Created By: Medinoc on January 14, 2014 Last Edited By: Medinoc on January 10, 2015

Hypocrite Wasn't Listening

Dosn't listen, then berates for not telling.

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A character is desperately trying to give another an important warning, but the recipient keeps brushing them off. But that's not the worst yet. The worst is the recipient's reaction when the message finally gets across: The recipient will immediately berate the speaker for not telling them sooner, completely oblivious that it was their fault in the first place.

Most of the time, the speaker will let it slide rather than point out the hypocrisy. Rather understandable when the recipient has authority over the speaker; but when he doesn't, sucking it up is an invitation to do that again.

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Anime and Manga
  • In Dragon Ball GT, when their capsule is stolen, Goku tries to warn Pan about enemy movement, but she brushes him off, only to react angrily when he finally gets her to listen.
  • Early in Love Hina, the girls believe Keitaro is depressed because he failed an exam, and refuse to believe him when he says he succeeded. They throw a pool party to cheer him up, but when the truth is revealed and they finally believe it, they chase him out of the pool for not telling them sooner.

Comic Books
  • In The Smurfs, even Papa Smurf isn't immune to this, inflicting this on another Smurf in A Child among The Smurfs.

Truth in Television
  • Happens a distressing number of times in retail, with customers who take "always right" literally. One example among so many others. Has the customer go to the wrong shop, refuse to believe the retail workers telling him so, and leave angrily after finally seeing the store logo:
    Why didnít you tell me I was in the wrong place? Iím going to be late because of you!

Community Feedback Replies: 14
  • January 14, 2014
    Of course, pointing out the hypocrisy would be the equivalent of Digging Yourself Deeper.
  • January 14, 2014
    I know these are common in Western Animation, but here's the only example I could think of right now:

    • In the Adventures Of Sonic The Hedgehog episode, "Close Encounters of the Sonic Kind", a pair of aliens named Prince Charnok and Splorg crash land on Mobius. Splorg tries to warn Prince Charnok that if they don't fix their spaceship and make it back to their home planet within two hours, his younger brother will be crowned king and destroy Mobius. Prince Charnok is too busy introducing himself to Sonic and Tails, and when he finally takes notice of their damaged spacehip, he asks Splorg why he didn't tell him about it.
  • January 14, 2014
    • The Simpsons: In an early scene of "Lemon of Troy" Mrs. Krabappel is trying to teach her students Roman Numerals but they're not paying attention. Later Bart is trapped in the Shelbyville zoo tiger den where the doors are marked in Roman Numerals, along with a note saying "Caution: exit through door 7 only. All other rooms contain man-eating tigers."
      Bart:Roman numerals? They never even tried to teach us that in school.
  • January 14, 2014
    • From Night Watch: "But Rust was always one to interrupt an explanation to demand the explanation he was in fact interrupting."
  • January 17, 2014
    • In the Action League Now episode, "Chickie Chickie Bang Bang", Bill the Lab Guy tries to warn the Action League and the Chief that some smugglers have smuggled a rare species of Easter Chick that multiplies at an alarming rate and has been known to eat anything. The Chief and the League don't listen to him, as they would rather eat their hoagie. After the Easter Chicks eat their hoagie, The Chief asks Bill why he didn't warn them.
  • January 20, 2014
    The Not Always Right one needs context.

    In another story from Not Always Right, a customer pulls an "out of order" sign off the cash slot from a self-serve grocery store checkout and then doesn't understand why it won't take his bills. "It's out of order sir." "Well you should put up a sign."
  • January 23, 2014
    Context added.
  • January 23, 2014
    Compare "No Listening Skills" YKTTW.
  • January 23, 2014
    This is one of the most common complaints about Game Grumps.
  • January 9, 2015
  • January 9, 2015
    Subtrope of Never My Fault?
  • January 10, 2015
    A non-warning example. Maybe this should be expanded?

    • The Pink Panther Strikes Again. Chief Inspector Clouseau is questioning Professor Fassbender's staff about his kidnapping.
      Clouseau: What is your name?
      Shork: I'm Shork, the gardener.
      Clouseau: And what is it you do?
      Shork: I'm the gardener.
      Clouseau: Why didn't you say that in the first place?
      Shork: I did!
      Clouseau: Don't be funny with me, monsieur.
  • January 10, 2015
    Web animation:
    • Ultra Fast Pony: In "The Canon Has Misfired", Twilight gets very distracted from her mission to prevent the oncoming apocalypse. Spike tries to remind her several times, and she keeps brushing him off. When the apocalypse arrives, Twilight's reaction is "Dammit, I knew I forgot something! Why didn't Spike remind me?!"
  • January 10, 2015
    May be too long, but Not Listening Then Berates For Not Telling is the clearest.