In the Wolfenstein series Edit
Beyond Castle Wolfenstein Edit
Adolf Hitler appears in Beyond Castle Wolfenstein as a main goal of an assassination attempt by the player inside his secret bunker. The goal is to find a bomb and place it outside of the room where he is holding a meeting with officers. After that, the player has to escape, while the bunker is shown to be blown up. A "Wolfenstein Lore" section of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein manual refers to this, incorrectly attributing it to the previous installment in the series:
"Silas Warner's classic Apple II game, Castle Wolfenstein, was released in 1983. The game was far from a 3D shooter, requiring more stealth than gunplay. The player's mission was to infiltrate Nazi headquarters in disguise, plant a bomb outside the door to Hitler's bunker, and make it out before the bomb exploded."
The events of Beyond Castle Wolfenstein, and its predecessor, Castle Wolfenstein, have no relation to any events depicted in the Wolfenstein games by Id Software later (although part of the same franchise). Id Software gained the rights to the original Wolfenstein franchise and many of the ideas in Wolfenstein 3D were based off of the previous games.
Wolfenstein 3D Edit
- Main article: Adolf Hitler (Wolf3D)
Hitler (also known as Mecha-Hitler or Armored Hitler) is the leader of Nazi regime, boss of Episode 3 ("Die, Fuhrer, Die!") and the final boss of the original Wolfenstein 3D before the release of the Nocturnal Missions expansion pack. When the player first meets Hitler, he'll be in a large mechanical suit that's armed with quad Chain Guns. After having around half of his HP taken away, the suit will fall off, and Hitler will jump out with dual Chain Guns.
While his sprites suggest he would cause more damage when armored, in fact he doesn't. The armor most likely is an excuse to give Hitler an amount of HP much higher than that of the other bosses. Both his forms combined have close to double the HP of Hans Grösse.
Hitler fires 5 bullets per volley in the two forms. After being defeated, he will talk before melting into a pile of blood and bone, triggering the ending.
In the 2nd Encounter episode of the Mac Family Hitler is always the ultimate boss. The censored SNES port replaced Hitler with Staatmeister (Adolf Trautmann in the Japanese version) who uses Hitler's sprite, though edited somewhat - he lacks the mustache, has a completely redrawn death animation, and has blonde hair. The paintings of Hitler in the SNES version were also changed, in the paintings Hitler (or Staatmeister in this case) had no mustache and no swastika armband.
Shortly after the game was released Wolfenstein 3D was given a overhaul in controversy since it included Hitler, when back in the day Germany was still recovering from his reign in real life.
Return to Castle Wolfenstein Edit
Hitler is briefly mentioned in Return to Castle Wolfenstein at the very end of the game: after BJ defeats Heinrich I, Heinrich Himmler is urged by an officer to hurry to Berlin, as "The Führer is expecting your arrival."
He may also be seen on propaganda portraits throughout the game, as well as in Wolfenstein.
Wolfenstein: The New Order Edit
Little is known on the Führer in the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order. However, he is visible in portions of the E3 trailer, which hints that he may make a return. If so, it may mean his death in Wolfenstein 3D is ultimately rendered non-canon.
In an interview, executive producer Jerk Gustafsson snidely hints at his appearance:
I don't know if we're allowed to talk about this yet, but is Hitler going to be in the game?
No, I'm not allowed to talk about that yet. *with a mischievous grin and giggle*