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What are the most common German stereotypes?

What do you think of when you think of Germans, what are the most common stereotypes? It could be physical traits, cultural or whatever.

10 Answers

  • Mike K
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer


    Well I always got a real kick out of Colonel Harry Flashman's (George MacDonald Fraser) description of the Germans. I sometimes read it to my German friends pretending it is a real historical account. It is historical fiction about a cheat, liar coward and poltroon who lives through the Victorian era and becomes entangled in many great events of that era around the world. He always calls a spade a spade:

    German states circa 1850's:

    "The Germans are different altogether. If I was not an Englishman, I

    would want to be a German. They say what they think, which isn't much

    as a rule, and they are admirably well ordered. Everyone in Germany

    knows his place and stays in it, and grovels to those above him,

    which makes it an excellent country for gentlemen and bullies. In

    England, even in my young day, if you took liberties with a working

    man you would be as likely as not to get a fist in your face, but the

    lower- class Germans were as docile as (n words) with white skins. The

    whole country is splendidly disciplined and organized, and with all

    their docility the inhabitants are still among the finest soldiers

    and workers on earth - as old Bismark has shown. The basis of this

    is, of course, STUPIDITY, which you must have in people before you

    can make them fight or work successfully!"


    Michael Kelly

  • ?
    Lv 4
    5 years ago

    German Stereotypes

  • 1 decade ago

    im German and the most ones i get that i fit is drinking and i like beer.

    the other one i get alot is being a tell the truth i was born in Germany but im not a nazi--look at my hair and eyes but the odd thing is my great granpa and granpa granpa jokes sickly saying i would have been killed..alot of people think were illegal though because america i guess bans former nazi's but my granpa was allowed to come because they couldnt prove somethings and diddnt have enough papper work..

    those are the neg ones though

    the pos one i get is i work harder cause im German and an immigrant and ones that i usually get it may sound stupid but when i talk like i do when i first came to america alot of girls find that exotic or what ever word its called :) works like a charm

  • 1 decade ago

    Very organized and disciplined people.

    Excellent engineering, particularly automobiles. Heavy beer drinkers.

    Tall, fair skinned and light hair.

    These are stereotypes and there are plenty of exceptions.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Very structured and serious. Organized. Efficient.

    Lederhosen and Sauerkraut. Beautiful Fachwerk homes.

    Blond and beautiful. Flower boxes in their windows. Avid beer drinkers. The Nazi thing was so long ago, the stigma should have dissolved by now. They are wonderful and friendly people and should not be judged for something that happened over 60 years ago.

  • 7 years ago

    having swag

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    strictly business-ish, very accurate with everything and always on time

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Prolly the whole holocaust, Nazi thing.

  • 1 decade ago

    They hate everyone, they are always angry, most deny the holocaust, there big and brutish looking and yea...

    I know most of it can't be true. But those are some stereotypes I know of.

  • ,
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    Sad to say its "Nazi" :(

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