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"It's funny, if you read the backstory to Killzone, the running theme is the Helghast getting fucked over a picket fence left, right, and center... They could easily work as the heroes if they didn't have the 'image problem': Glowing red eyes and Nazi hats. Yeah, they could probably garner more sympathy if they swapped those out for some star-shaped sunglasses and a fez."

Chris: Can we just take a moment to bask in how amazing Judd Nelson’s jacket is in this scene? I’m pretty sure those are where the money went.
David: Dude, all he needs are some fake-ass medals and he’d look like a Grand Moff.
Chris Sims and David Uzumeri on Steel

"Pryzer looked like Dark Ernest before. Now he looks like Nazi Ernest, which seems like an Ernest movie they would have actually made."
Matt Wilson on Barb Wire

"Spare me the Hirogen/Nazi parallel – on the one hand you’ve got a frightening fascistic group hell bent on dominating the world on the other you’ve got a bunch of daft lizards who would have trouble flying a ship on autopilot...When the Klingons leapt into the Nazi-occupied France programme I thought I had taken a dose of mind altering drugs. Somebody get Brannon Braga away from the typewriter! And tie up Joe Menosky and put him in a cupboard while you’re there!"
Doc Oho on Star Trek: Voyager, "The Killing Game Pt. II"

"Any of you who know a little bit about history and fashion will know that Hugo Boss made the uniforms for the Nazis. The Nazis did have flaws, but, you know, they did look fucking fantastic, let's face it, while they were killing people on the basis of their religion and sexuality."

I suppose I shouldn't push the Nazi/rat analogy too far, for fear of bringing down Godwin's Law upon my head. But I'm not the one who outfitted the rat army in Prussian-style spiked helmets and vaguely fascist uniforms, or gave them lines alluding to "an empire that will last a thousand years."
Review of The Nutcracker in 3D by Dana Stevens

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 foot soldiers, or savage Mongol hordes. All were eventually defeated and I want my troops to have a more positive mind-set.
Rule 21, The Evil Overlord List

For one thing, Nazism fascinates in a way other iconography staked out by the pop sensibility (from Mao Tse-tung to Marilyn Monroe) does not. No doubt some part of the general rise of interest in fascism can be set down as a product of curiosity. For those born after the early 1940s, bludgeoned by a lifetime’s palaver, pro and con, about communism, fascism—the great conversation piece of their parents’ generation—represents the exotic, the unknown. Then, there is a general fascination among the young with horror, with the irrational. Courses dealing with the history of fascism are, along with those on the occult (including vampirism), among the best attended these days on college campuses. And beyond this the definitely sexual lure of fascism, which SS Regalia testifies to with unabashed plainness, seems impervious to deflation by irony or overfamiliarity.
Susan Sontag, '"Fascinating Fascism", New York Review of Books


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