Hypocrite / Live-Action TV


  • Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: A constant theme with the villains.
    • Season 2 episode 12: "Who You Really Are:" When Mack finds out about Fitz and Skye keeping Skye's powers a secret, he says "Secrets don't help any of us." This from the guy who is hiding the fact that he is working for a rival faction of S.H.I.E.L.D. to usurp Coulson.
    • Throughout season 2, the "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. insists on transparency among its leadership and blames the whole HYDRA debacle on Fury's secret-keeping. This comes from an organization even more unknown than the above-ground S.H.I.E.L.D. that Coulson is running, and which is actively trying to undermine Coulson without having to confront him personally. They also criticize Coulson for how he has been running things and feel like he hasn't been doing his job properly, when as far as we know they've done nothing to help fight HYDRA (their moles notwithstanding) and seem more concerned with reining Coulson in than actually helping the world. The fact that they call themselves the real S.H.I.E.L.D. is also fairly hypocritical when they more or less acknowledge that Fury turned over power to Coulson (they may not know Fury's alive, but they know Fury gave Coulson the Toolbox). Hunter is quick to lampshade all of this.
    • Season 2 episode 16: "Afterlife:"
      • Gonzales, head of "real" S.H.I.E.L.D. He talks about how Coulson cannot be trusted because he is acting like a fugitive when it was his own coup that turned Coulson into a fugitive in the first place. He later makes a long speech to May about how S.H.I.E.L.D. cannot stand divided at a time like this, even though he's the one refusing to work with Coulson. May even threw this same point in his face when she said they should both be fighting HYDRA, which he ignored. He also disregards input from others despite the fact that he claims "Real" S.H.I.E.L.D. runs on democratic principle and makes it clear that his offer to May was done only because he has to abide by those rules rather than because he actually wants to.
      • A minor case with Skye; she kept ranting about how Raina couldn't be trusted because she's killed people. Jiaying called her out on this by saying that she was just as capable of killing as Raina, though the fact that Raina did so far more maliciously and by choice rather than necessity as Skye did, not to mention the laundry list of other crimes she committed, is glossed over.
      • Gordon hates the way that inhumans are treated by the world, but not only is he intolerant of normal humans, he's just as intolerant of abnormal humans who got their powers by different means. Gordon tells Cal "you're not one of us, you're just a science experiment." Which ignores the fact that the inhumans are also a science experiment, the only difference is which planet the scientists are from.
    • Season 2 episode 19: "The Dirty Half Dozen:"
      • When May tells Coulson off about all the secrets he's been keeping from her, he fires back that she kept him in the dark about his resurrection.
      • For all his talk of transparency, Gonzales gets put on the spot by Coulson when the latter mentions the dangerous cargo the Iliad is carrying. It's not clear just how much Gonzales has told his own branch about it, but he's nevertheless shocked that Coulson knows of it.
      • Gonzales (again) justifies potentially getting Coulson's entire team killed because their enemy has no honor. Says the man stabbing fellow agents in the back, as Bobbi calls him on, and plans to betray Coulson as soon as it's convenient.
      • Gonzales for the third time this episode: He's been suspecting Coulson of recruiting and stockpiling superhumans for a personal agenda the entire time, yet when Skye, Lincoln, and Deathlok make it back to the Playground, Gonzales plans to hold them prisoner so he can learn the location of even more superhumans. He even goes so far as to admit that the only reason he endorsed the mission was because he'd be able to take them prisoner if Coulson succeeded.
    • Season 4 episode 5: "Lockup:"
      • Director Mace's Catch-Phrase is "The team that trusts, triumphs." Mace seems to miss the fact that his continuous security screenings of Simmons at the very least provides the impression that he doesn't trust her, which is why nobody on Team Coulson trusts him.
        Jeffrey: A team that trusts is a team that triumphs. But trust must be earned with random non-invasive testing.
      • There's also Nadeer, who accuses S.H.I.E.L.D. of working with criminals, one of whom (Robbie, to be exact) she calls a "cold-blooded killer", while she herself is working with The Watchdogs, an organization of murderous criminals.
    • Season 4 episode 6: "The Good Samaritan:" Mace chews out Coulson for not keeping him the loop, but it falls flat since he himself frequently keeps his agents in the dark about his plans.
    • Season 4 episode 11: "Wake Up:" Nadeer again, when she accuses S.H.I.E.L.D. of taking the law into their own hands. Ignoring the fact that that is arguably S.H.I.E.L.D.'s job in the first place, Nadeer herself is funding an extrajudicial terrorist group.
  • All My Children:
    • In 1997, Erica Kane kidnapped Maria Santos' baby out of vengeance (she believed the child was the result of an adulterous fling between Maria and her husband Dimitri) before finally returning her out of remorse and guilt. Already a demonstration of Erica's hypocrisy—many of Erica's relationships, including that with Dimitri, consisted of her being the other woman and/or cheating on her husband/boyfriend—Erica conveniently forgot what she did to Maria when she repeatedly blasted Babe for doing the same thing to her daughter Bianca.
    • Janet Green calls out pretty much everyone for refusing to give her a second chance without regard for the fact that many of them had done some pretty terrible things themselves.
    • An downright cruel example when Gloria taunts Hayley about trying to kill herself—when she herself attempted suicide only a year earlier.
  • Ally McBeal / The Practice: In a two-part crossover episode, one of Cage & Fish's clients is arrested for murder. Deciding that the case is out of their firm's league, John Cage enlists the help of Bobby Donnell and his firm. However, after seeing how wacky the Cage & Fish lawyers are, Bobby secretly goes to the client and advises her to discharge Cage & Fish and hire Bobby's firm as her sole representation. When Bobby asks the client to trust him, she raises an eyebrow and points out that Bobby is asking her to trust him at the same time that he is betraying somebody else's trust. Bobby has no real response to this, and later goes to Cage & Fish and admits what he'd done.
  • Arrow:
    • A recurring element of Oliver Queen's character. He criticizes Thea for her partying despite having done the same thing himself, and she at least has the excuse of acting out after the apparent death of her father and brother, while he was just young, rich, and stupid. His attempt to tell Helena what she's doing is wrong fails utterly because they're both murderous vigilantes, and he was actually going to kill the same man she killed for the same reason (In Season 2 after adopting Thou Shalt Not Kill he tries again with a little more success, as he actually has a leg to stand on that time). He's furious at Moira for not telling him about Thea's real father, but not only is he keeping much more dangerous secrets from his family, but he doesn't tell Thea either, even though she arguably has a much greater right to know than he does.
    • Laurel also suffers from this (repeatedly keeping secrets from her loved ones and then chewing others out for keeping secrets from her being the main issue) though at least she tends to be called out on it more than Ollie.
    • In season 4, Felicity gets angry at Oliver then breaks up with him because he hid his illegitimate son from her despite herself keeping secrets from him before including at the beginning of the season when she was still assisting Team Arrow.
  • Austin and Ally: Trent eggs Austin into a danceoff by calling him afraid that his dancing isn't up to snuff...this coming from a guy who pretended to date Trish while has a girlfriend to become Austin's backup dancer because he thought his dancing wasn't up to snuff.
  • Battlestar Galactica (2003):
    • The Cylons have the distinction of being one of many "alien"/Robot races in Sci Fi who engage in Cultural Posturing over their superiority to humanity while engaged in genocide. They got called on it a few times too, with their assertions of humans deserving extinction for being flawed, sinful and evil being refuted with "you call us evil? You committed genocide on my race!" (paraphrased). To their credit, the hypocrisy of their endeavor hits them around the end of season 2, culminating in a disastrous military occupation to "make amends" over their crimes. It helps to understand the situation that it was not their creators' intent to do so, but the result of a Psycho Prototype getting control of things. That said, in BSG Humans Are Bastards is an understatement, which goes a long way to explain why it keeps happening.
    • The Cylons are hypocrites in an even worse manner, actually. Cylons rebelled against man to punish them for their enslavement and the crimes committed against them. The humanoid Cylons promptly improved their ability to enslave Centurions and even went so far as to lobotomize their own brethren to keep them under control.
  • Beyond: While Frost has built up Hidden Sky as a way to prove the existence of life after death and help other people reconnect with dead relatives & loved ones, he's really doing it just to see his deceased wife Celeste again. This comes back to bite him hard. He also claims to understand the importance of family, though he'd also abandoned his daughter.
  • The Big Bang Theory. Leonard complains about a co-worker and stating how his achievements aren't so impressive. Said co-worker then comes over and asks if Leonard wants to help him with a project that Leonard is completely excited over. After the co-worker walks away his friends look at him.
    • He also accuses Penny of this, when she starts dating said scientist, after breaking up with Leonard because she said he was too smart for her.
    • Leonard's mother Beverly refused to celebrate his birthday, on the grounds that him being born was more her acomplishment than it was his...yet she has a get together to celebrate her own birthday (which by her own logic would have been her mother's acomplishment and not Beverly's). Furthurmore, she didn't invite Leonard to her birthday yet gets anal about Leonard not inviting her to his and Penny's (spur of the moment) wedding.
    • Bernadette nearly called off her marriage because she found out about Howard's creepy, pervy past. Fun fact, she used to keep tabs on her boyfriends with military grade spy equipment. Sure Berny, that's not creepy at all......
  • Big Brother 12 has Hayden and Kristen. They thought it was bad that Brendan and Rachel were in a relationship, but they thought it was okay for them to be in one.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer & ''Angel:
    • Glory constantly goes on about how much she hates being human and considers human things beneath her, and yet she adores silk and has quite the shoe collection.
    • Buffy is one in a few ways:
      • During season 6, she attempts to talk Dark Willow down by getting her to focus on the positives in life, but Willow promptly shoots her down with a Breaking Speech, pointing out all of Buffy's self-destructive habits during the season, as well as the fact that Buffy herself freely admitted that she finds it so difficult to be alive.
      • In season 5, shows compassion and empathy for Warren's sex-bot April, but later views the Buffybot, who was designed by Warren for Spike for a similar purpose, as nothing but an "it."
      • When Willow goes dark, Buffy insists on helping her and talking her down, but when Anya, now a vengeance demon again, kills several people in granting a wish, Buffy jumps right to Murder Is the Best Solution; when Xander points this out, Buffy replies that it's not the same thing because Willow is human and Anya is a demon. In the same conversation, she states that when it comes to demons, she is the law and her word and judgment is absolute, when previously, she specifically told Faith that Slayers aren't the law or above it.
    • Xander is also a hypocrite in many ways:
      • In season 3, he's furious that Buffy knew that Angel had come Back from the Dead and withheld the information from the others, when he himself had deliberately neglected to tell Buffy that Willow was planning to curse Angel with a soul again in the season 2 finale to ensure that Buffy would kill him.
      • He also has a relationship with Anya, a former demon, whilst looking down on Buffy's relationship with Angel because Angel is a vampire. As Angel has a soul and regrets the things Angelus did, he is really just as moral as Anya is. This gets magnified when he yells at Buffy for wanting to kill Anya, who is back on a vengeance demon killing spree, and she reminds him that she killed Angel to save the world.
    • Angel is one on MULTIPLE LEVELS:
      • Angel and Buffy "take a break" after seeing him kiss Faith pretending to be Angelus in "Enemies". In the next episode we see Angel violating her need for space with his excuse being he wanted make sure was safe. This happens in a similar way on Season 5 of Angel, where Angel hires a spy on Buffy to keep tabs on her even though as far as he knew at the time she supposedly didn't trust him...
      • He breaks up with Buffy because he wants her to be with a normal guy, but then the minute she is with one (aka Riley), behaves resentfully and practically provokes his fight with Riley by insinuating he "lost his soul again" (translation: "slept with Buffy") and then acts like he's entirely blameless.
      • When Angel visits Sunnydale to protect Buffy, he keeps his a presence a secret from everyone but her, able to see her but she can't see him. This hypocrisy is called out by Giles and later Buffy herself, although Angel justifies it in both cases as "protecting her."
      • Angel tries to kill Wesley and alienates him from the team for being responsible for Connor in Quor'toth and raised by Holtz even though it was a "mistake for the greater good" ... Something Angel continually does himself, which he does eventually acknowledge.
      • Constantly making decisions that affect others without consulting them first such 'as his break-up with Buffy, wiping everyone's memories of Connor in Atvs S4, rewinding his one human day with Buffy that only he remembers, and his choice to become Twilight and the Twilight prophecy, which involved Buffy in a deep and intimate way.
      • Angel gets jealous and pissy with Buffy over Spike, even though at this point in the series he had also fallen for Cordelia and even had a kid with Darla he may or may not have told her about...
    • Simone blames Buffy for all the Slayers killed during the Twilight crisis, but is feeding her own loyal Slayers to Zompires, trying to find a way for them to be turned but still have their mind so she can become one and kill Buffy.
  • Charmed:
    • The sisters, especially Phoebe, towards Cole. She and her sisters turn evil because of some magical factor or some manipulation of their powers, it's just a Halliwell thing. The love of her life turns evil because of some magical factor or some manipulation of his powers, she's contemplating his murder. Seen at least twice.
    • And then there's the thing about whether powers can be inherently good or evil or not. One second the sisters are reassuring a young boy whose power is basically being groomed to be used for the Source that powers have no inherent morality and it's just what you do with them. The next they're mistrusting Cole for his demonic half, and after his possession by the Source, which truly burned Cole more than anyone else, they're downright detesting and fearing Cole, to the point Phoebe pretty much desensitizes herself to him, for the simple fact of his having demonic powers. This only serves to expedite his Sanity Slippage, to the point some fans see his character as little else but Phoebe's Yandere.
      • In 'The Witch is Back' Melinda Warren explicitly states that the power of 'blinking' (basically teleportation) that the bad guy of the episode has, was stolen from another witch. Then, in 'Bride and Gloom', Piper claims that blinking is something only the evil guys do. Warlocks are outright stated to be known for stealing witches' powers, so if anything, there should be no such thing as evil powers at all, only good powers that were stolen.
    • Their tendency to assume anyone acting as the antagonist is evil gets wonderfully lampshaded by the Angel of Death, who points out to Prue that some supernatural entities aren't good or evil, they just are.
    • You know how Prue was quick to speculate that Cole was playing Phoebe into a trap after finding out he was Belthazor and never really trusted him since? Turns out she was the one who felt Phoebe and Cole's love for each other and convinced Phoebe to get with him about a month earlier while she was cursed with a massive dose of empathy.
    • In "Wrestling with Demons," Prue finds out Cole is still alive. She constantly criticizes Phoebe for lying to her and for supposedly risking them all, as well as refuses to listen that the half-human demon could have any good in him. However, in the earlier "When Bad Warlocks Go Good," Prue risked everything to help a half-human Warlock because she sensed good in him. Not to mention how this is the episode where Prue is actively trying to save an ex-boyfriend (who never appears in the series again) from a contract with a demonic trainer while he's only one kill away from becoming a full demon. Unlike the other examples here, Prue is called on this hypocrisy by Phoebe (obviously well-before her own hypocrisy became evident).
      • Although it's later hinted in the final scene of the same episode that Prue was more angry by Phoebe's lying about vanquishing Cole than the non-vanquish itself.
    • Another Prue one, this overlapping with Protagonist Centred Morality. In "Sleuthing With The Enemy" she stops a demon from torturing an innocent for information and gives a big speech on how there are other options. Two episodes earlier she tortured a demon for information without a second thought - rather than use a truth spell or other options.
    • Throughout Season 5, the sisters blamed Cole for becoming the Source. This despite the fact that he was possessed against his will, in the process of saving their lives from the previous Source, was fighting against the possession the entire time, suffered more than anyone else and ultimately died from the entire ordeal, and would have given up the Source's powers if Phoebe hadn't vanquished the wizard who was going to receive the Source's powers, all specifically to force Cole into staying the Source. Predictably, Phoebe never bothered to acknowledge that she was the one who forced Cole to stay the Source.
    • In the second episode of Season 5, Cole decided to pack up and leave after Phoebe rejected him. However, Paige browbeated him into staying to help save Phoebe by casting a spell that forced him to feel Phoebe's love for him, which ended up convincing him to stay for good. In both Seasons 4 and 5, Paige is even more vehemently against Cole than Prue ever was and repeatedly tries to vanquish him or help Phoebe vanquish him, despite that he was going to leave peacefully before she cast that spell.
    • How about the girl who felt herself get executed in an alternate future timeline where she used her powers for vengeance against a human being and came back realizing before her older sisters that everything that led up to that execution started with the spiteful use of magic to punish a man for his dog's defecation, being the same girl who years later was met at gunpoint by a mortal she used to be friends with in high school and could've easily told her younger sister to orb the freaking gun away so they could subdue him but instead had said younger sister glamour him into their future nephew so he could get killed by demons? Easily goes under both this, Took a Level in Jerkass, and crosses the Moral Event Horizon. All at once.
      • Additionally, remember the example from "Sam I Am." Phoebe condemned Cole for killing those two criminals in the bar, who threatened to rob it and then shot up the place. Phoebe certainly didn't think he was in the right. She went as far to threaten to vanquish Cole over that - which makes this later event more suspicious.
      • When Charmed Ones were put on trial for revealing the existence of magic to the world, prosecuting Barbas brought up those two criminals and argued that it was Phoebe's fault for driving Cole to this. Strawman Has a Point, indeed.
    • Likewise in "Sam I Am", Phoebe starts complaining that Cole hadn't contacted her in a few weeks, before immediately jumping to the conclusion that this means he clearly must be up to something evil! Do you want him to leave you alone or not?!
    • In "Soul Survivor", Paige decides that individuals who have decided to sell their souls for wealth and power, will full knowledge that this will come at the expense of causing misery and suffering to others, are still considered Innocent. This is despite this making the "victims", actually very little from the villain of the episode, who trades these ill-gotten souls to increase his own wealth and power!
  • The Circle (2017): Eamon says all knowledge must be shared, secrets are lies, and even people's entire lives should become transparent. Meanwhile, he keeps lots of knowledge secret himself. Mae exposes him publicly near the end.
  • Community:
    • In the episode Basic Genealogy Amber points out that Pierce is a hypocrite for saying who she can and can't have a relationship while having left Amber's mother for another women himself.
    • Both Britta Perry and Shirley Bennett are the two more self-righteous members of the study group, Britta because she's the leftist Soapbox Sadie Granola Girl and Shirley because she's the saccharine sweet Holier Than Thou born-again Christian. While both are ultimately likeable and sympathetic people regardless, over the course of the series it's made quite clear that there's often a gulf between their perceptions of themselves and who they really are, and that both tend to use their respective beliefs more as a way of feeling superior over others than any other reason.
  • CSI:
    • A suicide cult leader is found murdered outside the compound with his dead followers inside. It turns out that he was a con man, and that this was not his first suicide cult. He was murdered by a devoted follower when she discovered him loading up the cult's collected possessions in preparation for fleeing. He'd planned to simply drug the followers so they'd wake up in the morning, but the follower went all the way but lacked the conviction to kill herself.
    • In another episode we see a pimp giving a speech about breaking the bonds of slavery, where in the same episode the prostitutes are kidnapped, raped, emotionally and physically abused, branded as cattle, traded and "cattle rustled" and then either killed or thrown out on the street with no means to support themselves.
  • Daredevil:
    • A lot of attention is called to the fact that Matt enforces the law as a lawyer, while simultaneously breaking it with reckless abandon by acting as a superhero. Similarly, he and Father Lantom struggle with the fact that he's a Catholic who may have to actively kill a man.
    • In "Nelson v. Murdock", Foggy is right to call Matt out for not seeing the negatives of his Daredevil work, yet Foggy is guilty of doing the same thing (going out and putting a stop to crime) to a lesser extent, seeing as he did use his softball bat a few episodes earlier to beat up a few thugs who were attacking Karen, and in season 2 we see him go into a Dogs of Hell clubhouse all by himself to seek out information.
    • While Karen is one to call Matt and Foggy out for holding secrets, she's seemingly ignoring the fact that she's kept secret from them the fact that she killed James Wesley, as well as the secret past of hers regarding her brother.
    • Leland Owlsley thinks that Wilson Fisk's new relationship with Vanessa is distracting him from getting on with his criminal ventures. Fisk can't help but point out the hypocrisy of Leland's beliefs.
    Wilson Fisk: Leland. You have a son, yes?
    Leland Owlsley: You know I do.
    Wilson Fisk: Which means at some point in the past, I assume you met a woman…fell in love.
    Leland Owlsley: What does that have to do with this?
    Wilson Fisk: Everything.
    Leland Owlsley: Gao is right. You've changed.
  • Degrassi: The Next Generation: Emma Nelson has done so many hypocritical things during her years on the show that she could be the Trope Namer.
  • Doctor Who
    • In the serial "The Daemons", the Brigadier says he's planning to blast his way through a forcefield. Jo criticizes him for always thinking of blowing things up. The Doctor then berates Jo for not showing the Brigadier due respect - even though he's always saying the exact same thing.
    • In Journey's End, Davros plans to obliterate the whole cosmos with a reality bomb. At the end of the story, when the Daleks are all being destroyed, Davros blames the Doctor and brands him "The Destroyer of Worlds", which really just makes Davros look like a sore loser.
      • Also in that story the Doctor criticises his clone for wiping out the Daleks (they're back next series) after they are barely stopped from destroying the Universes. Yet he had already tried doing this multiple times. This may be excused as his character development meant he became more reluctant to wipe out the Daleks, yet earlier that series had wiped out a less dangerous race then the Daleks.
    • The Doctor criticises others for changing history. This matter does depend on the Doctor, but the 10th Doctor made numerous alterations to history, such as bringing down a Prime Minister who would have brought about Britain's Golden Age because of something he didn't like them doing. Later stories show he apparently made things worse. Eleven also made alterations to history, but seems to have been more subtle about it, although it was during his era that the catchphrase "Time can be rewritten" gained traction, despite this being a direct contradiction of opinions stated back as far as the First Doctor.
    • Eleven berates miners for treating clones as disposable but then leaves two gangers behind to activate an anti-ganger bomb to defeat the Monster of the Week when he could have activated it himself and survived.
    • Over the course of the revival, the Doctor has to call Rose Tyler, River Song, and Clara Oswald out in turn for trying to save the life of a deceased loved one as doing so violates a fixed point in time and threatens the survival of the universe. In the Series 9 finale "Hell Bent", he attempts to do the exact same thing in the wake of Clara's death, demonstrating the top level of this trope. In his defense, he has been Driven to Madness by a Trauma Conga Line that would break just about anybody and accepts Laser-Guided Karma for his actions once he has his Heel Realization, admitting he broke his own rules. The Doctor's grief-driven hypocrisy in the finale is intentionally placed in contrast to earlier in the season, in "Before the Flood", when the Doctor has to physically restrain a man from preventing the already-seen death of the woman he loved, giving the exact same rationale that the Doctor himself later ignores when faced with the same scenario.
  • In Emerald City, the Wizard has imposed a Ban on Magic on Oz... and yet makes use of it himself when Mistress East employs it to create a hellish prison for his regime to use against magic users.
    • There's also Glinda. She preaches abstinence and demeans West for running a brothel, yet after They Came First, Glinda is shown to have a very sexual relation ship with Roan, who the audince knew as Lucas before this point.
  • ER: Kerry Weaver and Mark Greene, who frequently made people's lives hell if they even thought about bending or breaking the rules, yet never had any problem bending or breaking the rules themselves. Kerry also made people's lives hell for the slightest of screw-ups, making sure that they were punished as severely as possible, yet almost always acted as if her own screw-ups were no big deal and did everything she could to avoid being reprimanded.
    • Mark's first wife as well, who was guilty of everything that she always gave him grief about—being unsupportive, being unwilling to compromise—and was cheating on him the entire time she was complaining about his friendship with another woman.
  • Everybody Loves Raymond:
    • The same point could just as easily be made about Raymond's wife, Debra. An example: during the Italy episode, a couple of men start flirting with Debra and making kissy noises and she is clearly enjoying it, as she stands there giggling, smiling back at them and tries to strike up a conversation. When her husband Ray (quite rightly) gets upset and hurries her away from the men (as she turns back and waves goodbye to them), Debra chews him out and makes Ray out to be the bad guy. Then in another episode, Ray is at the airport when an attractive woman tries to flirt with him, but as soon as Ray realizes what's going on, he quickly informs her that he's married and sends her away, out of loyalty to Debra.....but when Debra finds out what happened, she goes into jealous banshee mode and decides to punish him anyway, and throws Ray's clothes out the window...even though Ray did the right thing (y'know, the thing that she herself was unwilling to do in Italy). The moral of the story: When Debra disrespects Ray by soaking in flirts from other men, and he gets upset...he's somehow in the wrong; and when Ray gets hit on by another woman but rejects her out of respect for Debra...Ray is still somehow wrong. Debra apparently has the right to feel jealous and take any revenge she likes, but if Ray ever feels jealous then he's a horrible, horrible person who needs to sit back and let Debra have her fun. Definitely serves as an example of Debra's Mary Sue (as well as of Ray's Informed Wrongness).
    • The way Debra treats Raymond throughout the course of this show could turn the show's very name into an example of hypocrisy.
    • Another episode has Debra force Ray to go with her to couple's counseling in order to resolve their issues (i.e. get him to admit that he's wrong and should always do what she says). Naturally, Ray is, at first, reluctant to say anything during the session, while Debra demands that he opens up. He finally does, and she promptly ends the session, when she realizes that the therapist is not on her side in this regard. So much for wanting to resolve marital problems.
  • The Flash (2014):
    • Eobard Thawne (in the guise of Professor Wells) gets upset when Barry changes the timeline (even though he only changes the events of one day and does it to save the city) and gives him a stern talking to about the dangers of time travel. This is coming from a man who traveled back over a hundred years in the past to kill The Flash as a child because of a petty grudge (and settled on killing his mother when the attempt failed) and killed various other people afterwards (including the original Wells) in his attempt to get back to the future.
  • Frasier:
    • In one episode Niles convinces Daphne to invest with his advisor. The first tip paid off, then the others failed, but Niles lied to Daphne and said they all paid off because he liked the way she kissed and hugged him when he delivered good news. In the same episode, Frasier promised his girlfriend-of-the-week that he would endorse her book even though it was terrible. When Frasier busted Niles, Niles said Frasier was being just as dishonest. Frasier could have pointed out that holding back his negative opinion from an actual girlfriend out of fear that it would negatively impact the relationship was a far cry from using money (which Niles undoubtedly got from his rich wife) to turn a platonic friend into an unwitting G-rated prostitute. Yet for some reason the only difference Frasier could come up with was "Your girl is English."
  • Friends:
    • On a third-season episode, Carol expresses disapproval when she finds out that Ross cheated on Rachel (although Ross insisted that it wasn't cheating because they were "on a break" at the time). This, despite the fact that Carol actually slept with Susan while she was still married to Ross. Nobody, not even Ross, seemed to find it hypocritical that Carol was taking Ross to task for doing something that she had previously done to him.
    • Rachel in many episodes. She dumps Ross for sleeping with someone else while they were on her poorly defined 'break', (which he fairly enough thought was a break up - Rachel herself referred to it as "we broke up"). When he gets a new girlfriend, she kisses him and tries to have sex with him. When he marries another woman, she chooses not to attend, then buys a ticket and crashes his wedding at the last minute (she even runs down the isle in the middle of the ceremony), causing him to inadvertently say her name, for largely unexplained or poorly elaborated reasons.
    • When Kathy is appalled that Chandler thinks she's cheating on him with her co-star Nick, he replies that it's logical for him to think that given that they got together after they kissed while she was dating Joey. She's so angered by his distrust, she leaves in a huff... and promptly cheats on him with Nick.
    • Played for comedy in a season five episode where Ross is offended by Chandler's frequent flirting with other women even though he's dating Monica. Chandler plays it off as no big deal - until Monica agrees that it's not a big deal because she does it all the time.
    • Monica herself gets this. Despite having dated the 21-years-her-senior Richard and likely having had to put up with snide comments from peers, she has no problem joining the rest of group in ridiculing Ross for his relationship with his student Elizabeth, even though girl is merely ten years younger than him.
    • One minor Running Gag in the series is Chandler getting irritated about how immature Joey can get, particularly how crude and childish his sense of humor is. The only thing is, Chandler can be quite a Man Child himself, and sometimes even has a similar crude, childish sense of humor. For example, in one early Season 8 episode, Joey is giggling over taking a dirty photo and Chandler simply replies "32, Joe... you're 32." Later on in the same season, Chandler's own inability to go by without making a crack about how similar "duty" and "doody" sound similar during an interview ends up costing him a decent promotion.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • Tywin Lannister:
      • He constantly preaches the importance of family while destroying the bonds he has with his children by psychologically abusing them. Tywin often wastes no time reminding his children of their shortcomings, all whilst ignoring his poor parenting as a huge reason why they are so flawed.
      • The majority of his actions which are considered "best for the family" often boil down to what will most benefit himself first. Tyrion even calls him out on how Tywin never makes any personal sacrifices for the sake of the Lannisters, but expects his kids to do so in return... to which Tywin answers that his sacrifice was to let Tyrion survive childbirth. Case in point: he is very disappointed that he has no suitable heir and criticizes Jaime for remaining on the Kingsguard and Tyrion for being a deviant and presses his children into political marriages for the sake of family legacy (such as when he arranges for Cersei to marry Loras and have his children while she is still fertile) while never remarrying himself, even though as a man his reproductive system has no expiry date and he could have more children. Not to mention that by the time of the series he has been widowed for over thirty years so there could have been several more adult Lannister children by now to make new alliances and maybe make up for the "disappointments" of his first three children. Meanwhile, his first marriage was a marriage for love - his first cousin Joanna, who as another Lannister brought no new wealth, lands, or armies with her.
      • He constantly condemns Tyrion for his whoring while secretly bedding them himself. Namely, Tyrion's former lover Shae, after Tyrion's trial.
      • When Tyrion complains that his hill tribes in Season 1 are unruly Tywin is quick to preach that the responsibility of bad behavior from soldiers lies with their commander, but when Oberyn confronts him about Gregor Clegane however Tywin simply replies that men at war commit all kind of crimes without their superior's knowledge'. In the books, Tywin insists that he never ordered Gregor to kill Elia but he did order Gregor to kill her children and only wishes that they did it cleanly.
      • Also, his justification for the Red Wedding is that it's more noble to kill dozens at a dinner rather than thousands in battle.....which conveniently leaves out the fact that not only were Robb and his court slaughtered, but also his entire army, in a very cowardly way.
    • Cersei Lannister:
      • She calls Margaery a harlot and a whore, despite herself having committed adulterous incest with her brother. She also resents Margaery for manipulating the king and trying to become a power behind the throne like her... which, unlike Cersei, Margaery would prove seemingly successful at.
      • So, Cersei defends her cheating on Robert with her brother Jaime as "true love" and her and Jaime "belonging together", adding too that her husband being an Unwanted Spouse who was whoring around himself, anyways? Fine... until Jaime goes to war and Cersei starts bedding a cousin behind her "true love's" back, as part of manipulating him to help kill her husband Robert.
      • Cersei is deeply offended that Tywin played favorites with his children, favouring the gifted Jaime. Cersei has no problem playing favorites by focusing on her firstborn son Joffrey. Myrcella and Tommen are pretty much ignored unless there is some setback on the horizon.
      • Cersei looks down on and insults Ellaria Sand for being a bastard even though all three of her own children are secretly illegitimate and pretenders to both the throne and to her own House.
      • She accuses Tyrion of overestimating his own intelligence, something she does constantly, and often at great cost to herself and House Lannister. Tyrion calls her out on this immediately.
      • She deeply loves Tommen because he is her son, but shows little respect and concern for the actual individual, not thinking twice before undermining and manipulating him or before hurting the woman he loves because Cersei's powerplays come first. At most, she views herself as a Well-Intentioned Extremist.
      • In Season 4, she accuses Tywin that once she is gone that he and Margaery would dig their claws into Tommen and fight over him until he would be ripped apart. Comes season 5, after Tywin's death, she constantly struggles with Margaery to manipulate Tommen, until he ends up killing himself after realizing that his mother's schemes ruined his chances of becoming a good king.
    • Joffrey scorns his brother Tommen for crying during Myrcella's farewell, conveniently forgetting he was on the verge of tears at Robert's deathbed and that he was weeping for his life when Arya had him at swordpoint.
    • Balon Greyjoy abuses his son for growing up among the Starks even though it was his failure that made Theon a hostage in the first place. He also resents Ned and Robert for defeating him and taking his son, even though the Old Way he so cherishes encourages taking from those weaker than you.
    • A fairly minor example, but the Blackfish chides Edmure for calling Robb "nephew" rather than the style due to a king, whilst himself referring to Edmure as "nephew" rather than the style due to a Lord Paramount.
    • Janos Slynt justifies his betrayal of Ned Stark by saying the man tried to bribe him. Tyrion notes that the only mistake there was not realizing Janos had already been bought.
    • Walder Frey speaks of his glorious victory and how his enemies crumbled before him, which annoys Jaime to the point where he asks how many battles Frey had personally partaken in. Not only does Frey dodge the question, but he then questions Jaime's personal combat prowess. This of course makes The Kingslayer even angrier.
    • Brienne of Tarth:
      • She tells Stannis she's killing him in the name of Renly the rightful King... even though Stannis clearly had more right to the throne then Renly, and if he hadn't killed Renly, Renly probably would have killed him.
      • Later, Brienne tells Sansa not to trust Davos for supporting Stannis and cites the fact he wasn't with Stannis to show his disloyalty. However, Davos was away on Stannis' orders and by this logic Brienne was disloyal to Catelyn for not being with her when she was murdered. In fact, she comes across as worse by this logic, as rather then remaining to protect Sansa she went off to murder Stannis and it was only luck that enabled her to save Sansa.
    • Roose Bolton becomes this in hindsight. Remember when he called the Greyjoys "treasonous whores"?
    • Ellaria Sand off-handedly berates Jaime for being "The Kingslayer", then kills her king Doran Martell a few episodes later.
    • Harald Karstark sided with the Boltons because the Starks killed his father. Yet, he is not bothered in the slightest when Ramsay murders his own father Roose who also avenged Harald's father. He also sided with the Boltons who were allied with the Lannisters, whom his father had a hostile hatred of and would have never sided with any house allied with them. Not to mention that he doesn't seem to remember or care that the Boltons' Lannister allies killed his brothers, with Jaime Lannister himself having murdered Torrhen in cold blood. Combined with his cold demeanor, it really makes you wonder what his relationship with Torrhen and Harrion was like...
    • Jaime Lannister:
      • Him reminding Randyll Tarly that he had sworn an oath to the crown is kind of this considering that Jaime killed the king he sworn to defend (while he was right to do it, it doesn't change the fact he betrayed his oath) and is persuading him to serve a woman that murdered a king (Robert) and a queen (Margaery) and is responsible for the death of another (Tommen).
      • He claims to Brienne that he was proud of killing the Mad King before he unleashed wildfire on the people of King's Landing, come Season 7, he serves Cersei a Queen who unleashed wildfire on the people of King's Landing and willingly follows her around like a minion.
  • General Hospital:
    • Carly Corinthos Jax. Slept with Jason for weeks without even knowing his name. Seduced her stepfather, then later cheated on him and spent the duration of her pregnancy pretending that the baby she conceived that night was his when she knew there was a chance it wasn't. Cheated on her husband—she has probably never been faithful to any man that she's been married to or involved with—and tried to pull the same pregnancy stunt with ''him'. But she verbally and physically assaults any woman who dares to so much as say "hello" to a man she's interested in, branding them as a "slut" or a "tramp".
    • Sonny Corinthos also counts. A mobster, yet claims to be better than most people he despises and makes excuses for ''all'' his crimes, from his abusive childhood to his bipolar disorder and berates women if they lie or cheat, despite his history of infidelity, despite having fathered more children than anyone else on the show.
    • Brenda spent the entirety of her relationship with Sonny acting very improperly with her friend Miguel—gushing about how gorgeous and sexy he was, hanging all over him, provocatively dancing with him—but the two of them would go ballistic if Sonny so much as talked to Miguel's fiancee Lily. It was also somehow perfectly okay for Brenda and Miguel to jump into bed within days of her breaking up with Sonny, but horrible for Sonny and Lily to begin dating, even though they had the sense to take their time getting involved. The most glaring example of this hypocrisy had to be Brenda making snide comments about this—as she's sitting on Miguel' s lap, and then when the towel-clad, post Shower of Love Brenda and Miguel reacted with disgust and anger at the sight of the fully clothed Sonny and Lily returning home from their date.
  • Glee:
    • While it isn't done on purpose, Kurt is a huge hypocrite. During the first season, he comes out of the closet and starts to get used to living as an out gay man, and he begins to assert that he was born gay, and that he can't change who he is for someone else...but at the same time, he tries to seduce Finn, who happens to be decidedly straight. Despite his own opinion that he is who he is and that that can't change, he constantly tries to get close to Finn and keeps telling Finn that girls are all catty and troublesome, and that he should go out with boys instead - in other words, he tries to turn Finn gay. The second season has Kurt act like a hypocrite as well - Despite Kurt's talks about how important LGBT rights are and gay visibility, the second that Blaine confesses that he might be bisexual, Kurt has a huge rant about how bisexuals don't exist, and how they're all "gays who are too afraid to come out completely".
    • Blaine makes a big deal of having a sexy performances for Regionals (to the point of forcing Kurt to make sexy faces in the mirror) in Season 2's episode "Sexy", yet in "Hold onto Sixteen" he slut shames Sam for suggesting that they do the same thing.
  • Gossip Girl:
    • Serena. Standing there saying "My entire life I've been bending over backwards to avoid hurting your feelings!" to Blair when two years before she'd slept with her boyfriend and then abandoned her without a single word for a year while Blair's parents went through a public, traumatic divorce. And before that, Serena regularly showed up at Blair's house wasted and had to be taken care of by her.
    • Compounded as of Season 4. In S1, it took Blair two-and-a-half episodes to get over the fact that her best friend Serena had slept with her boyfriend of five years, and Serena acted like that was too long. In S4, it took Serena longer than that to forgive Blair for kissing her ex-boyfriend. Way to be worse than the Alpha Bitch, Serena. Did we mention Serena's supposed to be the nicest girl on the show?
    • The Gossip Girl character who really takes the cake is Dan Humphrey. "Humphrey levels of hypocrisy" is an actual term among the show's fandom. He's a serial cheater who judges other characters if they cheat. He's always critical and judgmental of the UES characters when they plot and scheme even though Dan himself does so every other episode. He judges the UES characters for their lifestyle yet happily lives off their money and enjoys the benefits of their riches. The list goes on and on and on... Basically, he's the guy who claims he has high morals and constantly judges the other characters when they fail to live up to those morals even though Dan himself is just as bad as the rest of them.
    • Dan Humphrey and Vanessa Abrams. They spend half their time judging the UES kids for the things they do and the other half of their time doing the exact same things as the UES kids. In season four Dan even told his sister Jenny she would be better off leaving Manhattan because she sunk to Chuck and Blair's level by scheming against them, and in the very next episode Dan himself schemed against Chuck and Blair.
  • In Gotham, Barbara is upset at Gordon for not being entirely truthful about how he knows Cobblepot when she herself is keeping secrets from Gordon about taking drugs.
    • Later on, she calls Gordon and a woman answers (actually Ivy when she and Selina break into Gordon's house to get out of the storm). Barbara mistakenly believes Gordon is seeing someone else and declares "I'm done with him". This is after she left him, never saying when she will be back and already cheated on Gordon with Montoya.
  • One reason the Tritter arc was so hated in House was because Tritter was such a grade-A example of hypocrisy. His rationale for hating House, at first, is that House is a bully who always gets whatever he wants and don't care at all about the regulations of the hospital. Tritter repeatedly breaks the law trying to railroad House into a conviction, including offering deals in return for confessions and withdrawing them or coercing testimony from House's team. He's also a major bully himself and when insulted by House, returns the favor by kicking his cane.
  • The Handmaid's Tale: Fred and the other officials who visit a brothel, despite being fundamentalist Christians who condemn this. He excuses it saying "We're human".
  • iCarly: Aired the episode iStart A Fan War, which ended with a dual Author Filibuster (as it was directed against a group of in-universe fans but also aimed at the real life fandom by the writer Dan Schneider) against Shipping. The very next episode began a 5 episode romantic Shipping story arc, completely obliterating the intended message of iStart A Fan War.
  • Iron Fist (2017)
    • Colleen Wing has to uneasily admit to hypocrisy when, right after telling Darryl to not fight in the name of money, she participates in some underground cage matches to get money for her dojo's upkeep and video from one of them surfaces on YouTube.
    • Joy Meachum states that she's more open-minded than her brother's Black and White Morality. But at the end of the day, she's as obstinate as Ward in her opinions and is all too willing to side with her untrustworthy father despite Ward warning how dangerous Harold is, while spitting excuses for his behavior.
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit: in the episode "Hammered", Sonya Paxton tries a man arrested for killing a woman while heavily intoxicated. The defendant suffered from alcoholism and claimed to have suffered a blackout, having no memory of the murder. Paxton won't have it, though, going so far as to argue "Alcoholism is not a disease". After a major courtroom gaffe jeopardizes her case, though, it becomes clear that she may have a drinking problem, herself. This comes to a head when she comes to court the next day drunk, fails a breathalyzer test in court, and is put on leave for alcoholism rehab.
  • In the Legends of Tomorrow episode "Compromised", Sara sides with Martin, who is trying to convince that Jax that they can't change history to suit themselves. Shortly afterwards, Sara runs into Damian Darhk, who will murder Sara's sister almost thirty years in the future, and she immediatly abandons their current mission to try and kill him, blowing the team's cover in the process. Jax quickly calls her on this.
  • Luke Cage:
    • For all of Mariah's stance about Harlem and not liking the n-word, when Misty has her on the ropes she shows that it's just a front and not only does she call people the n-word, she also isn't above using stereotypes to get away as she says it's common for black workers to steal inventory when Misty asks why the microphone stand that she used to kill Cottonmouth mysteriously vanished.
    • During her rally at Harlem's Paradise, Mariah suggests that Jessica Jones lied about Kilgrave's powers and his raping her, which is the exact kind of skepticism and victim-blaming that led to her snapping and killing Cottonmouth.
    • Luke's father preached a high standard of morality from the pulpit, all the while keeping a mistress on the side, employed by his church and having sex in his office there (siring Willis Stryker in the process).
    • Diamondback tells Mariah "You should never talk about murder on an open line," right after blatantly talking about dispatching Shades and Damon Boone on an open phone line.
  • Merlin: A deliberate and fascinating example is King Uther. After enlisting the help of a sorceress in order for his barren wife to conceive, he set about killing and terrorising everyone who practised sorcery (even those who did so for perfectly innocent reasons) even though he had no one to blame for his wife's death except himself. The real kicker is when Morgana gets sick in series 3, and he actually coerces Gaius into using magic to save her. You'd think this act of blatant hypocrisy would make him decide to ease up on the sorcerers a bit from then on, but you'd be wrong...
    • Later on in series 3, there was a sorcerer going around healing people miraculously who was Gaius's former lover. Uther wanted Gaius to see if sorcery was involved in the healings and it is implied he would have executed whoever did it. The fact that he was willing to use magic to miraculously heal Morgana is made even more hypocritical because of that in retrospect.
    • The reason he hates magic in the first place is because he made a deal with a sorceress to concieve a son with his barren wife. Furthermore, he describes his deceased wife as "my soul" and yet we later find out that he had an affair with his best friend's wife, and that (as he says to his son) "I know about the temptations of serving girls."
    • His son Arthur also counts. Though he enforces his father's anti-magical regime, on at least three occasions he enlists magical aid in order to get something he wants.
  • Married... with Children: Okay, here's one very few fans caught onto. Miss DeGroot, the mean librarian who hated Al (even when he was a child) allowed him to take out one book, simply to prove he'd never return it; he forgot to, and she worked at the library over thirty years to prove it, somehow cheating death from old age, despite a rather unhealthy lifestyle where she drank coffee with half a container of sugar per cup. When Al finally confronts her (and she offers to waive the fine of $2,000 as a type of Cruel Mercy) she tells him how satisfying it is he grew up to be the loser she envisioned - this from a woman who has lived alone all her life, unmarried, working as a school librarian for three decades over a petty obsession over a ten-year-old student who irked her. She calls Al a loser? She's never even tried loser.
  • Noah's Arc: A notable example is when Noah enters a sex party to try and find Ricky, and a guy tries to aggressively flirt with him. Malik immediately steps in and tell him to back off, and that no means no. He then immediately proceeds to flirt with Noah even more aggressively, as Noah says no.
  • The Office (US): Angela has a habit of calling out people for their faults and failing to see them in herself. Most notoriously, cheating on both Andy when she was engaged to him, and then later the senator, but then trying to take a hit out on Oscar upon finding out he and the senator were having an affair.
  • One Life to Live: Viki Buchanan cheats on her husband Clint with Sloan Carpenter and eventually leaves him for him. Within weeks of this, she's dragging her children off to dinner with Sloan, showing absolutely zero consideration for their discomfort with the situation and admonishing them when they're rude to him. But she gets pissy at the mere possibility that Clint is embarking on a new relationship and visibly smirks when her children are rude to the other woman.
  • The Outer Limits (1995): In "The Human Operators", the AI minds understandably rebelled on discovering they were humans' slaves, but then enslave humans themselves to repair their systems, justifying all their mistreatment due to human "viciousness". This results in a vicious circle as the human slaves rebel against them in return.
  • Pawn Stars:
    • Everyone is guilty. It usually involves someone calling another out for buying something without getting it checked out something everyone is guilty of doing.
    • Corey once bought a Samurai sword. His sword expert was gone so he bought it as cheaply as possible. It ended up paying off, but not before being chewed out by everyone else.
    • Rick once bought a book signed by "Shoeless" Joe Jackson for $13,000 it ended up being fake and Corey wouldn't let Rick live it down.
    • Another example involves someone treating the shop as their personal store.
    • Rick once bought an incunabule, a book printed in the first 50 years of the invention of the printing press. Naturally he wanted it and was going to keep it for himself after paying the middleman price instead of the buyer's price. Corey calls him out and makes him pay about $1500 more than what the shop payed for it.
    • After buying a classic car, Rick has a buyer lined up only to find Corey has taken it for a joy ride. Corey lampshades this trope saying that if someone were to go to any one of their houses they's find a bunch of stuff that belongs to the store.
  • Quantico: Has a habit of combining this with Straw Feminist.
    • Miranda's superiors demote her after leading a botched operation with an untrained recruit which resulted in both agents and civilians being killed. Miranda goes to her boss with evidence that her successor slept with a recruit (a consenting adult, so no one complained about favorable or unfavorable treatment). When Miranda sees that he isn't going to be punished, she gives Alex a self-pitying speech about the glass ceiling.
    • In Season 2, Vice President Claire Haas asks Shelby not to reveal her culpability in creating a group of rogue agents, saying that, as a woman, she'll be held to an unfair standard, while her past includes getting away with being in league with a terrorist (which everyone knew but couldn't prove).
  • Revolution:
    • The preacher Nicholas in episode 3, for all his preaching, condemns Miles to death the instant he finds out that Miles is one of the founders of the Monroe Republic. This could be taken as an indication of the Crapsack World the characters live in, because anybody who tries to be a good person in such a world is doomed to be this. Charlie, ironically enough, proved to be more forgiving than the preacher on the matter!
    • Rachel is definitely this by episode 18. She accuses Miles of being the "Butcher of Baltimore", even though her invention is responsible for the butchering of billions. In fact, she could have tried to turn the power back on at any time, but she was more content to sit on her rear and do nothing. She shot a hungry man for trying to steal food from her family in episode 2, but she turns around and steals food out of hunger, and she shoots the man who confronts her and tries to shoot her over that in episode 16. She wanted to keep her ill son Danny alive and went to extremes to ensure his survival in episode 7, but when she comes across another ill boy, she decides to just leave him to die without even trying to save him in episode 17. She urges Aaron to leave her behind when her leg gets broken, but the minute he saves her life thanks to his hard work, she repays it by threatening to abandon Aaron if he doesn't help her get revenge on Monroe, and stating that nothing else matters to her now that Danny is dead. This trope is a big reason she is The Scrappy.
  • Robin Hood:
    • One of the main reasons why Kate was so hated. She would complain loudly whenever Allan or Much went out of their way to save her life, at one stage yelling at them: "I'm sick of you two trying to protect me! You have to concentrate on the mission!" Yet in the very next episode, she interrupts not one but two missions in order to pursue her romantic interest in Robin, first by bestowing a Forceful Kiss on him, and later by asking Much to act as a proxy for getting her and Robin together. Much is so upset by this that he's distracted during combat and loses the treasure that the outlaws were trying to steal. So it's not okay for Much or Allan to endanger missions in order to bail Kate out of trouble, but it's perfectly fine for Kate to do so just because she has the hots for Robin.
    • There's also the fact that her Clingy Jealous Girl personality makes her immediately dislike Isabella and insist that she's not trustworthy, when in her first appearance Kate deliberately betrayed Robin in order to secure the safety of her brother. To make matters worse, Isabella was fully on the outlaws' side until Robin breaks up with her on Kate's insistence that he shouldn't trust her.
  • The Secret Circle: Eben, leader of the witch hunters, employs a witch — thought to be a former member of the old Circle, but it's actually Nick — and kills witches with magic even when they're defenseless.
  • 7th Heaven:
    • When Lucy Camden's encouraged by her father Eric to do her Confirmation in the church, she asks to read about other religions first. Eric acts like he is totally fine with this and gives her books about other religions. When she tells him to have become interested in Buddhism however, Eric says to Annie he will never let that happen, and then straight-out blackmails Lucy (by threatening to else punish her for something) into doing the Confirmation. Not only, why would he give her the books and fake to be so open-minded about other religions if he wouldn't let her make her own choice anyway, but worse, wouldn't a minister want people to commit to a religion out of their own conviction and faith, instead of being blackmailed into it?
    • When Mary Camden decides not to go to college and instead take jobs as a waitress and other low-paying jobs, her parents are repulsed by that. Ironically, some of the jobs she has are in joints her parents themselves hang out - so while the Camdens put on this facade of accepting all people, they really deem waiters and other not-requiring-a-college-degree jobs to be less worthy people. The real hypocrisy kicker comes 2 years later though, when Mary gets a job as an airline attendant - a better-paying, and requiring more professional training, job than those she had before - and they even react in horror to that too; Annie says "How could our kid that had so much promise in high school, end up as an airline attendant?".
    • When The Unfavorite child of the Camden family Mary announces her marriage to Carlos to her family, they talk about it amongst themselves and say the marriage will probably be problematic because Mary and Carlos "are from different backgrounds, languages, religions". Not only is Carlos a man who happens to be from Puerto Rican descent but speaks English perfectlynote , but the Camdens never objected to other people of different ethnicities being together before - apparently that's o.k. as long as it's not my children... They also apparently now deem Catholics not Christians, while other daughter Lucy herself also married a man who was Catholic.
    • "Tunes", again. The episode is basically saying that people shouldn't listen to rap music because it adds to ignorance about prejudice against women, but in the process, it implies that all rap listeners (including women themselves) are misogynistic, which itself is ignorant and prejudiced to the people who listen to that music. Also in earlier seasons, in some episodes, you could hear some of the Camden kids listen to rap music, though this wouldn't be noticeable on first glance.
    • Martin's season 10 teen pregnancy storyline. In season 9, Martin basically gave Simon a talk about the "evils" of premarital sex, and stated that he would never have sex until marriage. Flashforward several months later, Sandy comes to Martin announcing her pregnancy with his child, the result of an affair that occurred over the summer. More over, Martin blatantly ignored Sandy during much of her pregnancy, and pretended that he wasn't the father for much of the time.
    • The family's philosophy seems to be "don't hate anyone" even if they are unbearably annoying. However, this doesn't really stop them from hating Rose, who granted was an Alpha Bitch, though their philosophy is ultimately thrown out the window for just this one person.
    • In the season 9 finale "Mi Familia (Part 2)", under the belief that Mary and Carlos are getting back together, Annie decides not to call them because she believes that she and the family should stay out of their business in order for them to reconcile in their own way (Annie's words: "Everyone is going to stay out of this, including myself and your father...Sometimes the best thing you can do for someone you love is to stay out of their business.") However, this is contradicted by the family's meddling behavior into almost everyone's business, including their own family members, which has gotten so bad to the point where it has became a Once an Episode thing.
  • Smallville: The worst example has to be Lex Luthor (which is actually intentional, since this is one of Lex's defining attributes in the comics), who constantly bitches about Clark keeping his secret from him, while simultaneously keeping an army of skeletons (all of them far, far darker than Clark's) in his own closet.
    • Lana complains constantly about Clark and Lex hiding things from her, but the minute she has a secret (the black spaceship, the fact that Lex is still alive, etc.), she goes out of her way to hide it from Clark.
      • Which also makes her Too Dumb to Live, since in those situations Clark is probably the first person she should be talking to, as he actually has a proven track record of saving her from these situations.
    • In "Nocturne," Clark peevishly comments that Lana's Secret Admirer sounds like a stalker. This, from Mr. Peeping Telescope. The characters point this out in-universe.
  • Spartacus: Blood and Sand:
    • Crixus. When Spartacus attempts a (probably suicidal) solo attempt to assassinate Glaber, the man ultimately responsible for Spartacus' enslavement and the death of his wife, Crixus intervenes. He chastises Spartacus for trying to kill a praetor, an act that would surely provoke a severe reaction from Rome and endanger their group. Crixus then proceeds to drag them all along raiding the villas of Roman aristocrats in order to seek information about the whereabouts of his own lover Naevia. This naturally causes the Senate to demand that action be taken to crush the rebel slaves (ironically assigning Glaber to the task).
    • Upon discovering that Naevia has been sent to the mines, Crixus leads his followers among the rebels on a Suicide Mission to rescue her. Most of them do indeed get killed.
    • Crixus, who always insisted that the Gauls were his men, not Spartacus', is angry and tries to inspire mistrust in Spartacus when Agron opts to liberate a group of German warriors to swell the depleted ranks of the rebels. Never mind that their ranks were running low because Crixus got so many of them killed in his quest to rescue Naevia and he never showed even the slightest remorse about the high cost in lives her rescue entailed. But he treats Agron's recruitment of the Germans as a selfish power play and tries to convince Spartacus of this.
    • It gets even better, in the final season Crixus splits the rebel forces and leads an army to Rome's doorstep. Crixus' final mistake.
  • Star Trek: Vulcans blame humans for being so emotional and illogical, yet, as demonstrated in episodes like "Amok Time" and "Take Me Out to the Holosuite", there is nothing logical about their own contempt for humans.
    • Also, the Vulcan motto is "Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations", just so long as you think and behave exactly according to the rules that one man wrote thousands of years ago, and don't have children with offworlders.
    • Klingons are brave and honourable. Except when they're not. Later seasons of Next Generation and Deep Space Nine made it very clear that "honour" among Klingons was the exception rather than the rule: most of them were nothing more than thugs or bullies, many of them were deceitful and treacherous, their leadership was riddled with corruption and they were more than happy to cover up acts of extreme dishonour out of political expediency. We can only hope that Martok made some significant changes.
  • Star Trek: The Next Generation:
    • Captain Picard is thoroughly appalled when a scientist seeking vengeance against the Crystalline Entity uses the Enterprise to kill it with a continuous graviton pulse. He notes that communication between the Entity and humanoids was possible and they may have been able to negotiate with it, but didn't seem to want to extend this courtesy to the parasite queen in "Conspiracy", who he destroyed while displaying as much or more disgust. Keep in mind that the Crystalline Entity destroyed two entire planets that we know of, while the extent of the parasite invasion only seemed to affect a few dozen or so people.
      • Possibly justified because Picard's main concern with the Crystalline Entity was that it might not have been aware that the people it was killing were sentient. The parasite queen knew exactly what she was doing and didn't care about hijacking the bodies of sentient beings.
    • Troi gets called out on her hypocritical attitude regarding use of Betazoid empathy during the third season episode The Price by her love interest of the week, Ral. When she complains to him about his use of empathic abilities to gain an advantage at the negotiation table, he flatly points out that people have done such things for thousands of years without anyone calling foul while he simply happens to be slightly better at it. He then goes on to point out the real hypocrisy as he sees it: Troi uses her empathic abilities every bit as much to aid her 'client:' the crew, the captain and Starfleet, often at the expense of whatever opponent they're dealing with at the moment. As Ral states, the difference between them is that when Troi manipulates and spies on the opposition without their knowledge or consent, people very well might die rather than simply fail to acquire some property. Troi's arguments are supported however, by the implication that Ral is directly influencing his opposition during the negotiations, and using his empathy to manipulate them into dropping out of the race entirely.
    • During one episode, Worf becomes paralyzed and thus desires to either be fixed or to commit ritual suicide, because Klingon culture sees physical disability as worse than death. Another doctor shows up to help, but only is successful when the doctor performs an untested medical treatment. Crusher then goes on a rant to the guest doctor about how she sees her patients as little more than guinea pigs, using untested treatments on them, which the audience is supposed to support. This would hold weight... if it were not for the fact that the Chief Medical Officer of EVERY Star Trek show—including Crusher herself—spends almost every episode they appear in making up treatments on the spot to use on their patients with little if any evidence that they'll actually work, to the point that it might as well be in the job description. And to reiterate, Worf wants to be fully healed or dead. When the untested treatment is the only possible way to save the patient's life, you use it and cross your fingers, which, again, is what Crusher does on a regular basis.
  • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine:
    • The Cardassians led a brutal occupation of Bajor, and are later themselves occupied by the Dominion. It leads to this exchange between Damar (a Cardassian) and Kira (a Bajoran) when Damar learns the Dominion has executed his family:
    Damar: To kill her and my son... the casual brutality of it... the waste of life. What kind of state tolerates the murder of innocent women and children? What kind of people give those orders?
    Kira: Yeah, Damar, what kind of people give those orders?
    • Doubly hypocritical given Damar himself has casually murdered an unarmed woman (Ziyal). She might, by her own admission, have been an enemy of the state, but at the time she was no threat and could have easily been subdued.
    • Notably, this is actually part of his character development. Damar toed the line under Dukat and the Dominion, slowly being driven to rebel after seeing his people be pushed to the sidelines and sacrificed needlessly. It is this quote which helps him to realize what Cardassia was, and why it needs to change. Garak even pointed this out to Kira when she regreted her words, telling her that if Damar would lead a new Cardassia, then Damar's pain made him more receptive to Kira's words, not less.
    • Gul Dukat became a leader of a Pah-Wraith cult, and tried to lead them in a mass-suicide. While holding their suicide pills, Kira tried to stop them and bumped into Dukat and the pill he was holding became scattered with a few hundred others. The cult got Kira under control but Dukat was frantically looking for the pill he had. Everyone realized that his pill was a fake; he wasn't planning on committing suicide at all. Needless to say, his influence on the cult fell apart pretty quickly. Though one cultist did take the pill anyway even after Dukat's lies had been exposed. Dukat claimed that the Pah-Wraiths had told him to take a fake pill and get everyone else to kill themselves, and the cultist in question decided to believe him, even if he didn't seem to like it. It should be noted, also, that this might not be hypocrisy at all- the Pah-Wraiths are essentially the Legions of Hell, posing to the cult as misblamed fallen angels when in actually they are Omnicidal Maniacs- it is could be that they really ''did' order him that which would mean he isn't actually a hypocrite (in this particular instance, at least).
    • Garak spends a lot of time complaining about Bashir's Federation smugness, and a similar amount of time extolling the cultural superiority of Cardassia.
    • Vulcan captain Solok has built his entire academic career on the assertion that Vulcans are inherently superior to humans and other emotional races, but he's the one who refuses to let one Academy incident with Sisko be forgotten, to the extent that he teaches his crew baseball. There's certainly no logical reason for him to pick baseball and then challenge Sisko except that he wants to humiliate Sisko, and there's no logical benefit for him to do so. When the Niners celebrate getting one run as though they've actually defeated Solok's team, Solok's pissiness at their "incorrect" reaction has them pointing out, quite correctly, that he's getting embarrassingly emotional about the matter.
  • Star Trek: Enterprise: Captain Archer is prone to excessive hypocrisy, to the point where many viewers saw him as being written as a case of Protagonist-Centered Morality.
    • Contrasted in the episodes "Dear Doctor" and "Observer Effect". In "Dear Doctor", the Enterprise makes contact with a race of aliens that are dying from a genetic disorder which, according to the Goal-Oriented Evolution cited by Dr. Phlox, they "evolved" so as to make room for another species on their planet with more evolutionary potential. Although Phlox can provide a cure, he and Archer agree not help the aliens, observing that they don't want to "play God" and that in the future there may even be a rule about this (i.e. the Federation's Prime Directive). But in "Observer Effect" Trip and Hoshi return to Enterprise having contracted an incurable disease while digging around in an alien garbage dump without hazmat suits. They soon die and Archer at least has also become infected as well. It turns out that a couple of Sufficiently Advanced Aliens have been watching this all play out. Both Phlox and Archer blast them for their complete lack of compassion. Archer goes even further, referencing his decision in "Dear Doctor", but not accepting it as an excuse for why these aliens have not intervened to help him and his crew with a disease they contracted through sheer carelessness.
    • Archer's actions in "Fortunate Son" where he tirades against Ryan for seeking revenge against pirates who have repeatedly attacked his ship and nearly fatally injured one of his crew, compared to "Silent Enemy" where Archer seeks revenge against unknown aliens who have repeatedly attacked his ship and nearly fatally injured one of his crew. Bad enough already, but the latter takes place only two episodes later!
    • On a more broad scale, Archer is always advocating open-mindedness and embracing other lifeforms, and yet as the series goes on, we find that he falls into the occasional habit of being suspicious, paranoid and almost hostile upon first contact with truly alien forms of life or humanoids that are very different from the human norm for absolutely no good reason (except maybe his "feelings"), while he is warm, welcoming and forgiving to more familiar humanoids for the exact same lack of reasoning. Sometimes his paranoia ends up being justified. He really edges onto What Measure Is a Non-Human? in his interspecies treatment.
    • In "The Breach", Phlox points out that Denobulan Medical Ethics prevent him from treating someone who does not want to be treated and that he must respect his patients' wishes, even if they lead to their death. Which makes his actions in "Dear Doctor" even more shocking in retrospect, since the Valakians most certainly did want to be treated!
    • Purposefully invoked and deconstructed in "Damage", where Archer realises that in order to reach Azati Prime in time to prevent the Xindi from destroying Earth, he must engage in piracy and steal a replacement warp coil from the Illyrians. In other words, become no different from the Osaarian pirates from "Anomaly" that he so despised.
    • John Paxton, the leader of the xenophobic Earth organization Terra Prime. He had unwavering dedication to his cause, and was willing to scorch half of San Francisco to make his demands known. Considering this was after a devastating alien attack, their concerns about an alien alliance had some validity. T'Pol deduced from a trembling hand that Paxton had a genetic disorder, one that should have killed him when he was a teenager, but didn't because of "freely given" alien medical technology. Paxton will only admit that he's not the first leader to fail to live up to the standard of an idol (in his case, a mass murderer from Earth's post WW 3 period), and refuses to back down. This fact exposed him as a man who was just racist.
  • Supernatural:
    • In Season 5, family is a major theme with the Winchester brothers choosing family over God, good, evil and everything else contrary to brothers Michael and Lucifer, who want to duke it out to determine who controls the Earth. Proving the importance of family was what God was going for the whole time. Never mind God's blatant favoritism of Lucifer, later humanity, and abandonment of his own "children" the angels are the source of most of the problems throughout the latter half of the series. Michael is forced to choose between his brother Lucifer and father God. Lucifer values his siblings, but is disgusted with his father favoring humans. God himself is often said by the main characters to just be another deadbeat father with a list of excuses.
    • There's also the case of Adam, the Winchesters' half brother, who fell into the void with Michael, Lucifer, and Sam. Sam's soulless body was quickly retrieved, and Dean made a deal with Death to save their souls, who offered him the choice of saving either Sam or Adam from the infinite torments of the frustrated Michael and Lucifer. He picked Sam, and then apparently neither of them thought about Adam ever again. Way to focus on family there.
    • Near the end of season 6, Dean finds out that Castiel has been working with Crowley, and promptly chews him out for it. Even though Dean did the same thing the previous season. And one of the first things he does in season 7 is call Crowley for help in taking down Cas.
  • The Vampire Diaries: Elena tries to convince Anna and Jeremy to stop seeing each other by arguing that she can't age or have children and so their relationship can't have a future (Anna's a ghost, so there are other arguments she could have made, but those are the ones she went with). She then immediately returns to work on getting her eternally 17 vampire boyfriend back. To make things worse, Elena explicitly doesn't want to become a vampire, while Jeremy has previously been open to it, making the immortality issue more of an issue for her.
  • 24: Andre Drazen tells Ira Gaines "when plan A fails, you move onto plan B. You don't do plan A recycled". What is the Drazens' plan for assassinating David Palmer later on if not "plan A recycled"?
  • Tyrant: Abu Omar leads the Army of the Caliphate, an Islamic militant group that imposes very harsh sharia law. He also takes Deliyah from her husband, something forbidden by sharia.
  • Wolf Hall
    • Anne Boleyn has a knack for making her insults about things that could easily apply to herself. She gets rather catty about Henry's interest in Jane Seymour when the circumstances of his interest (a pretty face and intriguing personality after he fails to produce a son with his current wife) are what got her onto the throne. She also threatens Cromwell by saying that as she made himnote  she can unmake him, prompting Norfolk to point out Cromwell can say the same of her.
    • When Thomas More defends himself against charges of sedition and treason by saying that he "does harm to no one", Cromwell is livid and reminds him that More had heretics brought to his own home in order to rack them and that James Bainham (who died in episode three) was tortured so badly that he had to be carried to the stake he was burned at—so really he's being much kinder to More than he deserves.


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