"Das gluck unseres Fuhrer's ist sofort zu zerstreuen."
- Karlsen on May 7, 1945, upon hearing of Nazi Germany's unconditional surrender in Reims, France. (Translates to "Our leader's fortune is to be scattered immediately.")Ernst Niklas Karlsen was a General affiliated with the National Socialist German Workers' Party, commonly known as Nazi Germany. Karlsen served as a soldier in World War I, and much like his later commander, Adolf Hitler, the General was furious at Germany's loss in the Great War.
Eventually, between 1918 and 1939, (the start of World War II) Karlsen was promoted to General, and served as a commander in the Wehrmacht, also known as the armed forces of Nazi Germany. Karlsen participated in a few battles during World War II, including the Invasion of Yugoslavia, where he served as a commander on the battlefield.
On April 30th, 1945, the leader of Nazi Germany, Adolf Hitler (allegedly) killed himself via gunshot and his wife, Eva Braun, killed herself with cyanide capsules. However, later theories suggested that they were decoys. These deaths brought about the beginning of the end for the government that Ernst thought to be perfect. Karlsen was also granted the title of Minister of Legacy during Karl Donitz' reign as head of state for the Nazis. This title was kept hidden from the public for obvious reasons.
However, there was one last contingency plan that Ernst was personally put in charge of by Hitler: In the event that Hitler dies, or the Nazis fall, scatter the Fuhrer's built-up fortune around the world, never to be found by anyone. Karlsen did this, but also left a piece of a map around the locations, deeming that any treasure hunter worthy would be able to find the fortune. This statement was proven correct when archaeologist John Samuel Grant Thunder discovered the treasure in 2014.
Karlsen, realizing his ultimate role was filled as Hitler's surrogate, committed suicide via gunshot wound to the head on May 15, 1945, one day after Hitler's fortune had finished the burial process.
Johnny Thunder and the Hunt for Hitler's Fortune (First appearance) (Appears in flashbacks only)