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The Nazi Party, based off of the real life organization of the same name, are extremely common antagonists in fiction and likely one of the single most common instances of a real life organization depicted as villains in fiction. Depictions of the Nazis in fiction tend to branch along one of two types: serious and non-serious.
How Nazis become a typical antagonists in fiction was due to Nazi Party's lasting impact to the world, particulary in fiction where the said real life organization become primary inspiration of various primary antagonists in various media.
Non-serious portrayals of the Nazis depict them as being villainous, but also incompetent and buffoonish, with the Nazis' most commonly recognized behaviors and mannerisms (such as their Goose-Stepping and one-armed salutes) being exaggerated, and the intent of these portrayals is to depict the Nazis as being a source of mockery and derision.
Examples of non-serious portrayals of the Nazis
- Danger 5
- Heil Honey I'm Home!
- Inglorious Basterds
- Red Dwarf
- Hogan's Heroes
In contrast to the above, "serious" portrayals of the Nazi Party depict them as committing all manner of atrocities and reprehensible acts, and the perpetrators are sometimes emphasized as being not just the rank-and-file soldiers and officers, but also doctors, scientists, the police, and other professions in Nazi Germany. Some serious portrayals also depict the Nazis as being cult-like in nature, in keeping with the rumors that the actual Nazis (or at the very least Hitler) were obsessed with occult knowledge and mysticism. They are also depicted to be extremely anti-Semitic and xenophobic as they hold a supremacist view that the Aryan race is the most superior to the point that they are worshipped as gods whilst the Jews were the most inferior race. Depictions of or references to the Holocaust are also common, as are Neo-Nazi individuals and organizations.
Examples of serious portrayals of the Nazis
- Schindler's List
- Band of Brothers
- Marvel Comics
- Indiana Jones franchise
- DC Comics
- Puppet Master
- Bionic Commando
- Alfred J. Kwak