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Adolf Hitler was the leader of the National Socialist German Workers Party (Nazi Party) and the dictator of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. He is often associated with the Nazi movement, World War II, and the Holocaust.
Since the early days of the Internet, Adolf Hitler has been a subject of both discussion and parody. In 1990, Mike Godwin introduced the “Godwin’s Law” which he coined as a “natural law of Usernet”. Hitler was a subject of several YTMND parodies with the earliest instance submitted in 2006. The same year, one of the most popular types of Hitler parodies, named Hitler Reacts, had surfaced, based on a 2004 war film film Downfall.
Adolf Hitler is a well know figure on a large variety Internet sites, such as 4chan, Tumblr, Reddit, and more, as well as outside the Internet. Because of his actions during his reign, he became the prime example of an evil person and his name has become synonymous with the Nazis and the atrocities they have commited during WWII. Despite all this, Hitler remains to this day as a popular subject of jokes and parody.
Godwin’s Law is an internet adage that is derived from one of the earliest bits of Usenet wisdoms, which goes “if you mention Adolf Hitler or Nazis within a discussion thread, you’ve automatically ended whatever discussion you were taking part in.”
Downfall / Hitler Reacts
Downfall also known as “Hitler Finds Out…” or “Hitler Reacts To…” is a series of parody-subtitled videos based on a pinnacle scene from Der Untergang (2004), a German WWII drama revisiting the last ten days of Adolf Hitler’s life and eventual suicide in his Berlin underground bunker. Due to the film’s international success and Bruno Ganz’ portrayal of the Nazi dictator, numerous segments from the movie soon fell fodder to parodies on YouTube, spawning hundreds of anachronistically subtitled videos of Hitler getting upset over topical events and trivial gossip.
Hitler House is the nickname given to a two-story townhouse in Swansea, Wales that is said to resemble the face of Hitler. The photograph of the house facade was taken by a 22-year-old British youth worker and posted via Twitter, which has been since viewed hundreds of thousands of times.
“Kitler” is a nickname used to describe white cats with black markings under their noses that resemble Adolf Hitler’s toothbrush mustache. Cats with these coats were popularized in June 2006 by the single topic site Cats that Look Like Hitler.
“Literally Hitler” is a hyperbolic expression that can be used to denounce an individual or group as being worse than Hitler. On the social networking site Reddit, the phrase is also used to mock circle jerk discussions that ultimately manifest into examples of Godwin’s Law.