We all know that Hitler and the Nazis had a terrible fashion sense (the moustache and Harry-high pants are only the beginning) and then the Fuhrer ruined Wagner for decades and published the worst book ever, until Battlelines was released in 2009, but did you know the Nazis were responsible these crimes too?!
Max Eisinhardt was born into a typical middle class German-Jewish family. From all reports he was a good student, obedient son and would be a fine upstanding mutant if it wasn’t for one thing – the Holocaust. The trauma of the Holocaust sowed the seeds of distrust in the boy who became Magneto and went on to wreak havoc in the wars against Professor X and his X-Men. Ironically, Magneto adopted his own Nazi inspired views of mutantism versus the human race, dubbing mutants homo-superior. Thanks a lot Nazis.
2. Hannibal Lecter
As if an evil mutant with superpowers of magnetism and a grudge against the human race wasn’t bad enough, the Nazis were also responsible for creating one of the most deranged serial killers of all time in Hannibal Lecter. Once again, an innocent young boy who loved his family, was thrown off course, when his family was murdered and his sister eaten and fed to him, albeit unknowingly. While he did help capture Buffalo Bill, many lives would have been spared without Lecter’s existence. Thanks again Nazis.
3. Armless Tiger Man
A youthful Gustaz Hertz must have considered his life pretty much fucked, when he lost in his arms in an industrial accident. Thanks to the Nazis though, he found his calling. Not quite as high on the scary scale as Magneto and Lecter, Armless Tiger Man was still a handful. Having developed a hatred of machines since his accident, Armless Tiger Man learned to use his teeth and feet as weapons and was recruited by the Gestapo and sent to destroy machines across North America during WWII. He was eventually captured, tied up (well at least his legs were) and died in mysterious circumstances.
4. Hellboy & Kroenen
Not only were the Nazis responsible for creating another villain, the gas mask and bodysuit wearing Kroenen, the also created his counterpart Hellboy. Conceived over 300 years before WWII, Hellboy was living quietly by the Lake of Fire before Hitler and co. arrived on the scene. Thanks to them, Anung Un Rama was summoned from the underworld and arrived on earth (via a fireball) in the final months of the war. As with the invasion of Russia it proved another disastrous move, as the Nazis lost the war and a captured Hellboy went to live and work in the USA.
5. Red Skull
Known to his friends as Johann Schmidt, Red Skull was a Nazi agent who clashed with Captain America long after the war ended – most recently in 2011. However Red Skull’s plans for world domination did not end with the fall of the Third Reich, as he remained head of the terrorist organisation HYDRA and even got his red bony hands on a WMMD (weapon of magical and mass destruction), the Tesseract which according to online sources can open rifts through space and power other weapons (though it sounds like it’s a powerful enough weapon on it’s own, so one wonders what other weapons anyone would need?).
6. Arnim Zola
Infamous for their experimentation on humans, the Nazi’s outdid themselves with the creation of Arnim Zola. As a scientist during the wars years, Zola was diagnosed with a terminal illness in 1972. He didn’t fancy the idea of death so somehow managed to transfer his brain into an advanced computer system, which sits where his head once was, while his stomach has a face on it. WTF? I hear you ask – and right you are! Picture something between Krang from TMNT and Max Headroom, with an even eviler evil streak.
Yes, Bob, Kevin and Stuart, those weird little bouncy yellow things, loved by children around the world were inspired by none other than the Nazis! At least that was the claim when this photo was shared around the internet of ‘children adopted by Nazi scientists for the sole purpose of using them in poison gas experiments.’ Turns out the minions in the photo are wearing early design underwater diving suits. Ok, Nazis you’re off the hook with this one.
Fritz von Meyer was a Nazi scientist who, along with many others, fled to South America following their defeat. As was advised for wanted war criminals, he began a life of seclusion, though with a unique hobby – bee keeping deep in the jungle. After stumbling across a swarm of radiation affected bees, von Meyer came under attack and ‘in the midst of his death throes, his consciousness shredded, dissipating into the swarm of bees’ essentially turning him into a Bee Man. After considering many different names, including Zyklon Bee, Bergen Bee Man, Beetzkrieg, he settled on Swarm and started picking fights with Spiderman.