History Main / HolierThanThou

7th Feb '17 9:54:12 AM kazokuhouou
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** Rev. Putty seems to be a subversion too, especially as you get closer to the end of the series. He really seems to want to inspire hope and steer people towards a righteous life, but is very understanding of alternate lifestyles and quick to admit he's human. That he has flaws and is just another guy with a job.

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** Rev. Putty seems to be a subversion too, especially as you get closer to the end of the series. He really seems to want to inspire hope and steer people towards a righteous life, but is very understanding of alternate lifestyles and quick to admit he's human. That he has flaws and is just another guy with a job. Putty's CharacterDevelopment and renewal of faith certainly helps.
7th Jan '17 2:14:21 PM CurledUpWithDakka
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* ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}} is occasionally written like this in regards to his rightfullness in eating planets. He's also a rare justified example, as Galactus is destined to one day use the energy from the planets he destroyed to ensure that the universe gets reïncarnated, and is imperial to keep the balance between Eternity and Death.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}} ''ComicBook/{{Galactus}}'' is occasionally written like this in regards to his rightfullness in eating planets. He's also a rare justified example, as Galactus is destined to one day use the energy from the planets he destroyed to ensure that the universe gets reïncarnated, reincarnated, and is imperial to keep the balance between Eternity and Death.



* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Frollo thinks that he's better than the rest of Paris' citizens - even though the Archdeacon has to stop him from committing infanticide in the first ''ten minutes.'' He even starts his ''prayers'' by mentioning how proud of himself he is, [[PrideBeforeAFall without ever noticing the irony.]]

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* ''Disney/TheHunchbackOfNotreDame'': Frollo thinks that he's better than the rest of Paris' citizens - even though the Archdeacon has to stop him from committing infanticide in the first ''ten minutes.'' minutes''. He even starts his ''prayers'' by mentioning how proud of himself he is, [[PrideBeforeAFall without ever noticing the irony.]]
11th Dec '16 11:16:34 PM HartiganBook
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If news coverage emphasizes stories with a [[PedophilePriest priest molesting a child]] more as opposed to, say, [[HotForStudent a teacher]], it is because though both hold positions of authority, priests are the ones who claim a moral superiority at the same time.

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If news coverage emphasizes stories with a [[PedophilePriest priest molesting a child]] more as opposed to, say, [[HotForStudent a teacher]], it one reason is because though both hold positions of authority, priests are the ones (usually, but not always) who claim a moral superiority at the same time.
11th Dec '16 11:15:32 PM HartiganBook
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This one is so pervasive that finding an overtly religious character in media ''and'' making him or her likable without promoting an {{anvilicious}} agenda is difficult. This is especially so if the character is genuine clergy, although you might get lucky with a kind priest or monk of some sort. Don't even think about putting one of these people in a slasher or horror movie, as they are often the first to [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality get killed]] in rather [[HowToKillACharacter nasty fashion]].

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This one is so pervasive that finding an overtly religious character in media ''and'' making him or her likable without promoting an {{anvilicious}} agenda is difficult. This is especially so if the character is genuine clergy, although you might get lucky with a kind priest or monk of some sort. Don't even think about putting If you see one of these people in a slasher or horror movie, don't get too attached as they are often the first to [[SortingAlgorithmOfMortality get killed]] in rather [[HowToKillACharacter nasty fashion]].



Note: Despite the above text, this trope is not limited to religious people, as it can refer to anyone, religious or non-religious who considers themselves morally superior to others.

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Note: Despite the above text, this trope is not limited to religious people, as it can refer refers to anyone, religious or non-religious non-religious, who considers themselves morally superior to others.others and this traits has been seen in people (in fiction and real-life) of any and all ideologies.



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[[noreallife]]NoRealLifeExamplesPlease. Nearly everyone in real-life, religious and non-religious, is like this at some point and who is displaying this behavior is often subjective; for example, it has seen much overuse as a [[AssociationFallacy blanket accusation]] against religious people.
11th Dec '16 11:11:27 PM HartiganBook
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Note: Despite the above text, this trope is not limited to religious people, as it can refer to anyone, religious or non-religious who considers themselves morally superior to others.
27th Nov '16 2:10:48 PM nombretomado
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* Implied in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}: Legends In Exile'' when describing "The kingdom of the Great Lion fell, and again we did nothing, because we always found the old lion to be a bit too pompous and holier-than-thou for our tastes." This is a ShoutOut (or a TakeThat) to ''{{Narnia}}''.

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* Implied in ''ComicBook/{{Fables}}: Legends In Exile'' when describing "The kingdom of the Great Lion fell, and again we did nothing, because we always found the old lion to be a bit too pompous and holier-than-thou for our tastes." This is a ShoutOut (or a TakeThat) to ''{{Narnia}}''.''[[Literature/TheChroniclesOfNarnia Narnia]]''.
24th Oct '16 3:31:20 AM VicGeorge2011
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* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Tapper is accused of being "smurfier-than-thou" by Hefty when the two of them along with Handy and Greedy are standing together watching Smurfette go off on her business. Tapper comments on why looking at Smurfette is more important than their going about their own business.

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* In the ''Fanfic/EmpathTheLuckiestSmurf'' story "I Dream Of Smurfette", Tapper is accused of being "smurfier-than-thou" by Hefty when the two of them along with Handy and Greedy are standing together watching Smurfette go off on her business. Tapper Tapper, who is a Christian that is far from the type who would exemplify this trope, simply comments on why looking at Smurfette is more important than their going about their own business.
6th Oct '16 12:51:17 PM ImpudentInfidel
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* Bastila in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' makes a point of being a more perfect adherent to the letter of the Code of the Jedi than everyone else, though by the end of the game CharacterDevelopment sets in and she becomes a lot nicer.

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* Bastila in ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic'' makes a point of being a more perfect adherent to the letter of the Code of the Jedi than everyone else, though by the end of the game CharacterDevelopment sets in and she becomes a lot nicer. [[spoiler: This pride is the very thing that makes it so easy for the BigBad to turn her to the Dark Side.]]
6th Oct '16 12:38:51 PM ImpudentInfidel
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** In a tragic rather then malicious example, the Markab race died out of plague mostly because they believed that the malady was a divine punishment for debauchery and concealed all facts of contraction out of fear of embarrassment. When the news of the plague spread across the Babylon 5 and the resident Markabs began falling victims both to the disease and angered neighbors, their priest convinced all his kindred to lock themselves in a separate section where they would be untouched by the general corruption and protected by their purity. Naturally, a horde of people susceptible to a respiratory infection gathered closely together in an air-tight space worked out just as well as you'd think.

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** In a tragic rather then malicious example, the Markab race died out of plague mostly because they believed that the malady was a divine punishment for debauchery and concealed all facts of contraction out of fear of embarrassment. When the news of the plague spread across the Babylon 5 and the resident Markabs began falling victims both to the disease and angered neighbors, their priest convinced all his kindred to lock themselves in a separate section where they would be untouched by the general corruption and protected by their purity. Naturally, a horde of people susceptible to a respiratory infection gathered closely together in an air-tight space worked out just as well as you'd think. In the end the entire race except for a few isolated colonies died off in a matter of days.
19th Sep '16 8:47:44 AM StFan
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And he saw corruption everywhere--except within."''

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And he saw corruption everywhere--except everywhere -- except within."''






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* In TheWheelOfTime: The Children of the Light, and many of the Aes Sedai (especially those of the Red Ajah).
** The Children of the Light were a mixed bunch. Eamon Valda was a nasty piece of work, and the Questioners were deep in KnightTemplar territory, but Pedron Niall seemed genuine, if a tad cynically pragmatic, and later [[spoiler: Galad]] definitely had his heart in the right place.

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* In TheWheelOfTime: ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'': The Children of the Light, and many of the Aes Sedai (especially those of the Red Ajah).
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Ajah). The Children of the Light were a mixed bunch. Eamon Valda was a nasty piece of work, and the Questioners were deep in KnightTemplar territory, but Pedron Niall seemed genuine, if a tad cynically pragmatic, and later [[spoiler: Galad]] [[spoiler:Galad]] definitely had his heart in the right place.



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* According to the Orthodox Christianity, the true Christian (saint) is an '''inversion''' of it. He/she should come through learning about your sins and leaving by God's commandments and come to the conclusion that you are a sinner, and ''the worst of them.'' It's the true (and the first) sign that you do right. They say that is the ideal that we should all be following, if we really want to saved by God. Otherwise, your soul is in GREAT peril.
* {{Jesus}} Himself was particularly harsh on HolierThanThou types, calling them hypocrites who "are like a tomb whitewashed and beautiful but full of old bones and dead people". He tended to emphasize the importance of humility and self-awareness of one's own shortcomings, and often said that those who proudly perform "good deeds" in front of an audience so that everyone knows how good they are will receive no reward in Heaven, having already received all the reward they deserve.
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* According to the Orthodox Christianity, the true Christian (saint) is an '''inversion''' of it. He/she should come through learning about your sins and leaving by God's commandments and come to the conclusion that you are a sinner, and ''the worst of them.'' It's the true (and the first) sign that you do right. They say that is the ideal that we should all be following, if we really want to saved by God. Otherwise, your soul is in GREAT peril.
* {{Jesus}} Himself was particularly harsh on HolierThanThou types, calling them hypocrites who "are like a tomb whitewashed and beautiful but full of old bones and dead people". He tended to emphasize the importance of humility and self-awareness of one's own shortcomings, and often said that those who proudly perform "good deeds" in front of an audience so that everyone knows how good they are will receive no reward in Heaven, having already received all the reward they deserve.

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* Pharisee in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG is depicted as a ruthless InspectorJavert-style lawman who believes he has a divine right to impart justice on others. Interestingly, he believes he has crossed his MoralEventHorizon and uses this as his justification for brutally treating violent criminals since he believes that his fate will be the same either way. Averted by Dr. Noomi Shaw, who was written as a sympathetic character specifically to avoid falling into this trope.
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* According to the Orthodox Christianity, the true Christian (saint) is an '''inversion''' of it. He/she should come through learning about your sins and leaving by God's commandments and come to the conclusion that you are a sinner, and ''the worst of them.'' It's the true (and the first) sign that you do right. They say that is the ideal that we should all be following, if we really want to saved by God. Otherwise, your soul is in GREAT peril.
* {{Jesus}} Himself was particularly harsh on HolierThanThou types, calling them hypocrites who "are like a tomb whitewashed and beautiful but full of old bones and dead people". He tended to emphasize the importance of humility and self-awareness of one's own shortcomings, and often said that those who proudly perform "good deeds" in front of an audience so that everyone knows how good they are will receive no reward in Heaven, having already received all the reward they deserve.

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* Pharisee in Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG is depicted as a ruthless InspectorJavert-style lawman who believes he has a divine right to impart justice on others. Interestingly, he believes he has crossed his MoralEventHorizon and uses this as his justification for brutally treating violent criminals since he believes that his fate will be the same either way. Averted by Dr. Noomi Shaw, who was written as a sympathetic character specifically to avoid falling into this trope.
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* Kankri in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' is a weird example. He's not devoted to a religion, but to social worker-style psychobabble. As such, he would insist that the tries to be totally non-judgemental, and avoids "trigger words" that might lead others to think, however incorrectly, that he might see them as less than himself in any way. This is a load of crap; he judges everyone, all the time, and is totally oblivious to how irritating they find him.
* Sam from the webcomic ''MenInHats''.

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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the first season's BigBad, Karamazov, seems to believe he's much holier than everyone else, so all he does is justified, despite the fact the Ecclesiarch and the Custodes, the Emperor's personal servants, call him out on his actions. This only fuels his conviction that he is truly the most holy.
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* Kankri in ''{{Webcomic/Homestuck}}'' ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'' is a weird example. He's not devoted to a religion, but to social worker-style psychobabble. As such, he would insist that the tries to be totally non-judgemental, and avoids "trigger words" that might lead others to think, however incorrectly, that he might see them as less than himself in any way. This is a load of crap; he judges everyone, all the time, and is totally oblivious to how irritating they find him.
* Sam from the webcomic ''MenInHats''.''Webcomic/MenInHats''.



* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the first season's BigBad, Karamazov, seems to believe he's much holier than everyone else, so all he does is justified, despite the fact the Ecclesiarch and the Custodes, the Emperor's personal servants, call him out on his actions. This only fuels his conviction that he is truly the most holy.

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* In ''WebAnimation/IfTheEmperorHadATextToSpeechDevice'', the first season's BigBad, Karamazov, seems Pharisee in ''Roleplay/DinoAttackRPG'' is depicted as a ruthless InspectorJavert-style lawman who believes he has a divine right to believe he's much holier than everyone else, so all impart justice on others. Interestingly, he does is justified, despite the fact the Ecclesiarch believes he has crossed his MoralEventHorizon and the Custodes, the Emperor's personal servants, call him out on uses this as his actions. This only fuels his conviction justification for brutally treating violent criminals since he believes that he is truly his fate will be the most holy.same either way. Averted by Dr. Noomi Shaw, who was written as a sympathetic character specifically to avoid falling into this trope.



* Most of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' fall under the "piety as a front" version of this trope. They're all really much more concerned with [[StepfordSmiler enforcing social norms]] than any genuine faith, with the (apparently exclusive) exception of Orel himself.

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* ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'':
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Most of the characters in ''WesternAnimation/MoralOrel'' fall under the "piety as a front" version of this trope. They're all really much more concerned with [[StepfordSmiler enforcing social norms]] than any genuine faith, with the (apparently exclusive) exception of Orel himself.



-->'''Censordoll:''' I am ''not'' "holier than thou", mother... but I ''am'' holier than ''you''.
* ''TheSimpsons'': Despite naming {{Flanderization}} and having a bunch of cringe-worthy moral-guardian moments (such as the time he claimed he's so fit and well-built because he constantly runs for the cure... [[CureYourGays for homosexuality]]...), Ned Flanders usually averts this trope. He's incredibly nice and compassionate, even to someone like Homer who constantly abuses him, and his faith is shown to be a source of his friendly nature. He's also shown undergoing at least one realistically-portrayed crisis of faith, but still doesn't lose his religion.
** That said, even his kids are disturbed when he spends untold hours staring at recordings of daily TV shows in search for corruption and anti-Christianity in order to complain about them on the Internet (sadly, some people really do this in RealLife).
--->"Daddy, we think [[YouNeedToGetLaid you need a new Mommy]]..."
** With that in mind, Flanders DID get more fundamentalist when Maude died, making it a possible example of clinging to Religon in an extreme fashion to get past the trauma and pain of losing his wife. The more time he had to cope, however, the more tolerant he got, even to the point of marrying [[ReallyGetsAround Edna Krabbappel]].

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-->'''Censordoll:''' --->'''Censordoll:''' I am ''not'' "holier than thou", mother... but I ''am'' holier than ''you''.
* ''TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Despite naming {{Flanderization}} and having a bunch of cringe-worthy moral-guardian moments (such as the time he claimed he's so fit and well-built because he constantly runs for the cure... [[CureYourGays for homosexuality]]...), Ned Flanders usually averts this trope. He's incredibly nice and compassionate, even to someone like Homer who constantly abuses him, and his faith is shown to be a source of his friendly nature. He's also shown undergoing at least one realistically-portrayed crisis of faith, but still doesn't lose his religion.
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religion. That said, even his kids are disturbed when he spends untold hours staring at recordings of daily TV shows in search for corruption and anti-Christianity in order to complain about them on the Internet (sadly, some people really do this in RealLife).
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RealLife). "Daddy, we think [[YouNeedToGetLaid you need a new Mommy]]..."
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" With that in mind, Flanders DID get more fundamentalist when Maude died, making it a possible example of clinging to Religon in an extreme fashion to get past the trauma and pain of losing his wife. The more time he had to cope, however, the more tolerant he got, even to the point of marrying [[ReallyGetsAround Edna Krabbappel]].



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