When it comes to pop culture villains, Nazis are go-to bad guys that audiences can instantly hate. After all, who doesn't love to watch the Third Reich get clobbered in what's almost always an implicit victory for love and acceptance.
With the genre's fixation on ultimate evil, it's no surprise that anime and manga creators often rope Adolf Hitler into their stories. What's more surprising is the sheer variety of ways authors have come up with to justify Hitler's presence. Whether he's waging war on mythical creatures, spreading propaganda in the US, or attending high school as a clone, there seem to be no limits imposed on bizarre Hitler anime.
Some interpretations of Hitler paint him as a ruthless monster, whereas others have him pegged as a dopey goon. Luckily, none of these stories cast a positive light on the monstrous dictator's life, and more than a few present an opportunity for the heroes to take him down one more time.
'Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku' Exposes Hitler's Love Of Board GamesPhoto: Takeshobo
According to the lore of Mudazumo Naki Kaikaku, Hitler didn't blow his brains out after losing WWII. Nope, he simply flew to the moon, where he has been lying in wait, planning out how best to exact his revenge on the world. The only way to take down Hitler once and for all is to defeat him in a game of mahjong. Yes, this makes sense.
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The 2003 Fullmetal Alchemist series concludes with 2005's Fullmetal Alchemist the Movie: Conqueror of Shamballa. The movie's storyline centers on the adventures of Edward Elric, who, after being transported through time, is forced to adjust to life in 1923 Munich, Germany.
While Hitler appears in the film, he's only a minor villain, as the Nazi party had not yet risen to power. However, Hitler's fascination with the occult expands to include an interest in alchemy, which brings him into contact with Edward.
'Getter Robo Go' Introduces A Thinly Veiled Parody CharacterPhoto: Toei Animation
The mecha Getter Robo Go series by Go Nagia includes an obvious nod to the infamous Nazi leader. The funny-looking character named General Hidler not only sounds like Hitler, but actually shares the Führer's toothbrush mustache.
There are some differences between Hitler and Hidler, such as Hidler's facial structure and the large cow horns on his head. To be honest though, the horns sort of suit him, if you think about it.
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While the connection is never made explicit, there is a suspicious-looking goon in Ergo Proxy who bears a strong resemblance to the Führer. Petro Seller, Vincent Law's boss, strangely takes after Adolf Hitler in terms of looks. The hairstyle and mustache make the comparison uncanny, to the point that you have to wonder why none of his friends ever suggested he shave.