Hypocritical Humor / Comic Books

  • In the Disney Ducks Comic Universe:
    • Carl Barks's comic story "Only a Poor Old Man" had Uncle Scrooge lecturing Donald Duck on how Donald would be more secure if he had wealth. While making sure a mouse didn't eat his dollar bills.
    • Don Rosa's "Gyro's First Invention" has Scrooge lecturing Gyro Gearloose on the dangers of overvaluing his first invention: "What sentimental rubbish is that?! You can't base your whole career on such a small achievement! You won't get far in life with such a warped sense of proportions!" — all while carefully restoring his #1 Dime to its pedestal.
    • That's a recurring joke, too. In another Don Rosa comic, "The Treasury of Croesus", Scrooge uncovers the money bin of king Croesus, who had left a room for his first coin. A historian comments: "Who would have guessed someone would be crazy enough to consider a single coin his greatest treasure?" Scrooge isn't amused.
    • Another Don Rosa's story features the running gag of the three nephews complaining that everyone but Donald consider them identical in looks and actions... While saying the very same words and making the same actions at the same time. To be fair, there are some differences, but they are so tiny that only they themselves and Donald (who in the story is revealed to have a very good sight and a near-impossible ability to check for details) can see them.
    • The trope's main page has a panel with Beagle Boys finding it hilarious that Donald's three nephews are so identical they can't be told apart.
  • In an early issue of Young Justice, Impulse, who acts without forethought or afterthought 100% of the time, said "Boy, don't you hate it when people go off and do whatever they feel like?" after Superboy headed out to confront a villain alone.
  • In an early issue of Justice League International, in a discussion of Guy Gardner:
    Blue Beetle: ...You think maybe it's too late to petition for a new Green Lantern? Hey Bats — maybe you could wear the ring...
    Batman: It would only get in my way.
    Blue Beetle: ...Yeah... besides, who'd ever buy a super-hero called the "Green Batman"? I mean, that's as bad as—
    Batman: The Blue Beetle?
    Blue Beetle: Well... um... ah...
  • Early in Watchmen, Rorschach, shown as the biggest wingnut of the lot, laments the sad mental condition of his retired superhero colleagues.
  • One Les Pretend strip in The Beano had Les's dad discussing the daft things Les pretended to be with his friends, and them all laughing about it. It was at the end of this strip that we first learnt that Les's dad and his friends are all Elvis impersonators.
  • Astérix:
    • In Asterix and the Normans, Asterix and Obelix are ordered by Chief Vitalstatistix to see what a group of Norman invaders are doing in Gaul. On their return, Obelix reports to the chief that the Normans all "had such funny names, all ending in -af, like Nescaf, Decaf and Autograf!" Vitalstatistix is highly amused, and says to the other Gaulish villagers: "Ha ha! Did you hear that, Cacofonix, Geriatrix, Operatix, Acoustix, Polyphonix and Harmonix?"
    • An Asterix short has Getafix chiding the Gauls for using so many words with Latin roots taken from the invading Romans, suggesting they use the local Gaulish equivalents (which are often longer or more unwieldy). He finishes his long list of examples with "Etcetera, etcetera."
  • Supergirl: In 2005 story arc Girl Power, the titular heroine meets Starfire, who tells her she has some of the answers she is looking for.
    Supergirl: (thinking) What would a girl who comes from another planet in a faraway galaxy know about — Oh. Says me, the girl from another planet in a far... Huh.
  • Superman:
    • While Clark and Lois were debating how to explain his absence during his death (don't ask, long story), Clark suggested several extremely stupid explanations, including riptides and alien abductions. When Lois asked him what idiots would buy such pathetic excuses, he said: "You did."
    • The scene in 52, when Clark leapt off a building (he was depowered at the time, which is another long story) to get an interview with a new superhero. Lois wasn't happy about it. Clark pointed out that she used to do the same thing and could "write the book on it".
    • In The Superman Adventures, while Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen are covering one of Superman's battles, Lois remarks that the populace is treating it "like a cheap prize fight" only to murmur, "Ooh, good one" with the next punch.
  • In an issue of Global Frequency a man claiming to be a magician (as in a proper one) is brought in, and claims that magic is a 'psychological discipline'. One of the people he's working with, a parapsychologist, makes a sneering comment about this. The magician is amused by the parapsychologist's superiority, pointing out that it's not as if her field is part of the rational orthodoxy. The parapsychologist is less amused by this.
  • Occurs fairly frequently in Dork Tower, either when the characters are complaining about a behavior they also embody, or when they're Leaning on the Fourth Wall about John Kovalic's writing or art.
  • In one panel of Gotham City Sirens, Batman makes a teeth-baringly horrific face while telling Riddler, "You're not helping people by scaring them."
  • In an issue of Birds of Prey, Misfit tells Big Barda she can't stand watching Black Canary's adopted daughter. Misfit goes on a rant about how little girls are annoying. Barda agrees with that statement.
  • In The Smurfs comic book story (and Animated Adaptation) "King Smurf", the title character admonishes his captain of the guard, Hefty Smurf, for failing to have a sense of humor when dealing with Jokey playing one of his usual "surprise" jokes on him. Then after King Smurf pardons Jokey, he becomes the victim of Jokey's prank and immediately has the prankster sent to prison.
  • A holiday special based on the Clerks universe has comic book shop owners Steve-Dave and Walt head to the Quick-Stop because that's the only open store and Steve-Dave needs to pick up some Scotch tape to wrap up some last-minute gifts. As he proceeds to berate Dante for charging what he feels is an outrageous price for the tape, another costumer recognizes him and asks if he has any issues of a new title that just came out, to which Steve-Dave replies that it'll cost him $20.
  • In one Superman/Batman story, Superman and Batman get forced into a fight with a superhero team called the Maximums. When it is revealed that the Maximums' Incredible Hulk Expy is a little girl in her true form, Batman is furious and yells, "You brought a child into this conflict!?" Batman, who has many child sidekicks.
  • JLA/Avengers features another one for Batman as the Justice League enters the Marvel Universe. Aquaman and Green Lantern see Doctor Doom? He tells them to ignore him. Wonder Woman and the Martian Manhunter see the ruins of Genosha? Again, he says to ignore it. Superman sees the Hulk on a rampage? Yet again, he says to ignore it. Bats himself and Plastic Man sees the Punisher about to kill some drug dealers? Bruce Wayne proceeds to beat the shit out of Frank Castle. Plastic Man calling out his hypocrisy is the page image of the series' Crowning Moment of Funny page.
  • Creature Tech has a scene where a mother chastises her husband for saying "hell" in front of the children. Then a monster threatens one of her children, and she flips into Mama Bear mode, shouting "Get your hands off my baby, you son of a bitch!"
  • A rather dark example in Huntress: Year One: Barbara Gordon and two colleagues from the justice department are attending a conference on organized crime in Italy when the news comes out of the murder of notorious crime boss, Capo di Tutti Capi Stephen Mandragora, and they toast his death at a local bar. A woman at the bar berates them for this, saying "Never toast someone's death," and that "it's naive to think death solves anything." All of which sounds quite reasonable, except that the woman at the bar, Helena Bertinelli, the Huntress, is the one who killed him!
  • In Sonic the Comic Chaotix Crew member Vector constantly yells at Charmy. (When Charmy mentioned this, Vector said that was "Ridiculous! I NEVER YELL AT YOU!")
  • In an Archie Comic, Archie, Betty, and Veronica are at the beach. The girls refuse to sit near the lifeguard as they usually do because they hired a woman lifeguard. Naturally, Archie would like to be near there, but the girls are turned off by the guys going "goo-goo-eyed" over her. But when the shift changes and a muscular guy takes the lifeguard stand, Betty and Veronica waste no time moving near the lifeguard — and endlessly swooning over him.
  • In a bit of a dark way, as Paul was despairing at the time, but upon seeing his son in a newly donned Ghost Fox costume taking on a bank robber, the titular Fox can't help but wonder who gave his son the crazy idea of becoming a crime fighting vigilante.
  • In the Teen Titans Legion Of Superheroes one-shot, Beast Boy — who has been a member of multiple incarnations of the Titans based in a building shaped like a giant T — makes fun of Legion HQ for being shaped like a giant L.
  • In Violine, Kombo berates someone for betraying Violine, right after contemplating turning her in for the reward.
  • In Astro City, Crackerjack complains to Nightingale and Sunbird that his girlfriend Quarrel is unfairly accusing him of flirting with other women... while blatantly hitting on Nightingale.
  • In the first issue of Girl, Ethan gets drunk and reveals his disgust with his small-town neighbors' flaws; in the second issue they discuss it (paraphrased):
    Older Woman: He said I crush my husband's self-esteem! Honey, tell them he's wrong!
    Black Woman: We moved here to get away from this sort of unpleasantness but then this white boy starts running his mouth! (emphasis in original)
    Young woman: And can you believe he called me a slut?
    Crowd: [................]
  • Scooby-Doo! Team-Up: Mr. Spacely says people from his time are too sophisticated to believe in ghosts. Then the Space-age Specter shows up and he changes his mind.
  • Iznogoud:
    • In a beach story, Iznogoud falls into a hole covered by a towel and sprains an ankle. The hole turns out to be a prank pulled by a boy whose father berates Iznogoud for not liking "childish pranks". Inspired by the prank, Iznogoud tries to get rid of the Caliph with a similar hole but instead gets the boy's father, who angrily shouts "I'LL TEACH YOU TO PLAY STUPID PRACTICAL JOKES!".
    • As part of a plan to become Caliph instead of the Caliph, Iznogoud tricks a porter whose role as Iznogoud's Unwitting Pawn will get him decapitated if the plan works. The porter turns out to be Sultan Pullmankar's long-lost daughter under a spell cast by a magician she refused to marry. Sultan Pullmankar changes from being amused at the idea of decapitating someone to wanting to behead Iznogoud for trying to do it to his daughter.
  • Mortadelo y Filemón:
    • In "El nuevo cate", one of the priests that comes to the T.I.A. building prevents Mortadelo and Filemón from killing a cockroach and gives them a long speech about the sanctity of life that gives them a brutal headache... but when another agent appears with a machine gun and tells the priest he is going to kill several criminals, the priest only blesses him and sends him on his way.
    • Actually, priests and clergymen fall often under this trope. They are almost always depicted as very obese people that eat and drink copiously, then donate a small coin to feed the poor "because gluttony is a sin". Another strip had a slender middle-aged priest deliver a pious sermon about resisting temptation and lust. The next panel depicts the priest's private life: dancing in a night club with two floozies.
  • Batman '66: Egghead criticized Riddler for having "an eggcentric fixation".
  • MAD's early comic-book parody (in issue #12) of Archie Comics had a familiar-looking white-eyed redhead offering the following complaint: "That Starchie would be cute if only he changed his clothes once in a while! He's been wearing that same outfit for years!" Said redhead is, of course, Little Orphan Annie making a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo.