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The Fuhrer is a character featured in the Persona 2 duology by Atlus, consisting of Innocent Sin and its sequel Eternal Punishment. Originally named Adolf Hitler in the Japanese version, he was "censored" in international versions of the game by giving him sunglasses, renaming him "Fuhrer", and changing his boss arena from a Nazi swastika-patterned floor to one filled with magic rune circles.

A failed artist turned dictator of Nazi Germany during World War II, the Fuhrer is best remembered for his beliefs of racial superiority and for orchestrating genocides during the war, making him one of the most evil persons in human history. Although historical records state that the Fuhrer died by suicide, rumors about his apparent survival began to spread, saying that he fled with his elite troops in a submarine to the South Pole. These rumors turned out to be true when the Fuhrer resurfaced as the leader a robotic army called the "Last Battalion".

The Fuhrer is fought as the final boss of Innocent Sin, where he wields the mythical Spear of Destiny. Upon defeat, he reveals himself to be just a disguise by the true main antagonist behind it all: Nyarlathotep, a powerful shapeshifting demon whom the party must defeat once more. Nyarlathotep's entire motivation comes from a bet he made with the deity Philemon, where he wagered that humanity's negative traits will always prevail over their good qualities. To ensure that the bet goes in his favor, he planted rumors in Sumaru City — the game's main setting — which has the ability to turn rumors into reality, like Hitler surviving the war and establishing a robot army base in Antarctica. The demon is also revealed to have disguised himself as Akinari Kashihara, the long-dead father of playable character Jun Kurosu. Nyarlathotep later returns as the final boss of Eternal Punishment where he assumes new forms.

Being the cunning demon that he is, Nyarlathotep prefers to appear in his Fuhrer disguise as he knows that the dictator's reputation in 4chan will help him curry favor among its /v/oters in his quest to take over the King of /v/ tournament, and prove to Philemon that anons will always vote for what will cause the biggest shitstorm on the threads.

Tournament History[edit]

The Fuhrer first appeared in 2020 as the #40 seed, defeating Cuphead and CJ before narrowly losing to Scout by 8 votes. Even though there was an explicit rule banning real-life politicians, he skirted this rule because the actual nominee is Nyarlathotep in disguise.

Fuhrer returned in 2021 under the name "Fuhrer / Nyarlathotep" to emphasize his true character. There, he proved his strength in the tournament by winning against Frog, Coach, Duke, and Kirby by wide margins to cement his place among the Elite Eight, where he was eliminated by the eventual champion, Batter from OFF. He then received the most 8th-place votes in the ensuing consolation match, despite some efforts to place him at 5th in order to pair him with Alice from Black Souls, who is heavily believed to be Nyarlathotep in her game.

Fuhrer's sweet-16 win against Kirby became one of the most controversial moments in the tournament, as the organizers posted a statement where they suspected /pol/ voters to have influenced the result despite not giving conclusive evidence. As a result, many anons called the organizers "massive faggots" because of their perceived bias. In the quarter-finals, Fuhrer's poll picture was changed to his "Great Father" form, which several anons took offense to as that particular form is considered a major spoiler in the game. The whole controversy surrounding Nyarlathotep's Fuhrer persona and his transformation towards the latter rounds is likely the main reason why he placed 8th.

During the quarter-finals, Nyarlathotep's presence in the threads shifted away from his dictator persona and more towards "Rumorposting", wherein anons tell rumors of rigging in favor of a character (alluding to the game's rumormongering mechanic), or claiming responsibility for all the drama and chaos in the threads (reflecting his manipulative personality). These posts are usually accompanied by a picture of the fake Akinari.

To the shock of many anons in 2023, Nyarlathotep not only failed to qualify but received so few votes, only eight, that he landed into the Bottom 128 tournament. The general conclusion about how this happened is due to an error in the qualifiers in which he was originally entered as Nyarlathotep (AKA Fuhrer) instead of Nyarlathotep AKA Fuhrer (Persona 2); this option was altered on the list at some point, causing many of the votes placed for him to be lost.

Nonetheless the Fuhrer's machinations were still felt in the tournament as he schemed from the depths of the Butler of /v/ tournament, dominating matches against the usual Bottom 128 Literally Whos until eventually being voted out in the Quarterfinals, perhaps due to anons feeling it unfair an Elite Eight member was allowed in a tournament reserved for the least popular picks in the first place. Aside from disrupting the Bottom 128 tournament, Nyarlathotep also appeared as usual whenever the threads would be overtaken by shitposters, claiming responsibility for lowering the thread quality and further stoking the fires by spreading rumors about the remaining candidates.


King of /v/
2020 - Seed 40
Round Opponent Series Votes Pct. For
Round 1 (89) Cuphead Cuphead 1139 - 469 70.8%
Round 2 (25) CJ Grand Theft Auto 654 - 508 56.3%
Round 3 (8) Scout Team Fortress 2 569 - 577 49.7%
2021 - Seed 54
Round 1 (75) Frog Chrono Trigger 873 - 286 75.3%
Round 2 (11) Coach Left 4 Dead 782 - 425 64.8%
Round 3 (43) Duke Nukem Duke Nukem 741 - 397 65.1%
Round 4 (6) Kirby Kirby 870 - 586 59.8%
Quarterfinals (19) The Batter OFF 517 - 831 38.4%
Contestant Series 5th 6th 7th 8th Total
(8) Wario Wario 452 347 234 188 1221
(13) Leon Kennedy Resident Evil 190 445 411 175
(10) Heavy Team Fortress 2 259 296 412 254
(54) "Fuhrer" Persona 344 123 156 598


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King of /v/ 2020
Finalists Dante • 2nd Raiden
Semi-finalists 3rd Travis Touchdown • 4th Vergil
Quarter-finalists 5th JC Denton • 6th Jetstream Sam • 7th Miles Edgeworth • 8th Scout
Round 4 (Top 16) Dr. Eggman Regigigas Spy Goro Majima Agent 47 Captain Falcon Soldier Gordon Freeman
Round 3 (Top 32) Pepsiman Revolver Ocelot "Fuhrer" Albert Wesker Adam Jensen Chris Redfield Luigi Leon Kennedy G-Man Registeel Sundowner Big Smoke Dog (Silent Hill) King Of All Cosmos Bill Chief
Round 2 (Top 64) Ganon Kirby Frank Funky Kong Sephiroth CJ Helltaker Nero Jack Frost Simon Belmont Cave Johnson Shadow The Hedgehog Lvl 1 Crook Alucard Donkey Kong Ichiban Kasuga Zero King K Rool Max Payne Battler Ushiromiya Cacodemon Godot Postal Dude Richter Belmont Isaac Clarke Coach Engineer Gene Anonymous Dracula Jacket Baba
Round 1 (Top 128) Lanky Kong Regirock Kratos Jevil JPEG DogTemplate:Akinator Geralt of Rivia Patches Ancestor Bomberman Waluigi Cuphead Proto Man Ayin Frog Neo Cortex Handsome Jack Crash Bandicoot Crono Mega Man Tom Nook Steve Groose Dick Gumshoe KK Slider Not Important Sol Badguy Terry Bogard Mario Sekiro Dagoth Ur Asura M Bison Big Daddy Geese Howard Mega Man X Sissel Rance Kinzo Ushiromiya HUNK Nagito Komaeda Tohru Adachi King Dedede Joshua Graham Cloud Strife Quote Charles Demi-fiend Hokma Frank West Knuckles Ridley Mr House Banjo Morshu Regice Plague Knight Bowser 9S Sans Niko Bellic Meta Knight Arbiter Link
Excluded by Series Limit Template:Demoman (TF2)Template:Medic (TF2)Template:Sniper (TF2)Template:Pyro (TF2)Template:Monsoon (Metal Gear)Template:OtaconTemplate:Kazuhira MillerTemplate:Liquid SnakeTemplate:Creaking SkullTemplate:HideoTemplate:Merchant (Resident Evil)Template:Dr WilyTemplate:Gray Fox
Did not qualify Henry Stickmin Brad Armstrong Dark Sun Gwyndolin Missile Lucas ConkerTemplate:Viewtiful JoeTemplate:Kotomine Kirei (Fate)Template:Shitass (Minecraft) Ezio Auditore da Firenze
King of /v/ 2021
Finalists The Batter • 2nd Dr. Eggman
Semi-finalists 3rd Kazuma Kiryu • 4th Morshu
Quarter-finalists 5th Wario • 6th Leon Kennedy • 7th Heavy • 8th Nyarlathotep
Round 4 (Top 16) AM AM Brad Armstrong Charles Doomguy Kirby Phoenix Wright Solid Snake Spamton
Round 3 (Top 32) Agent 47 Albert Wesker Big Boss Demi-fiend Dracula Duke Nukem Garland Godot Goro Majima Jack Frost King Dedede Max Payne Rance Revolver Ocelot Solaire Soldier
Round 2 (Top 64) Alucard Asura Baba Big Daddy Big Smoke Captain Falcon CJ Cave Johnson Chaos Chief Chris Redfield Coach Donkey Kong Dick Gumshoe G-Man Gordon Freeman Grimm Isaac Clarke Luigi Meta Knight Neo Cortex Nero Niko Bellic Not Important Pepsiman Postal Dude Regigigas Ridley Sekiro Simon Belmont Spy Tohru Adachi
Round 1 (Top 128) 9S Adam Jensen Alex Eggleston Ancestor Artorias Ayin Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Bowser Conker Crash Bandicoot Cuphead Dagoth UrTemplate:Daisaku Kuze Dark Sun Gwyndolin Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Francis Frank West Frog Funky KongTemplate:Ganondorf Gene Gex Handsome Jack Harry Du Bois Helltaker Henry Stickmin Impostor Jevil Joshua Graham King Dice King K RoolTemplate:King of All Cosmos Kratos Link Ludwig Mega Man Missile Mothman Mr. Game & Watch Mr House Nick Papa Nier Pyramid Head Quote Rando Armstrong Raven Beak Reynauld Roland Ryu Hayabusa Sephiroth Shadow The Hedgehog Sissel Sol Badguy Sonic the Hedgehog Starwalker Steve Strelok Terry Bogard The Hunter The Knight Tom Nook Waluigi Zagreus
Excluded by Series Limit EngineerTemplate:Medic (TF2) SundownerTemplate:Demoman (TF2)Template:Sniper (TF2)Template:Saxton Hale SansTemplate:Kris DreemurTemplate:Pyro (TF2)Template:BerdleyTemplate:Monsoon (Metal Gear)Template:Merchant (Resident Evil)Template:LancerTemplate:PapyrusTemplate:Kazuhira MillerTemplate:Ethan WintersTemplate:Annoying Dog HUNK Ichiban KasugaTemplate:Louis (L4D)Template:MettatonTemplate:Rouxls Kaard Mario GrooseTemplate:Matador (SMT)Template:Blade Wolf (Metal Gear)
Did not qualify Template:Nahobino Ralsei IsaacTemplate:Dismas Plague KnightTemplate:Argalia Parappa Bomberman Giygas Lucas
King of /v/
Tournaments 20192020202120222023
Champions Senator Armstrong Dante The Batter Jack Garland Grimm
Elite Eight
Bold indicates semifinalist status. Bold underlined indicates finishing as runner-up at least once.
AM AM Albert Wesker Demi-fiend Doomguy Duke Nukem Dr. Eggman "Fuhrer" Heavy Jack Frost JC Denton Jetstream Sam John Ward Kazuma Kiryu Leon Kennedy Luigi Miles Edgeworth Morshu Phoenix Wright Raiden Rayman Scout Solid Snake Travis Touchdown Vergil Wario
Qualified Characters
Adam Jensen Agent 47 Ancestor Ayin Baba Banjo Battler Ushiromiya Brad Armstrong Captain Falcon Charles Chris Redfield Christopher Robin CJ Coach Dimitri Alexandre Blaiddyd Doc Louis Dracula Engineer Frank West Frog Gene Geralt of Rivia Giygas Gordon Freeman Goro Majima Harry Du Bois Hollow Knight Isaac Clarke Isaac Kleiner Jacket James Sunderland Jevil Joshua Graham JPEG Dog Kefka King Boo King Dedede King Of All Cosmos Kirby Little Mac Luka Mario Max Payne Meta Knight Pepsiman Postal Dude Rance Regigigas Revolver Ocelot Ridley Roland Sekiro Soldier Spamton Spy The Hunter The Knight Tohru Adachi Waluigi Zero
Other Characters
Claptrap Philemon Yugi