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The app Multiversity shows the viewer six ways history could have played out if Hitler died before his rise to Fuhrer. Based on the short story "Missives From Possible Futures #1: Alternate History Search Results" by John Scalzi.

Rebecca Riedy voices the computer voice.


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  • Abnormal Ammo: One timeline involves Hitler dying from a test run of gelatin-mold based weaponry by Russia. They proceed to use it to resolve all their conflicts and take over the world, becoming the ones to reach the moon in 1969.
  • Acceptable Targets: On the one hand, it's an entire episode dedicated to watching one man die in ludicrous and often brutal ways. On the other hand, that man is Adolf Hitler.
  • Adolf Hitlarious: A whole episode dedicated to a rubbery, squeaky-voiced Hitler dying in increasingly ludicrous ways.
  • Alien Space Bats: Some of the more insane timelines involve elements like extradimensional prostitutes.
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  • Artistic License – History: Hitler is portrayed with his iconic toothbrush mustache in 1908, while in real life he didn't start trimming it like that until after World War I. Tropes Are Not Badit's hilarious to watch a perfectly recognizable Hitler getting killed over and over, and the app isn't exactly going for historical accuracy. This would not be the most improbable thing in the short, either, not by a long shot.
  • Breather Episode: It's a more comedic oriented episode than most of the other ones, and has a lighter tone than any other episode.
  • Butt-Monkey: Hitler. The whole thing is pretty much about watching him suffer.
  • Colony Drop: Earth is hit by an asteroid in one iteration. Human life is wiped out. The rats take over, evolve, then destroy each other. Finally, two million years later, squids land on the moon.
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  • Distracted by the Sexy: In the timeline where space prostitutes share their sexy ways with the world the moon landing is delayed by 27 years.
  • For Want of a Nail: Hitler dying in different scenarios create tiny to enormous changes in the timeline.
  • Hitler's Time Travel Exemption Act: The whole point of the Multiversity app is to ponder what would happen if Hitler were killed in the past, in increasingly outlandish ways. Lampshaded — Hitler's death is apparently one of the most common "what-if" scenarios requested.
    • In the very first scenario, Hitler's death only delays World War II, and somehow causes the Americans to nuke Berlin instead of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Other than that, nothing seems to change significantly.
    • In the sixth scenario, exaggerated when Hitler is attacked by a squad time-traveling Anti-Nazis sent to kill him, and protected by a squad of time-traveling Nazis sent to protect him. The two groups both die and he is saved by his future self.
  • In Spite of a Nail: In the first scenario, Hitler dies before his rise to Fuhrer, but World War II still proceeds (albeit late, and the atomic bomb is dropped on Berlin instead of Hiroshima/Nagasaki) and Neil Armstrong is still the first man on the moon by 1969.
  • Never Shall The Selves Meet: Hitler's future self saves his past self from the crossfire of future Nazis and anti-Nazis, only to obliterate themselves and all of time and space by touching each other. It even breaks the app itself, leading to a blue screen of death.
  • Out with a Bang: Hitler is banged to death by hot space prostitutes, who go on to enlighten the world with their spacely hotness.
  • Rated M for Manly: In the Russia takes over the world timeline Vladimir Putin becomes the "first real man" on the moon, wearing a bearskin-covered spacesuit with exposed abs.
  • Starfish Language: In the fifth death scenario, Earth is eventually populated by a civilization of squids, leading to "Gluugsnertgluug" performing the first Moon Landing millions of years into the future.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler:
    • Subverted during the second Hitler death scenario. After Hitler dies in a freak Bratwurst cart accident, Austria outlaws horse-drawn carts and thus they adopt cars earlier. As a result they become a technologic super power and help Germany win World War I, averting the Third Reich altogether. Then, the Germans reach the Moon in 1958, more than a decade before Americans would've reached it. In short, they became Stupid Jetpack Germans because Hitler wasn't in the picture.
    • And then played straight in the final scenario, where future Nazis with laser weaponry time travel to protect Hitler from time-traveling future anti-Nazis... And then future Hitler blasts in on a mecha suit to save his past self from the ensuing crossfire.

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