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->''"Oh, sarcasm. How original."''
-->-- '''Charlie''', ''[[SplinterCell Splinter Cell Blacklist]]''
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A type of gag prevalent with sitcoms and children's comedies. Basically it goes like this:\\
A) A character openly makes some kind of statement or declaration and then [[{{Hypocrite}} does the exact opposite.]]\\
B) A character accused of engaging in a certain behavior or activity denies it before being [[DescriptionCut immediately depicted engaging in the very behavior or activity they just denied]].\\
C) One character criticizes another character for some fault that is an established part of their own characterization, or just before or after exhibiting that particular fault themselves.\\
D) A character makes fun of a group of people which [[BoomerangBigot he himself happens to be a part of]].\\
E) A character tries to warn another character of something several times, but they don't listen. Then, when that thing happens, Person B turns to Person A and says, "Why didn't you tell me?"

For example, an overweight girl deep in denial might say, "I don't see why you guys think I have an eating problem"... right before taking the first bite out of her fourth consecutive Big n' Tasty. Or a man might exclaim, "What are you talking about? I'm not greedy"... and then swipe clean every last cent in the Take-a-Penny-Leave-a-Penny tray.

It doesn't even have to necessarily be the character who does the opposite. Half the time it seems like the [[RuleOfFunny entire universe is instantaneously altered just so the polar opposite of the character's sentence occurs for a gag]]. If a character is lying to his or her parents and says that they didn't go to that concert last night, sure enough, the phone will instantly ring and the answer machine will broadcast a friend instructing them to call back, [[IdiotBall raving in great detail about how much fun they had at the concert, how glad they are that they snuck out and how there's no way their parents will ever find out.]]

Often evident (and occasionally TruthInTelevision) when one character prematurely accuses another character of engaging in DoubleEntendre or sexual innuendo, thereby indicating that their own thought processes are following the same "perverted" channels. It drives the point home if the accusing party speaks ''before'' the accused makes the connection or if they wouldn't have made it in the first place.

The delivery of hypocritical humor in reality-bending situations is usually executed via ContrivedCoincidence.

A standard comic strip tactic, as it makes for a quick and neat four-panel gag.

Sometimes used as a HypocrisyNod, or a [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment Hypocrisy Nod]] is used for laughs by mixing it with this.

Compare with BoomerangBigot, TemptingFate, IResembleThatRemark, IWouldSayIfICouldSay, SuchAPhony, and DescriptionCut.

Some tropes, like SorryOciffer, SomeOfMyBestFriendsAreX, and ComplainingAboutThingsYouHaventPaidFor, inherently lend themselves to HypocriticalHumor.

Not to be confused with ''Hippocratic'' Humor, which would be what ''Series/{{House}}'', ''Series/{{MASH}}'', and ''Series/{{Scrubs}}'' is all about. Also don't confuse with HypocriticalHeartwarming.

Please do not attempt to add examples of people doing this unintentionally (nearly all RealLife examples would fall under that). This trope refers to ''deliberate'' uses of hypocrisy for humor's sake, at least by the writer. The same goes for {{Wick}}s and {{Pot Hole}}s, so if you catch any, feel free to destroy them without pity.

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