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The Waffen-SS has been given similar upgrades to the Wehrmacht, albeit to a lesser extent. Some have depicted it as an apolitical fighting force that was not involved in Nazi war crimes.
It has even been idealized as an "Army of Europe", a multinational force where people from all over Europe volunteered for a heroic fight to defend against communist depravity.
Without getting into too much detail, let's just say there were good reasons the Waffen-SS was judged to be a criminal organization at the Nuremburg Trials.
Nevertheless, there are people who continue to depict it as far cleaner than it was in real life. This has been combined with Historical Badass Upgrade at times, making them out to be considerably more elite than they actually were.
Erwin Rommel probably has the best reputation among Those Wacky Nazisand the myth surrounding him also has its own Wikipedia article. During the war, Rommel was renowned by the Nazis for his abilities in battle and by the Allies for being a man of honor who did not commit the war crimes that were endemic in the German military.
He was also allegedly involved in the July 20 plot to assassinate Hitler and killed by the regime as a result. The popular image of Rommel as a Worthy Opponent in the West and "good German" in reformed Germany endured after the war.
The truth was a lot more complicated.
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Rommel was arrogant, ambitious, and something of a glory hound, and he took advantage of the regime's favor to cultivate a larger-than-life reputation. While he resisted illegal decrees and possibly participated in the July 20 plot, he likely had selfish motivations for doing both. He did openly resent the SA stormtroopers and later the SS that supplanted them, but this wasn't for entirely pure-hearted reasons either.
He did disapprove of their brutality, seeing them as thugs that were unworthy of Germany, but he also felt that the resources and budget that went to them rightfully belonged to the Wehrmacht. He wasn't bloodthirsty like the average Nazi or a complete paragon of virtue, but somewhere in the middle.
Hitler's chief architect and later Minister of Armaments Albert Speer tends to be cast in a relatively favorable light as a Punch-Clock Villain by many movies that take his logically biased memoirs at face value.
It also helps that he is one of the only Nazis who declared himself The Atoner at the Nuremberg Trials, as well not being particularly obsessed with the whole racial purity thing.
But they often tend to overlook his eager use of slave labor, disposession of Jewish tenants for his architectural plans, and his sheer efficiency at managing the German economy prolonging the war unnecessarily.
To what extent he knew about the Holocaust is also up for debate. It's also debated how sincere his desire for atonement was, and whether he simply realized that for the Nuremberg Trials to be seen as legitimate the Allies needed a repentant Nazi who would confess his crimes and give an insider account of the crimes of the Nazi regime as a whole, making him simply a war criminal who got the equivalent of a plea bargain in exchange for testifying against his accomplices.
While not as horrible as someone like Himmler, filmmakers are too easy with swinging the pendulum in the other direction, when in real life he was a very morally ambiguous man. The German docudrama Speer Und Er at least got this right by never downplaying his personal failings.
The very few portrayals of Boudica and historical writings tend to paint her as a native freedom-fighter opposing Always Chaotic Evil Romans, and in Britain some see her as a National Hero she ranked 35 in Greatest Britonswhile feminists see her as a victim of abuse reacting against the patriarchy.
The fact that she systematically mass murdered tens of thousands by killing every man, woman, and child in the cities of Colchester, London, and St. There is even a statue of Boudica outside Colchester built specifically to honor the revolt, despite the fact that there is a layer of ash and rubble underneath it from all the buildings she and her forces burnt.
These gruesome atrocities are often downplayed or even treated as justified on the basis that Roman soldiers raped her daughters - despite the fact that those civilians had nothing to do with it. Also ignored is the fact that her defeat at the Battle of Watling Street is extremely impressive from the Roman perspective 20, Romans held offBretons using nothing but discipline and determination [at least according to the Roman authors who recorded the rebellion].
Even more modern takes like Tombstone still can't uncouple themselves entirely from this image. Earp's legend likely in part derives from the fact that he acted as an "adviser" on a number of early Western movies - he was good at branding himself.
The reality is somewhat more complicated. As a US Marshal, Earp had authority to deputize others and serve arrest warrants, but on the other hand, the Earp Vendetta Ride which took place after the attempted assassination and actual assassination of two of his brothers was a clear example of frontier justice, with Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and their deputized companions hunting down several outlaw Cowboys who they believed were responsible for the assassination and attempted assassination of his family members - a very clear conflict of interest.
In the end, the Earp party arrested one, killed four men, and fled Arizona to escape murder charges. However, it was widely believed in Tombstone that the local authorities were corrupt and would never bring the outlaw Cowboys to justice, even if they committed murder.
Many regarded the Earps as heroes who were standing up to cattle-rustling, murderous outlaws, and in the end authorities outside of Tombstone decided not to extradite the Earp party back there to face murder charges.
The real Richard was a deeply complex individual: Terry Jones even claims that after he died records were calling him grasping and portraying him in a negative light, but John becoming the bad King means Richard changed back to being a good King.
He did have a good sense of humor, being one of the few medieval kings of whom amusing quips are recorded. Not a cardboard villain, but not the cardboard angel of Ivanhoe and The Adventures of Robin Hood either.The Weeknd (Abel Tesfaye), right, appears as a guest star in the hit U.S.
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