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->''"By the way, I'm aware of the irony of appearing on TV in order to decry it, so don't bother pointing that out."''
-->--'''Sideshow Bob''', ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''

So, you want to criticize something, and you could be viewed as {{hypocrit|e}}ical for doing so, since some of the criticism would apply to you, as well. How do you avoid being called a hypocrite? Quite simply, by saying, or implicitly noting, the hypocrisy of what you're saying.

This works on the same principle as a LampshadeHanging; it dismisses a problem by bringing it to the fore briefly. Pointing it out yourself keeps your opponents from using the hypocrisy as a flaw in your argument. Whether it works or not depends on exactly how hypocritical you're being.

It should be noted that, in logic and debate at least, hypocrisy isn't a factor in whether a person is right or wrong. The "[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tu_quoque Ad Hominem Tu Quoque]]" fallacy (also known as the "Appeal to Hypocrisy") is a logical error; just because a person is being a hypocrite about something doesn't of necessity make them wrong about it.

See also SelfDeprecation, BitingTheHandHumor, HypocriticalHumor, StartXToStopX.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused with]] AtLeastIAdmitIt.

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!!Examples:

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[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* In ''CodeGeass R2'' when Lelouch is confronted by Suzaku about his [[WellIntentionedExtremist methods]], Lelouch simply brushes him off stating that he doesn't have time to debate which of them is the bigger hypocrite. In fact, what is ultimately the biggest difference between Lelouch and Suzaku is that though they're both hypocrites, Lelouch is perfectly aware of it and never tries to justify it, whereas Suzaku is almost in complete denial about it.
* YaoiGenre ''LightNovel/AiNoKusabi'' has second in command of Tanagura, Raoul telling Iason, the top ruling Blondy, he's a hypocrite for strictly enforcing laws yet breaking a few laws himself for his [[SexSlave Pet]]. Iason doesn't deny it as a means to shrug off and end the conversation.
* In ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSeed'', Lacus Clyne acknowledges the biggest hypocrisy many have accused ''Gundam'' of: the fact that it's a series about awesome battles with giant robots with a strong anti-war message. "We are calling out for peace with guns in our hands."
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[[folder:Fan Works]]
* A nod addressed to the reader happens in the KatawaShoujo fic ''Fanfic/FromShizunesPerspective'', Shizune, a deaf girl who [[ManipulativeBastard can often be manipulative]], gets angry when Emi plays a prank on her by ducking below her field of view and moving around out of sight so that she can't find her. As Shizune lays into Emi for being "manipulative," she realizes the hypocrisy in doing so.
-->'''Shizune narrating''': In case you were wondering, no, the irony hadnít struck me quite yet.
* In ''Fanfic/BoysUndSenshado'', after [[Anime/GirlsUndPanzer Miho]] [[spoiler:gets hit in the chest by a shell]] and implies that this happened to her before, Akio tells her that sticking her head out of the tank to look around is dangerous. She tells him that he does it, too, and he concedes it, but says he's following her lead.
* ''Fanfic/{{Bait and Switch|STO}}'': Eleya mentions to Gaarra the morning after their second night together that she feels more than a little hypocritical about sleeping with him, since she's going to have to break up a BattleCouple composed of two of her {{Mauve Shirt}}s for violating Starfleet fraternization policy the exact same way (having sex with one's direct subordinate).
* In ''Manga/TsubasaReservoirChronicle'' fanfic ''FanFic/{{Shatterheart}}'', Fai calls Syaoran out for keeping his relationship with Kurogane a secret and gives him an ultimatum to make him tell the truth to Sakura. Fai realizes that he's being a massive {{Hypocrite}} [[spoiler: since he lied to everyone the whole time.]]
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[[folder: Film]]
* ''{{Fahrenheit 451}}'': The movie version played this straight by having an announcer read the opening credits instead of putting them on-screen. In a very stylish moment, at the end when Montag is among the Book People, words appear on the screen for the first time to say ''The End''.
* In ''Film/{{Network}}'' Howard Beale tells a passionate speech against television, while on television. At the end he says: "turn off your television sets. Turn them off now. Turn them off right now. Turn them off and leave them off! Turn them off right in the middle of the sentence I'm speaking to you now! TURN THEM OFF!"
* In ''Film/{{Serenity}}'', Mal attempts to call the Operative out on his ideal of creating a perfect world. The Operative fully admits that he has no place in the world he is trying to build.
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[[folder: Literature]]
* In ''Literature/StrangerInAStrangeLand'', Valentine Michael Smith, [[MartyStu of all people]], says that in his capacity as a preacher, he's been rushing around to tell people not to hurry in life.
* When Jagged Peak from ''Literature/WarriorCats'' runs without looking where he was going, Gray Wing scolds him for it...before doing it himself by accident. He realizes he's being a hypocrite and resolves on not becoming one.
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[[folder: Live-Action TV]]
* On the "Lawns" episode of ''Series/PennAndTellerBullshit'', Penn says that chemicals should not be used on plants. They intersperse this with a clip from an earlier episode on organic food where Penn said that chemicals should be used on plants. However, Penn points out that food is a necessity, and lawns aren't.
* ''TimAndEricAwesomeShowGreatJob''. Tim and Eric recruited David Liebe Hart, a down-on-his-luck California public access TV icon, and they make fun of the acts he takes seriously by putting them in the context of a show on Creator/AdultSwim. Later on, during the fake DistantFinale, another actor impersonates David Liebe Hart and makes fun of this very practice.
* On ''Series/GoodEats'', Alton will note when the advice he's giving contradicts something that he's said in a previous episode, and explain the reasons for the change. The most notable example is his [[RunningGag "stuffing is evil" stance]]; he originally decried stuffing as being a horrible cooking method, and since has multiply clarified his views to mean specifically that stuffing turkeys is a bad idea, while it works quite well with some other foods. And then he did an entire episode devoted to finding a non-evil method of stuffing turkeys.
* On ''Series/StarTrekEnterprise'', John Paxton is an extremist who seeks to drive all alien influence from Earth. His idol is a man from Earth's post-WW3 period who arranged for the mass execution of people who were supposedly genetically-damaged by radiation from the recent war. Paxton himself is suffering from a genetic condition which can only be treated by freely-shared alien medical knowledge, meaning his idol would have had him put to death. He admits that he fails to live up to his own standards.
* One episode of Studio60OnTheSunsetStrip had a flashback to just after September 11, 2001. Matt was writing a sketch making fun of Dick Cheney for having a meeting with Hollywood executives about how they could help the government. Harriet asks Matt what he would do in the same situation if there were a Democrat in the White House. Matt realizes that he'd support the President in that case, but writes the sketch anyway, because "that's the way it goes".
* ''Series/{{Frasier}}'': This gem during one of his debates with Cam Winston, who drives an [=SUV=].
-->'''Cam:''' You do your share of polluting with that [[CompensatingForSomething substitute for masculinity]] you're driving. \\
'''Frasier:''' If mine's a substitute for masculinity, then what is yours? \\
'''Cam:''' [[BiggerIsBetter Bigger!]]
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[[folder: Stand-Up Comedy]]
* Creator/GeorgeCarlin once prefaced a routine called "Advertising Lullaby" by noting that he was attacking advertising while, at the time, being on television in commercials for collect call service 10-10-220. He told the audience that "you're just gonna have to figure that shit out on your own."
** He later explained in an interview with [[TheOnion The AV Club]] that that was the quickest way for him to get rid of an IRS debt.
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[[folder: Video Games]]
* ''VisualNovel/FateStayNight'', Heaven's Feel: Played for drama (and technically after the fact). [[spoiler:After berating Shirou the entire route and the two before it for being too soft to kill, Tohsaka realizes she is too as she can't bring herself to stab Sakura and is nearly killed instead. 'I guess I can't get mad at Shirou anymore.']]
* Yuri Lowell in ''VideoGame/TalesOfVesperia'' openly admits his [[spoiler: [[VigilanteMan vigilante actions]]]] are quite hypocritical when he's [[WhatTheHellHero called out on them]] [[spoiler: (and continues his vigilantism anyways since the law isn't effective).]]
* In ''KnightsOfTheOldRepublic II'', the BigBad despises TheForce and those who are reliant on it. However, all the Big Bad's attacks are Force-reliant, and she's too frail to fight with anything but the Force. If the player calls her out on this, she'll attempt to explain her behavior. However, she'll also admit the player makes a very good point, and it's possible that the explanation she just gave is just an excuse.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' seems to be an elaborate parody of the commercialised glorification of "gangsta life" in modern culture. The Saints, originally a street gang led by the player character with increasingly omnicidal tendencies, have become an established brand name complete with clothing stores, an energy drink, a movie about their life, and random fangirls asking for your autograph or snapping pictures of you after you turn a busy intersection into a pile of corpses and burning car wrecks. Even the Saints themselves realise they sold out. Of course, the game itself is a commercialised glorification of gangsta life and provides you with weaponry specifically intended to express your own omnicidal tendencies. This duality seems to be intentional.
** The endings. [[spoiler: In one, it shows the saints being media sellouts and producing a B-movie grade deal, after taking the affable option, giving up revenge for their friends, and playing up their name for it. The hypocrisy of of playing game where where you routinely kill people for fun while still trying to be a "good guy". The other one shows the captive die and the saints basically give a dare against a military force to bring it on. Much less in this ending, as you are playing the game more or less as intended, but compared to the rest the game it's rather dark and completely serious.]]
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[[folder: Web Original]]
* When [[WebVideo/AtopTheFourthWall Linkara]] reviewed ''Super Sonic Special #7'' in late 2014, he lampshaded the fact that he's broken the list of his ''Top 15 Comics I'll Never Review'' [[ComicBook/OneMoreDay several times]].
* Noted comic book writer/artist Keith Giffen did it [[http://www.comicbookresources.com/?page=article&id=18909 in this column]]:
--> 14) Just because you don't know what to do with a character is no reason to kill the character...
--> 15) ... unless it's Karate Kid.
** And again:
---> 21) Here's a horrifying thought, retell "Watchmen" using the Charlton characters. The horrifying part is, I'd bet money that something along those lines has already been floated past the powers that be at DC.
---> 22) Okay... It was me. I'm a whore. Sue me.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' does it sometimes, most times with a CreditsGag line amounting to, "I'm aware of the hypocrisy of this."
** One instance was his complaint about death in an AdventureGame (''Zack & Wiki'') and overzealous dependency on inventory-based puzzles and the items needed to solve them in [[AdventureGame Adventure Games]] in general, since he himself had made [[VideoGame/ChzoMythos an adventure game where the player could get killed and puzzles were solved in this exact way]].
** The other instance was his critique of {{webcomic}}s, since he himself [[OldShame has had several series over the years]] (which [[CreatorBacklash "came out of a dark time in his life from which he has determinedly moved on without a backward glance"]]).
** Review of MuderedSoulSuspect has Yahtzee complain how stupid pratagonists' fedora with a vest looks. An imp then holds up Yahtzee's well-known publicity photo in which he's wearing a fedora and a vest.
-->({{Beat}}, as Yahtzee looks at the picture) "...Well I never said I wasn't a hypocrite."
* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment The Spoony One's]] [[http://spoonyexperiment.com/2009/02/19/fanboys-are-mine-to-toy-with-old-man/ response]] to Roger Ebert's [[http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20090204/REVIEWS/902049987/1001 review]] of the movie {{Film/Fanboys}} involves acknowledging his own pot-shots at various geek fandoms (not the least of which is the Final Fantasy crowd) but ends with a [[CrowningMomentOfHeartwarming rousing speech]] telling geeks not to be ashamed of who and what they are.
* [[http://wiki.rpg.net/index.php/File:MPost16057I-Hypocrisy%2Ejpg This]] poster shows us Hasbro doing a HypocrisyNod in one of its [[TakeThat/{{Commercials}} ads]] and then... ''slipping''.
* [[WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment Dr Insano]]'s review of ''Film/FerrisBuellersDayOff''. "I may be evil, but at least I'm not full of shit!"
* The ''Website/{{Cracked}}'' article "[[http://www.cracked.com/article_20025_5-world-famous-products-that-are-shameless-rip-offs.html 5 World-Famous Products That Are Shameless Rip-Offs]]" begins with the following lines:
--> You know a product or brand has become a big deal when cheap, generic knockoffs start showing up everywhere: Franchise/{{Transformers}} had [[WesternAnimation/ChallengeOfTheGoBots Go-Bots]], Music/BruceSpringsteen had John Mellencamp and Magazine/{{Mad}} magazine had [[Magazine/{{Cracked}} Cra]] ... um, you get the idea.
* In ''Literature/{{Worm}}'' During a fight with [[spoiler: Scion]] , Taylor tries to help apply first aid to one of Bitch's dog's instead of another cape who's dying not far away. She looks at this situation and realizes that despite all her attempts to justify it, she admits that she's just being selfish, arrogant and above all a hypocrite because she's more afraid of losing her team and herself in the process then an actual person dying.
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[[folder: Webcomics]]
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* ''{{VGCats}}''
** [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=148 This]] strip pokes fun at non-Japanese {{animesque}} works which overuse anime tropes. Works such as ''VGCats'' itself being the implication.
** [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=250 A character]], angered by the delayed release of a ''SuperSmashBros'' game, declares people who miss deadlines should be shot. The strip itself often misses its update deadline: as a nod the characters stare nervously at the FourthWall. The strip came out after a long time with no updates.
** [[http://www.vgcats.com/comics/?strip_id=327 This strip]] pokes fun at ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' and its ratings-boost stunt at the time ([[spoiler:Brian's death]])... only to bring back a character that was KilledOffForReal in the strip years ago, in a similar stunt lampshading the strip's own situation.
* In [[http://www.crispygamer.com/comics/backward/backward-2009-07-17.aspx This]] ''Backward Compatible'' strip we discover the terrible consequences of the average ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' fan putting the official shirt over his head to reveal the zombie image printed on the inside: zombies with man-boobs. The artist states he is aware he shouldn't wear one like this either.
* [[http://www.picturesforsadchildren.com/index.php?comicID=101 This]] ''pictures for sad children'' strip rants at gadget buffs for supporting the wasteful use of resources. The AltText reveals the strip was written on a trendy gadget.
* In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0910.html this]] ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' strip, HeroicComedicSociopath Belkar argues against including [[spoiler: vampire-Durkon]] in the party:
--> '''Belkar:''' I just don't trust the idea of using a horrible bloodthirsty savage to fulfill our goals while we - oh, I get it.
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[[folder: Western Animation]]
* Rarity from ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' loves to be dramatic, and even has her own couch just for fainting on. One time Twilight Sparkle was overreacting due to SanitySlippage, and when Rarity [[HypocriticalHumor called her a drama queen]], the other ponies glared at her. Rarity quickly corrected herself with "Relatively speaking."
** During "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS2E23PonyvilleConfidential Ponyville Confidential]]", she tells off her sister Sweetie Belle for snooping through her possessions, pointing out that Sweetie Belle didn't like it when Rarity went through ''her'' stuff just a bit earlier.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Sideshow Bob's quote from the top of the page.
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/BrandyAndMrWhiskers'' has Whiskers obsessed with a portable video game. At the end, he states that he's learned his lesson, that there's better things to do then spend hours after hours staring at a flickering screen. Brandy pauses, looks at the screen, and nervously asks if the moral applies to television. Whiskers, realizing the BrokenAesop, immediately says one can never watch too much television. A cartoon remote then turns them off.
* ''WesternAnimation/JusticeLeague'': General Wade Eiling uses a [[StupidJetpackHitler Nazi]] SuperSoldier serum to turn into a Comicbook/IncredibleHulk {{Expy}} in order to defeat Franchise/{{Superman}} as a show of America's strength. Instead he runs into seven human Leaguers with various trick weapons and completely wipes the floor with them, all the while ranting about how superpowered beings are dangerous. He's eventually called on being the only one present with actual superpowers, and acknowledges that he's become the very thing he seeks to destroy. He then retreats and is never heard from again.
* Toph from ''WesternAnimation/AvatarTheLastAirbender'' does this when the other members of Team Avatar plan on going to the Earth King's party to talk with him. Toph immediately points out that they have no concept of the higher-class manners that they would need to fit in (she pegs Aang and Sokka as servants, but figures Katara could manage). When called on her own terrible manners, Toph confidently states that she has been taught proper manners... and chooses to ignore them.
* Especially prevalent in ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episodes "200" and "201", in which creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone had to wrestle with ComedyCentral over discussing the Mohammed portrayal controversies; Comedy Central demanded several hoops be jumped through, including censoring the character outright (along with the ending moral [[ComicallyMissingThePoint about how it's wrong to use threats to force an agenda]]). Parker and Stone thus viciously [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] the double standards of the broadcaster, such as mocking several reappearing celebrities and other religious figures without a fuss:
-->'''Kyle''': Oh come on! This is ridiculous!\\
'''[[Usefulnotes/{{Mormonism}} Joseph Smith]]''': Boys! You need to understand that people get very offended when Mohammed is mocked because he's a religious figure.\\
'''[[Usefulnotes/{{Christianity}} Jesus]]''': [[Usefulnotes/{{Buddhism}} Buddha]]! Don't do coke in front of kids!
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[[folder: Real Life]]
* This is the whole idea behind the the phrase, "Do as I say, not as I do."
* Creator/GeorgeOrwell's famous essay [[https://www.mtholyoke.edu/acad/intrel/orwell46.htm "Politics and the English Language"]] opposes abuse of the English language for political purposes (particularly SesquipedalianLoquaciousness as a means of obfuscating the truth) -- yet he admits in his very own essay to having "again and again committed the very faults I am protesting against."
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