A Nazi by Any Other Name

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A story in which a man with slicked-back hair and a thick German accent is going to create a new lifeform -- or "Master Race" -- of blond Caucasians who will swear allegiance to him, and only him, all underscored with a hymn by Wagner. [Beat] Clearly, this is about Vietnam.
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From 1933 to 1945, Germany was ruled with an iron fist by Adolf Hitler and the Nazis. They eventually used Refuge in Audacity to kill millions of people they found undesirable with about half (using the 12 million death figure) being Jews, the rest being various other groups that often got picked on in Europe: communists, Gypsies, homosexuals, Jehovah's Witnesses, the mentally ill, disabled people, Slavs, etc. The Nazis also officially started the most destructive war in human history, which killed even more people (roughly 50 million). The result is that they are considered by many the most evil group of people that ever lived, and therefore easy and acceptable to make look bad.

For that reason ever since then people have symbolized villains with the Nazis. These pseudo-Nazis can generally range from sympathetic people who got swept up in the chaos to a simplified bunch of Psychos for Hire who joined the army simply so they can massacre inferior races. While the former is better depthwise, making these Nazis By Any Other Name too sympathetic can result in a Draco in Leather Pants.

Common elements include the look of a paramilitary political force centering on one person as the supreme leader heavily guarded by his black shirted longcoat-wearing minions, and their ideology typically boils down with the leader often shouting, "We are the MasterRace/Species! We will reign supreme! We will crush all who oppose us! All inferiors shall submit or/and die! Hail Victory!" To that end, the most hideous of crimes are obvious options they will use in a heartbeat and the only thing that will get them to stop is unyielding force.

Of course, since the Nazis themselves stole symbolism, slogans and rituals from other historical sources (and racism looooong predates their existence) much of what is associated with them today is actually far Older Than They Think. So a few examples commonly given merely reflect generic totalitarian, Cult of Personality, and/or dictatorship elements. Additionally, Anime will also borrow from Imperial Japan for example the killing of surrendering soldiers, or attempts to stamp out culture.

Any strong German ruler (Frederick the Great, Bismarck, Barbarossa...), German military force (every single one), or right-wing German political movement (likewise) will very likely get this treatment in most modern portrayals.

A subtrope of Fictional Political Party.

Compare with Scary Dogmatic Aliens. Similar to Space Jews. Visit the scenic Reichstropen for more about Those Wacky Nazis and their imitators. For empire builders who consider themselves inherently superior to all other races/nations but don't neccessarily partake of other Nazi ideology or imagery, see Master Race.

No real life examples, please; the only Nazis in real life are Nazis, which effectively excludes every other group. Even Neo-Nazis.

Examples of A Nazi by Any Other Name include:

Anime & Manga[edit | hide | hide all]

  • The Vandenreich of Bleach not only look the part, they act the part as well, what with behavior that borders on ethnic cleansing towards Hollows.
  • The Principality of Zeon and its successor movement Neo Zeon from the UC Gundam timeline. The most famous instance is where Prince Gihren Zabi turns a state funeral into a political rally, with the audience shouting "Sieg Zeon!" (Hail Zeon in the dub). Lampshaded when King Degwin Zabi compares his son, Gihren to Hitler and Gihren accepts it as a complement.
    • On the other side of the war, the Titans in Zeta Gundam also have an SS vibe.
    • The Sleeves, The Remnant of Neo Zeon, have Nazi-esque designs for their mobile suits: example, the Geara Zulu has a distinctive helmet shape. Their soldiers use "All Hail Neo Zeon!" as a battle cry of sorts.
  • Gundam Seed does this to both sides. ZAFT shares Zeon/Germany's look, and their leader, Patrick Zala, is essentially a more sympathetic Expy of Gihren, who believes that Coordinators are a Superior Species/Master Race that deserves to replace the Naturals, and advocates the butchering of surrendering troops and the eventual destruction of the Earth (he and his supporters live in space colonies) by Wave Motion Gun. His Arch Enemy, Muruta Azrael, is a smooth-talking blond psychopath who runs Blue Cosmos, an anti-Coordinator political party and lobby group that is equal parts Nazi Party and Ku Klux Klan cell, and seeks to use nuclear weapons to destroy the colonies and kill all the Coordinators because they are "unnatural." As both sides become more and more Naziesque, the sympathetic characters on both eventually defect, forming the Three Ships' Alliance.
  • Britannia from Code Geass combine Naziism with the British Empire, with a society built around notions of social darwinism. They refer to conquered non-Britannian people by a numbered designation ("Elevens" instead of Japanese) and are not hesitant to massacre entire ghettos in order to fulfill their aims. They also pull off the political rally with Charles Di Britannia turning Clovis' funeral into a political rally complete with All Hail Britannia chants. It also borrows from Japan itself with the Numbers being a reference to the Japanization that happened after Japan began expanding its borders.
    • The Megacorporations that are mentioned to have been dissolved by Emperor Lelouch. They are most likely a combination of the Japanese Zaibatsu with the mercantilist corporations of the colonial era (ie. the East India Company, and so forth). It fits into a Fascist system due to Fascism usually being described as having strong corporate influence in the government (strongly seen in Mussollini's Italy and Nazi Germany).
    • There is a Purist Faction and what they stand for (i.e. Blood Purity and Pollution theories). At one point, Euphie is convinced to overlook an apparently talented painter's work due to his having a smidgeon of Eleven blood.
  • Amestris, the country in which Fullmetal Alchemist takes place, is a military nation where the standard—or you might say, the preferred look is blonde hair and blue eyes, ruled by a "Führer" who in the past sought to exterminate an entire ethnic group living within the borders, distinguishable by their facial features and monotheistic religion. Amestris is, however, rather more like post-WW 2 Germany, what with the aforementioned "Ishval Civil War" having been a horrible PR catastrophe and most modern Amestrians behaving extremely apologetically towards surviving Ishvalans. Of course, the leader who initiated the genocide is somehow still seated in power and continues to uphold a destructive Lebensraum policy, but it helps when you're a superpowered Artificial Human backed by a truly ancient and sinister Government Conspiracy. This is a somewhat unusual example in that Amestris is mainly inspired by industrial revolution era Britain, and the Ishvalans are based on the Ainu people, but it manages to look like a parallel to Nazi Germany anyway.
    • Note that he dissolved the parliament of Amestris, so that explains how he's still in power.
    • King Bradley (King is his first name (and it's a real name, too; just ask King Gillette)) is actually President King Bradley in his position of head of state, and Führer King Bradley in his job as head of the military. As such, he is occasionally called President-Führer King Bradley. Talk about ego.
    • In the canon of the first anime, it's even revealed that the story is set in a parallel world to our own, during the time frame of World War I, and World War II is in the works.
  • Done comedically in with organization ACROSS in Excel Saga. Characters regularly shout "Hail Il Palazzo" while doing the Roman salute to their leader. Though otherwise ACROSS does not share much with Nazism, besides a desire to Take Over the World.
    • In the anime you can actually briefly see twin swastikas in Excel's eyes as she vocally expresses her loyalty in the first episode.
  • In TOKYO TRIBE 2, the NEO WU-RONZ, after nearly taking over a majority of Tokyo, becomes the "Skunk Empire", named after its leader and former underling of Mera. The outfits of the Skunk Empire members are reminiscent of Nazi uniforms, with the kana "ズ" in place of the swastika. Even Skunk, who grew a mustache over the course of two episodes, dresses very similarly to Hitler during his reign as the leader of the Skunk Empire.
    • Averted as the soldiers have little loyalty to Skunk, and more to Mera and Buppa/Bubba (depending on translation) - shown when Skunk orders his soldiers to fight the resisting Tribes who were not destroyed/amalgated into the Skunk Empire after Buppa/Bubba died. They tore their armbands off after receiving that command and moved against Skunk - and all the other Tribes did too. Also note they stopped fighting after hearing Buppa/Bubba died
  • Trinity Blood has the Rosenkruez Orden, who are a group of vampires (and one evil human) who are terrorists hell bent on bringing about the end of the world. They are led by Aryan Ubermensch Cain Nightroad and most dress in clear black suits that very strongly resemble SS uniforms.
  • Breiking Boss and his Androkorps in Shinzo Ningen Casshern are an evil android army that seek to eradicate the human race. Amongst their many Nazi-esque traits are a swasitka-like insignia and a faux(?)-German salute "Yartze Brakkin!"
  • Fairy Tale from Rosario + Vampire plays this trope completely straight. They are a group of monsters obsessed with killing off humans, with social darwinism as one of their founding principles. Their leader is borderline messiah figure in their eyes, and she's a Sensor Character who can detect and purge anyone who shows signs of disagreement. Then there are the uniforms...
  • One Piece gives us the New Fishman Pirates, a band of psychos who take previous villain Arlong's Fantastic Racism Up to Eleven. They hate humans so much that they're willing to kill other fishmen who don't.
  • Nishikori in Cage of Eden is explicitly referred to as using Nazi tactics. However, in a rare example, they are not talking about genocide or racism (the population is too small for that). Rather, he borrows the Nazi "whistleblowing" tactic, encouraging his slaves to report on each other. Not only does it keep him informed, but it keeps his followers scared and unable to cooperate against him.

Comic Books[edit | hide]

  • To see when this trope backfires read Grant Morrison's penultimate arc of New X-Men, Planet X, in which Holocaust survivor Magneto goes more and more mindlessly berserk as the arc wears on, culminating in his beginning to herd all surviving non-mutants in New York into crematoria. One of his servants even points out that he's acting like a Nazi. A lot of the fans hated it, and Marvel execs were so horrified that they immediately said that wasn't Magneto. This is hardly the first time Magneto has been compared to the Nazis, nor the first instance of someone pointing it out to him, or even Magneto acknowledging it himself. It was just done with better writing most of those times.
    • One of the better examples is an alternate future/dream where Magneto wipes out humanity only to have the dead rise from their graves, including zombie Hitler who compliments him on being such an apt pupil. That probably has something to do with this three-page sequence being the only X-Men-related material ever penned by Alan Moore.
    • Another incident worth noting—just after Magneto took over Genosha, he mused to Xavier that he didn't think a mutant nation was enough; he hoped to find "a more...definitive solution". Xavier suggests the word he was looking for was "final". Cue defensive rant.
    • Ultimate Magneto, however, is another story. He is a clear mutant supremacist who has attempted genocide many times. Since this is an alternate Magneto, this was far better received.
    • You might then be interested in Operation Rebirth from X-Men: Evolution. Logan explains the super soldier program used to turn Steve Rogers into Captain America (comics). Xavier's reply? "A master race?" Logan gets the hint and claims it was the good guys behind the project.
    • It's hardly just Magneto- extremists who hate and fear mutants want them wiped out in a manner similar to ethnic cleansing. There are numerous Elseworld stories (like Days Of Futures Past) in which this has come true and Mutants are enslaved and imprisoned. Magneto's main motivation is to make sure this doesn't happen. By wiping out the humans first.
      • Hey! Sometimes he just wants to conquer us instead!
  • "Arctic Nation", from the eponymous edition of the French-Spanish furry comic book Blacksad, consists of rich, influential white animals (as in, with white fur), who wear early Nazi-style trenchcoats, have a flag which substitutes a stylized snowflake for the swastika, and wear armbands, but in their actual workings they're instead the KKK, complete with sheet robes and burning crosses.
  • The Kreelers (anti-mutant lobby) in the Two Thousand AD strip Strontium Dog, led by Nelson Bunker Kreelman (pictured above). There's even a Kreeler Youth organisation.
    • Replaced by The New Church in the SD story arc aptly titled The Final Solution.
    • Another 2000AD comic, Invasion! and its sequel, Savage, feature the Volgans, a far-right Russian regime. Originally intended to be played by the Soviet Union, Editorial Meddling forced the creators to use a generically authoritarian Ruritanian Expy so as not to aggravate officials at the Soviet embassy during a period of fragile détente. They were later explicitly revealed to be Russian.
      • Likewise, the enemy Norts from Rogue Trooper show quite a number of Nazi characteristics.
  • The Norsefire Party in V for Vendetta IS the Nazi Party (if it was late 1990's Britain).
    • The Norsefire Party were closer to a logical (if extreme) extension of right-wing tendencies in late 1980s Britain; they're a decidedly unsubtle Expy of the National Front with some level-grinding in competence. That Norsefire are essentially the Nazi Party and still recognisably a heartbeat away from the government of the time is part of what makes V for Vendetta so chilling.
      • The head honcho Leader Adam Susan, in an introspective moment before the beginning of his slide into true madness, outright confirms to himself he is fascist, both by the historic and the Nazi definition. In his own mental phrasing (and Norsefire doctrine, no doubt), the war "put paid to freedom".
      • It should be noted that Norsefire are an implicitly neo-Nazi organisation, and so the parallels are conscious decisions by Norsefire itself. Unlike most entries on this page, Norsefire consciously emulate Nazi Germany.
  • HYDRA from Marvel probably fall here.
    • Somewhat like Norsefire above, HYDRA started off as an actual Nazi organisation during World War II which became independent when the actual Nazis, well, lost. When your founders are Nazis it's no stretch that your organisation end up Nazi-like.
    • In the Fifth Sleeper story, the Red Skull tells Captain America (comics) that HYDRA was always a front for "the true force supreme, NAZIISM!" (His words, not mine.) It says a lot for how hated the Nazis are that HYDRA is, by comparison, a Slave to PR.
  • In the Archie Sonic The Hedgehog series, Angel Island was occupied for a time by the Dr. Eggman-backed Dingo Regime, whose soldiers not only wore Brown Shirt-esque uniforms, but who imprisoned all captured Echidnas in what were clearly concentration camps.
  • Bob Heller, one of the presidential candidates in Transmetropolitan, whose rhetoric is equal parts The Strong Should Dominate the Weak and Patriotic Fervor. His campaign insignia is a black "H" in a white circle on a field of red, and other characters openly compare him to the Nazis and his campaign events to the Nuremberg rallies. (Just how much of a Crapsack World is Transmetropolitan? Not only is Heller not the most evil candidate in the race, he's not even the most evil candidate in his party.)


Film[edit | hide]

  • The government in V for Vendetta is very Nazi-like. Also, the leader's name, "Adam Sutler", sounds too similar to "Adolf Hitler" to have been a coincidence, especially when you consider that in the comic the film was based on (see above), his name was "Susan."
    • In the comic book, he doesn't even pretend to not be fascist.
  • Since the movie Starship Troopers is a satire of the gung-ho jingoism of the novel, they use the Nazi-like symbolism to portray the humans as an evil invading race by Putting on the Reich, and occasionally showing a propaganda commercial. This is capped by Neil Patrick Harris (at the time, best known for Doogie Howser, M.D.) as a Dr. Mengele Expy. One fan theory is that the humans faked the asteroid attack to justify the invasion. Either that, or used the opportunity provided by the otherwise natural asteroid strike to start a war. In any case it's never shown how the Arachnids could have deliberately launched the asteroid.
  • The Lion King gives us the song Be Prepared, in which Scar rallies the Hyenas into setting up a new age in Pride Rock, ruled by Scar and the Hyenas. The Nazi Symbolism is quite clear during a sequence when the Hyenas goose step (the most evilest march ever) by Scar. The scene is directly inspired by Triumph of the Will.
    • This makes the song especially chilling if you watch it in either Hebrew or German.
  • The 1940 Charlie Chaplin film The Great Dictator is about a thinly-veiled parody of the Nazi regime, whose leader is named Adenoid Hynkel and whose symbol is the Double Cross. The location is translated from Germany to the fictional country of Tomania; the anti-Semitism is left undisguised.
  • In The Avengers, Loki is prone to Putting on the Reich, and performs a 'you were born to be ruled speech' and one old German calls him out in a Badass Bystander moment when he says to kneel.

Old German: I will not bow to a man like you.
Loki: There are no men like me.
Old German: There are always men like you.

  • This was predated, surprisingly, by The Three Stooges short You Nazty Spy! (which came out a few months earlier) with Moe as Hailstone, leader of Moronica and Larry and Curly standing in for Goebbels and Goering respectively. It also spawned a sequel, I'll Never Heil Again.
  • In Star Wars, particularly the Expanded Universe, it's definitely possible to see The Empire as Nazilike. It's not just the cut of the officers' uniforms (and Grand Moff Tarkin definitely acts the part of a Nazi official) or the fact that its Faceless Goons are called "stormtroopers". The Empire is also strictly, stridently speciesist, always putting humans before nonhumans, to the point where the nonhumans on the capital planet are restricted to a single sector. And it rose when a charismatic leader talked his way into a high position in a democratic government, created problems, then refused to let go.
    • Not to mention him gaining power by first becoming Chancellor.
    • Rather ironically, a Rebel ceremony at the end of the original film is clearly modeled on Triumph of the Will.
    • There is a shot of Trade Federation battle droids marching through an archway on Naboo in The Phantom Menace that is modeled on a famous shot of Nazi troops marching through the Arc de Triomphe in Paris.
    • The EU even had a flying death camp. The chief scientist onboard was a slightly more honest version of Mengele, who admits he doesn't have scientific reasons, real or imagined-he just tortures and dissects alien beings For the Evulz. (Of course, in a comic where the leading man is Boba Fett, you need the occasional villain that makes a merciless bounty hunter look good.)
    • The One Sith, the Empire's spiritual successors in the comic series Star Wars Legacy, also emulated several nazi-like imagery. Heck, they even had a genocide policy on Dac that's called the Final Protocol.
  • The film of Fahrenheit 451 gave the Firemen Nazi-like outfits along with an overall fascistic feel to their system, not to mention that a German actor was cast as Montag. This is kind of at odds with the book which makes the dystopian society very "All-American" and rightly or wrongly, Bradbury attributed its start to Political Correctness Gone Mad, with the idea being that people will be much happier "protected" from "upsetting" ideas, something which is far from the Nazi motivation for burning books.
  • There is a whiff of this in The Terminator films when it is pointed out that after the machines nuked the world, they herded the survivors into camps to be vaporized. Reese even shows off the barcode that was branded onto him.
    • Though Nazi Germany took this motive to the extreme, it was by no means the only country to use this kind of practice (at least partially). It would actually be the most...logical method of extermination.
  • The Cyclops in The City of Lost Children.
  • The Crimson Rivers has two generations of low-profile workers creating a Eugenics program in their remote university town in France and actually have some success until they get killed by the real Big Bad, who happens to be a product of said program.
  • Contact. There's a certain amount of alarm when the First Contact signal turns out to be a retransmitted television broadcast of Adolf Hitler giving a speech. Kitz even suggests it comes from Scary Dogmatic Aliens who find his views appealing. Cooler heads point out that aliens wouldn't understand the context of the transmission—the speech is Hitler opening the 1936 Olympics, which would have been the first strong TV signal sent into space. Sending it back is simply their way of showing the message was received.
  • The film version of Pink Floyd's The Wall features extended sequences of the main character's dreams/hallucinations of himself as the head of a Neo-Nazi group.
  • The 1995 film adaptation of Shakespeare's Richard III (starring Ian McKellen) gives us a Setting Update, with Genteel Interbellum Setting Britain gradually Putting on the Reich and turning into a Nazi-esque/Orwellian state. Richard's heraldic boar is even incorporated into an exact copy of the Nazi flag in the place of a swastika. Surprisingly, the movie works quite well - both as a Shakespeare adaptation and as a satire on the inter-war period's nonchalance toward the rise of authoritarian regimes.
  • The German film Das Experiment is a fictionalized dramatization of the Stanford Prison Experiment, which emphasizes the Nazi-like aspects of the guards' behavior. In case the point isn't obvious enough, their leader actually resembles a blond Hitler.
    • At one point, one of the prisoners even calls him a Nazi.
  • Omni Consumer Products in RoboCop 2 uses a flag resembling the Third Reich's: the octagonal OCP logo in black, within a white octagon, centered on a red field.


Literature[edit | hide]

  • Warrior Cats. Tigerstar was originally from ThunderClan, but came to power in ShadowClan during their darkest hour; Hitler was from Austria, but came to power in Germany during a low point in its history. Tigerstar merged RiverClan into ShadowClan to form TigerClan; Hitler merged Austria and Sudetenland into Germany to form Greater Germany. Like all good dictators, Tigerstar had his own secret police, consisting of Brokenstar's rogues and Darkstripe. He started imprisoning and mistreating halfClan cats, clearly planning to eventually kill them, because he claimed that they couldn't be trusted, and blamed them all that had ever gone wrong. And finally, up until she realised how evil he was, Sasha was pretty much the Eva Braun to Tigerstar's Hitler.
  • Frank Herbert has stated that he based House Harkonnen from the Dune novels on the Nazis.
    • He may have intended it but it didn't work. It just looked like an unusually Deadly Decadent Court. Naziism was a Religion of Evil, not a Big Screwed-Up Family.
    • On the other hand the good guys worshiped a messianic warlord, held traditional civilization in contempt, were arrogant about their physical prowess, had an arcane occultist religion which included the use of narcotics, and launched a holy war for the liberation of their race.
  • In Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time, the False Dragon Mazrim Taim uses rank names that the Nazi used. This is more of a Kick the Dog moment to show that Taim is evil and cannot be trusted, rather than trying to portray Taim as Hitler. He also refers to himself as the "M'Hael", or "Leader", and General Bashere is uncertain he's the real Taim because he's shaved his mustache, which may be a subtle Lampshade Hanging.
  • The Garth Nix short story "Hope Chest" features a villain called the Leader who terrifies populations into submission and brings everyone who hears his voice under his thrall.
  • Discworld has several Nazi-like groups:
    • Wolfgang von Uberwald's werewolf "movement" in The Fifth Elephant deserves mention here. Wolf wears a black uniform with a nickel crest of a wolf's head and lightning bolts, uses phrases like "Joy through Strength" and his mother calls dwarfs "subhuman" (Ironically, because they use a different set of idioms than humans do, a dwarf might take that as a compliment).
      • According to a 1943 OSS profile, "Wulf" was Adolf Hitler's favorite nickname for himself.
    • The vampires in Carpe Jugulum are also organized racists ("The trolls are stupid, the dwarfs are devious, the pixies are evil and the gnomes stick in your teeth"), but less military about it.
    • The Dogs' Guild in Men At Arms. Their entry in GURPS Discworld notes that if Big Fido had been human "the Discworld might have been in serious trouble, possibly involving jackboots", and certainly the image of an insane poodle insisting "the proper shape for a dog was a lot bigger" calls to mind a short, dark-haired man going on about Nordic perfection. According to The Discworld Companion, his speeches even included the phrase "the Master race" ... only this was humanity, which caninekind was going to overthrow.
    • While ideology is lacking, the past Ankh-Morpork shown in Night Watch is a fascist police state along similar lines as that in V for Vendetta. Notably, the Secret Police are called the Cable Street Particulars, which besides being a Shout-Out to the heroic Baker Street Irregulars references the "Battle of Cable Street" between Oswald Mosley's Blackshirts and anti-fascist Londoners. Their leader, Captain Swing, fits the "non-Aryan/perverse Nazi" role, being odd and sickly looking (think Goebbels) yet obsessed with a Eugenic kind of phrenology. (Although phrenology was popular with the sillier sort of criminologists back when Hitler was still painting postcards in Vienna, so it may not be an intended Nazi reference.)
  • The Death Eaters from Harry Potter believe in the superiority of pure blood, and will kill anyone they feel is inferior to them. Their leader Voldemort hates anyone not of pure wizard blood, yet he himself is not pure blood; Adolf Hitler viewed "Aryans," commonly portrayed as blonds with blue eyes as the master race, yet he himself was brown haired with brown eyes. J.K. Rowling acknowledged the Death Eaters are supposed to represent the Nazis. In the fourth movie, they're also symbolized as Klansmen—check out the KKK-inspired headgear, torches and "burning signal".
    • And that's not even getting into the seventh book, for most of which the Power Trio are on the run in one of the most blatant parallels of Nazi-occupied Europe ever seen. The Ministry of Magic has become so corrupted from the inside by Les Collaborateurs, that they essentially pass the Nuremberg Laws against Muggle-born wizards, and under the guidance of Umbridge are shown creating pamphlets touting purity of blood whose content and saccharine covers call to mind the publications of Julius Streicher. The various Death Eater minions inside the Ministry are dressed in khaki clothes, with red, white, and black armbands bearing the Dark Mark. The sign of the Deathly Hallows is very similar to the history of the swastika as well - originally an innocent symbol, then used by wizard-supremacist Grindelwald, etched on walls by stupid pricks to get attention...
    • Naturally, Grindelwald was defeated in 1945, of all years. Fans have used this to speculate on whether Grindelwald actually had something to do with the rise of the Nazis themselves.
    • And Nurmengard = Nuremberg.
      • And the very "Arbeit macht frei"-like slogan, "For the Greater Good", that was written over the gate of Nurmengard.
      • Also, a lunatic, old loner as the last inmate of an incredibly guarded prison? That sounds like Rudolf Hess.
      • The Film of the Book shows a snippet of Hermione's torture from the book, except instead of just hearing her disembodied screams, we also see Belatrix doing...something with the dagger in her hand to Hermione's arm. When we see her arm, we can see that Lestrange carved "Mudblood" into the inside of Hermione's forearm, much like how the Nazis tattooed numbers into the forearms of the Jews in concentration camps.
    • Polish translation of Deathly Hallows explicitly called those who hunted muggleborns and La Résistance for profit szmalcownicy. Real Life szmalcownicy sold hiding Jews to the Nazis during The War.
    • You can go even further with this one: Voldemort=Hitler, Fudge=Chamberlain, Scrimgeour=Churchill, Dumbledore=Gandhi, Bellatrix=Unity Mitford, Andromeda=Jessica Mitford, Narcissa=Diana Mitford.
      • Nagini, Voldemort's beloved female pet snake = Blondi
  • In Charles Stross's Iron Sunrise, there's a supposed "master race" called the ReMastered. Stross has said in his blog that his original working title for the book was Space Nazis Must Die!
  • The Freedom Party from Harry Turtledove's Timeline-191 series are the Alternate Universe CSA-version of the Nazis, with Jake Featherston standing in for Hitler, and mass murder of blacks replacing the Holocaust.
  • Written during World War Two, T.H. White's The Once and Future King features a scene within an ant colony. The ant society's suppression of individuality is a strong allegory for the totalitarian Nazi state.
  • Watership Down's Efrafa is a Rabbit version of the Nazi state (with a dash of Stalin-ism thrown in for good measure).
    • Though Efrafa wasn't quite bloody enough to look Nazi-ish, had no racism as such and had a dictator who was a real badass instead of just pretending to be such. In some ways it looks more like Bonapartism then Nazism.
  • In Wodehouse's Jeeves and Wooster, Sir Roderick Spode is leader of the Black Shorts, obviously based on Oswald Moseley's Black Shirts. His followers shout, 'Heil Spode!' In the TV series, the Black Shorts use the 'flash in the pan' symbol associated with the Black Shirts.
  • The TV movie and the book The Wave is about starting a youth movement at a high school that is suspiciously close to Nazism, as An Aesop to show how easy it is to get caught up in such a situation. It is based on a true story.
  • The Hittites in The Egyptian are treated as pretty much nazi-expies. Which is not really fair.
    • The whole book can be interpreted as an allegory of WWII, but especially the people's reactions to it. The factions aren't supposed to be expies. At most, they are references to World War II.
  • The Army of Excellence in Swan Song, who want to destroy everyone who developed disfiguring keloids after nuclear war destroyed America. There's a lot of talk about 'genetic purity', and the leader even wears some vintage SS uniforms.
  • S.M. Stirling has stated that his goal in creating The Draka was to imagine a Nazi-like country that actually knew what it was doing. The Draka are like the Nazis but Darker and Edgier. In fact, the first novel of the Draka tetralogy is set in the opening hours of a war between the Draka and Nazi Germany, which eventually leads to the fall of Europe.
  • The Human Crew in Gone (novel) is a group dedicated to murdering all the kids with superpowers, who they call a variety of racial slurs including "freaks", "moofs", "mutant freaks", and "chuds" and don't consider to be human, and putting "normals" in control.
  • The Pure ones in Guardians of Ga'Hoole are owls who believe that Tyto Alba - barn owls - are superior to any other species of owl.
  • The Underland Chronicles gives us the Bane, a scarily good orator who wreaks Holocaust-esque genocide on a group of innocent mice ("nibblers"). He tells them that he is only "relocating" them yet again; however, this is discovered to be false when he traps them under a volcano and gasses them to death.
  • In Honor Harrington the Mesan Alignment have an ideology of racial superiority. Strategically they fit a niche more like that of the Commintern(International Communist Party) in the 1930's working through fifth column activities rather then military force.
  • The Cetagandans in Vorkosigan Saga have a state project of breeding a future superhuman. However they are not Nazis. They do more then enough evil deeds but their evil deeds are irrelevant to their breeding project and are mostly about plain old ambition. The closest they do come to Naziism is doing genetic research on Barrayar which would require involuntary test subjects as Barrayaran culture would make volunteering for such a thing taboo.
  • The Malwa in the Belisarius Series were there to restore the purity of the human race. Except they were remarkably incompetent about it.
  • In the Redwall book Triss, the land of Riftgard can only be ruled by a member of the Evil Albino family of "Pure Ferrets", who all speak with ridiculous faux-German Funetik Aksents.
  • Sherman Alexie's short story "The Sin Eaters" provides an inversion of this trope: Rounding up minorities in concentration camps? Check. But why? To get bone marrow from them to fight a plague and, rather than wiping them out, forcibly breeding them. The woman the narrator is forced to mate with points out that he's just twelve. And That's Terrible.
  • In Animorphs one of the protagonists compares Crayak to a Nazi, given his genocidal plans to wipe out every species but the Howlers. The Ellimist agrees that term is probably accurate "in a moral sense."
  • German children's book Der überaus starke Willibald. Said Willibald is a mouse who takes over the colony of mice living in the house when things look bad. Then he ostracizes an albino mouse and everyone who opposes his reign. His allies are the fat Hermann-mouse and the smart Josef-mouse who likes to spew slogans like "Flink wie Fledermäuse, hart wie Tirolerbrot, zäh wie Schweineschwarte" (agile like bats, hard as Tyrolean bread, tough as pork rinds - a variation of the Hitler Youth slogan "agile like sighthounds, hard as Krupp steel, tough as leather").
  • In Search the Sky, the Biological Faction of the Jones conformity cult (No, not that Jones cult; this was written in The Fifties) was convinced that everyone who did not fit the draconian Jones phenotype was Exclusively Evil. Since they took over the colony world Jones long before the story takes place, we know very little about the Cultural Faction, save that they were probably the lesser of two evils once the Joneses had won.
  • And there is Dr. Bob Mengele "no relation" in Wild Cards.
  • In Octavia Butler's Parable of the Talents, the Christian America sect is pretty much exactly like the Nazis. They have a Glorious Leader, Jarrett, who persecutes all non-Christians and others who he sees a scapegoats. They place all people they see as "heathens" into concentration camps where they are forced to do hard labor, be converted to Christianity, and raped and beaten. They also often will take the children of the so-called "heathens" in order to raise them as Christians.


Live-Action TV[edit | hide]

  • Highway to Heaven: Jonathan and Mark are sent to a Midwestern small town, where a Jewish man named Everett Solomon (a Nazi war camp survivor, whose parents were killed) is set to speak ... and the organizer of a Neo Nazi-type organization is planning to assassinate him as they make their own hate-mongering speeches. The episode's main driver—racism, as many of Michael Landon's scripts did so eloquently—set up the episode's Aesop: During a planning meeting in the Neo-Nazi group's basement, the leader's son accidentally triggers a machine gun, mortally wounding the leader and two others. The Jewish man (whose son was killed by the goons) has a heart attack and needs a transplant ... and only the Nazi leader's blood type is available. Jonathan visits with the Neo-Nazi leader's wife, urging her to consent to the operation (as her husband's hateful "heart" is not the same as the biological functions of a heart, and that Solomom is a good person), which she does. After Solomom learns that he had received his sworn enemy's heart, he wants to die ... but has a renewed purpose after having a dream where his beloved son and his parents urge him to tell their story to counteract the Nazi group (before it has a chance to re-form).
  • ABC Afterschool Special: A memorable 1983 installment, titled "The Wave," sees a high school history teacher conduct an unusual experiment to illustrate the chilling reality of the Holocaust and Nazi-ism ... by dividing his class into three social groups with strict rules stresing that an individual is part of something more important than himself. Things are fun and games at first, but eventually it becomes all too real as the lesson's unintended consequences turns the school into a regimental, regressive state of facism ... with one of the groups becoming virtual Nazis.
  • The Scourge from an episode of Angel are demons whose ideas about racial purity drive them to destroy all creatures that are part demon and part human. A description that fits two of the show's heroes at that point, Angel and Doyle. They even wear Nazi-style trenchcoats. Ironically, unless the Scourge were gigantic or had godlike powers, odds are they have some human taint themselves according to Anya.
    • Considering all the examples ranging from Real Life to various fictional accounts (like Voldemort) of the so called "pure beings" not being so pure, this is actually a pretty apt inclusion.
  • The Night Watch in Babylon 5 had a number of Nazi/Brownshirt parallels (notably pro-Earth jingoism and anti-alien xenophobia), with Zack Allan as an example of a sympathetic character who gets swept up in it. He turns against Night Watch when the chips are down.
    • The Night Watch seem to be more of a Red Scare parallel. They are more about questioning allegiances and overreacting to fear, and less seeking out all those unlike them. This seems especially true in how they often focus more on humans (the citizens) and less on the aliens (the foreigners).
    • Another Babylon 5 example: William Edgars states that, thanks to the anti-telepath virus he developed, ""The telepath problem...will finally be over". The pause suggests that he realizes what he sounds like... but he doesn't back away from his plan.
  • The Kaleds, ancestors of the Daleks in Doctor Who, wear black military uniforms very close to the standard Nazi uniform complete with faux-Iron Crosses at the neck and give Roman salutes with heel clicking. They're very fond of shouting a lot, violent threats and talk about racial purity. They get painted as Nazis IN SPACE. This is not surprising, since the Daleks themselves where one of the few Nazi-esque villains that were explicitly meant to be substantively Nazi-like, as opposed to just generic Nazi symbolism to make sure the slow-witted know when to boo. It was nicely Lampshaded in the '08 episode "The Stolen Earth" where Martha teleports to Germany to play her part in activating the Osterhagen Key, and Daleks can be heard shouting in German "Exterminieren!"
    • Possibly even more so in "The Dalek Invasion of Earth" (1965) where the Daleks refer to the destruction of the human race as "the Final Solution" and greet each other by jerking their plungers upwards.
    • Then there's the new British government that shows up in the alternate universe of "Turn Left". By the time the immigrants are being shipped off to "labour camps", WWII survivor Wilf knows exactly where it's going.
    • The Bernice Summerfield Expanded Universe novel Down features a member of the Stella Stora Sigma Schutz-Staffel SturmSoldaten (the SSSSSS), "the most ineffective Nazi group since the Outer Hebridean National Party", who is a collection of Nazi stereotypes masquerading as a character (intentionally; his character arc is that he realises this). The less ludicrous Fifth Axis appeared later in the same series and, in a case of it all coming full circle, turned out to be working for the Daleks. (Since Benny is Indiana Jones IN SPACE!, it makes sense she'd be fighting Nazis IN SPACE!)
  • An episode of Space: Above and Beyond featured a politician who was secretly a member of a Fantastic Racism movement against In Vitroes (Artificial Humans). He wore a silver ring with a swastika-like design on it.
  • Colonel Green, the World War III leader recreated in the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "The Savage Curtain" as a symbol of evil, was portrayed as A Nazi by Any Other Name in the Expanded Universe novel Federation, where he's the leader of the "Optimum Movement", and his symbols include geometric shapes (interlocked triangles, rather than the swastika) and black eagles. This portrayal was continued in the Star Trek: Enterprise episodes dealing with Terra Prime, with the hate-group's admiration of Green reflecting the neo-Nazi attitude to Hitler. (The Terra Prime arc was partly written by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens, who also wrote Federation.) A loud thudding sound accompanied Federation making its Big Bad, Adrik Thorsen (presumably intended to be a German name, but it ended up more Scandinavian...still Middle-to-Upper Europe, though) be blonde and blue-eyed.
    • The original series featured the episode "Patterns of Force" which was basically Nazis in Space.
    • The whole concept of genetic augmentation is presented to reflect this trope in Star Trek. The first Eugenics Wars in which a bunch of superpowered dictators, (i.e. a "master race") conquered the Earth until they were deposed. Then after you had the Augments who fancied themselves a master race.
    • The Cardassians are a clear analogue to a Fascist dictatorship, but as a whole, they're a mix of most of the major Fascist powers. Their actions during the Occupation of Bajor, however, have clear and distinct parallels to the Nazi regime - right down to the forced-labor camps and their treatment of prisoners. This is alluded to throughout the first season and then put clearly on display in its second-to-last episode, "Duet," which deals with the labor camp Gallitep and Kira's reaction to one of its supposed former officers - the parallels to Auschwitz are undeniable.
  • The Visitors of the miniseries (and subsequent series) V were thinly-veiled Nazi stand-ins, complete with extermination camps (meat-processing plants) and an almost-swastika logo. The original concept for the series was a non-science fiction plot about a fascist regime coming to power in America. In the original miniseries, a Jewish Holocaust survivor acknowledged the parallels.
  • Twilight Zone used this a few times with various different groups and planets, sometimes Nazis, sometimes communists. The best example is He's Alive, which has Dennis Hopper as a Neo-Nazi figure who's advised by Hitler (He's alive meaning As Long as There Is Evil, Hitler lives on intolerance).
  • Stargate SG-1 gave us the Eurondans, who were a white supremacist nation locked in a bunker with most of the planet occupied by their enemies (called “Breeders”, because they had children without regard for race) who they tried to kill with poison gas. Also put on the Reich.
  • The season 2 Big Bad of Chuck, Fulcrum, used a symbol that greatly resembles the Iron Eagle used by the Nazis. It also uses the Nazi colors of red, white, and black. However, the show offers no insight into Fulcrum's motivations except for a desire to preserve America's "rightful place" in the world.
  • The Space: Above and Beyond episode "Eyes" tries to paint Nicholas Chaput, one of two candidates for UN Secretary-General, as this. The emblem of his political party is four "E"s placed in a vaguely swastika-like arrangement, he is described as "far right", and his thwarted assassin asks West "what if someone had got to Hitler before he rose to power?"
  • The Kromaggs in Sliders are changed to this after the show was moved to Sci Fi Channel. They start wearing Nazi-like uniforms, having breeding programs, and claiming to be the master race. They also perform cruel experiments on humans in order to further their scientific knowledge.
    • There's one episode in which the sliders visit an alternate U.S. that is turning into a Nazi-like state under a rising demagogue, Gov. Schick (presumably an allusion to Schicklgruber, the surname of Hitler's father). The episode suggests that in this alternate reality there was no Third Reich or Holocaust, making the U.S. unprepared for that type of occurrence in their own country.


Music Videos[edit | hide]

  • The music video for the Pearl Jam song "Do the Evolution" (seen here has a scene with what are implied to be Nazi troops, but the Swastika is replaced by another symbol. However, the symbol is actually similar to the symbol used by the SS.


Tabletop Games[edit | hide]

  • In In Nomine, the Archangel of Purity, named Uriel, took his role a bit too far and tried to "purify" the world of a race of beings called Ethereals which included most of the creatures of myth and legend. His "Purge" was largely successful with most Ethereals fleeing Earth for the dream-world; however, God himself eventually intervened and Uriel has not been seen since.
    • Plus, Uriel was so Hitleriffic, he was able to genocide beings which didn't exist yet!
  • There are a metric crap-ton in Gamma World. There is the Knights Of Genetic Purity who want to genocide all mutants, the Iron Society who want to genocide all non-mutants (As you can tell the former and the latter don't exactly get along), the Zoopremacists who want to Kill All Humans. And there's the Hoops, bunny-men who want to be the master race.
  • Since Warhammer 40,000 likes to take things Up to Eleven, its Imperium of Man is a mash-up of all kinds of totalitarian nightmares. There's Nazi elements in its militaristic authoritarianism, leader worship, obsession with racial purity, awesome tanks and spiffy uniforms. But there's also shades of the Soviet Union in the Imperium's bloated bureaucracy and use of commissars, as well as the Termight Empire thanks to an Inquisition serving as secret police.
    • Arguably, many of these measures are justified due to 40k's setting. The pogroms against mutants are a response to widespread mutation threatening the future of the human genome, and a large part of it (and it's never clear which) is a result of Ruinous Powers messing with the humanity for their own purpose... and many mutants display Psychic Powers that can invite the Legions of Hell through the hole in space-time where the psyker's head used to be. The militarism is necessary because the galaxy is full of bastards trying to kill you. The commissars are necessary because not only the Imperial Guard is large enough that it have to be filled with conscripts as often as not, but they tend to quickly become remarkably Genre Savvy about the setting and need something sufficiently scary behind them to keep them marching forward. The peaked hats and trench coats are necessary because they look awesome. And so forth.
    • Also arguable is how much of this fit in with the Emperor's vision of the future. He fought the Great Crusade to unify humanity under an enlightened order and free it from the oppression of gods or xenos. On the other hand, the anti-mutant angle, xenophobia, and militarism were all his ideas, he didn't show much concern about the well-being of Imperial citizens so long as the Imperium as a whole prospered, and his war on religion was an attempt to starve the Chaos Gods which he officially denied existed. In the end, the Horus Heresy happened, the Emperor was put on life support, and his Imperium devolved into a CommieNazi hellhole where he's worshiped as a god on pain of being burned at the stake.
  • Paranoia parodies this (among other things) in one module, where the hapless schmucks (Troubleshooters) become hapless smershoviks (Commie troubleshooters), in a Friend Computer-engineered experiment to see what all the fuss with Communism was all about. In this alternate Alpha Complex, the equivalent to the Commies are called the "NazCIA", pronounced "Not-CIA", and a mix of the worst (read: cheesiest) Nazi stereotypes melded with the worst (read: cheesiest) CIA stereotypes.

Videogames[edit | hide]

  • The Xylvanians from Battalion Wars are a theme park version of it and WWI Imperial Germany. All of its military are modeled off of Nazi infantry, vehicles, and aircraft and the same feeling of superiority and inferior races exists between Xylvania and other countries.
  • Taygen in the fifth Geneforge game, who plans to annihilate all nonhumans, even has concentration camps. It shall be left as an exercise to the player whether those who consider his faction the optimal choice constitute a Misaimed Fandom or are a consequence of the series's Grey and Gray Morality.
  • The Movement from [[Psi-Ops: The Mindgate Conspiracy]] fits this trope. The meat puppets (basic irreversibly mind-wiped and rewritten soldiers) even have a red armband with the movement symbol on it and jackboots. What really cements it is their belief that psions should rule over the normal humans and the fact that the leader of it all is a general who staged a failed coup who really isn't a psion until he gets the artefacts he needs. For irony points the main character is blonde and blue eyed and none of the bosses are.
  • Suikoden has several Bazi groups.
    • The Godwin family preaches the "virtues" of a strong militaristic regime, has soldiers in really snappy gray uniforms with red berets, and tries to make a "Falena for Falenans." They also employ an assassin named Dolph, in case you still haven't gotten it by that point.
    • Even weirder, parts of the game hint that while Gizel would somewhat prefer to remain in charge, he's deliberately creating a persona as a Hilter-ite villain, so that all the peoples of Falena will unite against him. His father is this trope played straight, though not as charismatic.
    • Similarly, the Kingdom of Highland had always been an aggressive military power since its formation, but it really started to become similar to this after Luca Blight came into power, leading to thousands of people being needlessly tortured and slaughtered.
    • There's also Harmonia, an expansionist empire with a strictly segregated society that condones slavery, treats non-human sentients as property rather than people, and seeks in the long term to conquer the world. Oh, and the most privileged caste of citizens, who are the only ones who can currently take any position of real authority? Invariably blond-haired and blue-eyed.
  • The Desians from Tales of Symphonia are VERY Nazi like. They torment and kill people, in Concentration Camps Human Ranches, and think of themselves as "Superior" (or really, humans are "Inferior Beings!!"), in addition to a slew of other parallels.
  • Xenogears had the Solarians, people that lived in the sky and looked down upon the other nations, even going so far as to call anyone who was not Solarian a Lamb.
  • In Xenosaga Episode 2, there were the mass produced URTVs, all of which had blonde hair, blue eyes, were essentially flawless, and hive-minded. While not necessarily 'evil', their behavior is disturbing and they eventually succumb to madness and commit mass murdering sprees once infected with UDO.
  • Who would have thought it? Even Pokémon of all games went for it in Pokémon Platinum, by inserting a cutscene in which Team Galactic leader Cyrus address ranks upon ranks of assembled Team Galactic Grunts: he tells them about creating a world for Team Galactic, free of the "imperfections" of past world along with such lines as "Let there be glory for Team Galactic!" The grunts answers with chants of "Master Cyrus is the greatest!" And to top it off, the character spying on the rally with you goes out of his way to remark how mesmerizing but unthinkable the whole speech was..
  • The Helghast from Killzone. Their history is pretty much "Nazis In Space". That's not mentioning their whole superiority complex.
  • The Enclave in the Fallout series. Aside from Putting on the Reich, they have a Final Solution involving tainting the water supply.
    • Although that's only the (far more sympathetic) Fallout 3 version who were actually trying to do good by getting rid of the mutated humans. The original Fallout 2 version is a much better example of this, who truly considered themselves and themselves alone to be the absolute master race, and who intended to kill off the entire population of America (and they tested their method by using it on the residents of the player character's home of Fallout 1 and the inhabitants of the player character's village in Fallout 2).
  • The Project (commonly referred to as the Black Lance), from Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom is none too subtle a 27th century Nazi analog, complete with a Nano Machine-based bioweapon designed to target "undesirable" individuals, a la the Final Solution.
  • Die Spinne in Crimson Skies. 1. They're German; 2. They're Fascists; 3. The game series is set in the thirties. It looks like somebody wasn't really trying to hide the obvious here.
  • In StarCraft, the United Powers League, forerunner to the United Earth Directorate, definitely invoked images of the Nazis, only more successful. Religion and unsanctioned languages were erased from existence to make way for the "divinity of mankind" while the "impure" members of humanity - 400 million cyborgs, mutants, and criminals - were either executed or used in experiments.
    • The symbol of the UED, their successor, contains an eagle on a red background. Sound familiar?
  • The Internet Backdraft over Team Fortress 2's Medic is partly due to this trope. His visual design evokes the aesthetic (in Beta, he even wore his symbol on a team-colored armband), an unreleased trading card claims that he was "raised in Stuttgart, Germany during an era when the Hippocratic oath had been downgraded to an optional Hippocratic suggestion", and his voice clips contain gems such as "Heil us!", "Raus! Raus!" and "I am ze ubermensch!" Fandom is deeply, deeply divided over whether he is an ex-Nazi, a practicing Nazi, or just a very, very fucked up Mad Doctor with a funny accent.
  • In Final Fantasy VI, Gestahl wants to breed Kefka and Celes together to form a master race, and Imperial uniforms are Nazi-like. They also do a Nazi salute in Terra's flashback. And yes, they do commit genocide. Repeatedly.
    • Quite ironically (compared to other examples) Gestahl DOES seem to stand for and be a good example of the order he seeks to implement. That is, until said mad clown kicks him off a flying continent. Germany could only spawn Knight Templars, Blood Knights, and Corrupt Corporate Executives due to its avaricious nature, and the fact its leader was too blinded by his own ego and importance to see the decay directly beneath. There is no one in the upper land-based echelons who resembles Leo. (There was always a large gap between the beliefs and actions of the kriegsmarines and intelligence agencies with the general army, however.)
  • Umbrella and Tricell in Resident Evil. The Social Darwinism that Wesker is spouting in 5. Code: Veronica's insanity, up to and including the experimentation on prisoners. In Resident Evil Darkside Chronicles, the Nazi vibes of Umbrella are stronger than in Code: Veronica. If you look at the rendering of Steve, he has a barcode tattoo on his left forearm. In the same place that concentration camp prisoners had theirs. Oh, and their leader, Spencer, also intended to create the perfect human by giving children who had superior intelligence genes and molding them into becoming his proxies, and of whom two survived being injected with a virus, one of the survivors, Albert Wesker, also possessing blond hair and, if Darkside Chronicles is to be believed, blue eyes as well, which also significantly enhanced their strength, speed, and endurance to superhuman levels, very similar to the Aryan ideal of the Nazi Regime.
  • In Mega Man Zero, because of an energy crisis, the ruling body of Neo Arcadia ends up instituting genocidal and racist policies towards Reploids supposedly for humanity's betterment, and one of the people in charge of Neo Arcadia's policies is Copy X, who himself is an actual Reploid and not even X. This sounds very similar to how Nazi Germany came into effect, as well as the rule of Adolf Hitler.
  • The Empire in Valkyria Chronicles is both Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union in one. Led by an emperor.
  • The Templars of Kirkwall in Dragon Age II have elements of this, with the most blatant example being Ser Alrik and his "Tranquil Solution".
  • Interestingly used in Vandal Hearts. The game starts out with Stalinesque Scary Russian Analogues. Then Stalin himself (Hel Spites) is assassinated by his chief advisor, DOLF and the overall theme switches gears. Two evil empires for the price of one!
  • In Skyrim, there's the Thalmor, the ruling party of the new Aldmeri Dominion, who initiate an aggressive military policy, and thanks to a treaty drawn up to favor them, they basically have free reign to hunt down anyone of any dissident religions. They also believe that not just the existence of humanity, but the very possibility of humanity existing is holding them back. And finally, they revised history so that they are the ones who stopped the Oblivion Crisis, not the Champion of Cyrodiil.
    • All they're missing now is a leader whose name resembles Adolf Hitler's name (Something like Ayldroosh Hershur), and a little symbol that vaguely resembles the Nazi Swastika.
    • Also, the Stormcloaks to a lesser extent. A bunch of nationalist Nords who want to rebuild Skyrim as an independent power, with a "Skyrim for the Nords!" mentality, and they're all led by a charismatic man with a knack for loud, hammy speeches. Nonetheless, the player can still join them even if s/he is not a Nord.
  • The Empire of Magnagora in Lusternia. While nominally democratic, their aristocracy consists of a Deadly Decadent Court, with backroom politics, assassinations and smear campaigns regarded as valid methods of advancement. They are highly racist towards elfen and merian, and regard The Taint - a mutagenic Psycho Serum cross between I Love Nuclear Power and Lovecraftian Superpower - as highly desirable in creating a mutated master race of super-hardy, poison-breathing undead. Their ultimate goal is to conquer and Taint the known world and murder all merian and elfen. Fantasy Nazism, through and through.
  • In Tropico 4, the nationalist faction (or at least their leader) is this, if not just a skin head. They dislike any policy that allows people to move to the island, even when the island is facing crippling underpopulation and the closest thing the island has to college is the pub.
    • The player actually can be this. It is quite possible to set up a nationalistic dictatorship that has teaches militarism in preschool, openly kill any rioter, use your clinics to increase the birth rate, and use your science academy to clone yourself.
  • The Forsaken in World of Warcraft. The undead remnants of a powerful human nation, they experiment on everyone they get their hands on, kill without mercy (even refugees), refer to humanity as infestations, and invade neutral nations.


Web Comics[edit | hide]

  • In Minion Comics the leader of the evil organization, Von Gernsbach, wears a Nazi-like red armband, hangs his image on red banners, and installs Hitler's head on a giant gorilla.
  • The Souballo Empire is presented this way in Our Little Adventure, with Elves (and probably Half-Elves) being their primary target of discrimination.


Web Originals[edit | hide]

  • v2 to v4 of Open Blue's Sirene (back then called Seran) didn't even try to hide its Naziness. Authoritarian Germanic nation led by a Führer, Snazzy (albeit red) uniforms everywhere, an intelligence agency that almost directly parallels the SS right down to the Common Ranks, basically everything except racial superiority beliefs and swastikas. This was toned down in v5.
  • Decades of Darkness has Shane Mullins and his Vitalists of New England. Fun fact: They have an SA equivalent wearing red shirts.


Western Animation[edit | hide]

  • In the Dutch series Alfred J. Kwak, which features humanized animals, the main character's nemesis is named Dolf. He founds a party called National Crows, he takes power by staging a fascist-style coup, and even if he proclaims himself Emperor and dresses in Napoleonic style, he's obviously a satire of Hitler. Oh, and he grows a characteristic mustache. Dolf also tries to enforce "racial purity" while he himself, like Hitler, is hardly up such standard - he's the son of a crow and a blackbird. Yeah, it's a weird show.
    • Calling Dolf, well, Dolf was considered too much in Germany, in fact, where the character went by the name Kraa instead.
  • The Death Camp of Tolerance episode of South Park. The episode title is pretty self explanatory.
  • In Clone High, the school's rivals the G.E.S.H. Have a pep rally with similar looking Nazi imagery.
  • The Fire Nation from Avatar: The Last Airbender. "We are the sons and daughters of fire, the superior element!" a military rally is told. There's genocide in the back-story, attempted genocide in the climax, there's propaganda, revisionist history, indoctrination of the young, and of course the whole take-over-the-world thing.
    • While the Fire Nation is definitely paralleling Nazi Germany, its main parallel was Imperial Japan, which had all of the above.
      • The various Chinese dynasties also were definitively in there if you were looking for them with any regularity.
    • While we don't know what he did in particular, Chin the Conqueror/the Great is a serious contender for Bonapartism, as seen in the episode Avatar Day.
  • Ben 10 Alien Force has the High Breed, a race of aliens so obsessed with genetic purity that they seek to exterminate all other races, believing their gene pools to be "inferior".
    • While it is true that they are obsessed with genetic purity and believe all other races are inferior, the real reason they are trying to exterminate all other races is because they are all sterile due to inbreeding and are such huge dicks they want to take the rest of the universe down with them.
  • Since Exo Squad is basically the European Theater of World War II IN SPACE!, it's no surprise that Phaeton's Neosapien Order has Naziesque qualities in rhetoric and ideology, and somewhat in practice.
    • There were definitely some very ironic themes one could pick out if you apply enough Fridge Logic to the Neosapien origins and reasons for being.
  • Re Boot is very blatant about this. Megabyte is even called "mein fuhrer" by Herr Doktor and the bi-nomes loyal to him after Megabyte's fall are call neo-virals. The Bad Future where Megabyte took over had all of his subjects tattooed with bar codes.
  • The Sweetcakes of Drawn Together.
  • On South Park, Cartman got all his Nazi imagery, but everyone following him just thought they were fans of The Passion of the Christ.
  • The episode "Absolute Power" from Superman: The Animated Series brought Superman to an alien planet that had been conquered by Jax-Ur and Mala, two Kryptonian criminals that had escaped from the Phantom Zone. The parallels with Nazi Germany are present but vague in the beginning, there are stories told of economic depression and social unrest that were corrected when a new discipline-obsessed regime came to power, but it becomes patently hard to miss the symbolism when they start using the Hitlergruß (Nazi Salute).
  • The Legend of Korra: The treatment of non-benders by the Republic City Council (Curfews, cutting off electricity, rounding up innocents including children en masse and throwing them in jail) in response to the rising threat of the Equalists is awfully similar to not only the Nazi treatment of Jews, but also the Red Scare and Japanese internment in North America.