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(How to make your movie villain more badass?
Easy. Make him German. 8D)

You probably know this situation: You need to do serious stuff, work on very important things, or simply get your shit done. Then you turn on the scourge for mankind a.k.a the Internet because you're a master of procrastination and want to look up something. Just for a moment.
After reading a Wikipedia article about sharks, two hours later you end up with a site about how to build bombs. Or watching cute animal videos. Most likely both.
With me, it were neither sneezing pandas nor bombs but Disney songs on Youtube. From time to time i just feel the urge to cherish some good old childhood nostalgia again and what would be better for that than watching openings of the old tv-shows you loved or the ever popular songs from Disney, Dreamworks and friends? Disney songs in particular are perfect for that.
After a while and because i mostly see the links on the right, i continue with Disney songs sung in other languages for shits and giggles. Top comments from Non-Germans on German Versions?

- Ugh, just listen how aggressive it sounds
- Whoah, in German even the most light-hearted song sounds harsh
- Lol, German, HEIL HITLER, lololol!
- Etc.

And you will always find at least one of these under every German Disney Song since the „everything's German harsh and angry"-saying is one of the most popular prejudices about good old Germany...well...besides the infamous Nazicrap of course.
Instead of being insulted i always rather find these surprisingly amusing and interesting because it reflects so perfectly how many (in fact, teenage!) people still stick to this kind of stereotypes. And Germany – without a doubt thanks to her history – seems to be one of the most favoured countries when it comes to those clichés. After reading through these comments on Youtube i felt kind of inspired to look around and collect even more of these; i recalled the true stories that i, being German myself, experienced with Non-German people (many of them Americans) and their views – and the list that resulted is quite impressive. And since most of my watchers here are not from Germany but all over the world i thought it might be interesting to some of you if i'd give you a few insiders regarding these and talk a little about them.

(Keep in mind, though, that i rather speak about the average and for myself than for a whole nation and thus draw upon my own experiences)

And how to begin it better than with one of the most common stereotypes about Germans that i already mentioned in the preface:

„The German language is a throated snake language. Germans always sound harsh, angry and ugly"
Wrong. Definitely. Wrong.
Now while i absolutely disagree with that (and i may also explain later why) i still do see where this stereotype is coming from and the reasons of its persistence.
One thing, i believe, is the spelling of grouped consonants like the guttural ch-sounds in the German language – a very common sound that reminds you of a hissing snake or cat and which frankly is quite feared among native English speakers who try to learn German and i suppose that this unusual pronouncation of ch, st, pf, sp, etc.  is what makes German sound kind of harsh and clipped in comparison to the English language which has indeed a much more mellow, gliding feel.

The other thing is only my very own theory but also the crucial one: Usually, kids get their first contact of the world beyond their own country in school when learning a little about Geography and History – and when it comes to German History we all know what part takes the biggest cake – Adolf Hitler and his attempt to fuck things up with WW2. I think i don't have to mention that he was a majorfuck of a megalomaniac moron – because there is so much footage of his speeches that all reflect his insanity: He yells, snarls, croaks, forcefully rolls every R and gnarls in a way that it is impossible not to shudder while listening. And why, yes, the words he's shouting just happen to be German. With such a (first) impression it is no surprise that many kids and people in general get the idea that the German language is indeed frightening.
Fact is, though: NO normal German talks the way Hitler does. No one (Hitler's way of babbling actually is so diverge from the norm and unique in its own morbid way that every German can tell for instance that it's him when someone impersonates his talking style). My belief is that Hitler and his speech impressions are partly responsible for this notion that Germans yell every word they say and snarl all the way through, which is not true.

Look at this video for example:

I'm not insulted but totally shit my pants everytime i see it because it plays so ridiculously awesome with stereotypes that you just have to laugh for the shits and giggles. On the other hand you should keep in mind, though, that this is exactly what it is: Stereotypes over the top in every way and nothing else. The German guy is the only one who intentionally exaggerates his spelling compared to the others – no wonder that the German words (which are different enough from the other examples) sound awfully aggressive. Now, take one of the other words like Aeroplane or Sorpresa and don't say them in a normal manner, but YELL them out instead and empathise every character just as the German bloke – it will sound just as harsh and aggressive. („AERROPPLANE!" D8<)

As said above i can see that German has indeed some characteristics that makes it less mellow than the English language for example – but the truth is that there really is nothing aggressive or harsh about it. At all.
It can be pretty intimidating for sure when you decide to verbally keelhaul some poor bitch but actually, you would be surprised of how gentle and melodic it can be; there is nothing comparable to a man who realises that he lost his heart to someone and tenderly whispers a soft-spoken „Ich liebe dich" in all devotion and honesty. Don't believe me? Check out the German dubbed version of Oldboy or The Prestige for example: Both movies are a journey through the German language with all its shades of different and genuine emotions just expressed with spoken words.

Now...there still is another thing that is related but surprises me. In contrary to all this hate about the German language that you usually see on the Internet i also spy a most curious beginning „trend" for German in recent times and i catch that on Deviantart in particular. Kids coming from all over the world who (similar to several annoying Animukids) sprinkle fragments of German in their comments, on their profile and whatever elsewhere. And i do wonder why; not in an offensive, haughty way but out of genuine curiosity. So many people apparently hate German so....where the heck is this coming from now? Is this a thing that derives from an honest fascination for the German language or do you use it just because it seems cool and badass to you? (if so, i might just let you know that Google Translator doesn't give a shit about any correct grammar; sometimes so bad that the translated stuff gets just unreadable for native speakers and German is a special pain in the ass when it comes to grammar - what kills a lot of the seriousness you may try to convey. Use Google Translator to translate a thing you don't know or to get a feeling about the content and sense of a foreign-language phrase. NEVER use it for the sake of copy-pasting it later somewhere because it seems hip. It's not.
Don't get me wrong: If you are truly fascinated and really want to learn a language – i find that awesome and i'm totally behind that. But don't fucking use Google Translator for everything – get some books and dictionaries, learn about the correct grammar first, take courses of the language you want to learn. Because only then you will be taken serious and not like some wannabe weeaboo-kawaii desu baka bla. :P)

„Germans are cold"
In the past there was a period when i spent some time of my life in Putney, England. Besides loving London by nature i will never forget how frigging nice and courteous those people were. There were complete strangers who would lead me the whole way to the Hotel after i only asked for a brief direction, people saying sorry when i was the one who bumped into them, shopkeepers who'd just talk with me about nonsense in a total loveable manner („Oh, you're from Germany? I do talk a little German, watch this: Hallo, uh...wie geht's?"...such a sweet fellow) and bus drivers who'd greet me and seemed so happy about everything.

….Total culture shock. 8D

If you compare German nature to those of British or Americans for example you could indeed argue that this is true – we Germans are not instant best friends forever with every random person we meet. We even can be neighbours for years and still remain total strangers to each other. And although every bus or train has double seats, you will notice that if Germans have to choose between an empty double seat and a double seat where one seat is taken already they will choose the full empty one (and i say „we" here since i not only experience that with other Germans a lot but because i also am totally just like that). Bus drivers in my hometown are the complete opposite of the happy-joy-ones that i met in England – total Grinches who don't give a shit about you and won't greet if you don't. The average German will avoid smalltalk if he can and only talk to strangers when he is directly addressed or somewhat involved and even then, he may be polite but still very aloof.

BUT i would also say that cold is not the right word for this. Instead of „cold" I'd rather say that Germans are much more reserved than others.

While it is true that we are warily polite instead of openly friendly and don't make friends so easily – if we make friends with someone, that certain someone can be sure that the trust is genuine and that we really mean it when we open ourselves. And without justifying anything i have to admit that i prefer an honest sympathy and trust much more than some random everyday friendliness that might be just fake and a mask according to expectation. We rather have a small number of really close friends we can rely on than being best buddies with every face that might cross our way.
So don't be disappointed or feel bad when a direct question like „Wanna be friends?" causes a German to backtrack first. Because it doesn't work that way. With Germans, friendship is something that has to grow and trust must be earned (keep in mind, though: I am talking about the average here. Speaking of reserve and healthy suspicion I for myself totally fit that category of what you may call a typical German but it always takes all sorts to make the world and therefore it is absolutely possible to come across a German who might be more „American" in such manners)

„Germans love Sauerkraut, Sausages and Beer"
Another popular prejudice, hence the word „Kraut".
About Sauerkraut: I hate it. Hate it hate it hate it HATE it. I can't eat it, it is impossible; and if i try it actually causes nausea – this is how much i can't stand it (though, i might be biased here since this is what i feel about most vegetables. I may sound like a stubborn child here but I can't help it. I'd really love to like vegetables but i simply can't stomach it. If you'd force me to eat a dish of asparagus, Sauerkraut and tomatoes OR a living worm – i'd take the worm). Therefore i find the term „Kraut" especially offensive (i don't eat that, come on! D8< calling me „Spaghetti" would be more accurate) – if you really feel the urge to call me something related on my German heritage use „Jerry" instead. *shrugs*

That is only me, though. What about other Germans?

While i find many older generations genuinely liking and eating Sauerkraut (a relative is such an example; 70 years old and loving „Sauerkraut und Bregenwurst" to the core.) i experience that most younger generations prefer the sort of food that is worshiped by everyone else on Tumblr: Pizza, McDonalds, Chips, Pommes, Noodles and cohorts. And if i ask those about Sauerkraut, the answer generally resembles my own: They'd eat it but i never heard that they'd love it.
So, to clear things up: Yes, Sauerkraut is a national dish but among younger generations it lost a lot of its popularity and is kind of outdated nowadays.

Sausages: Yeah, we like them (with the exception of vegans and vegetarians, i'd say). But honestly, i never noticed that Germans would eat more sausages than others. Kinda passed me.

Beer: It's true for most people i think. I love it (there actually exists some footage of me as a baby drinking it and i even seemed to be pretty yearning for it – not sure if that is such a good thing, though, ehem) and most Germans i know do so as well. Heck, i do have relatives whose job actually was brewing beer. So, with saying that the average German likes beer you're probably on the safe side.

„Germans wear Lederhosen"
[Atticus Finch voice] Do you really think so?
The answer is no – we absolutely don't (the only „Lederhose" that i own is a black leathered thing that is more towards...."Hardrock/Metal Style" - and i only wear that one when i want to feel especially cool). Lederhosen is a Bavarian thing (and Bavaria is, as you hopefully all know, just a small part of Germany) - and even there it is only worn on special occasions. You have no idea about the amount of embarrasment you'd have to go through if you'd come to Germany and decide to wear Lederhosen everywhere. People would actually look at you like some kind of tourist attraction. 8D
Germans run around like everyone else, it is as boring as that. But even though we definitely do not wear Lederhosen, speaking of Bavaria it remained indeed a sign of regional pride and i guess it can be compared to the Scottish Kilt.

„Germans are crazy about the English language"
Yes, we are. And we are to such an extent that it appears almost sick, prompting some people to ironically call our language „Denglisch" (Deutsch (German) + English). 98% of all adverts do have at least ONE English word somewhere and it is said that native English speakers who travel to Germany would have no problem whatsoever to actually understand what's going on on adverts and the like.
The feelings about that are quite controversal. There are purists who damn the amount of English we use in the German language and predict its downfall. Others argue it would be just a sign of trend and zeitgeist – using anglicisms to be a cut above, like French or Latin used to be in past times. And there are even more arguments.
As for myself i seem to be stuck between all of these. I also find many anglicisms unnerving, especially when there already exists a  German word for it which works just as fine and the English one obviously is only used to sound hip.
On the other hand i believe that language is something that is constantly changing. Take the word „gay" for example. There were times when it actually meant nothing but „happy" or „joyful" (and it still appeared with that meaning in songs from West Side Story or Disney's Three Caballeros; keep in mind that these came out only about 50 years ago) – today, it's meaning changed into „homosexual". We're living in a time that is dominated by the Internet, we're globally connected like never before and just like technology, language also changes and evolves. It always did and i don't think that there's anything wrong about that (although i must admit that i'm a sucker for the stiff way of talking from the 19th century. Just had so much more style. Anyway, it makes you wonder how people might think about textspeak, „lol", „yolo", „swag" and all that jazz in 100 years.)

„Germans can't and won't speak English for the love of God"
This might appear a little contrary to the upper prejudice but actually is something that i myself witnessed many times whenever i spent my holidays in foreign land and would come across fellow countrymen. You know, this special kind of old fat geezers who wouldn't even try to speak English (or whatever language is spoken) but insist on their wishes in German and expect to be understood – because „Funununu, i'm doing my holidays here, i'm guest and king in your land, so obey, bitches". A relative is such an example of that kind and i could slap his face whenever he does that and acts like a douche because he is too lazy to learn at least a bit of English to get around a little better.
Anyway – while these unnerving individuals sure do exist it thankfully is just the minority. A good deal of Germans are in fact quite fluent in English, since it is a major subject in all schools right from the start (nowadays, being multilingual actually is obligation here. Getting a decent job and speaking only one language? Forget about it.)
Another reason for this prejudice also might be the thick German accent some of us may have when trying English (i had an English teacher who was a particular bad case. Dear God, Klaus from American Dad sounds like an all perfect american angel compared to that dude's fat accent). An english talking German sounds funny for sure but which accent doesn't? Making fun of a German individual who can't properly say „squirrel"? Try saying „Eichhörnchen" for a change and then we can go on talking. ;)

„Germans are punctual"
Yes, we are. There is a popular saying in German that goes somewhat  like „better one hour too early than 30 minutes too late" - and it's true. If you're on a date or meeting with Germans, you better make sure to be there just in time (some of the worst things one can do to me actually is standing me up without calling me, noting me or letting me know otherwise. I simply hate it to wait for someone who's late on a fixed date). One of the many reasons why we hate our train system called „Deutsche Bahn" (for which – despite being German - punctuality ironically seems to be a word of foreign origin).
But it's not only the time. We are punctual in any other situation. The average German loves to structure his day, making plans, To-Do-Lists and sticks to even the smallest of rules (and even though i for myself can be quite the lazy ass whose discipline fails epically once in a while, i actually am a sucker for planning my days, making lists and striking those events out again which are done). Oh and yeah, the friggin' bureaucracy, of course. Germans are fucking crazy when it comes to bureaucracy. You would not believe how EVERY little shite needs a motion here. Whatever it is, it has to be on some piece of paper - what can be especially annoying at times.

„Germans are Nazis"
And here we have the Number 1 cliché. The Nazi-cliché. It's so stale that I actually had problems to believe that there are still people out there who could really think that way and seriously stand behind this belief until i made certain experiences that appear especially absurd if not even alarming to me.
I once got a note from an American kid which went like this:
„Hey man, i love your art and such but i wonder how come you're so good and if i'm allowed to like you since you're German? My parents told me that all Germans are Nazis/evil people, all of my family think that way and i wonder now if that is true?"

Imagine my face when i read that. At first i thought it was a joke, but it wasn't. It also wasn't the only note of that kind i got, there were many more. These were actual notes from  actual American kids, written and sent not fifty years ago but in this actual time. I was even more baffled when i found out some time later that some individuals in America (i dare say rednecks?) even think that we don't have electricity and running water over here. What.

I think i don't have to go much into detail here when i say that the „All Germans are Nazis, we still love Hitler and if you're a Jew you'll get killed here"-shite is not true. Far, far away from that. National Socialism and all its philosophies are stigmatised in Germany like nowhere else in the world and this for good reason. Don't believe me that? Then try the Nazi salute in public – people won't only give you an evil eye, they will actually lock you up in prison for that in no time. It's absolutely forbidden here and the contempt for those Neonazi-idiots who still roam out there is not only tremendous but nationwide.

Germany is a thankful victim when it comes to this cliché and it most likely always will be like that (thanks to that one single douchebag in the past with great brainwashing skills who provoked WW2). I only wonder why is it that a good bunch (yet thankfully not all) of  Americans are so fast in bitching about German History when their own History happens to be just as bloody? Wiping out Native Americans for example (an enormous genocide that easily bears comparison with the Holocaust when it comes to barbarism), or how about one ever comes up with that for some reason. Just saying.

Yes, all of our forefathers made their mistakes. That doesn't mean that we would follow their footsteps.

„Germans have no national pride"
This one interfaces with the Nazi-thing in a sense. Compared to American Patriotism our „national pride" is indeed is pretty low if not to say non-existent – the only time you'll find German flags raised on private households is the World Cup season.
If you'd say something like „God Bless Germany" or „I'm proud to be German" you'd get weird looks here and as i said, it sorta lies in our past that blocks us to be all too enthusiastic about our country. Even though WW2 is over now for more than 60 years we're still very aware of it. What happened back then is nothing to be proud of, the opposite is the case and i think that Germany still didn't get away from that shame. Saying out loud you're proud to be German simply has a slight negative connotation and people just tend to be aloof. No one wants to be seen as a Nazi here.

Adding to that, i think that this also is a mere cultural difference. I don't know, but i for myself never thought that „national pride" is something that actually justifies „pride". Sure, i love my country, i love my native language and i am of course happy and sort of „proud" when i see that fellow countrymen like Beethoven, Goethe, Hans Zimmer and Christoph Waltz (though, he doesn't count really since he's Austrian :P) get their international critical acclaim, but why should i otherwise be proud to be born in a certain part of the world? It appears just as senseless to me as saying „I'm proud to be white" or something stupid like that - Blimey, I'm proud to be a world citizen, I'm proud to be an individual. That should do it.

„German Shepherd Dogs everywhere"
Nope. Germany is a cat nation, actually. ;) 12,3 million cats live in German households which makes the cat the Number 1 favourite pet in Germany. Dogs are only Number 2 with 7,4 million (it is especially crazy here where i live. Every third person living in our street has at least one cat). This last fact is more a fun fact but i thought you'd find this interesting since the German Shepherd Dog appears to be one of the most popular dog breeds in the States.

Anyway, that was my little journey through German stereotypes and clichés (and kudos to you if you made through the wall of text). Hopefully it was interesting to some of you (again, keep in mind that i always spoke of the average and drew from my own experiences. I never intended to lump together a whole nation, may it be the Germans, the Americans or anyone else. :))

Speaking of which – even though Germany has especially many stereotypes, other countries do so as well. What are the most annoying/common/amusing stereotypes of your country?
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KyroSC Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015
Personally I've always thought of the German language and accent as being more complex or 'classy' than American English (which is where most of these sterotypes seem to be made). To me, the German language and accent feels more flowing or softer than English, especially in the case of words like 'Fluß' (which I believe is 'flow', correct me if I'm wrong) and 'tschüß', which are said as 'floos' and 'truce'. English on the other hand has nonsense words like 'knife' and 'elephant'... because of this German simply seems more logical, flowing, and uniform compared to some other languages I've heard, which is ironic because the sterotypes say exactly the opposite...

I guess sterotypes like this happen when you judge a book by its cover... a mile away... and don't read its title, if you catch my meaning.

Also, villians with German accents are indeed 'badass', just like British and Russian ones. ;)
monotsleigh Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love the sound of the German language - I speak it in a way though that machen and magen do sound similar...but apparently one of my teachers said it was a German accent??

I think Germans are percieved like that as the language is much more formal, everyone is Sie, compared to English. In French because I'm not a native speaker, I can get away with mixing tu/vous up. 

Generally in the UK, the big cities/South East are less friendly the more north and west you go in England, the more friendly people are, cities included. My bf lives in a Northen city to study and people are much more friendly than the 'city' I study at which is in the South East of England (It's only a city because it has a cathedral and the most important one at that!)

I am not a huge tea drinker...not really a fan of scones (unless it is a cream tea) and I hate beef! Oh, I mustn't be a Englander then? They're being idiots, food can be very different in different parts of the country, like up north of England they have these 'things' called faggots which are like a huge meatball or like a dumpling made of meat, which we don't have round here. But in the south we have loads of chippies, because it originated when the first big beaches opened down here, like Brighton, Bournemouth and Blackpool (blackpool's in the north though!) Especially if you aren't from the Bavarian region. Although one sterotypical thing about me is that I do like nettle as a herb. It is heaven in a mug! :)  Dunno how much you've used English trains but they are horrendous (Never go on cross country... it is so squashed, and I was on one for over 3 hours...not fun!

Not going to comment on the next point, as it is stupid. Most countries have done terrible things - mine included - but we happened to win that war so we aren't remembered for the things that went on in the British Empire - and how the English treated all the other countries (in the UK) like crap.

To be honest - I find the US to be over patriotic...I don't even know all the words to 'God Save the Queen' and what I do know is from LDN 2012!

Some of these attributes I would think of the French more - in Paris , when she was younger, my teacher found it really hard to find people to talk to because as she started talking in French, Parisians would know that she didn't have a Parisian accent, and would only reply in English to her.

For me - I live in the south - I am I'm not. I also live in the south west = I live on a farm and I talk like...the people in hot fuzz. In films our accent is also used for villians in non-war films, ie Loki...I don't know any examples because I don't watch films lol! (About films, what I like about non-Anglophone films is that they have everyone speaking their own language - ie there was a french film about...something in WW2, I can't remember exactly...and they had the French speaking French, Germans speaking German, and the Scottish speaking...English. I just find it weird when it's otherwise. I just find Anglo films don't want to aknowledge that yes...some people...gasp!...don't speak English, even when the UK has 1 official national language and 4 official regional languages. (Welsh, Scottish, Irish and Cornish, which is spoken in Cornwall)
CapedFox Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
badass German character? One word. Magneto 
Bleachett Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2014  Student General Artist
This is an old journal, i know, but i need to favourite this journal because i felt the need to applaud this. I'm german-american (speaking english to you because my deutsch is quite rusty) and I hear these kind of stereotypes so much. I'm going to link this to friends next time they have something interesting to say about German stereotypes. Especially favourite: the squirrel in german fact. 8D I tell people about this word eichhoernchen all the time, honestly one of the best to see non-german speakers pronounce. Also i very much appreciate the sauerkraut stereotype debunked here. I tell my friends whenever i travel there, no i do not like sauerkraut or sausage, none of these things. They tell me: "for shame, you must not be a REAL german." Oh man. People don't understand that everyone has different food tastes. I feel so many people have their head in bavarian-german things in general...Not sure why this is, probably because it is the most intense stereotyping ->(For instance western-american=cowboy stereotype) Many things to talk about with this but i could go on all day...!
SangVarg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Musste gerade aus aktuellem Anlass an diesen deinen Eintrag hier denken und wollte dich Fragen, ob ich den ein bisschen weiterverbreiten darf.
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Aber natürlich darfst du.
Darf ich indes fragen, was das für ein Anlass war?
SangVarg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Ach, momentan geht es ja ziemlich heftig zu wegen dem Coca Cola Spot beim Suber Bowl, von wegen was das soll dass der Song "America the Beautiful" in verschiedenen Sprachen gesungen wird, wo es doch eindeutig um Amerika geht und Englisch die Nationalsprache ist und das Lied dann auch eben so gesungen werden soll. Wenn man dann mitmischt, vor allem wieder als Deutscher, kann man sich wieder verzweifelte kommentare reinziehen wie "was verstehst du als German-Nazi schon" und all so Sachen. Ich muss sagen ich bin es echt leid dass uns das immernoch hinterherhängt.

Nun gut, danke für dein einverständnis, ich werd auch nicht unvernünftig damit umgehen ;)
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hab mal da gerade gegoogelt (da manche Sachen an mir etwas vorbeigehen).

...What the FUCK.
Da fragt man sich schon, wer hier dem "echten Nazi" mit diversen, überhaupt nicht rassistischen Reaktionen eigentlich näher kommt. :P Nun denn. Ich werde erst mal meine bösartige Cola austrinken und nachschenken.
SangVarg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Jup, fand das auch fragwürdig. Man sollte sich eigentlich nicht darüber aufregen von solchen Leuten provoziert zu werden, aber manchmal bin ich es echt leid.
 Nu denn, prohost :iconcokeplz:
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
Ich find's mitunter zum Totlachen. Rumheulen und auf Englisch bestehen, aber selber dann grammatikalisch bei "your/you're" versagen (siehe diverse Tweets). Göttlich. Von der Tatsache, dass die U.S. und A. aus Einwanderern besteht und von English only daher sowieso nicht die Rede sein kann, mal ganz abgesehen.

SangVarg Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Kann ich nur zustimmen, hatte dieses Gespräch in den letzten 7 Tagen oft und Intensiv. Aber mei, was will man machen als sich jalt einfach auf so subtile Art wie es geht zu verteidigen :shrug:
Coraline66 Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Interesting article, thanks.
Probably the biggest Czech stereotype is beer. And it is true, almost everyone here drinks beer. (And Germans come here to drink quite often, too, because it's cheaper here. Wink/Razz You can meet loads of them in pubs near the borders.)
ThatBronyGamer42 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
The stereotypes can be pretty funny sometimes, but other than that, I really like germans. As a matter of fact, I'm rather fond of your electronica (I doubt that term is still used, but hey, whatever). Fact is, you guys (and gals) bring your own flavor to the world.  Weather or not my acceptance of you comes from heritage (all kinds of central/eastern European in me) is another matter.  Now, back to polishing my shotgun and bar-b-queing my ribs.  I hope you have a nice day.
RealAlike Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
So true.
Stereotypes are for people who cannot/don't want to think with own head.
And German language sounds so cool, pity I'm too lazy to dedicate more time to study it on my own, takes forever Stupid Me!

Now gotta run: if I don't feed my bear, he will shut off the nuclear reactor and all our vodka will turn into ice. Yummy How then will I fuel up the ICBM in my garage?

Viele Grüße aus Russland!
amelia-baxter Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
It's crazy how often a lazily made villain is an older male given cropped hair and a German accent to play on the Nazi mad scientist/creepy doctor trope. Come on.
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Student General Artist
alles so wahr.
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Hoffentlich hilft es bei deinen schulischen Aufgaben. ;)
TaNa-Jo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2013  Student General Artist
ja ^^
AlexKadin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Most people on South America see Argentinians as egocentrical and boastful about themselves and their country. although this happens among the most idiotic ones, most people I know are very welcoming towards other persons in general, maybe because almost everyone's grandfather or great grandfather was European :b
On the other hand, a Polish friend told me some time ago that her people sees my coutnry as people in fancy suits and shiny shoes who hold roses in their mouths and dance to tango. I wish that was true xD
AlexKadin Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2013
Forgot to mention: My father's bloodline is German (both Germany German and Volga German) and I absolutely love the language.
ewebster123 Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Student General Artist
I, for one, love the way German sounds, and I am a U.S. resident Kinda a :paradummy: I think it sounds "cool", as opposed to "harsh" or "aggressive", if that makes sense. It just seems like it would be a fun language to speak, and not to mention spell!
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Wow. Ohne Witz, den Text hätte ich dir exakt genau so auch schreiben können. Sogar mit dem Weg über die Disney Songs. Das mach ich nämlich auch gern und beömmel mich über die Kommentare über "German language" 8D Allein unter Seid Bereit sind wahnsinnig viele "So Nazi" Kommentare, dass es komplett untergeht, dass einige intelligente Zeitgenossen immer wieder darauf antworten, dass es eher auf Kommunismus und Russland anspielt als auf Hitler. Aber gut =D

Unsere Sprache ist wunderschön. Ich LIEBE unsere Dialektvielfalt. Und wer Goethe vorgelesen bekommt oder Rilke oder oder oder hört deutlich, wie schön diese Sprache sein kann.

Den Pünklichkeits-Abschnitt kann ich doppelt unterstreichen. Ich bin zwar nie überpünktlich, aber ich bin listenfanatisch. FANATISCH. Seit zwei Jahren führe ich meinen Google-Kalender mit akribischer Sorgfalt. Frag mich was ich an irgendeinem Tag in dieser Zeit um welche Uhrzeit gemacht hab und ich kanns dir sagen. Außerdem führ ich To-Do Listen, Listen meiner Kleider, Lieblings-Teesorten, Putzpläne, etc etc. Ich kann gar nicht aufhören Listen zu schreiben und Statistiken aufzustellen XD Ich führe auch ein Cent-genaues Haushaltsbuch. Duh.
Apropos Kleider - ich besitze 2 Dirndl :3

Und ich hab zwei Katzen, hasse Sauerkraut, trinke kein Bier, mag aber Weißwurst =D

Danke für dieses großartige Journal, hat Spaß gemacht zu lesen :D
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Professional General Artist
Deutschland ist nicht umsonst das Land der Denker und Dichter. Eigentlich schade, dass das immer wieder vergessen wird - "NAZI, HITLER, ugga gagga!" zu schreien ist wahrscheinlich so viel einfacher. :P (und ich liebe unsere Dialektvielfalt auch, obgleich ich leider nur des Hochdeutschen mächtig bin. Berliner Schnauze finde ich zum Beispiel sooo köstlich 8D Wobei es im Englischen auch zig verschiedene Dialekte gibt, allerdings ist das bei der Anzahl an english speaking nations auch kein allzu großes Wunder. Schau dir mal das hier an:… Ich finde das ziemlich geil (Akzente sind auch dabei). O: )

Und ja: Listenfanatismus. Gott, wie gut ich das kenne. Ich bin halt auch voll der Listenmensch (was auch der Grund ist, warum ich so Ausfüllkram in Freundschaftsbüchern unter anderem immer richtig toll gefunden habe): Listen über Lieblingsdinge, Listen über meine Projekte, To-Do-Listen, Statistiken und Analysen. Ganz schlimm bei mir.

Und du hast gleich zwei Dirndl? 8D Echt stark. Ich so ein Ding bisher noch nicht einmal angefasst. Wie trägt sich sowas denn?
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2013  Student General Artist
Ooooh und was ich noch vergessen hab zu sagen - Squirrel nenn ich immer wenn mich jemand fragt was ich das schwerste englische Wort finde =D Ich kann das einfach nicht aussprechen. Keine Chance. aber du hast vollkommen recht, die sollen sich dann erstmal an Eichhörnchen versuchen, bevor se einen da veräppeln XD
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2013  Professional General Artist
Mit Squirrel habe ich überraschendenweise tatsächlich kein Problem. Freilich, es gibt einfacheres, aber es geht, und das sogar ziemlich gut. 8D *stolz*(finde es aber nach wie vor irgendwie ziemlich geil, dass Eichhönchen als deutsches Pendant für einen Englischprechenden mindestens genauso schwer ist. Das hat was. XD )
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2013  Student General Artist
Das ist nur fair =D
carpenoctem410 Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2013  Student General Artist
Ich sprech Hochdeutsch und n Misch aus mehreren bayerischen Dialekten (kommt davon wenn man in bairisch-schwaben aufwächst und dann aktuell lange Zeit in München und Nürnberg verbringt 8D)

Die Dialekte aus dem Video sind köstlich, ich versteh echt nur die Hälfte XD

Letztens stand ich im Buchladen und sah folgende Bücher. Und dachte mir noch, da kennt mich jemand XD………

Freunde-Bücher hab ich immer in Mini-Schrift ausfüllen müssen, weil ich da immer so viel zu sagen hatte und mich einfach nicht kurz fassen kann bei sowas. Vollständigkeit und so =D

Dirndl tragen sich kaum anders als andere Kleider, aber die trägst du ja auch eher selten (bis gar nicht =D). Ne Schürze tragen is halt ungewohnt, und je nach Dirndl is man da auch ganz schön gut verschnürt obenrum, atmen is da manchmal kaum noch möglich =D Leider hab ich nur viel zu wenig Oberweite für n Dirndl, aber who cares, dafür hab ich Beine :giggle:
Oh ich seh grad, man kann hier Fotos anfügen. Hier n Aktuelles :)
SpaceHunt Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2013  Student Artist
never thought about nazi-problem that way and just chocked. Here in Russia we always been told that wars (especially we very careful about the 1941-1945) not caused by people, but by governments, and we teached not to blame Germany for this war. Too sad, that here in Russia we have a lot of neo-nazi, and this is a real shame. What an irony - winner is infected by what he have defeated.
anyway - always loved Germans, you are good people and your country is great.
GopherGreg Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Canada has plenty of bad stereotypes, eh? 
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Yeah, i guess so (though, i don't find them bad in comparison to 'Murica for example.) "Giant Amusement Park" for example is what i always hear about it for whatever reason.
GopherGreg Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Student General Artist
Giant amusement park is probably Canada's Wonderland down in Toronto.

There are plenty of stereotypes about the USA as well, (Eating burgers, lack of education... etc), but I think it really depends on where you are. 

My grade 9 english teacher: Was telling us about (aboot?) when she went to Australia to teach for a year. The kids there had crazy and absurd stereotypes about Canada (We drink maple syrup, we ride polar bears, we only play hockey...) and when my teacher asked them where they got these ideas from, most of them cam from American TV shows, like south park, or the Simpsons.

Lots of American TV shows have stereotypes about Canada, but I guess the same goes for Canadians and there TV shows. I know for sure lots of the kids around here can put on a real good stereotypical "Australian" accent, and can do some pretty good "Crikey, there's a crocodile! Imma go wrestle it" kinda things.

I guess it really does depend on where you are. The stereotypes about Germans are present, but not as much as Australian and American stereotypes down here in Canada. 
BoltyRandom Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Zerda-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Ah, you know in Hungary everyone has a mustache and eats paprika.
00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
*goulash XD
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Your expressive icon makes this comment just looking so...awesome, somehow. XD
Dreyght Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
As italian, I completely understand what you mean... We probably are the most stereotyped country in the world. Pasta Pizza Mafia, yeah... what about no. We have a long, great history, but now everyone seems legitimized to kick our ass only due to this economic crisis. I think that we all know the classic stereotypes about Italy: 

FOOD: true, we love food because we are used to eat well, but we don't live to eat. 

LOVE: italians are usually considered as great lovers and womanizers... Maybe they're nicer or kinder with strangers, I don't know, but in Italy is more socially accepted a steady couple than a man (or a woman) with many partners. Like in any other country, I guess, or even more. Excessive promiscuity is blamed. For example, when I've been abroad for few weeks I lived with an adorable Chinese girl, who thought that was extremely strange that me and my boyfriend have been together for 6 years.

PHYSICAL APPEARANCE: every time I travel outside Italy, someone tells me "You don't look italian!" because i'm pale and redhead. We are not all like super mario bros, really, we don't have only dark hair, dark funny mustache, dark skin and strange accent. 

Italy isn't a country of peasants and pizza eaters.


Jackie-GR Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist

This was a brilliant entry - and very true. Stereotypes can be fun, but also very annoying. I've actually been to Germany including Berlin twice, and I loved it ^^

The impression you gave of the Germans, was pretty much the same as the one I had. Especially the part about being very anti-Nazi. Though I was surprised at the cat thing! xD


I come from Norway, and the things that annoy me is that we're constantly overshadowed by the Swedes x) Not in Europe, but in the USA. If I hear ONE more time that someone thinks Norway is the capital of Sweden... I don't feel like we have a lot of stereotypes, because we're not exactly famous...  Do any of you non-Norwegians have a suggestion for Norwegian stereotypes? :)

Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
It's true, i also couldn't come up with any popular stereotype when i think of Norway. except for...vikings perhaps. :P
Jackie-GR Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
And you're from Europe...! Ugh, as I feared x) Vikings are not bad though :)
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
*except of
MilespFox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I know just what you mean when you talk about people putting labels on you just because you are german, if only i had a dollar for every time someone brought up world war 2 in an insult lol. And i too am a fan of Christoph waltz, i don't think anyone could have played that part better in  inglorious. 
JWiesner Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013
:clap: :clap: :clap: I respect you even more now! This topic is very important, but always long to explain and discuss too. I started reading this and didn't really expect I'd end up reading all of it, but the way you write never seems to drag on and get boring! You get things straight to the point and in the most informative way!

Personall, I'm Swiss but my mother and her side of the family is from Germany, so I kinda grew up partly German. My mother decided to keep on speaking German when she moved to Switzerland though she perfectly understands Swiss language. As for myself I naturally speak the Swiss language but I somehow managed to get a strange accent, because Germans notice I'm Swiss, while Swiss sometimes think I'm German. @.@ Haha.

I can totally relate to the positive culture shocks! 8D My first one actually happened when I went to Germany but that's just my experience. Especially Berlin (where my uncle lives) made me realize what kind of a dead serious place I come from, haha. In fact, I think the Swiss are more likely the "mean" "cold" people for having much trouble opening to any stranger, and for absolutely hating you for not being punctual, or for looking down at you if you want to learn a job that doesn't have to do with numbers and office work and banks.

The same positive culture shocks I had in the USA too, I was surprised about the general friendliness of strangers, or just people you met only recently. Haha I remember feeling touched when teacher, after I was sick for a day and didn't go to school, smiled at me when I returned and said "We missed you!" I was barely in this country for long and people missed me already? I felt like a celebrity! :U

However, there were negative culture shocks too. Classically, stereotypes. In my case, most Americans I met seemed to think all Swiss are non-schooled farmers that live on alps, yodeling around, eating nothing but cheese, and knowing how to build a watch. I got pretty offensive questions too! For example "Do you have cars in Switzerland?" "Do you have showers too?" "Do you know how to handle a can opener?" Honestly! I had to control myself not to burst out in anger because then these people would think OH ALL SWISS PEOPLE GET ANGRY WHEN YOU ASK THEM QUESTIONS.

Yeah about the food. Actually I can't even eat much cheese without getting a stomach-ache after a while (not sure if it's a lactose intolerance because I can eat other milk-products without such problems). Haha Sauerkraut, I hate it too. Like a little child, as you described! :lol:

About the language. I LOVE good German, especially the old-fashioned poetic sort! ;v; I used to write my own poetry as some sort of vent-literature in my real life journals because German inspires me like that. You're right, it's all about the melody and pronunciation you give to it. Everybody in my own country knows you can't take Swiss-German, Schwyzerdütsch, seriously as a language (no matter how much to try to "sing" while you speak to make it sound as beautiful as German). Also, Swissgerman dubbings in movies usually end up as a DISGRACE for the nation, to say the least! HOWEVER! Few days ago, I freaked out when I found out that the German voice actor of Gimli/Bud Spencer/etc is actually Swiss!!… Even though he clearly speaks perfect German when he's voice-acting for the movies, watching Gimli go back to perfect Schwyzerdütsch surprised me in a way that made me fan-scream. But good Swiss actors are things you rarely ever find. Lmao, for example I bought the DVD The Last Unicorn once, with English and German language, and found out they had Swiss language included too. Listened to it for 15 seconds, then decided to switch back to German forever because eesh. Disgrace for the nation.

Oh wow, I wrote much. But that's about all that came to mind for now. My own experience with stereotypes definitely taught me to never stereotype other people, at least. :)
ShikoHayashi Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Student General Artist
This is fantastic. Absolutely amazing.

I find it very hard when people bad mouth German's and the Germanic language. Mostly because I have family in Germany and I can never truly have a good conversation with them because I can't speak German. Which sucks, because my cousins are great. The sweetest kids I've ever met. 
And I can say a fucking word to them.

Hmm...... America has all the stereotypes, so I can't say much. I think the one I hate the most though is the one where people from the south have to sound like total 'rednecks.' God that pisses me off.
In the first place, rednecks were people who lived near the mountains and simply kept to themselves. T
Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
Thank you! I was surprised of how many people actually enjoyed my journal entry but i'm all the more glad that they like it.

Perhaps your cousins can teach you one or two words when you visit them next time. You could teach them some English in return. :P

Ah yes, the redneck-cliché. I couldn't quite believe it at first until i came across some specimens of that species myself. And that was always weird (fair enough, though, every country has those. Germany, too, and i HATE those kids who just won't even try to speak with proper grammar or act like a douche to everyone for no reason.)
ShikoHayashi Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2013  Student General Artist
Agreed. God, America is probably ten times worse.... A majority of people speak in text message mode. *rolls over into a corner*
It's always a pleasure for me to speak in a different language. I cannot cut corners as easily if I was speaking English, and so it makes for a nice, actually fairly decent conversation where grammar is important. 
Sadly, no one really knows that language, so I'm left talking to myself TT_TT

That would be nice... Besides knowing no, night, a few numbers, and Mein Kampf (hurrhurr), I don't really know that much. Just another language to add onto the list I'm trying to learn. They probably know more English that I know.

00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2013  Student General Artist
When you said that for some German is like a snake tongue i couldn't help thinking about parseltongue.

The kindergarten i went to was a half German one: Teachers would talk to us both in Romanian and in German. We sang a lot of songs in German, the most memorable being "Eine sternenklare Nacht". Because of that song[which i almost never managed to sing till the end because it made me cry], i never looked at this language as a harsh one but rather a soothing and whimsical one.
Too bad thought, that i'm not good at learning new languages, and the only two German words that remained printed in my mind from there where "guten tag" and -funny since it was in the vid- Schmetterling [i once had a BD cake with a butterfly on it and asked my teacher how do i say butterfly in German].
But i want to learn this language so badly, mainly because many great arts books as Bames are in German. 

Come on, who doesn't love beer? XD My dad also used to give me lots[many times without alcohol though] when i was young.

And i guess, you know the most common stereotype of my country, especially of my birth place, Transylvania. The most annoying one is the one that all Romanians are gypsies. And now, because of this scandal of dogs being slaughtered [which disgusts me to the bitter end, because it's actually a dog mafia] i fear a stereotype worse than the one with Chinese who are eating dogs is about to follow.

Culpeo-Fox Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2013  Professional General Artist
According to all these stereotypes people make about Germans, Parseltongue makes perfect sense. Just think about it: All Germans are Nazis, racists who see their race as superior and want to wipe out jews, foreigners and half bloods, we speak a snake language and are generally seen as the bad guys: Jesus, we are like the perfect real world equivalent to Death Eaters and Slytherins. :P

Speaking of Transylvania, there actually is only one thing/stereotype that i have to think of - and that would be DRACULA. Take that as a compliment since i love Dracula.
00BlacKBerrY00 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2013  Student General Artist
Oh my God, that is too perfect XD Next time, when someone sends you a note like the one that kid sent you simply reply Avada Kedavra.

That's why i did not include him to the annoying stereotype list. Dracula is awesome 8D 
XenaLollie Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013   Digital Artist
How did I miss this!? I just read everything, including the comments. No one has covered Australian stereotypes yet so I will put in my two cents.

*First of all WE DO NOT RIDE KANGAROOS, or Emus for that matter. If anyone were to attempt this they would most defiantly end up in hospital, or even be killed.   
*"Australians are constantly drunk" This just isn't true. Yes, 'we' do drink, but that's nothing weird, people drink all over the world. In most media reports issues like binge drinking are usually thrown way out of proportion.
*"We are all racists" Okay about this one, yes Australia does have a pretty bad history with racism. There was the White Australia Policy, The Stolen Generation and the murder of thousands of Aboriginal People. But that does not mean that in this day and age people are horribly racist. People still make racist jokes but not in bad taste, and more often than not the jokes are being told by someone of the race it is meant to offend. The chances of someone walking up to another person of a different race and abusing them are almost 0% (and I say almost because there are always exceptions). From my experience things are not that bad. 
* "Our accents and use of colloquial language make us very hard to understand" We actually don't use that many colloquialisms, for example words like G'day and Mate are barley used (especially G'day). As for our accents......I'll admit that they are not always the easiest to understand.....or easy on the ear for that matter, but one thing that really annoys me is when someone tries to imitate an Australian accent (usually in kids shows) because it's always way way off and just sounds horrendous.

There are other things I could go into but I don't want to leave a massive comment. 

Alice-Ferretti Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2013  Student General Artist
for example, in Italy we think that each of you has a boomerang... :D  ahaha I'm kidding of course.

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