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Canonical Incidence/Fandoms Containing Nazis
Members of the National Socialist Workers Party (Nazi Party) feature in several canons which fannish works are created in. Small fandoms such as Casablanca (a Yuletide fandom) and the slightly larger Inglourious Basterds feature canonical Nazis and take place in Nazi-occupied territories. Hogan's Heroes is another fandom that features canonical Nazis which has fanworks for it. There are several other television shows, primarily from the sixties, featuring WWII settings where Nazi characters might be expected to appear. (Rat Patrol, Garrison's Gorillas, etc.) There is also a small fandom for WW2 RPF, often featuring real-life members of the Nazi party.
The webcomic/anime Hetalia takes place during WWII. While no canon character is stated to be a part of the Nazi party, the anthropomorphic personifications of Germany and Prussia are often depicted in Nazi gear in fanart. The Hetalia kink meme is also infamous for some of the requests made, dealing with Nazis or war crimes from other periods of history.
Nazi characters and settings show up in some unlikely places. For example, the Star Trek: The Original Series episode "Patterns of Force" has the Star Trek crew beaming down to a planet with a society mimicking Earth's Nazi era. While the plot showcases how the ideology is doomed to failure, the episode does include many scenes of Kirk, Spock and McCoy in various Nazi and SS uniforms, and includes a scene with McCoy and Spock that draws pointed attention to the uniform boots. A second example is the Forever Knight episode "Outside the Lines", whose flashback is set in Occupied France, where Nick Knight (a centuries-old vampire) is a member of a French Resistance cell. When most of its members are betrayed and killed, he not only kills those he believes to be the traitors, but also the Nazi officer responsible for the trap.
World War II AUs Containing Nazis
While less popular than many other types of AU, some writers do write fics that take place during WWII and deal with Nazis as primary characters. This is an emotional topic for many people, and there is some debate as to whether Nazi AUs are ever acceptable. Nazi/prisoner romance stories or stories set in concentration camps are an especially fraught topic.  
Art (both fanart and original) using Nazi themes is not unpopular. Searching for "Nazi" at deviantART brings up 46244 results (as of March 30, 2010). However, presenting this kind of artwork in an international community is not without problems as for example in Germany displaying Nazi symbols is a criminal offence.
- X-men First Class WWII AU by brilcrist (posted February 22, 2012). This piece was created for, but never submitted to, a Reverse Bang. Like with any fanart depicting Erik Lehnsherr in a Nazi uniform, some fans objected to it. See the discussion.
Within the fetish community, a sexualized kink for Nazi uniforms is recognized to widely exist, but is also controversial. This fetishization crosses over into non-overtly-sexual fascination with the uniforms in popular culture, art and media and shows up in fandom settings as cosplay of Nazi characters.
- Patterns of Force on Memory Alpha, accessed October 13, 2010
- PlushieLover177, (2010). So would this fall under History or Geography!fail? :/ (Accessed October 13, 2010). WebCite.
- ElizCath, (2010). Warning: Extremely Emotional Rant (Accessed March 22, 2010). Webcite.
- Comment thread at Weeping Cock (Accessed March 12, 2011)
- Panel Info, accessed October 13, 2010
- Gusty, (2010). Hetalia Cosplayers Do Nazi Salute On Passover During Anime Boston. (Accessed April 6, 2010). Webcite. See comments for more.