16 Small Details Fans Noticed About Villains In War Movies

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Vote up the most villainous small details.

In war, the notion of a “villain” is somewhat ambiguous. Ultimately, armed conflict is a tragic affair with winners and losers on both sides, where the lines often blur between the righteous and the despicable. On film, however, it's often made very clear who the heroes and villains are. Colonel Tavington from The Patriot is a ruthless commander. Hans Landa seems to take pleasure in fulfilling the Nazi agenda in Inglourious Basterds. And, of course, there's Adolf Hitler himself, who in no uncertain terms (even as a playful imaginary figure in Jojo Rabbit) is the bad guy. 

While it's already easy to hate these characters, there are actually some incredible small details that make them even more villainous. Fans online have spotted many examples, so be sure to read ahead and vote up the items that strike you most along the way.

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    1,315 VOTES

    Landa Checks A Daughter For A Raised Heart Rate In 'Inglourious Basterds'

    From Redditor u/CosmoMercury:

    Inglourious Basterds: Hans Landa subtly checks the girl's pulse at the start of the scene.

    1,315 votes
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    Landa Tests To See If Shoshanna Is Kosher In 'Inglourious Basterds'

    From a Former Redditor:

    In Inglourious Basterds, Landa asks for Shosanna to wait for the cream to test if she is Jewish. As pastries were made with animal lard (fat) in WWII, the strudel would have been made with (most likely) pork fat. Jews can’t drink milk or meat that is not kosher.

    1,512 votes
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    1,174 VOTES

    Landa Only Greets The Blonde-Haired, Blue-Eyed Daughter In 'Inglourious Basterds'

    From Redditor u/Clu23:

    Inglorious Basterds (2009): In the opening scene, when Col. Landa enters the home, the farmer’s three daughters are lined up to greet him. Two daughters have brown hair/dark eyes, one has Aryan features. Waltz walks right past the first two and only greets the one with blonde hair and blue eyes.

    1,174 votes
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    599 VOTES

    "The Butcher" Leaves His Mark On A Child In 'American Sniper'

    From Redditor u/tehngand:

    In American Sniper (2014), this child has a scar on top of his head, where the hair isn't growing. It's later revealed in the movie that it's from “The Butcher,” as his favorite weapon was a drill.


    599 votes
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    683 VOTES

    Colonel Tavington From 'The Patriot' Is Based On A Real-Life British Leader

    From Redditor u/zuzahin:

    The character of William Tavington, Jason Isaacs's character, was inspired by, or based on, Banastre Tarleton. While some elements of the movie were exaggerated heavily for dramatic effect, other elements stayed true to history-- killing wounded patriots and slaughtering surrendering forces.

    You can read more here.

    683 votes
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    546 VOTES

    Hitler Brags About Having "Bombproof Legs" In 'Jojo Rabbit'

    From Redditor u/FighterDhruv8:

    In Jojo Rabbit (2019), while telling Jojo about the assassination attempt on him by Von Stauffenberg, the imaginary Hitler explains he survived because he had “bombproof legs.” This is a play on the fact that in reality, he was shielded by one of his officers standing between him and the bomb.

    546 votes