- The 5 Mrs. Buchanans : In the episode "Heart of the Matter?" Roy agrees not to play in an alumni football game because his wife, Alex, believes he will get hurt. When Mother Buchanan (the family's domineering matriarch) finds out, she is furious. She insists that Roy play in the game to uphold the Buchanan family tradition. When Roy mentions that Alex doesn't want him to, Mother Buchanan tells him, "Roy Buchanan, I did not raise you to be dictated to by some overbearing woman."
- 30 Rock:
- There's one in its signature meta-joke style, where Liz and Jack are discussing America's Kidz Got Singing, a singing competition show NBC is airing:
Jack: "Kidz" is a hit the whole family can watch together, not your usual sitcom crap full of gratuitous vulgarity and pratfalls.
(man in the background slips and falls)
Man: Ohh, my penis!
- Another episode has Liz writing a TV movie Jack is producing, which ends with this exchange:
Liz: Hey, when this movie airs, can my name be the first credit that comes up at the end?
Jack: This is a group process Lemon, don't be an egomaniac.
(camera pans to a TV that says "Executive Producer Lorne Michaels")
- The ITV documentary A-Z of Comedy had Ian Hislop doing S is for Satire, concluding that ultimately the message of satire is that nobody is above ridicule. His Spitting Image puppet then pops up and goes into a routine making fun of him. The real Hislop's reaction is "That's pathetic! It doesn't even look like me!"
- Siegfried from All Creatures Great and Small has a bad habit of blaming his mistakes on other people, as well as criticizing them for faults he also possesses. And he does it so sanctimoniously.
James: You know the one thing I can't stand about your brother, Tris? It's when he gets patient with you. He gets this saintly look on his face and you know that any moment now he's going to forgive you. For something he's just done.
- Ms. Hushbaum, the Loud Librarian from All That?
- On Amen, after Reverend Gregory has fainted, effectively ending his and Thelma's wedding. Thelma is freaking out, shaking him and demanding that he wake up.
Deacon Frye: "Thelma, calm down! I know you're disappointed, but we have to call off the wedding! So what if I'm out $10,000. $10,000! (Grabs Reuben and starts shaking him the same way Thelma was) Wake up! Wake up! How could you do this to me!"
(Minister grabs the Deacon)
Minister: "Ernest, pull yourself together man! Money isn't everything!"
Deacon: "I'm glad to hear you say that, because if there's no wedding, you don't get paid!"
Minister: (grabs Reuben and starts shaking him) "Wake up! Wake up!"
- Angel. A Running Gag with Doyle's character.
Doyle: It's not all about fighting and gadgets and such. It's about reaching out to people, showing them that there's love and hope still left in the world....
Homeless Woman: (interrupting) Hey, spare change?
Doyle: Get a job, you lazy sow!
- Arrested Development is the king of this. Among countless other examples:
Michael: Some people are just impossible to have a conversation with.
Lucille: If that's a veiled attempt to insult me, I didn't hear it, and I won't respond to it.
- The examples from this show could fit a whole page.
- In Auction Kings, Paul ends up owing his own auction house money after he buys some art and doesn't pay. Cindy spends the whole episode harassing him about it.
- In the Babylon 5 episode "The Geometry of Shadows", technomage Elric refutes Londo's false denial about pestering Elric for an audience by producing a recording of Vir delivering just such a request. Londo complains, "Recording a conversation — a very low thing to do." as the screen cuts to a shot of the hidden camera Londo had just planted in Sheridan's office.
- Elric calls him on it. Explosively.
- 60's Batman, having just encountered The Green Hornet in a window
Robin (whispering): Gosh Batman, what do they dress like that for?
- The Bazura Project's episode on bad language in cinema has a segment where the white male hosts are dismissive of a woman's complaints about gendered insults (bitch, slut, etc) in films, but take offense at a woman calling a man a "jerk". Then they show a bunch of scenes with racist language, and object to "What are you gonna do about it, whitey?".
- The Big Bang Theory:
- Done by Sheldon of all people, during the episode "The Nerdvanna Annihilation". After Penny derides Leonard for his toy collection, driving him into such a depression that he gives them all away, Sheldon gives her a well-deserved "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
Penny: What the hell's going on?
Sheldon: (With genuine anger) You hypocrite!
: Little Miss "grown-ups don't play with toys"! If I went into that apartment right now, would I not find Beanie Babies
? Are you not an accumulator of Care Bears
and My Little Ponies
? And who is that Japanese feline frolicking on your shorts? Hello, Hello Kitty
- Sheldon is most often on the "hypocrite" side of these:
*someone knocks on the door*
Leonard: Want to get that?
Sheldon: Not particularly.
Leonard: Could you get that?
Sheldon: I suppose I could, if I were asked.
Leonard: Would you please get that?
Sheldon: Well, of course. *gets up to answer the door* Why do you have to make things so complicated?
- Penny: Oh look, they're doing that fake 'linked-arms drinking thing'. I totally taught him that!
- A quote from an episode of Brooklyn Nine-Nine:
Santiago: You handled this really well, Peralta, I take back what I said about you being immature.
Peralta: Oh. Apology accepted, Fart-monster.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- In the episode "Earshot" Wesley points out that since Buffy can hear everyone's thoughts, it would take mental discipline to not broadcast their thoughts to Buffy. Within seconds, Wesley thinks about Cordelia in a highly inappropriate way. Buffy smirks at Wesley, and he excuses himself from the room in embarrassment.
- Also from Earshot is this:
Xander: Hogan Martin thinks he's sooooo hot. Like we should all be awed by him 'cause he can put a ball in the net.
Hogan: Hey, Xander.
Xander: He said my name. He knows my name.
- In the Musical Episode "Once More With Feeling" Spike's song is all about how he wishes Buffy would get away from him as his unrequited feelings for her are tearing him up. When Buffy flees at the end of the song, Spike calls out pitiably, "So, you're not staying then?"
- In "A New Man" Giles is turned into a demon, but declares that he won't start acting like a monster just because he looks like one. Then he sees Professor Walsh, who pissed him off earlier in the episode, and chases her down the street roaring loudly.
- Giles also comes out with the following in "Primeval":
Xander, just because this is never going to work there's no need to be negative.
- Cordelia does this a lot, especially in her early Alpha Bitch phase.
: Senior boys are the only way to go. Guys from our grade, forget about it, they're children. Y'know? Like Jesse. Did you see him last night, following me around like a little puppy dog. You just wanna put him to sleep. But senior boys, hmm, they have mystery. They have... What's the word I'm searching for? Cars! I just am not the type to settle. Y'know? It's like when I go shopping. I have to have the most expensive thing. Not because it's expensive, but because it costs more. Girl
: You know, I— Cordelia
: Hello, Miss Motormouth, can I get a sentence finished?
- In Breakout Kings, in the episode "Cruz Control," the team is chasing a terminally ill escaped convict who is killing other criminals, and the team of Boxed Crooks discusses whether they really should bother to catch him.
Erica: Regardless of whom he's taking out, you can't appoint yourself judge, jury, and executioner.
Shea: Good point. What's your tattoo stand for again? Wait, is that the Chinese symbol for "hypocrite"?
Erica: Still got room for one more, Shea.
Shea: Allegedly though, right?
- The humor is that the tattoo is in fact a series of hash-marks that Erica used to check off the men she allegedly murdered to avenge the murder of her father.
- In Castle, this trope is used often and well, typically with some other character around to lampshade it.
- Martha can often be relied upon to provide humour of this nature; such as, the night before one of Rick's book launches:
Martha: [chuckling] You really are something, you know? You always think everything's about you. [Hands him a stack of leaflets]] Here.
Castle: What are these?
Martha: Oh, they're fliers for my play. I thought you could hand them out when you were signing books tomorrow.
- In a later episode, both Castle and Beckett have gone out on separate dates and ended up at the same very exclusive restaurant. They spent the entire time preoccupied with the Body of the Week and had a tendency to slip away from their supposed dates to confer about the case with each other. Finally, they bailed entirely and the dates hooked up with one another. At the end of the episode, as Castle and Beckett go out to grab a bite to eat at a burger joint, they swap notes on their dates earlier that evening, remarking that they seemed 'boring' and 'a little self-absorbed':
Castle: Some people just don't know how to behave on a date.
Beckett: Especially on a first date.
- Martha walks in on Castle and Alexis playing poker (also a Shout-Out to Casablanca).
Martha: I am shocked that there is gambling in this house! Deal me in.
- In "Double Down", Beckett is upset to learn that Castle made a bet that he and Beckett could solve their case before Ryan and Esposito could solve theirs. After getting a lead on their case, Beckett tells Castle, "One hundred dollars on us."
- In another episode, Castle tries to talk to Alexis, who just interrupted movie night with her dad because her boyfriend wants to talk to her: "I mean, think about what kind of signal you're sending if you're the one always rearranging your schedule at the other one's every beck and call. I mean, if you just drop everything the very moment that..." At which point Beckett calls him, and he drops everything.
- In "The Squab and the Quail", a billionaire playboy is threatened with murder. He pulls strings with the commissioner to get Beckett assigned as his bodyguard rather than a uniformed police officer. Castle complains, "I just can't believe that the department is forcing her to hang around with some womanizing rich guy against her will!" Ryan and Esposito share a look; this is the entire premise of the series, and Castle is usually the womanizing rich guy in question.
- One of the most popular types of joke on the sitcom Cheers.
Norm: Woody you can't go sneaking out nights on someone you love! Woody you have to believe that truth-"
Carla: "Norm your wife Vera's on the phone!"
Norm: "I'm not here.(back to Woody)- and honesty are the cornerstones of a relationship!"
- In another episode, the guys see recurring French Jerk Henri walk into the bar:
Barfly 1: Hey isn't that that French guy who's trying to steal Woody's girlfriend?
Cliff: Yeah, what a slimebag.
Barfly 2: The man's got the morals of a snake.
Norm: Can't believe he'd show his face in here.
Henri: (smiles and waves) Hello fellows!
Norm and the others: (very cheerfully) Hey Henri! How you doin'?
- The Colbert Report:
- Stephen Colbert briefly shared a story about how he once found one of his teenage staff members out back smoking with his friends while wearing an anti-smoking T-shirt. When questioned, he replied that he "thought it was funny."
- Stephen, distraught over the loss of Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign, looks up the Five Stages of Grief. "Stage One... Denial. I've never had that."
- Frankly, Stephen Colbert's whole point of existence is Hypocritical Humor, ever since he was an anchor on The Daily Show, which also frequently points out Truth in Television examples.
- After Senor Chang has ordered the class to 'turn on' Britta, resulting in her being pelted with paper.
Britta: "Ow! Real mature." [She leaves]
Senor Chang: [Childishly] "That's right, we are mature! Too mature to sit in a class with a cheating lying poop-face!"
[Britta has long since left the room]
- Corner Gas:
- The following exchange occurs:
Oscar: (to Emma) Your son is turning the gas station into a movie theatre!
Brent: Keep in mind that Dad does have a tendency to overstate these things.
Oscar: I've never overstated a single thing in the history of the planet!
- CSI: A crime scene clean-up guy who's working on Nick and Warrick's scene has just got through pontificating about respect for the dead when they find an unexpected second body shoved in a video game cabinet. The first words out of his mouth? "Holy mackerel, bitch in a box!"
- Private Frazer in Dads Army is quite fond of loudly expressing one bitterly-held and often contentious viewpoint, only to immediately switch to loudly expressing its exact opposite when it no longer becomes prudent to hold the first viewpoint.
- The Daily Show:
- Jon Stewart criticized the 2010 British election debates, saying: "Your moderator is named Alastair Stewart! What kind of last name is Stewart?"
- Bonus joke if you know Stewart wasn't Jon's original last name.
- Also pointed out and derided via an "epithet ticker" when Sarah Palin defended Dr. Laura Shlesinger's career (a hasty retirement after using the N-word) in a Tweet - mere months after calling for Rahm Emanuel's job for using the word "retard"... which, incidentally, was up five points.
- Oh beautiful, oblivious hypocrisy! Jason Jones tries to convince a Democrat to stop pointing the finger, but the message won't get through.
- In the second episode of Dexter's third season, Dexter is trying to track down the address of a recent murder victim; his searches take him to a sorority house during a party. When he asks two of the girl's sisters if they know her, they dismissively state that she's a "total ho bag". Then they ask Dexter if he's got any drugs. "We put out."
- A Different World The students are volunteering at a community center in a poor neighborhood when Whitley' s wallet is stolen. When she makes a snarky comment about she should have expected it from "people like that", Dwayne blasts her for her elitist attitude—then hurries off, having just realized that he forgot his computer at the center.
- Drake & Josh: In the episode "Driver's License", Drake and Josh talk about they being now mature, just before fighting over the "purple controller" and tackle each other down.
- Mimi from The Drew Carey Show constantly makes fun of Drew's weight, calling him names like 'pig', despite the fact that she's noticably bigger than he is.
- Drop the Dead Donkey:
- Sally is often guilty of this, to the point where her colleagues made a montage of her saying "I'm not one to complain, but..." And she responded to this by turning to George and saying...
- In another episode, Helen finally tells her mother she's gay. Her mother responds that she knows, and it's probably hereditary because she had some same-sex relationships herself. Helen spends the rest of the episode outraged that her mother has been keeping this from her for years.