"This woman is my life. You understand? My everything."
―Bubi speaking to B.J. after ambushing him and drugging him.[src]

Untersturmführer Hans "Bubi" Winkle is the "lovely companion" of Irene Engel and the tertiary antagonist of Wolfenstein: The New Order. He works with Irene Engel at Camp Belica as her personal bodyguard and right-hand man.

History[edit | edit source]

Hans Winkle was born on December 6, 1933 in Berlin. Also affectionately called by Irene Engel as "Bubi", he comes from a family of academics. His father is a doctor and his mother is a biologist. As a child, his failing grades and lack of ambition were very disappointing to his parents. The disappointment only deepened when he was employed at Camp Belica at the age of nineteen. The son they had envisioned having a prestigious career in academics had become a common prison guard. This young boy soon caught the attention of the manipulative Frau Engel. Eager for affection and appreciation, he has been her bodyguard and lover ever since.

The New Order[edit | edit source]

Bubi is first seen on the night train to Berlin with Irene. He isn't seen again until B.J. enters Camp Belica, and he convinces Irene to let B.J. work with the cement mixers in the camp. He appears again in a cutscene after B.J. is discovered in the Camp's HQ trying to steal a battery for Set Roth. Bubi and Irene both recognize him from the night train. Bubi was not involved in the execution of B.J. and the other prisoners. Herr Faust was meant to kill the prisoners as well as B.J., but wounds Irene in the face; Roth and B.J finish to escape together. 

Bubi's final appearance is when B.J. returns to Deathshead's compound. Bubi had joined Deathshead for an unknown reason but he finished to await B.J. to climb a ladder in a laboratory, then throws himself on top of B.J and incapacitates him by injecting him with a shot of Tetanospasmin. B.J. then wakes up, struggling with the effects of the toxins that he was injected with. Frau Engel then appears on a monitor behind Bubi, as Bubi tells her that he has a "gift" for her. He then drags B.J. over in front of the monitor and shows him to Irene, then much to her delight, stabs B.J. with a knife. B.J. then fights back, biting Bubi on the side of the neck, and Bubi falls to the ground in shock and pain, saying he injected B.J. with enough toxins to "paralyze an elephant". B.J. may then stab Bubi in the side of the skull and then under the chin, killing him instantly as Irene watches in horror, or leave him alone. If the latter option is chosen and player waits for a while, Bubi will bleed out from his wound. 

The New Colossus[edit | edit source]

Although Irene mourned his death in the New Order, she never seems to mention him in the New Colossus and she seems to have some sexual attraction toward B.J., showing that Bubi is just a convenient sexual object to her rather than a true lover. It is implied however that the reason for her psychosis as of the events of The New Colossus is because Bubi’s death pushed her past her breaking point.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Bubi is a young man with blue eyes, neatly combed, neck-length blonde hair, and a visible growing mustache, perfectly fitting the "Aryan" description, along with his lover, Frau Engel.

He is dressed in a grey and white uniform with a badge on each side of his collar, showing his rank of SS-Untersturmfuhrer. He also has a swastika on his right sleeve.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • "Bubi" was the nickname for Luftwaffe fighter ace Erich Hartmann, who, with 352 confirmed kills, is the highest-scoring fighter ace in history. Like Bubi in the game, Hartmann was also a blonde.
  • Judging by his collar insignia, he is an SS-Untersturmführer (SS-Junior assault leader/equivalent to second lieutenant).
  • Though he was born in Berlin, he speaks with a distinctive Austrian accent. This is because his portrayer Thomas Mikusz is Austrian.
  • After biting Bubi, it is possible to take out one of your weapons and kill him instead of killing him with your knife. Bubi will always die with one shot anywhere on his body, with any weapon. You can even make him explode by shooting him with akimbo AR Marksmans
  • He appears to be afraid of the sight and the smell of blood, as he opts to not watch the execution in Camp Belica and while ambushing B.J. in Deathshead's compound he states that the smell of blood sickens him.
  • Bubi's ambush is scripted and unavoidable.
  • The real name (Hans) and the nickname (Bubi) is a direct reference to the film Die Hard, in which one of the office workers named Harry Ellis (Hart Bochner) is negotiating with Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman), Ellis calls Hans Bubi. The part where Ellis calls Hans "Bubi" was completely improvised by Bochner.
  • It is possible to kill Bubi with other means than the knife take down. Blazkowicz can use any weapons in his arsenal to kill him, or he can leave him to die from the neck bite he gave Bubi.
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