The Loop (TV)
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Provides examples of:
- The Atoner: Hans Frank and Albert Speer.
- Better to Die Than Be Killed: Robert Ley hangs himself in his cell before the beginning of the trial. And Hermann Göring swallows cyanide before the executions start.
- Break the Haughty: Happens to Ribbentrop and Funk.
- The Brute: Ernst Kaltenbrunner.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Rudolf Hess.
Wilhelm Keitel: "He's pretending. Hess is very smart."
Alfred Jodl: "If he was so smart, he wouldn't have spent the last four years in an English prison."
- Did Not Do the Research: General Keitel is addressed as Admiral Keitel when his sentence is given.
- Dirty Communists: Averted.
- Dissonant Serenity: Rudolf Hoss doesn't see the murder of nearly three million people at Auschwitz as anything to get upset about. In fact, he is always polite and very well-mannered. And yes, he is quite the Nightmare Fuel Station Attendant.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Half played straight and half subverted when Höss explains that in Auschwitz he did not tolerate gratuitous cruelty... because he was there to carry on an extermination.
- That said, in Real Life he made this statement relating to his first test trial of the same formula of gas that would eventually execute millions of human beings:
"We knew when the people were dead because they stopped screaming."
- Also some defendants show uneasiness as they see the clips about the concentration camps.
- Evil Laugh: Rudolf Hess provides one of this after the executions.
- Famous Last Words: Some of defendants who are sentenced to death are shown while delivering their last speeches on the gallows.
- The writers Did Not Do the Research for Field Marshal Keitel, whose last words weren't "Deutschland über alles!" but "Alles für Deutschland!".
- Foregone Conclusion
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The "dueling scars" on Kaltenbrunner's face. They were actually caused by a driving accident.
- Greedy Jew: Julius Streicher openly and proudly admits considering this stereotype as a matter of fact.
- Hanging Judge: Soviet judge Iona Nikitchenko. Justified by what people like Keitel, Rosenberg and Frank did in Eastern Europe and Soviet Union.
- Heel Realization: Years before the Nuremberg trials, Albert Speer finally realised that Hitler was insane and dragging the entirety of Germany with him in a downwards spiral. He put together a plan to assassinate him but was foiled... by a wall.
- Hollywood History: Averted when Göring reminds Dr. Gilbert that Nazi anti-Semitic laws were inspired by English and American racist theories.
- Hot-Blooded: Julius Streicher.
- Just Following Orders: Wilhelm Keitel builds up his defense on this principle.
- Lack of Empathy: Dr. Gilbert pegs this as the reason the defendants were able to commit such terrible acts.
- Loads and Loads of Characters
- Not So Different: Göring points out this when talking about Hiroshima and segregation laws.
- Punch Clock Villain: After quietly telling the court how many people were killed in Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss explains to Dr. Gilbert that outside the concentration camp he lived a perfectly normal life.
- Also Albert Speer.
- Real Life Writes the Plot: The actors chosen to portray Rudolf Hess (Roc LaFortune), Alfred Rosenberg (Alain Fournier) and Arthur Seyss-Inquart (René Gagnon) would have spoken with a strong French Canadian accent. Thus, they were given very few lines in the script, while in the Real Life their characters played a very important role during the progress.
- Redemption Equals Death: Hans Frank shows repentance for the crimes he committed while he was Gauleiter of Poland, but this isn't enough to spare him the gallows.
- Smug Snake: Joachim von Ribbentrop.
- The Sociopath: Rudolf Hoss killed over 2 million jews when he was overseer of Auschwitz. He not only never gave it a second thought, he found a way to kill people faster!
- Those Wacky Nazis: Played straight by Julius Streicher, somehow subverted by the repentant ones.
- Too Dumb to Live: Joking, Göring states that Ribbentrop should be hanged for his foolishness.
- Villainous Breakdown: Hess has a big damn one in the end (including an Evil Laugh).
- Also Ribbentrop has a minor one when he starts weeping as the clip about the concentration camps is shown to the court.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Strangely, some sentences aren't read by the judges. However, we get to see the executions of all the defendants sentenced to death.
- Worthy Opponent: Göring to Jackson.
- Yes-Man: Keitel.
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