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26th Jun '16 10:04:01 AM jessicaotiesha
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** Lisaís InferioritySuperiorityComplex is eventually flanderized into this not only is she repeatedly called out for disliking something merely because of the fact that it is popular but she once admitted that she didnít like playing the saxophone but does it because it makes her look more intellectual.
21st Jun '16 7:55:37 PM CJCroen1393
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* The "Fishionary", a one-shot villain from ''WesternAnimation/CourageTheCowardlyDog''. She was a "missionary fish" (hence, "Fishionary") who was meant to convince Eustace, Muriel and Courage to leave their house and enter the sea "from whence all life came" so that they can become "civilized"--according to her and her superiors, "uncivilized" behavior is anything that a land creature does, like living in houses and watching television. At the end of the episode, the Fishionary is revealed to have been doing exactly those things in the Bagges' house, much to the shock of her superiors, and the implication is that she wanted to do that all along and booted them out of the house just so she could.
19th Jun '16 4:23:28 AM ading
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** Colin in the fourth video goes on and on about how clever and helpful he is, but not only does he [[KnowNothingKnowItAll never say or do anything clever]], he never even attempts to help the puppets figure out what they were wondering in the first place, instead asking them about a number of completely irrelevant things claiming that [[BlatantLies he'll need to know the answers in order to make them clever like him]]. He drops any pre tense that he intends to help when the Red Guy hits him.
** The Healthy Band in the fifth video flip-flop constantly between which foods are healthy and which are unhealthy. For instance, they give pizza as an example of a healthy food when they show the body to the puppets as a house, then tell Yellow Guy that pizza will make his teeth go grey because it's a colourful "showoffy" food and he should have white sauce instead. Then they tell him the white sauce will make his teeth go grey and he should instead eat yeast. Then they tell him he's having too much yeast and it will make his teeth go grey.

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** Colin in the fourth video goes on and on about how clever and helpful he is, but not only does he [[KnowNothingKnowItAll never say or do anything clever]], he never even attempts to help the puppets figure out what they were wondering in the first place, instead asking them about a number of completely irrelevant things claiming that [[BlatantLies he'll need to know the answers in order to make them clever like him]]. He drops any pre tense pretence that he intends to help when the Red Guy hits him.
** The Healthy Band in the fifth video flip-flop constantly between which foods are healthy and which are unhealthy. For instance, they give pizza as an example of a healthy food when they show the body to the puppets as a house, then tell Yellow Guy that pizza will make his teeth go grey because it's a colourful "showoffy" food and he should have white sauce instead. Then they tell him the white sauce will make his teeth go grey and he should instead eat yeast. Then they tell him he's having too much yeast and it will make his teeth go grey.grey, despite Yellow Guy not having started eating it yet.
18th Jun '16 9:05:04 AM SLOOGOVS
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* Lord Shojo in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a non-villainous example. He's the leader of an order of [[ThePaladin paladins]], but is himself ignoring most of their rules behind the scenes; this is because he feels the oath they took is driving them into LawfulStupid territory, and only by doing the DirtyBusiness that the rest of the Sapphire Guard won't will anything good get done. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, when Shojo's deception is revealed, he is killed by the Lawful Stupidest of them all, Miko Miyazaki. She also accidentally breaks the CosmicKeystone Shojo was guarding. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, "hero".]]]]


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* Lord Shojo in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a non-villainous example. He's the leader of an order of [[ThePaladin paladins]], but is himself ignoring most of their rules behind the scenes; this is because he feels the oath they took is driving them into LawfulStupid territory, and only by doing the DirtyBusiness that the rest of the Sapphire Guard won't will anything good get done. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, when Shojo's deception is revealed, he is killed by the Lawful Stupidest of them all, Miko Miyazaki. She also accidentally breaks the CosmicKeystone Shojo was guarding. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, "hero".]]]]
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12th Jun '16 5:15:57 PM Ferot_Dreadnaught
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* Many Catholics in stories by Creator/WilhelmBusch.

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* %%* Many Catholics in stories by Creator/WilhelmBusch.



** Why yes, if you have suspected, they ''are'' all completely insane.
** The Directors can be like this but for them it's played straight.



* ''Pokémon Platinum/Diamond/Pearl'': Cyrus is the embodiment of this, as he [[spoiler:tells everyone he's going to create a world for Team Galactic, but it's only for himself. And the fact that he claims that emotions is bad, but he throws a hissy fit in the end of Platinum]]
** [[spoiler:YMMV With Cyrus in regards to emotions since what he really seems bitter about once being defeated isn't just being defeated, but that he is himself bitter and there is nothing he can do about it.]]
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* ''Pokémon Platinum/Diamond/Pearl'': Cyrus is the embodiment of this, as he [[spoiler:tells everyone he's going to create a world for Team Galactic, but it's only for himself. And the fact that he claims that emotions is bad, but he throws a hissy fit in the end of Platinum]]
** [[spoiler:YMMV With Cyrus in regards to emotions since what he really seems bitter about once being defeated isn't just being defeated, but that he is himself bitter and there is nothing he can do about it.]]
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* Lord Shojo in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a non-villainous example. He's the leader of an order of [[ThePaladin paladins]], but is himself ignoring most of their rules behind the scenes; this is because he feels the oath they took is driving them into LawfulStupid territory, and only by doing the DirtyBusiness that the rest of the Sapphire Guard won't will anything good get done.
** [[spoiler: Unfortunately, when Shojo's deception is revealed, he is killed by the Lawful Stupidest of them all, Miko Miyazaki. She also accidentally breaks the CosmicKeystone Shojo was guarding. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, "hero".]]]]

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* Lord Shojo in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' is a non-villainous example. He's the leader of an order of [[ThePaladin paladins]], but is himself ignoring most of their rules behind the scenes; this is because he feels the oath they took is driving them into LawfulStupid territory, and only by doing the DirtyBusiness that the rest of the Sapphire Guard won't will anything good get done.
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done. [[spoiler: Unfortunately, when Shojo's deception is revealed, he is killed by the Lawful Stupidest of them all, Miko Miyazaki. She also accidentally breaks the CosmicKeystone Shojo was guarding. [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Nice job breaking it, "hero".]]]]



* [[FauxAffablyEvil Starlight]] [[TheSociopath Glimmer]] on ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' preaches about how Cutie marks are a horrible thing that shouldn't define anypony because she claims that everypony should be equal. However, she secretly uses this concept as a front to hide the fact that she desires power over every living creature in Equestria.



** Specifically, [[spoiler: the show itself revealed that his blood-bending father routinely abused him and his little brother Tarrlok, forcing them to fight each other at one point. Given how he still treats his little brother like a child, and [[AngstWhatAngst spouts platitudes rather than facing up to his problems]], he may be overcompensating for his father's legacy]].
** The Equalists as a whole may count as one too, since they have no qualms on attacking other non-benders for not holding anti-bender hatred. I'm looking at you, [[spoiler:Mr. Sato]]. In general, like the Team Plasma example above, the Equalists appear to be made up of people who are just prejudiced and angry (like [[spoiler: Mr. Sato]]), and those who truly believe in the message and want freedom for non-benders via extreme measures (Like [[spoiler: Amon's Lieutenant]]).
** Unalaq from the second season. In the first episodes he acts as a self righteous asshole, accusing the Southern Water Tribe's secular ways of provoking the spirits and causing chaos, when in reality [[spoiler:not only is he behind the spirits, but he seeksto release Vaatu, the spirit of chaos himself.]] What makes him truly disgustingly hypocritical is that by all accounts [[spoiler: he genuinely believed in his rhetoric, seeking to construct a new world order by uniting the human and spirit realms]].

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** Specifically, [[spoiler: the show itself revealed that his blood-bending father routinely abused him and his little brother Tarrlok, forcing them to fight each other at one point. Given how he still treats his little brother like a child, and [[AngstWhatAngst spouts platitudes rather than facing up to his problems]], he may be overcompensating for his father's legacy]].
** The Equalists as a whole may count as one too, since they have no qualms on attacking other non-benders for not holding anti-bender hatred. I'm looking at you, [[spoiler:Mr. Sato]]. In general, like the Team Plasma example above, the Equalists appear to be made up of people who are just prejudiced and angry (like [[spoiler: Mr. Sato]]), and those who truly believe in the message and want freedom for non-benders via extreme measures (Like [[spoiler: Amon's Lieutenant]]).
** Unalaq from the second season. In the first episodes he acts as a self righteous asshole, accusing the Southern Water Tribe's secular ways of provoking the spirits and causing chaos, when in reality [[spoiler:not only is he behind the spirits, but he seeksto seeks to release Vaatu, the spirit of chaos himself.]] What makes him truly disgustingly hypocritical is that by all accounts [[spoiler: he genuinely believed in his rhetoric, seeking to construct a new world order by uniting the human and spirit realms]].
1st Jun '16 7:51:50 PM ShiroAkuma
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The Straw Hypocrite is not always a tool for an AuthorTract, though: well written, a Straw Hypocrite can make a great MagnificentBastard. Sometimes, his existence will be a used by an author who does '''''not''''' want to take sides in an argument; in this case, the ideology, philosophy, religion, or cause the Straw Hypocrite seems to embrace is not in itself "evil" or worthless, and the author may even allow a more idealistic/honest character to take over the political/religious/philosophical organization after the demise of the straw hypocrite to show that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped they just needed a leader who actually believes what he says.]] Finally, if the Straw Hypocrite is in an organization that is unquestionably evil (such as the Nazi Party) it can be shown that EvenEvilHasStandards or set up a ConspiracyRedemption.

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The Straw Hypocrite is not always a tool for an AuthorTract, though: well written, a Straw Hypocrite can make a great MagnificentBastard. Sometimes, his existence will be a used by an author who does '''''not''''' want to take sides in an argument; in this case, the ideology, philosophy, religion, or cause the Straw Hypocrite seems to embrace is not in itself "evil" or worthless, and the author may even allow a more idealistic/honest character to take over the political/religious/philosophical organization after the demise of the straw hypocrite to show that [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped they just needed a leader who actually believes what he says.]] Finally, if the Straw Hypocrite is in an organization that is unquestionably evil (such as the Nazi Party) it can be shown that EvenEvilHasStandards or set up a ConspiracyRedemption.
23rd May '16 6:40:20 AM AdamC
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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Arthur Weasley works in a department of the Ministry of Magic called "Misuse of Muggle Artifacts", where they regulate the use of magic on things that muggles use. The thing is, Arthur is so obsessed with muggle stuff that he ''breaks the rules of his own department repeatedly''; taking muggle stuff home, taking them apart, putting spells on them, putting them back together, etc. Fred and George even jokingly commented that if he ever had to raid his own house, he would have to arrest himself. To his credit, whenever possible Arthur writes loopholes in the law ''purely'' so he can exploit them to his heart's content.

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* PlayedForLaughs in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Arthur Weasley works in a department of the Ministry of Magic called "Misuse of Muggle Artifacts", where they regulate the use of magic on things that muggles use. The thing is, Arthur is so obsessed with muggle stuff that he ''breaks the rules of his own department repeatedly''; taking muggle stuff home, taking them apart, putting spells on them, putting them back together, etc. Fred and George even jokingly commented that if he ever had to raid his own house, he would have to arrest himself. To his (sort of) credit, whenever possible Arthur writes loopholes in the law ''purely'' so he can exploit them and maintain a legal means to pursue his heart's content.hobbies.
19th May '16 8:28:18 AM NNinja
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* Lord Voldemort, of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fame, champions the cause of pure-blooded wizards over [[FantasticRacism "Mudbloods" and Muggles]]. By all appearances, though, he's just a sociopath trying to stave off his own death. And he himself is only a half-blood--his father was a Muggle.
** He seems to have been genuinely hateful towards those groups, whether it made sense or not. Voldemort being a half-blood was probably a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler#Ancestry similar rumours]] about Hitler being part-Jewish.
** PlayedForLaughs with Arthur Weasley, who works in a department of the Ministry of Magic called "Misuse of Muggle Artifacts", where they regulate the use of magic on things that muggles use. The thing is, Arthur is so obsessed with muggle stuff that he ''breaks the rules of his own department repeatedly''; taking muggle stuff home, taking them apart, putting spells on them, putting them back together, etc. Fred and George even jokingly commented that if he ever had to raid his own house, he would have to arrest himself. To his credit, whenever possible Arthur writes loopholes in the law ''purely'' so he can exploit them to his heart's content.

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* Lord Voldemort, of ''Literature/HarryPotter'' fame, champions the cause of pure-blooded wizards over [[FantasticRacism "Mudbloods" and Muggles]]. By all appearances, though, he's just a sociopath trying to stave off his own death. And he himself is only a half-blood--his father was a Muggle.
** He seems to have been genuinely hateful towards those groups, whether it made sense or not. Voldemort being a half-blood was probably a reference to the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adolf_Hitler#Ancestry similar rumours]] about Hitler being part-Jewish.
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PlayedForLaughs with in ''Literature/HarryPotter''. Arthur Weasley, who Weasley works in a department of the Ministry of Magic called "Misuse of Muggle Artifacts", where they regulate the use of magic on things that muggles use. The thing is, Arthur is so obsessed with muggle stuff that he ''breaks the rules of his own department repeatedly''; taking muggle stuff home, taking them apart, putting spells on them, putting them back together, etc. Fred and George even jokingly commented that if he ever had to raid his own house, he would have to arrest himself. To his credit, whenever possible Arthur writes loopholes in the law ''purely'' so he can exploit them to his heart's content.
6th May '16 8:53:34 AM chloso
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** In the second instalment, Tony the Talking Clock initially tells the puppets that there will always be time for what they want to do. However, when he takes them on a journey through time, it's full of images of people and things running out of time, and in the end he gleefully admits that they will inevitably run out of time.

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** In the second instalment, Tony the Talking Clock initially tells the puppets that there will always be time for what they want to do. However, when he takes them on a journey through time, it's full of images of people and things running out of time, and in the end he gleefully admits that [[DeadlyEuphemism they will inevitably run out of time.]]
12th Apr '16 2:33:03 PM poi99
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Unlike a regular {{Hypocrite}}, whose behavior fails to square with his or her publicly expressed (''and'' sincerely held) moral standards due to ordinary human weakness, the Straw Hypocrite does not actually believe in their cause in the slightest and merely uses it as a cover to another end. A WriterOnBoard might even use the straw hypocrite to discredit the cause they're championing as nothing more than a boat for the evil to commandeer. In this case, they are a '''[[TheWarOnStraw Straw]]''' hypocrite in the sense that they are not true believers and sometimes used as a [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]] for an author. Unfortunately, by exposing the character as disloyal to their cause, the author fails to properly address the cause itself.

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Unlike a regular {{Hypocrite}}, whose behavior fails to square with his or her publicly expressed (''and'' sincerely held) moral standards due to ordinary human weakness, the Straw Hypocrite does not actually believe in their cause in the slightest and merely uses it as a cover to another end. A WriterOnBoard might even use the straw hypocrite as a StrawmanPolitical to discredit the cause they're championing as nothing more than a boat for the evil to commandeer. In this case, they are a '''[[TheWarOnStraw Straw]]''' hypocrite in the sense that they are not true believers and sometimes used as a [[StrawCharacter Strawman Political]] for an author. Unfortunately, by exposing the character as disloyal to their cause, the author fails to properly address the cause itself.
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