- For other uses, see Hitler (disambiguation).
Hitler as portrayed by Bruno Ganz
Adolf Hitler was an Austrian-born German politician and the leader of the Nazi Party. He was chancellor of Germany from 1933 until his suicide in 1945, and dictator of Nazi Germany (as Führer und Reichskanzler) from 1934 to 1945. He was at the centre of the founding of Nazism, World War II, and the Holocaust. Today, Hitler is commonly regarded as one of the most "evil" people in history, to the point that his use in debates has become a cliché.
There have been numerous documentaries and fiction films made about Hitler and the Nazis; particularly noteworthy is the 2004 German film Downfall, which is said to have broken the last remaining taboos on depicting Hitler on film. Downfall became immensely popular amongst Internet parodists, who in 2006 began adding mock subtitles to footage of his rants, eventually spawning an entire parody universe. The "Downfall Hitler" is commonly portrayed as extremely short-tempered and prone to moronic and/or outrageous schemes, while his few feasible plans are foiled by an incompetent general staff.
Hitler and his followers appear as their own faction in Imperium Offtopicum IX, in which he disavows the racist, discriminatory, and militant aspects of Nazi ideology in an attempt to redeem his historical image. When Taniciusfox founded the IOT Forums during a temporary lock on the thread, it was quickly flooded by accounts for the members of the "Downfall Gang", who have since become a meme on the board. Hitler's forum handle is Der Führer Dolfy.
In Multipolarity II, Hitler plays Madagascar. The Downfall Gang reappears in Multipolarity III as the Union of Guinea in an attempt to clear the air following Patriotic_Fool's hilariously inappropriate National Socialist Regime of Africa.