very Nazi-like agendas, and wear intimidating black armor that show hints of it. The Oriathan officers and templars you see encounter in Act 5 really bring out the Nazi imagery.
  • PlanetSide's Terran Republic doubles it up with Red and Black and Evil All Over Gas Mask Mooks, and in the first game are a republic in name only. Come the second game, they are just dirty socialists and drop the black in favor of white/gray, but the cosmetics make them even more like Third Reich, Soviet, and Russian soldiers, with nice hats in the form of peaked caps and a Soviet side cap, a huge selection of gas masks (both fantastic and based on real designs) and a helmet designed specifically to look like the heavy-duty visored helmets favored by modern Russian soldiers.
  • The EKKL empire in the Rail Chase 2 is pretty much the Third Reich in all but name. They use the same uniforms, vehicles, and everything. Even the flyer depicts a guy wearing a Nazi-esque uniform and helmet.
  • The enemy officers in Shadow Complex have a combination of "armored super-soldier" and "Nazi" that includes armbands with their logo on it.
  • The Black Egrets, Princess Parasoul's personal guard from fighting game Skullgirls, has this going on. German weaponry, stereotypical Pickelhaube helmets, grey outfits, and bright red armbands bearing an umbrella symbol, eerily similar to a swastika. Unlike most examples, they're the good guys - this trope was deliberately used as Fan Disservice to the otherwise-attractive Parasoul, instilling a sense of uneasiness in the audience.
  • The uniforms worn by United Earth Directorate officers in Starcraft resemble Nazi uniforms, right down to the grey overcoats and hats. Oddly, their bosses are a Frenchman and a Russian. The UED were basically Space Nazis. The UED gets bonus points for using the same interior decorators as Nazi Germany. Both have red flags with similar symbolism; the UED shows an eagle atop the Earth, echoing the Third Reich's eagle atop the swastika. Hell, Admiral DuGalle kills himself with a Luger which was the WWII German officer's main pistol.
    • The UED is more a Culture Chop Suey of various authoritarian regimes throughout Earth's history. Dugalle is more The Napoleon with his strategic approach, while Stukov evokes Soviet general Georgy Zhukov, who was a hero of WWII before falling out of favor with Stalin after the war was over.
    • Inverted with Matt Horner in Starcraft II, who has a uniform inspired by fascists, but serves as the idealistic second-in-command of Jim Raynor. Possibly played straight in that he may have kept it from his confederate days.
  • Star Wars: The Old Republic adds to the "reich" theme for the Empire with large red banners with the white hexagonal Imperial symbol hanging everywhere.
  • Street Fighter's M. Bison.
  • Concept art for officers of the United Earth Federation in Supreme Commander has a Nazi-like appearance, though none of the UEF officers in the game have any particular nationality associated with them.
  • Artwork of the two pilots you play as from the danmaku shmup Under Defeat for the Dreamcast have them wearing Nazi-like uniforms — though it's a zigzagged case, as this time, the Union is violating the ceasefire while the Empire that the protagonists serve is acting in self-defense. Also, PA announcements from your enemies is in perfect English and dialogue between your pilot and her CO is in perfect German. Subbed for your convenience.
  • The Imperial army foot soldiers in Valkyria Chronicles wear more medieval looking armor, but the officers such as Gregor have the Reich look going on.
  • Yager has an entire Nation with obvious German and Third Reich influences. Not only do they wear uniforms, but they have distinct German accents, use German ranks, and the unit showcase mode shows a squad of their footsoldiers exploding on command and reassembling to very loud, German orders like "AAAACHTUNG", accent free, even.

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  • Murder Drones: The Disassembly Drones wear uniforms reminiscent of those worn by Nazi officers, complete with armbands with a symbol. Since they're tasked with exterminating a group that they see as lesser, it's fitting.
  • Terrible Writing Advice: Episode 81 - "Evil Lackeys" advices writers to give the mooks in their stories uniforms that resemble those of the Nazis, because Nazis are the default villains for any story.

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  • Item 21 on the Evil Overlord List: "I will hire a talented fashion designer to create original uniforms for my Legions of Terror, as opposed to some cheap knock-offs that make them look like Nazi stormtroopers, Roman footsoldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set." One that the Nazis actually followed.
  • Jim Sterling, host of The Jimquisition, originally styled their character as an over-the-top caricature of a fascist dictator with a God complex, using the motto "Truth, Pride, Garme Jurnalizm" and at times standing in front of a Norsefire-inspired flag. Their original intro, later changed due to copyright concerns, was filled with authoritarian imagery lifted from Gears of War and Fallout. They later changed the character in 2017 to a sleazy carnival showman, as they felt that the growth of actual neo-fascist activism in 2016 had made the character far more difficult to use for a joke.
  • The Sirenen Reich from v2-v4 Open Blue was practically Nazi Germany IN THE CAVALIER YEARS, complete with a (female) Führer, an SS-ish intelligence agency, a tendency to research advanced tech, and a flag that looks eerily like the Nazi battle insignia. The only difference is that they wear red coats like The British Empire. v5 toned this down by replacing the Führer with a Board of Directors, but it's still pretty heavy.

    Western Animation 
  • Alfred J. Kwak: Alfred Jonathan Quack/Alfred Jodocus Kwak had the Crow party, led by a crow named Dolf, whose logo was a red flag with a white circle in it, with a crow's foot (most likely a reference to the Germanic "Algiz" rune). Subtle it was not.
    • It was nonetheless chilling to watch Dolf grow from a naughty schoolboy into a fascist dictator. Also notable for the little details it threw in: Dolf was actually not a crow, but the half-breed of a crow and a blackbird, who disguised his origin by darkening his yellow beak - a sly allusion to Hitler failing to live up to the Aryan virtues he espoused.
  • The Amazing World of Gumball: In the episode "The Safety", Darwin goes overboard about safety. "Overboard", meaning monitoring everyone around town via security cameras, replacing police batons with blow-up replicas, and chaining people to their seats. When Gumball reaches his "evil lair" to stop him, Darwin is dressed like this. He also has these flags hanging, which look suspiciously similar to a rather well-known piece of Nazi symbolism. A rare example in which it's Played for Comedy. Disturbing comedy, but still comedy.
  • Fire Nation troops on Avatar: The Last Airbender wear Mongol-derived armour with designs that even include skull-shaped face plates. Bonus points for actually using the (somewhat silly) skull-face masks to further the plot, and for establishing that the Fire Nation isn't inherently worse than anyone else (the same way not All Germans Are Nazis, and other countries have dark pasts too).
  • Even though Standards and Practices forbade the writers of The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes from showing any Nazis onscreen in Captain America's introductory episode, the Red Skull wears an SS uniform and an Iron Cross, albeit with the Swastika replaced with a HYDRA emblem.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: The troops of General Zahl in "The Last Patrol!" wear uniforms that are very strongly reminiscent of Nazi stormtroopers. Of course, in the original comics Zahl was a former Nazi.
  • It Etait Une Fois... Space: The military personnel of Cassiopeia carries armbands styled as Nazi ones except that have instead of a swastika a "W", that represents that constellation. In addition to this, General Pest is said to have been chosen as leader because of how the masses follow him, echoing Hitler.
  • The Legend of Korra:
    • Troopers in Kuvira's army have helmets that resemble stahlhelm helmets.
    • Equalist biplanes are painted in a grey shade with black insignias set inside a red circle, looking very similar to Luftwaffe paint schemes. Bonus points for the insignias resembling the Balkenkreuz cross.
  • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: Frau Bluke's robots in "The Midnight Zone" have a strong resemblance to Nazi stormtroopers. Then you remember that she was German and was alive during WWII. So in all likeliness she probably was a Nazi Scientist.
  • Superman: The Animated Series: In "Brave New Metropolis", the Superman of an alternate universe is a Knight Templar who takes a more authoritarian approach against crime, shown by wearing an all-black costume with his Superman "S" logo resembling those from the SS logo.
  • The nation of Thembria in TaleSpin is based off of the Soviet Union. Occasionally there appeared a race of cruel, Germanic-accented dogs who wore SS-looking uniforms and menaced the skies above Cape Suzette in a zeppelin.
  • The Cola Secret Police in the Taz-Mania episode "We'll Always Have Taz-Mania" (which was a parody of Casablanca).
  • In the VeggieTales video Josh and the Big Wall, the people of Jericho are all shown wearing Roman Centurion helmets. This is especially humorous given their French accents.
  • The first season finale of Superjail! Ohhh boy. Future-Warden mixes it up a little, going for the Otto von Bismarck look.
  • Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?: Principal Madman has a mustache that is similar to Adolf Hitler's own.


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Vulcan, Virginia

Led by the Roman God of the same name, Vulcan is a town based around and ran by a gun manufacturing company, and thus is steeped in America's gun culture, with all of the disturbing implications this implies.

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