Hermann Wilhelm Göring ([IPA:hɛɐman gøːʁɪŋ]; 12 January 1893 – 15 October 1946) was a German general and a politician. He was Hitler's number one lackey during his rule.
After serving as a pilot in the Jasta 11 fighter wing in WWI, he became addicted to morphine and, resulting from that, became extremely obese. He joined the Nazi Party at 1922, becoming Adolf Hitler's de-facto deputy and presumed successor. At 1935, he assumed command over Germany's Air Force. At 1940, he received the rank of a Reichsmarshall.
By 1943, after the Battle of Stalingrad, Göring lost much of his political power and retreated to his estate. In 1945, after it was obvious that Hitler was doomed to die in Berlin, he sent a telegram to the Führerbunker in which he declared that he would consider himself as the state's leader after Berlin would be completely isolated, Hitler was enraged and ordered his arrest, appointing Robert Ritter von Greim as commander of the Luftwaffe in his stead, ordering that he'll be arrested - and executed if Hitler would die. That order was not carried out, and Göring survived to be tried in Nüremberg by the Allies. He was convicted of committing crimes against humanity and war crimes, but took his own life before he could be executed.
Despite his fate being mentioned in the Epilogue and credited in Downfall, his screentime is horribly reduced to the Hitler Planning Scene, occurring on 20 April 1945, where he only sits, listens, and glances at his watch.
Having left the bunker, he later sent a telegram to the Führerbunker to ask permission to assume control of Germany should the telecommunications out of the bunker is cut off, and assume that the Führer is incapacitated. While Hewel agrees to the reasoning, Goebbels think of it as effectively a coup. This enrages Hitler, who ordered him be arrested, relieved of his position as head of the Luftwaffe (which was later given to Robert Ritter von Greim), and for him to be executed should he dies.
Göring - portrayed by actor Matthias Gnädiger - has a minor appearance in the film Downfall, when he looks at his watch during one of Hitler's yada-yada conversations. Since he never actually speaks, Göring doesn't always have a major role on-screen in the parodies. Despite this, his enormous obesity and his letter being the source of Hitler's rage, makes him a fairly common character in parodies.
A few parodies do feature Göring in person prominently. Göring Falls Asleep, for example, through clever editing, centered around him constantly falling asleep in the middle of one of Hitler's planning sessions and everyone's attempts to wake him up. Later in "Göring has lost his watch, and is not very happy", Göring is shown to be able to rant profusely from the loss of his watch, thanks to the Angry German Kid lending his voice to him.
The much rarer behind the scenes video actually showed Gnädiger talking, and this has been exploited by Streptokokkeninfekti in his parody where Constantin Film shoots a documentary in Hitler's bunker. This marks the first time ever that Göring is shown in a parody to speak in person. BigUndertaker's Hitler goes to Silent Hill series followed suit shortly after, in which Göring refuses to follow Hitler in his quest, and instead concentrating on his pizza. Due to the fact that this clip has been revealed, the amount of parodies featuring Göring has significantly increased.
Göring's obesity and his addiction for eating enormous quantities of both edible and inedible things, especially fast food, has become the most common subject of parodies based on him. Examples include a series of videos by Hitler Rants Parodies in which he begins eating Blondi's dog food, leaving Hitler struggling to acquire enough for both of them. In the parody "Hitler is on a Plane", it was revealed that Goering had eaten all the food and catering staff on Lufthansa Flight 666. He was promptly put down.
Another running joke is that Fegelein is routinely able to bribe Göring into aiding his antics using simple foodstuffs (i.e. cookies) and/or drugging them.
Göring's affinity for food has had other negative consequences for him as well. For example, when Hitler's cake was stolen , Goebbels was able to easily allay suspicion from himself by blaming Göring for the theft. Hitler attempted to interrogate Göring and extract a confession, but failed, showing that while Göring might be unable to resist goodies in normal situations, he is incredibly tough when under pressure.
It's rumored that Göring isn't fat, but allegedly keeps both a large amount of animals inside his clothes, as shown in Bossimias' parodies; and his heavy appetite. He lets animals out through his sleeve when he looks at his watch.
In other parodies , Hitler tried to get Göring to eat Fegelein as an attempt to get rid of him. Although Göring seems to be able to eat pretty much everything else, as always with the Master of Antics, he claims to have found Fegelein inedible, much to Hitler's dismay.
When his Downfall actor Mathias Gnädinger passed away on April 3, 2015, parodies are made associating it with Göring himself being dead because of his horrible diet.
- Real life Göring has an IQ of 138. This is much higher than Jodl's 126, and how this could be remains a mystery to modern science.
- Göring doesn't speak in the movie, except for the unintelligible part where everybody speaks to Hitler. He does speak, however, in the behind the scenes cast interviews, as seen here.
- Because of his weight, the pilot who transported him for interrogation wanted a bigger aircraft because he was worried that the plane would have problems with the weight. It was decided that a larger aircraft would not fit the runway. Source
- His Nazi reputation notwithstanding, there is no evidence that Göring ever committed any atrocities as a World War One fighter pilot.
- In an extraordinary accord, Hermann Göring greenlighted an RAF operation to airdrop a new leg for the imprisoned RAF pilot Douglas Bader.
- He was the only recipient of the Grand Cross of The Iron Cross during WWII.
- He was given the nickname "Fatso Göring" by Allied soldiers.
- Mathias Gnädinger, the actor who played Göring, died April 3, 2015. This has led to parodies where Göring dies and Hitler reacting to it. It is often joked that his horrific eating habits was the cause of his death.
- Real life Hermann Göring has a younger brother, Albert Göring, who despised Nazism, and used his brother's high-profile last name to his advantage in helping Jews and dissidents survive the war.
- It is an interesting detail that both Hitler and Göring - probably the two highest ranking officials in Nazi Germany - are both portrayed by Swiss instead of German or Austrian actors in Downfall.
- A Running gag in the "Hitler works at" series of parodies has him ordering large amounts of food which in reality would seem impossible for a single person to consume and is usually good for a group of people. It then results in him being denied service by Hitler.
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