| Downfall character|
|Portrayed by||Justus von Dohnányi|
|Full name||Wilhelm Burgdorf|
|Born||14 February 1895|
|Died||2 May 1945 (age 50)|
|Occupation / Rank||General|
|Parody Universe Information|
- “What are you talking about? The Führer is the Führer!”
- ―Burgdorf to Fegelein after the Original Bunker Scene
- “Das reicht!”
- ―Burgdorf after using his Pistol of Armageddon
- “Then feel hot lead, because things ain't over until Wilhelm "Fast Ranter" Burgdorf is looking normal!”
- ―Burgy to Fritzsche when he hears the latter planning to contact Marshal Zhukov
Wilhelm Burgdorf [IPA: vɪlhɛlm bʊʁgdɔɐf] (14 February 1895 – 2 May 1945) was a German officer. Born in Fürstenwalde, Burgdorf served as a commander and staff officer in the German Army during World War II.
Role in DownfallEdit
As stated above, he was one of the officers who stayed along with Hitler inside the Bunker. The film depicts him as a temperamental person, having little patience for anyone who gets in his way, most especially Fegelein, even calling him a "ruthless careerist" in the movie. He is also shown to drink alot, and seems to be a good drunken singer though it was only in one scene
In the Original Bunker Scene, Burgdorf claims that Hitler's ranting was outrageous, his only showing of objection to the Führer. He is also extremely loyal to Hitler, as shown in the Goebbels Rants Scene, where he is threatening to shoot Fritzsche for trying to contact Marshal Zhukov and surrendering. Because of this, along with Hitler's suicide a day earlier, he and Krebs commit suicide after smoking a cigarette near the end of the film.
In the Parody UniverseEdit
Despite his drunkenness and bad temper, he does have a softer side, as he was involved in making a rather light-hearted propaganda video for the Hitler Youth, although this was met with negative reaction from the Führer, who described the video as a "fucking disgrace". His sexuality has always been under question as him and another general, Hans Krebs, appeared to be in more than amicable terms, to the point where they choose to die together. A running gag in the parodies is how he drinks alot, and shoots at Fritzsche for doing multiple things illegally.
Despite his loyalty to H-man, the latter sometimes calls Burgdorf Burger Dork. This might stem from the fact that Burgdorf enjoys cooking, but screws up by spilling his drink into all the dishes he makes.
On December 15, 2010, Burgdorf married his long time life partner, Krebs. There is rarely any footage showing Krebs and Burgdorf as a married couple, however.
When Goebbels complains about his nickname as Skeletor in Juniermahri246's parody, Burgdorf was arguing that he was called Burgdorf Motormouth.
He also created a new superweapon called the Pistol of Armageddon, which he has used to destroy many things such as the Titanic, Elliot Carver's Stealth Boat, several planets, Spinnaker Tower, windmills, cities, Ancient Greece, etc. It is shown as one of the most powerful superweapons in the Downfall Parody Universe.
Burgdorf is also shown to be a good ranter, but compared to Hitler's and Goebbels', it sometimes wasn't based on anger, but rather on how fast he spoke.
His Stalin Parody counterpart used to be Mikhail Tukhachevsky, who later becomes Stalin's Fegelein. He was then replaced by Pavel Dybenko because of his good drunken singing. In the Mirror Parody Universe, his counterpart is Frodgrub Mlehliw, who is also a drunkard, fast ranter, and the one who tries to kill Ehcsztirf (Fritzsche's counterpart in the Mirror Universe).
In Other Media/Spoofs/ResemblancesEdit
In Real LifeEdit