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As the title suggests, it consists of three parodies:
- War of the Hitlers: In 2014, the Downfall Hitler kills the Valkyrie Hitler, causing a succession crisis that leads to the dissolution of the Council of Hitlers and the titular war.
- The Enemy Within: In 2018, the United Reich has become the world′s leading superpower. The Downfall Hitler makes preparations for the Space Nazi invasion (aka. The Final Conflict). But the Space Nazis have a mole, and he′s working to undermine Hitler′s plans...
- The Final Conflict: Set immediately after The Enemy Within. It is a cross-over with Iron Sky.
This parody features examples of
- Because Destiny Says So: This is the reason why the Downfall Hitler has been preparing himself for The Final Conflict; it was fated to happen no matter what happens. And it does.
- Big Bad:
- Big Damn Movie: Big Damn Series, to be exact.
- Bigger Bad: Wolfgang Kortzfleisch, Günsche/Adler′s real superior.
- Black and Gray Morality: The Downfall Hitler and his allies cannot be considered saints. But his enemies are far worse than he is.
- Crossover: With many things, but most importantly Iron Sky.
- Darker and Edgier: Than most other Downfall parodies.
- Foregone Conclusion: The Final Conflict was already revealed by HRP long before the trilogy even began, making the entire trilogy feel like this. The Downfall Hitler will win the War of the Hitlers, and Günsche will succeed in weakening the Reich′s defenses as the Final Conflict approaches...
- Hopeless War:
- The War of the Hitlers slowly becomes this to the Hitlers who aren't the real deal... until Wenck arrives with a million-strong army assembled from the defeated Hitlers′ forces, and the Western Alliance decide to assist the Downfall Hitler at the last second.
- The war between the Soviet Union and the Eastern Coalition is this for the Soviets.
- The Final Conflict becomes this the moment the Space Nazi invasion begins. The Space Nazis succeed in decimating most of the Earth′s military forces; the Downfall Hitler and his staff are forced to evacuate into space, while the rest of his forces (including Fegelein and Jodl) and presumably the rest of the Earth′s militaries are wiped out in a series of meteor strikes.
- Large Ham: All of the Hitlers. And the Downfall Hitler is not the hammiest of them all.
- Knight of Cerebus: The real Hitler and the Space Nazis. They are treated more seriously than the other antagonists.
- The Man Behind the Man: "X" is this to the Downfall Hitler. Likewise, the Na'kuhl to the real Hitler.
- The Mole: Günsche, aka. Klaus Adler.
- The Reveal:
- In War of the Hitlers, "X" was the one responsible to bring the Downfall Hitler to the Parody Universe to become his servant via Albert Einstein.
- In The Enemy Within, The true source behind Himmler and Fegelein′s invincibility is the "Iron Shield". As soon as Günsche destroys it, they are Brought Down to Normal.
- Nazi Protagonist: Subverted. The Downfall cast have no associations with Nazism in the HRP universe.
- No Name Given: "X".
- Prequel: Before the trilogy was announced, HRP released "The Assassination of Hitler", a parody series where Günsche does exactly that and ends up causing a Succession Crisis where Hitler′s officers attempt to eliminate each other and inadvertently allow the Space Nazis to invade; the assassination was only averted when Fegelein traveled back in time to distract Günsche.
- Secret Weapon:
- The Downfall Hitler has been building/improving these, including the Pencil of Doom. Günsche destroys most of them.
- The real Hitler builds a temporal conduit using Na'kuhl technology to force a victory against the other Hitlers by controlling time itself. It gets destroyed by the Downfall Hitler using his Pencil of Doom.
- The Spook: "X".
- Stuff Blowing Up: So much so that you can see them from orbit.
- The Starscream:
- Claus von Stauffenberg attempts to kill the War and Remembrance Hitler with a bomb. It doesn′t work.
- Göring tries to sell out the Downfall Hitler to the real Hitler. The former is not amused and decides to punish him by putting him on an extensive diet.
- Günsche/Adler to both the Downfall Hitler and his real master, Wolfgang Kortzfleisch.
- Stupid Jetpack Hitler
- Those Wacky Nazis: Played with. The Downfall cast are explicitly not Nazis this time, but the other Hitlers and the Space Nazis qualify.
- War Is Hell: The trilogy depicts war as being extremely destructive, to say the least.
War of the Hitlers
- Ambiguously Jewish: In an ironic fashion, the War and Remembrance Hitler is implied to be Jewish and/or a Zionist, or was at least accused as such by the Inglourious Basterds Hitler. Doubles as an Actor Allusion since the W&R Hitler′s actor was the Jewish English Steven Berkoff.
- Big Damn Heroes: Wenck and the Western Alliance.
- Bittersweet Ending: Downfall Hitler wins the war and unites all of Germany, but at extremely great cost, with much of Germany and Berlin being seriously damaged.
- Dirty Coward/Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Rather than Face Death with Dignity or kill himself, the Inglourious Basterds Hitler chooses to flee and save his own skin when things went south for him. The Downfall Hitler finds him however, and proceeds to use his improved Pencil of Doom to kill him...
- Driven to Suicide: If he wasn't killed already, expect the losing Hitler to kill himself and his Eva. Except for Inglourious Basterds Hitler, who instead sneaks himself out of the war to no avail.
- Evil Brit: Many of the Hitlers are these. To elaborate, The Bunker Hitler, The Last Days of Hitler Hitler, War and Remembrance Hitler, the Valkyrie Hitler, and The Rise of Evil Hitler.
- Evil Versus Evil: Boy howdy, does this trope sum up the entire parody to a T...
- Face Death with Dignity: The Dear Friend Hitler Hitler is the only one who admits his defeat. The Downfall Hitler came close to embracing this trope... until Wenck shows up with reinforcements.
- Great Offscreen War: Another war is being waged between the Soviet Union and the Eastern Coalition at the same time. The Soviets ended up losing the war with Stalin dead and being left only with Russia, while the rest of their territories fall under EC control.
- Melee à Trois: The War is basically a battle royale between all Hitlers.
- Not Quite Dead: Steiner, Wenck, Grawitz, and Himmler.
- Not So Different: Simply put, all the Hitlers share roughly the same egotistical personality, though a few are more humble than the rest.
- The Queen's Latin: Happens to the Hitlers who speak English, since many of them were played by British actors. Even the Hindi-speaking Dear Friend Hitler Hitler qualifies.
- Reverse Mole: Himmler orders Fegelein to pretend being a mole for the real Hitler to find out about his weaknesses.
The Enemy Within
- Brought Down to Normal: Himmler and Fegelein became mortal upon the destruction of the Iron Shield.
- Cassandra Truth: Downplayed. Whenever Fegelein pleads his innocence, almost nobody believes him. However, the Downfall Hitler already figured out that he is telling the truth because he never actually tried to kill him.
- Devil in Plain Sight: Günsche. His real identity as the traitor has already been given away to the audience, but none of the characters realize this.
- Downer Ending: Günsche succeeds in weakening the United Reich′s defenses and escaping, allowing the Space Nazis to begin their invasion...
- Karma Houdini: Günsche gets away with everything that he does. By the time the Downfall Hitler learns of his true identity, it′s already too late.
- Kill Sat: The Wrath of Hitler Cannon, which was first seen in action in an earlier parody series, The Brotherhood of Fegelein. Unsurprisingly, Günsche destroys it.
- Not Me This Time: Fegelein insists that he is not "the enemy within". Except for the Downfall Hitler, Goebbels, and his inner circle, all of whom already deduced that he is not the traitor, no one in the Bunker believes him, at least until the end of the parody.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Günsche pretended to be stupid to get close to the Downfall Hitler and was hoping to drive him mad with his Captain Obvious facade, which didn′t work.
The Final Conflict
NOTE: This parody shares the same tropes with Iron Sky.
- Clip Show: Even more blatant than the rest of the trilogy, since it barely does much to change Iron Sky′s plot to the point of feeling almost like a Godfrey Ho Ninja Movie. In fact, some episodes, such as episode 13, consists of NOTHING but Iron Sky scenes.
- Grand Finale: For the HRP universe.
- Sacrificial Lion: Wenck (who helped turn the tides at the War of the Hitlers), Steiner, and the previously immortal Fegelein are all killed off to emphasize just how high the stakes have risen.
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