Hypocrite / Film

Films — Animated

  • Big Hero 6: Despite what became of his daughter, filling him with bitter vengeance, Yokai aka Professor Callaghan, is very unsympathetic to Hiro over the death of his brother, a death he was responsible for.
  • In Coraline, the Other Mother cheated like crazy and wouldn't have let Coraline go whether she'd won the game or not. But when Coraline threw the Cat at her to turn the tables, she was furious and screamed "You horrible cheating girl!"
  • In Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch, Stitch licks Lilo in their fight and she did not like it. In the original Lilo & Stitch film however, she licks Nani during their fight after Cobra's first visit.
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Zira calls Kovu out for causing his own brother's death, though it was an accident, but she worships Scar who killed his brother on purpose. It also works in the opposite way, since she mistreats Nuka because he's envious of Kovu's status, which is much like Scar felt about Mufasa.
  • In Disney's Robin Hood, after he is captured at the archery contest, Prince John calls Robin a traitor to the crown, despite the fact that he unlawfully seized the throne while Richard was off on the Crusades. Robin calls him out on it in the most badass way possible.
    Robin Hood: Traitor to the crown?! That crown belongs to King Richard! LONG LIVE KING RICHARD!]
  • Wreck-It Ralph: King Candy chides Ralph for "going Turbo", or abandoning his own game. King Candy was the original Turbo, who left his game Turbo Time for the more popular Road Blasters when he didn't get the attention he wanted. After both his original game and Road Blasters were removed for being apparently buggy, he then went to Sugar Rush and reprogrammed himself into the game.

Films — Live-Action

  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Luthor sees Superman as a threat to humanity yet, Luthor is the one who committed treason by blowing up a Senate hearing and he created Doomsday who is far more dangerous than any character seen. And then, there is his little action of using Kryptonian technology to signal malevolent aliens to come to earth, when he claimed he wanted to protect Earth from aliens.
  • The Dark Knight: The Joker is more subtle than most examples. He claims to be an agent of chaos, tearing down the plans and schemes of society to prove that everyone is selfish and chaotic deep down. He aspires to make the "planners" see how pathetic their attempts to control life are. Yet all of his chaos-inducing schemes are heavily dependent on intricate planning to succeed. Further, when his own plan goes chaotically wrong in the climax (the boats he's holding hostage refuse to play his game and don't blow each other up to save themselves) he goes into a Villainous Breakdown, visibly freaking out and trying (poorly) to make himself seem scary again to Batman by blowing up both boats himself while giving yet another Breaking Speech; the very same lecture that in fact allows Batman to stop Dent from killing Gordon's son by tipping him off that he corrupted Dent. So if anyone was shown how pathetic they really are, it's the Joker.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Koba, even though he attempted to kill Caesar and murdered several apes, including Ash, tries to convince Caesar to spare him by saying "Ape Shall Never Kill Ape".
  • Die Another Day: North Korean Colonel Moon, having Majored in Western Hypocrisy, fits this rather well. He sees Western culture as being beneath him. He also loves Western sports cars, his chief ally is his British girlfriend, and he changed his whole appearance to a Caucasian magnate to further his plot.
  • Divergent:
    • In Divergent, when Tris shoots Peter to get information, Marcus asks "did you have to shoot him?" - which is very hypocritical coming from the abusive father.
    • In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, this is highlighted with Evelyn too. She claims that she fled Marcus because he was cruel and abusive, getting a very cold look from Tris because she still abandoned her son.
  • In Doctor Strange, Kaecilius calls the Ancient One this in the Batman Cold Open as she taps the Dark Dimension despite forbidding it at Kamar-Taj.
  • Equilibrium: Vice Council DuPont rules over the totalitarian Libria by forcing all citizens to take emotion-supressing drugs and destroying artwork in case it stimulates unnecessary emotion. When Preston raids his office at the climax of the film, it's lavishly decorated with art that didn't get incinerated, and DuPont states outright that he is a sense offender as a last ditch appeal to avoid his execution by Preston. Although since the original Father is stated to be dead, it is unknown whether he was a hypocrite or not
  • James Bond himself in For Your Eyes Only: He tries to prevent Melina from avenging her parents, despite the fact that he had just killed the guy who murdered his wife in the cold open.
  • Fury (2014) has a scene where the protagonists capture a German corporal wearing an American G.I.'s jacket, presumably a Battle Trophy - they bully him and eventually execute him. They do this as American soldiers around them can be seen looting German dead. There's also the SS Lieutenant who orders children who refused to fight the invading Americans to be hanged for "cowardice", only to surrender without a fight to the Americans himself - they execute him too.
  • Gran Torino: As a lot of Racist Grandpas, Walt regards himself as a man who knows plenty about life and death, and who is abused by those (other races) surrounding him. Everyone else thinks is a Grumpy Old Man Jaded Washout Cranky Neighbor. The movie shows his Character Development from this to a realistic assessment of his qualities and weakness.
  • A History of Violence: Tom Stahl displays hypocrisy twice in a matter of seconds. First he calls his son out on curb stomping two bullies after he himself shot two men dead (granted, they had it coming a lot more than the bullies). Then, when his son points out his hypocrisy, he slaps him - this being seconds after telling him "in this family we don't hit people".
  • Brief crossing: Alice meets Thomas, a teenager, on ship. The whole film she lectures him on how men use and abuse women in relationships. Later she has sex with him and takes his virginity, criticizing men during the act. In the end she ditches him (after swearing that she wouldn't) and drives off with her loving husband (who she claimed was divorcing her) and her son (whom she denied having), leaving him heartbroken.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
    • The Capitol condemns the violence of the rebels, while conveniently overlooking how Districts 12 and 13 were utterly destroyed and how the other Districts have been dominated and forced to send their children to be slaughtered for generations.
    • When Boggs explains to Katniss that the reason why District 13 hasn't used its arsenal of weapons against the Capitol is that they fear the resulting conflict would cost more lives than the human race can afford to spare, Katniss shoots back that when Peeta made the same argument he was called a traitor.
  • Hypocrites is about how all the members of a local church congregation are, well, hypocrites. A politician who campaigns on the slogan "My Platform Is Honesty" is shown taking payoffs. A man and woman getting engaged are shown to be a cheater and a Gold Digger, respectively. The young people on the beach who get all shocked over the sight of a nude woman are shown cavorting in skimpy (for 1915) swimsuits.
  • The Jungle Book (2016) has Shere Khan saying that he helps protect the jungle, yet he hunts for sport, threatens the life of a child, and murders Akela for defiance, all human-like traits. He also speaks highly of the jungle law and calls out the wolf pack for adopting Mowgli, but he truly holds little regard for the law and shamelessly breaks it whenever it suits him.
  • Kelly's Heroes: A comedic example occurs when Captain Maitland sternly admonishes his platoon about the consequences of looting in World War II France while brazenly making off with a salvaged yacht. The irony is lost on him but not on his men.
  • Law Abiding Citizen: Clyde is enraged that Prosecutor Nick willingly made a deal that helped a killer, thereby subverting the ideals of the justice system. Before the events of the film, however, Clyde made his living willlingly helping professional killers to do their work outside the justice system.
  • Little Big Man has Mrs. Pendrake, the wife of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who adopts Jack Crabb and tries to see to his moral and spiritual instruction. After he catches her having sex with a shopkeeper in town, he swears off religion for good and joins up with Snake Oil Salesman Mr. Merriweather. As Crabb puts it in his narration, "After Mrs. Pendrake, his honesty was downright refreshing." Later in the film he discovers that she has become a prostitute following the death of her husband...but apparently hasn't changed her way of thinking. As she complains to Jack, "This life is not only wicked and sinful, it isn't even any fun. If I was married and could come here once or twice a week, it might be fun." She also admits that when Jack was living with her and the Reverend, she would watch him sleeping and be tempted to wake him up. "I wish that I had," she says. "It would have been deliciously wicked." Apparently Mrs. Pendrake is the kind of person who genuinely believes that certain activities are immoral...and gets off on them for precisely that reason.
  • In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Teresa explains to Thomas that they should go back to WCKD to help all those who aren't immune to the flare, yet this is a sacrifice she is unwilling to make herself, having cut a deal with WCKD to exempt herself and her friends.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Will tries to convince Elizabeth not to go with Sao Feng's crew by telling her, "Elizabeth, they're pirates." He himself has been a pirate ever since the second act of the first movie.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Dr. Frank N. Furter sees no problem with people having random sex with one another... unless it's with Rocky. He cannot stand seeing anyone besides him with Rocky.
  • Saw saga:
    • Jigsaw/John Kramer is a terminally ill cancer patient, he puts people in deadly traps for them to appreciate life. And if this is not hypocritical enough, hear this: in Saw III, Jigsaw preaches about giving up revenge, because it only hurts everyone. Yet the whole main Saw VI game is one big freaking revenge against the man who denied him coverage. A great example of such hypocrisy is the Hanging Trap, in which no matter who William chooses, an innocent will die. With the flashback trap from Saw V. John/Jigsaw captures Cecil and tests him because he caused the death of his unborn son Gideon. This whole franchise exists because our good friend Jigsaw is a hypocrite. Have fun rewatching the entire thing with this in mind.
    • The films also make a point about how Jigsaw is "technically" not a serial killer, as he does not directly kill anyone — a distinction about as convincing as dropping a safe on someone and then claiming the safe is guilty. In Saw III Jigsaw flat-out states that he despises murderers, which is why he turns on his protege` Amanda. Blatant Lies- in the first Saw alone the central character is basically given two ways out: kill his fellow captive, or cut through his own feet, and likely bleed to death. Amanda's own first test required her to find a key to her headlock deathtrap inside a mans stomach, and he even provided her with the knife (though the guy appeared dead at first, it turned out he was merely drugged). At the end of the film Jigsaw himself leaves Adam there to die, and he is dead because we saw the body in the next film. The sequels can be just as bad.
    CinemaSins: Um, no. Yeah, he's a murderer. By law. In like, every state and every civilized country and probably even Idaho.
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Warden Norton in is one of the most hateful and finest examples in cinema. A man who claims to be a man of God but is incredibly corrupt and will resort to murdering his prisoners to get what he wants.
  • She's All That: When Zack goes to see Laney at her workplace, she pulls him aside and tells him, that she can't tutor him. Laney had accused Zack of stereotyping her, and assuming that because she's a "dork," she must be smart. As it turned out, Zack wasn't thinking that, and in fact, she had actually been stereotyping him by assuming that because he's the Big Man on Campus, Class President, the best-looking and most popular guy in school, etc., that he must be dumb or a poor student. (To be fair, though, Laney was motivated by a suspicion that Zack had an ulterior motive for wanting to talk to her. And she was actually right about that.)
    Laney: I'm not smart.
    Zack: What?
    Laney: What, you figure I could tutor you or something? You think, "Oh, well, there's Laney Boggs. She's a dork."
    Zack: Look, Laney -
    Laney: "She must at least be smart." Well, guess what, I'm not.
    Zack: Laney, I have the fourth-highest G.P.A. in our class!
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Kirk and his senior staff dine with the Klingon Chancellor and his advisors. The Chancellor's daughter derides the Federation as a "homo sapiens-only club," even though the Federation is made up of over a hundred member races with equal standing whereas the Klingon Empire exercises hegemony over its non-Klingon worlds. In addition, Spock is a Vulcan, and is a captain, serving as executive officer of the Federation's flagship. How many times have non-Klingons been shown serving in equal capacity on IKF starships?
  • Star Trek: Nemesis: In the TV show, Picard gives long speeches about the sanctity of the Prime Directive and was even willing to let a whole planet die rather than violate it. But in this movie, he casually and fragrantly breaks it when given the chance to do some off-roading with a dune-buggy, firing on the primitive natives with energy weapons and flying spaceships in plain view.
  • Star Wars:
    • Revenge of the Sith:
      • Anakin has Count Dooku at his mercy, and kills him with Palpatine egging him on. Anakin regrets the decision immediately afterwards, but Palpatine justifies it with "He (Dooku) was too dangerous to be kept alive." At the climax, however, when Mace Windu is about to kill Palpatine/Sidious, Anakin objects, and Windu explicitly says, "He's too dangerous to be kept alive!" The only difference is, Anakin chops off Windu's hand, allowing Palpatine to kill him.
      • Obi Wan Kenobi at one point claims that "Only a Sith deals in absolutes."
    • A New Hope: Tarkin offers Leia a deal: Tell them where the rebel base is, and Alderaan will be spared. Immediately after she complies, Tarkin blows up the planet anyway. A few scenes later, he reacts with shock and outrage when he finds out that the princess lied to him. I mean, really, what kind of person does that?
    • All throughout the Star Wars prequel trilogy until his mask came off, Palpatine/Darth Sidious was a ginormous hypocrite. He pretended to care for the people of Naboo, while secretly arranging for their destruction. He pretended to love democracy and the Republic, again while secretly arranging for their destruction and putting himself in place of an autocrat. Even in his own order Sidious is a hypocrite. Despite being a part of the Rule of Two, Palpatine raised Darth Maul as a Sith apprentice while he was an apprentice himself. The master is supposed to encourage the apprentice to overthrow them so that the rivalry between the two makes them stronger, yet Palpatine raises apprentices that either don't want to try and overthrow him (Darth Maul was blindly loyal to him until after his accident) or can't possibly hope to compete (Darth Vader after being burned alive and given deficient cybernetics, although Palpatine did recruit him before that, and bragged to Yoda that Vader would be stronger than either of them). His own actor outright said that "everything he does is pure hypocrisy."
    • In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren refers to Finn, a defected stormtrooper, as a "traitor". Kylo Ren himself betrayed his family, the Jedi Order, and the New Republic when he became a member of the Knights of Ren.
  • Timbuktu: The Islamists are occasionally shown to be hypocrites. They have outlawed smoking, but one of their leaders, Abdelkerim, smokes secretly. He tries to hide it from his men, but they all know and don't care. They punish adultery with stoning, yet Abdelkerim has designs on a married woman. They have also outlawed soccer, but several soldiers are shown discussing the World Cup as fans.
  • Transcendence:
    • RIFT murder countless people whilst espousing the values of human life. In achieving their goal of "unplugging" society they're responsible for killing countless millions more.
    • Bree believes that Will isn't human and therefore is a threat to humanity. In the climax, she threatens Max to get Will to upload the virus, even though a machine wouldn't care for the fate of one man. Will then willingly destroys himself to save Max even though he could have saved both his wife and himself, not to mention wiped out all the threats to himself at the same time. In short, Bree ends up using Will's humanity against him when trying to argue that he isn't human.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction: Harold Attinger is the paranoid leader of Cemetery Wind, an organization dedicated to destroying all Transformers, regardless of faction, on Earth to replace them with man-made Transformers which he feels will defend the nation. However, there are two problems that show what a colossal hypocrite he is. First is that he's working with a Transformer, Lockdown, in order to get rid of the Autobots and obtain Transformers technology he needs. Second, he's more than willing to allow innocent people to get killed in the crossfire to achieve his goals and prove the superiority of the man-made Transformers (evidenced when he refused to allow rescue services for the people he's endangered). This, alongside allowing his men to harm Cade's daughter and giving Lockdown the okay to level Beijing to avoid his plans being revealed, his "us or them" rant at Cade Yeager doesn't work since he's allowed many of "us" to die.
  • X-Men:
    • Despite claiming to help his fellow mutants, Magneto has no qualms on attacking and even killing other mutants who stand in the way of his anti-human crusade.
      • In X-Men, he is willing to sacrifice Rogue but not himself in the advancement of his cause. Beautifully called out by Wolverine, who tells him: "You're so full of shit. If you were really so righteous, it would be you up in that thing." The biggest irony of that is, if he had been willing to sacrifice himself, the plan would have worked.
      • At the climax of X-Men: Days of Future Past, his past-self has his most blatant moment of hypocrisy in the entire film series. After all the bravado both before and after about protecting mutantkind, he deliberately pits a Sentinel against Wolverine and Beast, ordering it to "do what you were made for."
      • In the plane, he calls Xavier out for abandoning the mutants out there to be killed or experimented on. Given how X-Men: First Class ends, Xavier can reasonably say that Beast, Havok, Banshee and himself (who was newly shot in the spine) could have easily ended up as guinea pigs for either the US or the Soviet Union because Magneto left them stranded in Cuba with no transportation.
    • In X-Men: First Class:
      • Shaw says "We don't hurt our own kind." A few scenes later, he kills Darwin and later on presumably orders his team to kill Xavier's X-Men during the Cuba battle; he also isn't averse to beating up Erik.
      • Charles uses "mutant and proud" as part of his pick-up lines, which are basically a very erudite variation on "you have pretty (insert trait here)", in the presence of his adoptive sister, who has been actively discouraged by Charles from taking any pride in her mutation.
      • At the beginning of the movie, Shaw denounces the Nazis and their practices, specifically citing their racism and antisemitism as stupid and shortsighted. This is in spite of the fact that his end goal is to annihilate the entire human race on the grounds that they're genetically inferior to mutants.
      • Also when criticizing the first team for making a party and using their powers for playing, something he was doing in the beginning of the film. They were teenagers who just entered a group where none of them would be considered freaks, what did he expect?!note 
      • A more assertive Raven expects Charles to fully accept her mutant form, yet she still insists that he can't read her mind, which clearly indicates that she's not completely comfortable with her adoptive brother's gift.
    • In The Wolverine, Logan gets really angry at Noburo for cheating on Mariko, his fiancé, despite having slept with her the night before while knowing about her engagement. There's a distinction. From Wolverine's perspective, Noburo, by arranging a marriage with her father, is essentially asking for her hand, where Mariko is being forced to marry him so as not to shame her father. Given his shock when she tells him, it's clear he sees the distinction.