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"We shall never have peace 'til we have a pure Aryan race. How wonderful. Tomainia, a nation of blue-eyed blondes."

  • Hynkel's insane, racist vision of a perfect world

Adenoid Hynkel is the titular main antagonist of the film The Great Dictator. Hynkel was the Dictator of Tomania (Based on Germany) and Leader of the Nami Party of the Double Cross.

He was portrayed by the late Charlie Chaplin, as a parody of Adolf Hitler, along with the main character "A Jewish Barber" who resembles him.


After the end of the Great War of Tomania, and sometime after the main character had been placed in a military hospital, the revolution that had broken out had come to an end. The Nami (National Mini-Socialist) party came to power, lead by Adenoid Hynkel. He set up a Dictatorship government, robbed the Jews of nearly all their rights, forcing them to live in ghettos. He made the flag and anthem of Tomania the same as that of the Nami party and re-armed the nation to the point of all society being based around the re-arming. Hynkel established a diplomatic friendship with the Nation of Bacteria (Based on Italy), also a Dictatorship and using a short notice fund, he invaded the nation of Osterlich (Based on Austria) During this time, in order to disarm suspicion he went duck hunting but over turned the boat and climed ashore.

At which point, not recognizable to his own soldiers was arrested and taken to one of his own concentration camp. Around this time, the Jewish Barber had escaped the same concentration camp with Ex-Commander Shultz in officer's uniform. Because the Barber looked so much like the Dictator, everyone thought that it actually was him. The Barber, unaware of what was happening, ended up replacing Hynkel although no one knew what had happened. He gave a speech in marked contrast to Hynkel's and spoke of rights, equality and democracy.


Hynkel is portrayed as a ruthless, heartless egomaniac who despises all "non-Aryans" and who is obsessed with becoming "the Emperor of the world" (one of the film's most famous scenes portrays him bouncing an inflatable globe until he accidentally bursts it). He is prone to violent mood swings and throws temper tantrums when he does not get his way. He is also devoid of empathy and sees people as objects to be used and discarded; for example, he turns on his "greatest ally", Benzino Napoloni (a parody of Benito Mussolini) the moment the latter becomes an inconvenience.