Hitler Parodies are videos, or other forms of media, that serve to entertain by making Adolf Hitler the subject of humour. Due to his most hated status in the western world (even though there have been far worse) and his prominence, Hitler is often the butt of ridicule in modern culture.
Video Hitler Parodies utilise clips of Hitler himself (as in actual videos) or movie portrayals of him in films such as Valkyrie, Inglourious Basterds and Downfall. According to KnowYourMeme, the vast majority of Hitler Parodies are derived from Downfall, such that the phrase "Hitler Parody" has become synonymous with "Downfall Parody", although in a strict sense, some "Downfall Parodies" are not "Hitler Parodies" because they do not involve Hitler in them.
Downfall Hitler ParodiesEdit
Due to the movie's German language, universally, Downfall Parodies are created by replacing the actual subtitles with false translations depicting Hitler and other the characters speaking in a non-canon, often funny and nonsensical manner.
Downfall parodies can be divided into 3 categories, Rants, Plans and Pranks (aka Antics):
- Rants involve Hitler talking forcefully about an issue in general. Often in these parodies, Hitler is informed about something he does not like and proceeds to give a lecture about how he hates the event. Popular Downfall scenes for Rants are "The Original Bunker Scene", "Hitler Eating Scene", "Hitler Reviews Scene" and "Pros and Cons with Hitler Scene".
- Plans - These parodies almost always begin with the "Hitler Plans Scene". The parodies show Hitler planning to do something and reacting to Alfred Jodl's objections. The parody may end on a loose note or scenes can also be included which show the plan actually being carried out. In a significant proportion of parodies, the plan is revealed to end in failure, with someone conveying the failure message to Hitler, which most often results in a Rant.
- Pranks - This scene involves a prank or antic being carried out against Hitler. Most often, the parody depicts Hitler being informed about something done to sabotage him which result in him Ranting. Some parodies go to the extent of showing the actual prank, and then Hitler commenting about them. Popular scenes antics include "Bormann informs Hitler", "Hitler Eating Scene", "The Original Bunker Scene", "Hitler Phone Scene", and most commonly "Hitler is informed" by a wide margin. They can also be done in audio based parodies with a still picture, mostly known as a "Trapped" parody. The antic doer is most often shown to be Fegelein, although other characters like Himmler, Speer, Traudl, the generals and characters outside the Downfall universe are involved as well.