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  • In 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".
  • DuPont in Equilibrium rules utopia 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
      • Considering his blatant display of emotions, it appears he feels the emotion suppressing drugs that he makes his subjects take are meant for other people and not himself.
  • Gran Torino: As a lot of RacistGrandpas, 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 comedic example occurs in Kelly's Heroes, in which 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.
  • 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 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.
    • "Only a Sith deals in absolutes."
      • Though he could have been noting that there is a difference between thinking in absolutes and actually acting upon them.
    • In Star Wars 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.
  • 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!
  • Dr. Frank N. Furter from the Rocky Horror Picture Show. He 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.
  • Jigsaw/John Kramer from the Saw saga. 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.
    • Let's not forget 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.
  • Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption 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 :
    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!
    • Laney is taken aback by this, and looks at her nearby friend, who nods, confirming that what Zack is saying is true. In effect, 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.)
  • In 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?
  • A particularly egregious one in The Wolverine where Logan gets really angry at Noburo for cheating on Mariko, his fiancÚ, despite having slept with her the night before while knowing about her engagement. It's lessened somewhat by the fact that Noburo had Mariko delivered to Shingen to be killed but instead of that Logan berated Noburo for the cheating part.
  • X-Men: Magneto 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."
    • Of course, the biggest irony of that is, if he had been willing to sacrifice himself, the plan would have worked.
    • In X-Men: First Class, Shaw says that "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 adopted sister, who has been actively discouraged by Charles from taking any pride in her mutation.
      • 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?!
      • They had broken all the windows though.

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