Paul Joseph Goebbels (often pronounced /ˈɡɜrbəlz/ in English, German: [ˈɡœbəls]; 29 October 1897 – 1 May 1945) was a German politician and the Reich Minister of Propaganda in Nazi Germany from 1933 to 1945. As one of Adolf Hitler's closest associates and most devout followers, he was known for his zealous oratory and anti-Semitism. He was the chief architect of the Kristallnacht attack on the German Jews, which historians consider to be the beginning of the Final Solution, leading towards the genocide of the Holocaust.
Role in Downfall
In Downfall, Goebbels is portrayed as the "sidekick" to Hitler. Everything Hitler has said, Goebbels would agree with, and many times, he further elaborated on them. For example, in the Hitler is Informed Scene, Goebbels' words reinforced Hitler's suspicion about Göring's Verrat, and possibly influenced Hitler to rant and order his execution. In most scenes however, he simply sat or stood beside Hitler silently, acting like a prop. Goebbels has never been shown to disagree or object to Hitler openly. The only time he begged to differ was when he approached Traudl Junge, crying that he disobeyed Hitler's orders to leave Berlin. He was also one of the few male subordinates that Hitler never expressed any dissatisfaction towards.
Goebbels is extremely loyal to Hitler and the Nazi cause. In fact, he may be the most loyal of Hitler's subordinates, such that he had a hand in his children's deaths because he and his wife believed that "there was no future without the National Socialist regime".
After Hitler died, Joseph Goebbels became the new chancellor, and his first action was to rant at his generals (Goebbels rants scene) like Hitler. Unfortunately, he neither had the charisma nor aura that Hitler commanded, and none of the generals took him seriously. Krebs and company openly disobeyed his orders not to surrender by approaching the Soviets under a white flag by themselves. He also took his six children in the bunker during the events of Downfall, in which he eventually had them "taken care of" by injecting morphine and finishing them off with cyanide capsules, in response to the stories of brutality, rape and tea-bagging by the advancing Soviet troops. Shortly afterwards, Goebbels and his wife went up to the garden of the Chancellery, where Goebbels shot Magda (as she wanted him to do), before shooting himself.
Goebbels' last orders were for the soldiers in the bunker to burn his body along with his wife's, just as Hitler's remains had been burned to ash so they couldn't be paraded around by the victorious Allies. Unfortunately for him, they'd already used up most of what little gasoline they had left. Thus while their corpses were horrifically burned, it was still clearly recognizable as Goebbels' (it helped that Goebbels had a metal leg).
Failing to cheat his fate, Goebbels' corpse was thus heavily photographed, and the pictures of his body (and the ones of his own children that he had killed) became one of the most powerful images symbolizing the end of the Third Reich.
In the parodies
In the Downfall parody universe, Goebbels is described as the "skeleton" of the bunker (in contrast to Göring, Bormann, Jodl and Grawitz's chubby appearance), as some of his associates would ridicule him for his skinny build. His rants attracted the attention of Untergangers, who would use his fiery arguments to their advantage. Many Untergangers, such as Hitler Rants Parodies, have shown Goebbels to be a loyal ass-kisser, often to the point in which Hitler treats him like a close friend.
However, a few others such as Benad361 have shown Goebbels to be able to be a defiant of Dolfy's rule, to the extent that Benad361 has had him be the Deputy leader of the separatist faction fighting Hitler's regime in the 'Bunker Civil War'. Prior to this, he shows him furiously ranting at Hitler and hurling insults before walking out. FuhrerFegelein has portrayed Goebbels as having very much a will of his own, to the extent that he will rant at Hitler over certain issues (such as running out of hair gel) and even going so far as to insult Hitler at the end of his rants. He even had Goebbels abuse Hitler with "You fuck!" Bossimias briefly showed Goebbels' autonomous thought and defiance when he portrayed him as being one of those complaining of Hitler's attachment to a picture of a cute pig in wellies and advocating destroying it (in the parody: "Günsche displays a picture to Hitler"). Sparx476 was perhaps the first to portray Goebbels' strong will and defiance when he had Goebbels ranting and complaining about Hitler to fellow bunker-inhabitants in his parody: "Hitler plans to bump off Dr. Goebbels". Goebbels is defiant to the extent that Hitler has him eliminated, and even Goebbels' wife Magda participates in the plot (which also involves Albert Speer). In TheSilverUniverse's Hitler's Llama Priest, Goebbels/Skeletor disagrees with Hitler's plan, and on multiple occasions pleaded him to turn back; he is later revealed to be a supernatural entity with attachment to the place. In The GoebbelMan, Goebbels is missing from the parody - he instead stand in for the titular GoebbelMan. However, in general, he is portrayed as Hitler's loyal ass-kisser.
Because of some situations he is shown to be a good ranter, and even to pose some competition with Hitler as the best ranter. He has a pencil which can make other people rant called the Pencil of Rantmageddon, which was created by FuhrerFegelein. He also has his Stare Of Silence (created by UberFührerParodies). When he stares at someone ranting, he/she stops ranting immediately and goes silent out of fear. It can also block the effects of superweapons like Hitler's Pencil of Doom by stopping the user from talking. He also has his Hand Clap of Doom (created by notoriousrob01) which has similar effects to Fegelein's Fist of Mass Destruction.
A recurring joke with Goebbels is his appearance. Some of the characters believe that he looks half-dead, which has been referenced a number of times. This has also earned him the nickname of "Skeletor". This is also mentioned when Hitler plays the FegelStation. When selecting the character Mr. Grimm, a skeleton character From Twisted Metal 2, Hitler exclaims "What the fuck is Goebbels doing in this game!?"
The second (and increasingly most popular) joke is in the Goebbels Rants Scene. At one point in the scene he sounds as if he is saying "giggity" in English twice. This has been frequently played on by Untergangers, some of whom have looped it for hilarious effect.
As of June 4, 2011 rollercoster3 has made a series called Ask Goebbels. So far it has been a big hit with over 330 views. [update]
In Soalric's Hitler Tries to Kill Fegelein, Goebbels revealed that he has had a lifelong dream of becoming a young children's author, much like Dr. Seuss or Margaret and H.A. Rey. Goebbels also appears as the main antagonist in Soalric series Der Disneygang, in where he betrays Hitler and attempts to take over all media (such as Disney, DC, Marvel, Hasbro, etc). but is eventually stopped by Fegelein, a Disney rebellion, and the Antic Order's combined efforts.
In Deltaforce62's Parodies, Mohnke and others called him Joseph or Joe rather than Skeletor.
Supernatural creatures based on Goebbels
Due to his legendary scariness, many paranormal entities seemingly take his form, in order to scare their intended victims. An example of this is the GoebbelGhost, which appears to be a spirit punishing powerful persons who it thinks are evil. This off course also includes Hitler, who gets banished to the spirit world for his sins, with the Goebbelghost taking over his body. In the end, the evil spirit releases Hitler from the spirit world, when he realizes Hitler's life is hellish enough as it is, with all of his incompetent generals and having to endure numerous of Fegelein's antics.
Another ghostly entity looking like Goebbels is Candle Face, which appears every Halloween and is able to posses other people, which happened to Traudl. Hitler managed to defeat it with his Pencil of Doom, but implied it would return next year. Later, it is revealed Joseph Goebbels is actually a disguise for this creature.
A third Goebbel-esque entity is The GoebbelMan, which were summoned into the bunker accidentally by Traudl, who actually tried to disprove the myth, by calling his name three times in the mirror, similar to the Bloody Marry. Even before his appearance he manifests himself by calling people by phone to mark his victims. Once summoned, he is able to possess people which in turn can attack others.
In HitchcockJohn-Benad361's The Menace of The Fegel-Forest, Slender Man is revealed to be the evil twin of Goebbels. The latter tried to talk Slender Man out of his...menace but gets captured like the rest.
A full list of portrayals of Joseph Goebbels can be found in his character page in the Internet Movie Database.
- Joseph Goebbels once demanded that Adolf Hitler be expelled from the Nazi Party.
- This happened many years before Hitler's rise to power, when Goebbels was far more concerned with opposing capitalism than people of Jewish descent. Repeatedly urging the socialists and Nazis to unite against the capitalists, he was horrified by Hitler's antagonization of socialism as a "Jewish creation" and his assertion that the Soviet Union should be destroyed. At the time, Hitler was still jailed and had finished work on Mein Kampf. Goebbels demanded that the jailed Hitler "be expelled from the Nazi Party". However, after his release, Hitler granted Goebbels a private audience, offering to overlook Goebbels's previous support for socialism if he would accept Hitler's leadership. From this point on, Goebbels was completely loyal to Hitler.
- Goebbels suffered from osteomyelitis which affects the bone marrow. As he developed this at the age of seven the disease affected his growth. He stood at just 5 ft 4 in (1.63 m) and had one leg shorter than the other. He had to wear a leg brace for most of his life and this caused him to be at the centre of ridicule throughout his schooldays, but whilst attending university in Heidelberg, he told fellow students that he had been injured in battle, despite the fact he had been turned down for military service.
- In Hitler Rants Parodies' The Assassination of Hitler series, it is revealed that his wife perform do a stare of doom like him. However, we cannot say for sure if their kids can do the same, as there is no instances of them doing it.
- Goebbels gave all his children names which began with the letter H (Hedwig, Heidrun, Helga, Helmut, Hildegard, Holdine). Some attributed this as his symbol of loyalty to Hitler.
- Accidentally, his stepson's name, Harald Quandt, also starts with H (although he of course didn't name him).
- Goebbels was one of the few certified intellectuals working in the upper echelons of the Nazi Party, which was actually vehemently anti-intellectual. Goebbels wrote his doctoral thesis on 19th century romantic drama. Even his enemies admitted that he was certainly a very intelligent man. The problem of course was that the Nazi Party he was attached was more fond of killing intellectuals than working for them, so he had a constant love-hate relationship with himself (combined with the fact that as a stunted rat-like man with a limp, he wasn't even close to the Aryan physical ideal). After completing his doctorate in 1921, Goebbels worked as a journalist.
- Unlike Hitler's propaganda style of impassioned speeches that appeared to bare his soul, Goebbels' style was calculated and biting sarcasm. Also unlike Hitler, on multiple occasions Goebbels admitted that he didn't believe in his own propaganda. Hitler honestly believed that there was a vast global Jewish conspiracy out to destroy Germany. Goebbels knew there wasn't, but nonetheless he'd make vicious propaganda speeches to cynically manipulate the German people into a malleable state of hyper-paranoia, just to achieve his political goals.
- Born in the German region Rhineland (Rheinland), Goebbels was well-known for speaking with his native Rhenish accent. Ulrich Matthes portrayed him with a slight accent in Downfall, while Sylvester Groth's Goebbels speaks with a more distinct accent in Inglourious Basterds and Mein Führer – Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler.
- Goebbels shares the same Zodiac sign as Hermann Fegelein; they are both Scorpio, which is something Goebbels isn't too happy about.
- Goebbels' birthday is also one day earlier than Fegelein's.
- The details of how Goebbels and Magda died are uncertain; While one witness said Goebbels shot Magda and then himself, another said they each took cyanide and were shot by an SS trooper. An early report said they were machine-gunned to death at their own request.
- There is an article on Goebbels on Uncyclopedia.
- Goebbels and Göring hated each other, which may be why Goebbels was so intent on insulting him when Hitler finds out that he had betrayed him.
- Goebbels was born and raised in a Catholic household by his parents, Friedrich Goebbels and Katharina Odenhausen. Later in life Joseph turned his back on Roman Catholicism and claimed his religion to be Nazism.
- His favorite film was reportedly Gone with the Wind (1939).
- His eyes in the movie is quite funny, unlike his real counterparts(which is very serious).
List of appearances
- Hitler Planning Scene
- Hitler Congratulates the Hitler Youth Scene (cameo)
- Original Bunker Scene (cameo)
- After the Original Bunker Scene (cameo) He dashes through the crowd, enters the restroom and stares at a mirror.
- Mohnke talks to Goebbels scene
- Goebbels's children sing to Hitler - He conducts the children's singing
- Hitler talks about the Battle of Berlin
- Hitler is informed scene
- Hitler Eating Scene
- Hitler Explains Scene
- Weidling and Mohnke inform Hitler - He retorts Weidling's suggestions to Hitler.
- Hitler wedding scene - Goebbels weeps in front of Traudl because he had not obeyed Hitler's order for him to leave Berlin but opted to stay.
- Hitler and his generals receive telegram from Keitel (cameo)
- Hitler's Farewell Scene (cameo)
- Goebbels Rants Scene
- Goebbels Children murder Scene
- Goebbels and Magda suicide- Last scene. He shot Magda and himself dead and their bodies cremated much in the same way as Hitler's.
In Other Media / Spoofs
In Real Life