Hypocritical Humor: Webcomics
- Nedroid provides some helpful comics advice here.
- MAG-ISA — In early chapters it was common for characters to calling anime lame, dumb or silly...while having animesque facial expressions.
- This strip of Insecticomics has the introduction of White Chromia. A bit later, Override muses that she wishes White Chromia would have a little more dignity, just before... well, yeah.
- Invoked in a metatextual way in Wicked Powered, when a character decries a certain animation as being shoddily made to sell lasers. In case you don't get it, the full name of the comic is Wicked Lasers presents Wickedpowered.
- On this page of Gunnerkrigg Court, Antimony deliberately invokes this to put Ysengrin in his place:
- Ysengrin: Taking orders from a little girl, Sir Eglamore?
Antimony: You. You will take me to Coyote now.
- Sluggy Freelance
Riff: I hope Gwynn learned "Gwynn shouldn't mess with powers beyond her control!" (the device in his hands starts beeping) Uh-oh. You guys might want to jump up and run away, there may not be time to get a safe distance from the radioactive ... (the beeping dies down) ... never mind, it fixed itself!
- It has been pointed out that, while Riff is quick to attack Aylee, Sam, and Gwynn for being possible dangers to humanity, his own Mad Scientist experiments probably have a better chance of annihilating the human race than anything. The trope was used in this strip:
- Kiki the utterly scatterbrained ferret, whose specialty is Comically Missing the Point, sometimes (though rarely, because she tends to be too nice) voices the opinion that other characters, including resident schemers Dr. Schlock and Bun-bun, are "not very smart" or "get confused easily".
- In "Fortune", it turns out Torg and Aylee have suddenly become rich. Gwynn, who doesn't like Torg (at least openly), acts unnaturally nicely towards Torg after hearing this. In the next comic, ZoŽ (who does like Torg, so much that Gwynn has recently before this been telling her she has to stop unknowingly dating him) is hugging him to congratulate, and Gwynn goes under her breath, "Ugh. Laying it on a little thick aren't we ZoŽ?"
- Schlock Mercenary rather frequently milks this for humor.
Security Chef Zysk: I'd fire you for it, but I'm too drunk to pronounce hippo-whatever.
- When Schlock, intending to blackmail the clowns at a circus where he's on security detail to get them to cut him in on their illicit brewery, discovers that his boss has already done so (since Schlock outed them several strips prior).
Corporal Chisulo: I get so tired of jeers like 'Hey, fatso' or 'Remember me?' or 'Check out the nose on that guy.'Aardman: Ahem.Corporal Chisulo: Whoa! Monkey aardvark!
- The organic units are proving very selfish.
- General Xinchub seems to do it on purpose.
- Also, a conversation with a genetically engineered elephant complaining about not fitting in with humans or elephants falls into this when a character whose main feature is his gigantic nose walks by:
Elf: Captain, I don't care how much you hate somebody... It's just wrong to bring cake and champagne to their funeral.Captain Tagon: (still happy-dancing) Somebody assassinated King Xinchub last night.Elf: I'll fab some party hats, and maybe some of those noisemaker thingies.
- Also, the "funeral party" in Royal Flush:
Kevyn: The pot is smarter than the kettle. The kettle, in this case, is not "black." It is a diffuse cloud of radioactive meat-vapor.
- ...and it's wrong and too macabre to watch for lulz how a 'Chub's clone is carved up.
- Kevyn decries the use of antimatter grenades. He had a good argument why this doesn't apply to him and his epaulets:
Kevyn: You're carrying a poison bomb in your mouth? Are you crazy?Para Ventura: Do you still have antimatter bombs in your epaulets, or has hypocrisy gone out of fashion?
- Also with a follow-up:
- Happens here in Corner Alley 13.
- This Irregular Webcomic! strip. Another one here.
- Sinfest pulls this every so often. One of the earliest (and funniest) examples is this comic.
Why can't they, indeed?
- Life With Lamarr does this with Barney Calhoun.
Barney: Doc, can you ask that pet of yours to not leave dead crap on my bed? Now I'm having to cook this delicious plump-breasted pigeon.Barney: You've gone and messed up his mind with your delicious but contemptible drugs!"
- "Videogames do not make people violent, so DON'T FUCK WITH US!" (knocks down and burns billboard, crushes workmate under vending machine, uses a hatchet to the head as a punchline...)
- Jason tends to be the butt of this in Multiplex, as for example here, here and here.
- Penny Arcade: I am no longer enamored of our loquacious companion.
- Tycho has very different standards on how to buy a television versus computer parts.
- This entire The Way of the Metagamer comic.
- El Goonish Shive makes fun of hacks, unnecessary expositions and Hatedom (aside of the last panel, see the chapter's name).
- And The Rant in a later strip talks, at length, about how you shouldn't judge someone on how they feel about things, but on how they act, before concluding "and if you feel differently youíre a jerk and I hate you."
- "We were named by scientists, not writers or cartoonists."
- George decisively condemns unnecessary detailed expospeak. George asks for unrealistically detailed expospeak.
- "This guy has a really annoying play style..." While playing identically. Followed up with "Your deck is infuriating!"
- Living with Insanity had an arc where Alice had to deal with customers who were rude, overly demanding and blamed her for things she couldn't control. When David takes her to a cafe after work, she does this.
- Head Trip presents: a long rant about loud, annoying, stupid, spoiled brats. Asshole Victim Of The Week.
- Art from Sequential Art rants about obligatory fanservice being so low-brow...
Pip: Shall we confirm that by watching it again?Art: Absolutely.
- "Joe Loves Crappy Movies" on the subject of Mike Tyson's cameo in The Hangover.
- Loserz used this several times, e.g. in this strip.
- In Girl Genius, either Gil is pretending to do this to fool Tarvek, or he's going on about how he doesn't go on about his games to his enemy. To his rival/enemy.
- In this strip Old Man Death begs his granddaughter not to hit him with an expensive sausage because it's too valuable. Guess what he uses as an improvised weapon in the next strip?
- Earlier, Gil castigates Agatha for her poor bedside manner in telling Tarvek that they will kill him to cure his lethal illness... then he proceeds to go into detail.
- At the end of the "Love and Space" arc in The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, Voluptua announces she will clear Galatea of all the charges against her if Bob can just get her to shut up. Zippobic chuckles ruefully in the background, as his main problem with Voluptua is her endless speechmaking.
- Done in the 'Victorians' strip (third one down) here, in Hark! A Vagrant.
- In A Miracle of Science, one of the background characters here says "no one who is in favor of eugenics should be allowed to reproduce".
- There are a few examples in Our Little Adventure, but the one that stands out the most is when Angelika complains about being fireblasted and then countering with a magic attack that's virtually unavoidable.
- Shortpacked! parodies the Mary Worth "Twitter is bad" storyline by having Mary complain that you can't convey meaningful information in such a limited format ... over the course of a week's worth of two-panel strips.
- And also with Amber and Ethan discussing art styles.
- Fontes' Rants:
Bridget: You look like a queer, ya know?
- Amazing Super Powers had a lot of fun of this here (for those who didn't see Dinosaur Comics yet, that's where the images and long-winded rant style came there).
- From Two Guys and Guy: "Effin' perverts!"
- This Basic Instructions.
- College Roomies from Hell!!! got a good one:
Diana: (to her boyfriend) What kind of FILTHY DEPRAVATION is THIS??? More importantly, why am I not in it??!!
- This Sandra and Woo strip has the principal lighting up a cigarette while explaining why drugs—like insulin and aspirin—are not allowed in school.
- In The Order of the Stick strip "Case In Point", Haley points out that one of the traits associated with the Lawful alignments is a willingness to enforce one's own beliefs on others. Durkon and Roy, the two most lawful members of the Order, disagree... and then tell her to stop expressing such crazy ideas.
- Nerf NOW!! illustrates "a GOOD pubber, different of the rabble which infect the server. He, and only he, have the perfect mix of social life and game prowess."
- Rival Angels sees best friends Sabrina and Sun taking in a movie after work, having snuck in their own food and booze. While waiting for the commercials and previews to end, Sabrina falls asleep and starts softly snoring. Sun turns to her and...
Sun: QUIT SNORING!! YOU'RE GOING TO GET US CAUGHT!
- Not Invented Here: This exchange;
Owen: You're both abrasive, know-it all loudmouths who like yelling and making people wrong.
Fang: *yelling* You're wrong and I'll prove it!
- In Homestuck, uu expresses his hatred for the comic's tendency for long, meandering chatlogs... in the form of a long, meandering chatlog. Naturally, when this is pointed out, he shifts the blame, claiming this as an example of how "YOu PEOPLE SuCK ME INTO YOuR BuLLSHIT".
TT: Everyone needs to get into the game sooner than expected. There is a new unaccounted for variable.
- Also happens early on when Rose assures the readers of her GameFAQs walkthrough that she won't waste their time with Purple Prose...in a spectacularly overly-dramatic, purplish way.
- This exchange between Jane and Dirk's auto-responder is a perfect example:
TT: Particularly for Roxy and Dirk.
GG: What is it?
TT: They are probably going to die if they don't join the game very soon.
TT: Hey, I'm upset about it too, but let's watch the fucking language.
GT: Nor am I a quaint man of the past. Pardon me but do i SOUND like some trollycar bellwether toiling in the heart of the mustache belt from the ruff n tumble year of nineteen aught nine???TT: ...TT: He said unironically.
- And then there's this example referencing Jake's Antiquated Linguistics:
- Karkat Vantas takes a turn when he spends an entire memo chewing out John and Dave for flirting with troll girls over Pesterchum...then, shortly afterward, his attempt to rip into Jade is interrupted by his own future self showing up to white knight for her, in a fashion loaded with Ship Tease.
?TG: ahahahahah oh god
?TG: dude i cant believe you were just getting on our case about hitting on the troll girls
?TG: and then literally the very next memo you are slobbering all over jade
?TG: thats just perfect hahahaha
- Jake gets another, much more elaborate one later on when he sends a long, rambling monologue to Jane... all about how Dirk is too needy, has no idea how to interact with other people due to growing up on his own, and is self-centered enough to keep sending him long, rambling monologues instead of actual conversations. And he has no self-awareness whatsoever!
- Katamari opens with the Prince accidentally breaking a lamp and his father lecturing him about it. This is, of course, the same King of All Cosmos who has destroyed the heavens several times.
King of All Cosmos: We cannot imagine being so reckless around something so precious.
- Weregeek had fun with goths and cartoons on Dustin's date with a Perky Goth girl:
Dustin: You didn't watch cartoons?Ravenia: Some, but I don't remember much. Animation is for kids.Dustin: Um... You do realize that you're wearing Lydia's outfit from the Beetlejuice cartoon?Ravenia: Hey, that's different! It's a Goth classic... like "Invader Zim" or "The Nightmare Before Christmas"!Dustin: Those are also animated cartoons.
- Magick Chicks: Seen during Melissa's inner-monologue when Cerise finally managed to catch her minute of glory in Artemis Academy:
Melissa: (Thought Bubble) Cerise... you backstabbed Winters, the only nice person we've met here, just to get popular. How dare you... How dare you think of this before me!
- Eerie Cuties: Faith makes a cameo appearance when she mind-sexts Tiffany, to let her know she misses her and how she's always thinking of her... while sleeping with another girl!
other girl: " Faaaaaiith! Come back to bed! I'm looooonnnely!"Faith: (grinning sheepishly) "Um... c-catch you later, Sunshine!"
- Pacificators gets a couple of those with Cinna and Muneca.
- Cinna is obsessed with hot men, and would read personal ads in hopes of finding a date.
Cinna: More of those boring and desperate guys. They're no good.
- Muneca wears Victorian-era dresses all the time.
Daryl: Yeah, there are some oriental attires you can try. I can write my to my brother and ask for some catalogues.Muneca: Perhaps, but I hear that theyíre restrictive.
- Cinna is obsessed with hot men, and would read personal ads in hopes of finding a date.
- In Go Get a Roomie!, Ramona seems to make a habit of this when bantering with her twin brother Richard. For example:
Ramona [Dope Slaping Richard]: You're doing it again.
Richard: Doing what?
Ramona: Imagining things without people's permission.
Richard: You do it as much as I do.
Ramona: Of course I don't. I'm minutes older than you and much more mature.
[in Ramona's Imagine Spot]
Ramona: Now lads. You may stop fighting over your mistress. There's enough of me for everyone.
Lillian: Excuse me?
- In the controversial PVP Online strip "Jesus Kills", a parody of the Jack Chick tract "Dark Dungeons", a distraught Francis goes to Cole to tell him that Brent, who was expelled from their prayer for being gay, killed himself (although Francis didn't stay around long enough to see that he was mistaken). Cole then tells Francis to forget about Brent because, "Brent was a sinner. Just like all the men I'm secretly dating."
- Bruno the Bandit:
- Duane decries resorting to violent conflict and says that negotiation must solve the issue shortly after losing his temper and punching a politician in the face. His brother immediately calls him on this.
- The usual formula is reversed by Iori here:
Iori: If I ever meet the two-toe who did that to you I'll knock his teeth out!
Jivi: I hit him with a stool.
Iori: Well, violence is never the answer.
- In Goblins, Bowst calls Forgath "Mr. Can't Wait to Brag About His Level", when he's the one who couldn't wait to state his own (a whopping level three) and Forgath was just responding to this. Bowst is clearly too dumb to notice the irony.
- Stand Still, Stay Silent: General Andersen complains about "old people" when listening to an old couple berate a civil servant. Two pages later, he opts out of a dangerous assignment because: