History Hypocrite / Literature

31st Oct '17 2:25:39 PM darkemyst
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** And then we have [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge]]. Although fans have a lot of reasons to [[HateSink hate her]] with [[LoveToHate relish]], her hypocrisy is certainly one of the main ones. In her introductory book, she is seen as an agent of the Ministry, sycophantic to its causes and forcing tyrannical laws onto the school in order to get her own way, yet at the same time, she gleefully (although secretly) engages in activities that are highly illegal and certainly unforgivable, even by the Ministry. Worse, she punishes Harry most severely for asserting that Voldemort is at large, insisting that he "not tell lies", while aping the official Ministry line on Voldemort, which is patently and obviously false (though it may be a case of BelievingTheirOwnLies instead). In the final book, [[spoiler:she persecutes Muggle-borns for "stealing magic" which she should certainly know is a nonsensical charge, while claiming that the locket she took as a bribe is an old family heirloom supporting her own bloodline. The injustice and cruelty of this enrages Harry so much that he attacks her immediately without resorting to a more subtle plan]].

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** And then we have [[TyrantTakesTheHelm Umbridge]]. Although fans have a lot of reasons to [[HateSink hate her]] with [[LoveToHate relish]], her hypocrisy is certainly one of the main ones. In her [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheOrderOfThePhoenix introductory book, book]], she is seen as an agent of the Ministry, sycophantic to its causes and forcing tyrannical laws onto the school in order to get her own way, yet at the same time, she gleefully (although secretly) engages in activities that are highly illegal and certainly unforgivable, even by the Ministry. Worse, she punishes Harry most severely for asserting that Voldemort is at large, insisting that he "not tell lies", while aping the official Ministry line on Voldemort, which is patently and obviously false (though it may be a case of BelievingTheirOwnLies instead). In the [[Literature/HarryPotterAndTheDeathlyHallows final book, book]], [[spoiler:she persecutes Muggle-borns for "stealing magic" which she should certainly know is a nonsensical charge, while claiming that the locket she took as a bribe is an old family heirloom supporting her own bloodline. The injustice and cruelty of this enrages Harry so much that he attacks her immediately without resorting to a more subtle plan]].
25th Oct '17 9:14:19 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheLostYearsOfMerlin'': Nimue steals Merlin's staff in ''The Seven Songs of Merlin'', calling him a thief when he snatches it back from her with the help of an air spirit.
2nd Sep '17 2:26:38 PM DaibhidC
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* In the Literature/FatherBrown story , everyone is critical of Father Brown's attitude to a man who has hidden away like a hermit following a crime, thinking he's hypocritical in not offering forgiveness. When it transpires his actual crime was something else, they're equally horrified that Brown is even speaking to him. He quietly points out that ''his'' position hasn't changed, but ''they'' were only prepared to "forgive" someone they didn't really think was wrong in the first place.

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* In the Literature/FatherBrown story , "The Chief Mourner of Marne", everyone is critical of Father Brown's attitude to a man who has hidden away like a hermit following a crime, thinking he's hypocritical in not offering forgiveness. When it transpires his actual crime was something else, different and arguably worse, they're equally horrified that Brown is even speaking to him. He quietly points out that ''his'' position hasn't changed, but ''they'' were only prepared to "forgive" someone they didn't really think was wrong in the first place.
2nd Sep '17 2:25:11 PM DaibhidC
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* The Race from Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series has a lot of this going on, potentially as a TakeThat at the concept of UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny. They denounce all human religions as nonsensical superstitions, but have their own religion of sorts and believe in it fervently. They're fine with droping atomic bombs on human cities[[note]]Though they do try to avoid it if possible, since nuking the planet renders it less valuable[[/note]], but are utterly horrified when humans use nuclear weapons on them. They have no problem with kidnapping babies to see if humans can be raised into "good members" of the Race's star empire, but are disgusted when they find out that the Americans did the same with two immature members of the Race. And they have absolutely no qualms about importing native fauna to Earth that cause massive ecological damage, but hit the roof when a single pair of mice gets released on their homeworld[[note]]For bonus points, that wasn't even the humans' fault; the mice got released by a member of the hotel cleaning staff[[/note]]. And just to cap it all off, whenever a human character calls them out on their attitude (and it happens a fair bit), they respond with something along the lines of "But it's different when we do it, because we are the Race" as if that's the only justification they need.

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* The Race from Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' series has a lot of this going on, potentially as a TakeThat at the concept of UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny. They denounce all human religions as nonsensical superstitions, but have their own religion of sorts and believe in it fervently. They're fine with droping atomic bombs on human cities[[note]]Though they do try to avoid it if possible, since nuking the planet renders it less valuable[[/note]], but are utterly horrified when humans use nuclear weapons on them. They have no problem with kidnapping babies to see if humans can be raised into "good members" of the Race's star empire, but are disgusted when they find out that the Americans did the same with two immature members of the Race. And they have absolutely no qualms about importing native fauna to Earth that cause massive ecological damage, but hit the roof when a single pair of mice gets released on their homeworld[[note]]For bonus points, that wasn't even the humans' fault; the mice got released by a member of the hotel cleaning staff[[/note]]. And just to cap it all off, whenever a human character calls them out on their attitude (and it happens a fair bit), they respond with something along the lines of "But it's different when we do it, because we are the Race" as if that's the only justification they need.need.
* In the Literature/FatherBrown story , everyone is critical of Father Brown's attitude to a man who has hidden away like a hermit following a crime, thinking he's hypocritical in not offering forgiveness. When it transpires his actual crime was something else, they're equally horrified that Brown is even speaking to him. He quietly points out that ''his'' position hasn't changed, but ''they'' were only prepared to "forgive" someone they didn't really think was wrong in the first place.
3rd Aug '17 8:16:41 PM LinTaylor
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* The reptilian aliens from ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' apply a lot of double standards to humans. After they invade our planet and kill a lot of us, they are disgusted to find out that we war amongst ourselves. They regard human religion as primitive, but have nothing bad to say about their own emperors, who they revere to god-like status. They are fine with nuking Berlin and Washington, but our use of nuclear weapons against them appals them. And finally, they believe we are evil for mistreating prisoners and causing suffering, but see nothing wrong with capturing two humans and forcing them to have sex just because they are fascinated by the idea of a sentient creature that doesn't just go into heat at certain specific times of the year.
** Although, to be fair, in the case of the final example, the Lizards see sex as just another bodily function, which they engage in indiscriminately during mating season. It simply didn't occur to them that there could be a race for which sex, and one's choice of partner, actually meant something.
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* The reptilian aliens Race from Harry Turtledove's ''Literature/{{Worldwar}}'' apply series has a lot of double standards to humans. After they invade our planet and kill this going on, potentially as a lot TakeThat at the concept of us, they are disgusted to find out that we war amongst ourselves. UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny. They regard denounce all human religion religions as primitive, nonsensical superstitions, but have nothing bad to say about their own emperors, who they revere to god-like status. They are religion of sorts and believe in it fervently. They're fine with droping atomic bombs on human cities[[note]]Though they do try to avoid it if possible, since nuking Berlin and Washington, the planet renders it less valuable[[/note]], but our are utterly horrified when humans use of nuclear weapons against them appals them. And finally, they believe we are evil for mistreating prisoners and causing suffering, but see nothing wrong on them. They have no problem with capturing two kidnapping babies to see if humans and forcing can be raised into "good members" of the Race's star empire, but are disgusted when they find out that the Americans did the same with two immature members of the Race. And they have absolutely no qualms about importing native fauna to Earth that cause massive ecological damage, but hit the roof when a single pair of mice gets released on their homeworld[[note]]For bonus points, that wasn't even the humans' fault; the mice got released by a member of the hotel cleaning staff[[/note]]. And just to cap it all off, whenever a human character calls them to have sex just out on their attitude (and it happens a fair bit), they respond with something along the lines of "But it's different when we do it, because we are the Race" as if that's the only justification they are fascinated by the idea of a sentient creature that doesn't just go into heat at certain specific times of the year.
** Although, to be fair, in the case of the final example, the Lizards see sex as just another bodily function, which they engage in indiscriminately during mating season. It simply didn't occur to them that there could be a race for which sex, and one's choice of partner, actually meant something.
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29th May '17 7:35:00 PM JaneStValentine
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** Harry shuts down any defence of [[spoiler: Dumbledore's]] shady past as "youthful ignorance" on the basis that ''he'' never did anything terrible when ''he'' was young. Because, obviously, [[spoiler: ignoring your friends' advice, getting said friends seriously hurt and your godfather killed, at ''fifteen'',]] gives you the moral high ground.
18th May '17 9:02:36 PM Fireblood
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* ''Literature/TheDevilsDictionary'': Many of the entries invoke this, such as the one for "Christian":
-->One who believes that the New Testament is a divinely inspired book admirably suited to the spiritual needs of his neighbor. One who follows the teachings of Christ so long as they are not inconsistent with a life of sin.
10th May '17 1:18:49 PM TheBigBopper
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* Willy Wonka from ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. He considers chewing gum "really gross" and detestable, yet seemingly sees no wrong in making profit from selling it (in the book, he explicitly states his desire to get that flawed gum right so he can sell it). He also disdains fat children, yet sees no wrong in selling chocolate, and general candy, even though sweets are number one cause for child obesity. He also denies that Oompa-Loompas texts about the mishaps happening to children were prepared in advance, even though they clearly were.

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* Willy Wonka from ''Literature/CharlieAndTheChocolateFactory''. He considers chewing gum "really gross" and detestable, yet seemingly sees no wrong in making profit from selling it (in the book, he explicitly states his desire to get that flawed gum right so he can sell it). He also disdains fat children, yet sees no wrong in selling chocolate, and general candy, even though sweets are number one a leading cause for of child obesity. He It is also denies kind of hard to believe his claim that Oompa-Loompas texts the Oompa-Loompas' songs about the mishaps happening to children each badly behaved child's encounter with LaserGuidedKarma were spontaneous and not prepared in advance, even though they clearly were.advance; if he ''did'' have those songs prepared in advance it would mean that he expected them to get into those dangerous accidents and took no measures to prevent them.
8th May '17 11:24:35 AM PrincessGwen
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** Tywin's daughter Cersei also exhibits this. She's incredibly misogynistic and shows complete contempt for women, but believes herself to be an exceptional, reasonable and brilliant ruler, even though its quite obvious she's a cruel, incompetent tyrant.

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** Tywin's daughter Cersei also exhibits this. She's incredibly misogynistic and shows complete contempt for women, but believes herself to be an exceptional, reasonable and brilliant ruler, even though its it's quite obvious she's a cruel, incompetent tyrant.
9th Mar '17 4:42:49 PM Argon2
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* Literature/InDeath series: Principal Mosebly is revealed to be this in ''Innocent In Death''. She claims to stand for the school and its best interests. However, it turns out that she was not only aware that one teacher Reed Williams had been having sex with the parents of schoolchildren and engaging in sexual harassment, but she had sex with him in the pool and in her own office! She only took steps to have him resign when she found out that he had rape drugs in his possession and that he was the prime suspect of murdering a teacher in the school. Peabody refers to her as a {{Hypocrite}} at one point.
* Mr. Brocklehurst in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' has the girls at Jane's boarding school, over which he is superintendent, fed meals lacking in nutritional value and given sleeping quarters that are less than fit for any humans, with the aim of teaching humility...yet his own children are comfortably clothed, housed and fed.

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* Literature/InDeath series: Principal Mosebly is revealed to be this in ''Innocent In Death''. She claims to stand for the school and its best interests. However, it turns out that she was not only aware that one teacher Reed Williams (Reed Williams) had been having sex with the parents of schoolchildren and engaging in sexual harassment, but she had sex with him in the pool and in her own office! She only took steps to have him resign when she found out that he had rape drugs in his possession and that he was the prime suspect of murdering a teacher in the school. Peabody refers to her as a {{Hypocrite}} at one point.
* In the Conference arc of ''LightNovel/TheIrregularAtMagicHighSchool'', Tatsuya says that the magical community does not enforce ArrangedMarriage[=s=] (only [[PeerPressure encourage]] them). This prompts Mari to ask how much choice Tatsuya and his sister had in who they were married to.
* Mr. Brocklehurst in ''Literature/JaneEyre'' has the girls at Jane's boarding school, over which he is superintendent, fed meals lacking in nutritional value and given sleeping quarters that are less than fit for any humans, with the aim of teaching ostensibly to teach humility...yet his own children are comfortably clothed, housed and fed.
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