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Hypocritical Humor: Western Animation
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  • Butch Hartman and his fellow creators of The Fairly OddParents set the standard of this trope for kids' cartoons. Invariably, it found its way into Danny Phantom.
    • Danny Phantom could even be considered a meta-example; significant amounts of humor come from the use of outdated slang by adults, making the unintended examples of Totally Radical an example of this trope.
    • Also, a lot of its humor came from making fun of television cliches... and then they added Poof. Those twits.
    • The Fairly OddParents had a (probably) unintentional example during the "Channel Chasers" episode in which they had a scene mocking The Simpsons also giving it a not-so subtle Take That with "Is every adult in this show a moron?". After all we all know how intelligent the adults can be in this show.
    • Yin Yang Yo retains crewmembers who worked on both shows, and naturally the trope.
    • T.U.F.F. Puppy, which was created by Butch Hartman, uses this as well. Particularly in the episode "Doomies" in a scene involving the Chameleon. As he's disguised as a parking meter to steal all of petropolis' money, a bear puts in a subway token instead of change. Chameleon's response? "Hey! That was a subway token! Honestly, this town is filled with crooks."
  • One Nicktoon that makes use of it is El Tigre. Quite frankly, finding a cartoon or live-action show on Nickelodeon that doesn't use it on a frequent basis is a challenge in itself.
  • Fully described and illustrated via live-action footage by Freakazoid!.
  • Daria: This situation is most relevant in the episode "Lucky Strike", in where Ms. Li accuses Daria of telling her Mom on her and forcing the Principal on firing one of the substitute teachers in the legal fashion. Ms. Li did make Daria into the 2nd substitute teacher replacement by the way.
    Ms. Li: "If someone asked me to teach a class, I'd be honored. Besides, we wouldn't be in this fix if it weren't for your mother.
    Daria: "Yeah, hire one pedophile and she gets all bent out of shape. Besides, I'm not thinking of me. I'm thinking of the children".
  • Used extensively on Drawn Together, in conjunction with its successive amounts of racial jabs. For example, after foiling the Board of Education's evil plan to make black people fail their SAT tests by producing grape-flavored, mentholated pencils (itself a parody of a well-known conspiracy theory), Foxxy proclaims that there is no way anyone would be stupid enough to eat such a thing. However, after taking a whiff, she decides to help herself to a little nibble. Next thing you know, she has her mouth stuffed with a box load of the damn things.
  • Commonly used (along with every other broad humour trope known to man) in Looney Tunes:
    • In the early Bugs Bunny short "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", Bugs Bunny says he'll chomp starve before he chomp chomp eats the carrots and chomp lettuce that's chomp chomp chomp been put out for him. "You'll chomp be sorry then!"
    • In the short "A Fractured Leghorn", Foghorn Leghorn, having been told to shut up by another character, agrees to do so, adding that "I'm not one that has to keep talkin'...some fellas just have to keep their mouths flappin', but not me..." He continues holding forth in this manner, even stopping the picture from irising out in the process.
      • In "Bugs and Thugs", Bugs does the same thing as a stalling tactic, prompting Rocky to snap, "Shut up shuttin' up!" (Also used in the Bugs-Yosemite Sam cartoon "The Fair-Haired Hare".)
    • "A Pest in the House" has Daffy Duck as a hotel bellhop who repeatedly awakens a tired, ill-tempered guest, leading to said guest repeatedly coming down to the lobby and punching desk clerk Elmer Fudd in the nose. At one point Elmer comes up to the man's room himself to muffle a whistling heat register, and Daffy gives him a dressing-down that gets louder and louder, as the sleeping man begins to stir and Elmer begs him to be quiet:
      Daffy: So! A fine kettle of fish! Here I work myself down to the skin and bones trying to keep this guy asleep, and what do you do? Blow whistles! Just when I've got things so quiet you could hear a pin drop, you bust in here and bust out with a whistle, and you snafu the whole works! How in the name of all that's reasonable do you expect a guy to get his slumber, when a goof like you goes around making noises like a one-man Fourth of July celebration? He needs PEACE, and QUI-YEEETT! IT'S POSITIVELY OUTRAGEOUS!!!
    • The three Pepe Le Pew cartoons that end with Pepe being chased by the painted cat ("For Scentimental Reasons," "Little Beau pepe," and "Really Scent"). The first two actually have lines of Pepe begging the painted cat to control herself.
    • In a Road Runner tv show pilot, one kid admits he likes imagining he's the Road Runner. The other kid tells him that daydreaming is "a bad habit" - as they stare goggle-eyed and unmoving in front of the tv set.
  • Tex Avery's short "Rock-a-Bye Bear" has a hibernating bear repeatedly yelling at Spike the dog to be quiet, in the loudest voice imaginable.
  • The Simpsons and Futurama alike have used this more times that it's possible to keep track. Just expect it to be used thrice per episode on average.
    Fry (when told alcohol makes people stupid): No I'm... doesn't.
    Robot Devil: Your lyrics lack subtlety. You can't just have your characters announce how they feel! That Makes Me Feel Angry!
    • Also
    Fry: Is he genetically engineered?
    Professor: Oh please, that's preposterous science fiction mumbo jumbo. Guenther's intelligence actually lies in his electronium hat, which harnesses the power of sunspots to produce cognitive radiation.
    • And...
    "I am The Man With No Name...Zapp Brannigan at your service!"
  • The Simpsons
    • Lampshaded in "Homer The Vigilante": the captured Gentleman Thief makes a charming speech and the townspeople want to release him, however...
    Wiggum: Oh, sorry folks. [sarcastic] Gee, I really hate to spoil this little love-in, but Mr. Malloy broke the law. And when you break the law, you gotta go to jail.
    Quimby: Uh, that reminds me, er, here's your monthly kickback.
    Wiggum: [Utterly dumbfounded] You just...you couldn't have picked a worse time!
    • In "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", Comic Book Guy makes a big deal about not cutting in line, and there is to be only one signed photo per customer. He then pushes his way to the front of the line, and hands over four photos to be signed. In the same episode, Lisa comments that television shows introducing new characters is a sign that the format is getting tired... Cue teen Roy, the Simpson's new lodger, suddenly making his first appearance. When Homer later says that he's not going to let them treat Poochie poorly just because he's the new guy, Roy voices his approval. Homer tells him to put a sock in it.
    • In another episode when Barney decides to give up alcohol, Moe suggest that Homer be the new Barney, and Homer says something along the lines of "When will you guys ever learn I am nothing like Barney (lets out a belch exactly like Barney's signature belch)." (They're alike, since they're both voiced by Dan Castellaneta.)
    • Lampshaded by Bart in "A Star is Burns."
      TV: We now return to "The Jetsons Meet the Flintstones."
      Bart: Uh oh. I smell another cheap cartoon crossover. (Jay Sherman from The Critic enters)
    • "Kamp Krusty"
    Homer: Son, if you really want something in this life, you have to work for it. Now quiet! They're about to announce the lottery numbers.
    • "Lisa's Sax"
    Homer: Bart, son? You want to play catch?
    Bart: No.
    Homer: When a boy doesn't want to play catch with his old man, something is seriously wrong!
    Abe: I'll play catch with you, son!
    Homer: Get the hell out!
    Abe: I'm gone.
    • Also from that episode Homer and Bart watch a made for tv movie about the life of Krusty The Clown. Homer laughs and comments "What a bad father", while Maggie walks by holding a power drill.
    • "$pringfield (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Legalized Gambling)":
    Bum: Got any spare change, man?
    Abe: Yes! And you're not getting a penny of it! (continues walking) Everybody wants something for nothing. (walks into a Social Security office) I'm old! Gimme, gimme, gimme!
    • An early episode has Homer complaining about the government combining Washington and Lincoln's birthdays into one holiday and ripping off the working man. Marge tells him he's late for work and he shrugs "So? Someone'll punch in for me."
    • Homer again: "... and I'm not easily impressed - wow! A BLUE CAR!"
    • When Shary Bobbins explains she is practically perfect in every way, Homer claims he is as well. He then drinks milk straight from the carton, scratches his butt, and belches.
    • In the episode where Homer boxes, the ring is set up at Moe's and Barney delivers this little beauty. "You won't get ME in the ring! Boxing causes brain damage." (Starts chugging on can of varnish.)
    • In one episode Homer berates Bart for being immature when suddenly he hears the ice cream truck and he pushes through a crowd of kids shouting "Me first, me first!".
    • "The Monkey Suit"
    Homer: I'm always open to new ideas...ONIONS?!? IN THE PEAS?!? WHAT THE HELL?!?!? (throws plate at the wall)
    • In "Homer Defined", when Milhouse says that he can't see Bart anymore because his mom says he's a bad influence on him, Bart shouts "'Bad influence' my ass! What have I told you about never listening to your mother?!"
    • One episode has the entire town turn against the Simpson family and kicks them out of town, saying that the town is going broke cleaning up after the messes that Bart and Homer always create in their shenanigans. However, the town itself has taken part in lots of shady actions that cost everyone money.
    • A meta-example was down twice. One episode had Bart and Milhouse watch South Park, complaining that the kids' voices were done by grownups, with Bart wondering how they managed to keep it fresh after all this time. This joke was reused in a later episode where Bart said the same thing about the Pokemon anime. The Simpsons, South Park, and Pokemon are all long running shows.
    • A big one in "Much Apu About Nothing": Moe was one of the citizens most angry at illegal immigrants and wanted Proposition 24 passed so that they could be dragged out of Springfield. At the end, he's seen taking the citizenship test while wearing a Paper-Thin Disguise.
    • In "Bart Star" the family watch a news report showing that Springfield citizens are in terrible shape. After seeing his shorts rip, Bart says he is comfortable with the way he is while eating a Pop Tart. Through a mouth full of food, Homer tells him he's a disgrace to the family.
    • In one episode, a paparazzo follows Homer around to blackmail him by pinning him as a bad father, much to Homer's chagrin. This is a double example as (a) when he sees the man in the lane next to him, he decides to deal with him - ordering Maggie to Take the Wheel (b) the only reason he is even being followed is because he had spent the first half of the episode doing the exact same thing to celebrities.
  • South Park does this a few times.
    • In the episode "The Passion of the Jew", members of Kyle's synagogue are protesting Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ. "It turns Jews into stereotypes," says a guy with an extremely stereotyped "Jewish" accent.
    • In the "Casa Bonita" episode:
      Kyle: You're not my friend. All you ever do is call me names and rip on me for being Jewish.
      Cartman: Kyle... when have I ever ripped on you for being a Jew. *cue overly long Clip Show montage* Okay except maybe for that one time...
    • Another Kyle example: "The Entity" has Kyle meet his very Jewish cousin from Connecticut (who is also named "Kyle") and constantly be embarrassed by him because the cousin is stereotypically whiny, neurotic, and bad at sports. "I'm Jewish, and he's making me hate Jews!" he complains to Stan. Then Stan points out that by resenting his cousin's Jewishness, Kyle is himself becoming a stereotype - that of the self-hating Jew. This only horrifies Kyle more!
    • In "A Very Crappy Christmas", they're watching a Charlie Brown special and Stan complains about the style: "How come everyone in cartoons has such big heads?"
    • Gerald and Sheila are extremely tolerant of gay people, except when they think their son is turning gay.
    • In the movie Cartman makes a comment about how the animation in Terrance in Phillip is crappy. Then it shows the boys "walking" (In the typical animation of South Park, where they bounce up and down) away.
    • Randy Marsh provides several examples such as telling his father he won't treat him like a child and then telling him he needs to apologize to Mr. Police Officer and complaining about the economy failing due to people spending their money on luxuries while using an expensive Margaritaville-brand mixer.
    • In "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" the boys write a disgusting story but claim that Butters wrote it so they don't get blamed. When people like the story they tell Butters that he shouldn't take credit for something he didn't write while he thinks he did indeed write it.
    Butters: No! Let me tell you somethin', fellers! You always take advantage of me, and after reading The Catcher in the Rye, I've learned you're nothing but phonies! I'm not letting you trick me this time! So the four of you can just suck on my wiener!
    Cartman: [After Butters walks away] That inconsiderate jerk!
    • In "It Hits The Fan" when people freely use the word "shit."
    Cartman: Wow, this is gonna be great! A whole new word!
    Kyle: It's NOT NEW! I'm gonna look "shit" up in the encyclopedia and prove it!
    Cartman: Don't mind Kyle, everyone, he's just got a little sand in his vagina.
    Kyle: THERE'S NO SAND IN MY VAGINA!!
    Ms. Choksondik: Boys, watch your language! Shit!
    • The "Death Camp of Tolerance" is built around this trope, with the most brutal lampshade hung on the parents seeing a guy smoking outside the "Museum of Tolerance" and taunting him, led by the woman who'd just finished giving a speech about how you need to respect the opinions and lifestyles of others.
    • In "Butterballs" the head of the anti-bullying campaign bullies people in order to get his way (which may or may not be the point of the episode).
    • Our formal introduction to the Goth kids in "Raisins":
    Goth Kid: If you wanna be one of the nonconformists, all you have to do is dress just like us and listen to the same music we do.
    • In The Movie, the boys watch Cartman's mom in a German porno film and Kyle remarks "Your mom sucks, Cartman." Well, seeing what his own mother does here, it's clearly throwing stones in a glass house.
      • In the same movie, when Brooke Shields mentioned she once farted on the set of Blue Lagoon, Terrence slaps her and shouts "The fuck's wrong with you!?".
      • Also in the same movie, all of the mothers in town stage a massive protest against Canada for allowing a filthy cartoon (mostly foul language) to be displayed to children. The group sings a song about the whole ordeal, going on about how Canada is to blame for all of the problems with the kids while saying at the end that they (the mothers) need to blame someone before they themselves get blamed.
    • In "T.M.I.", when Stan tells Cartman that he's overreacting, he says he's not before furiously shaking the lunch table.
    • In the Spanish dub of The Movie, since there isn't a word for "bitch" in Spanish, Cartman sings "la mama de Kyle is una puta" (Kyle's mom is a whore). And we all know about Cartman's mom...
    • From "My Future Self 'n Me":
    Sharon: Stan, what did I tell you about watching The Osbournes?
    Stan: Aw, come on, Mom.
    Sharon: It's going to make you retarded!
    Stan: It's just a show! It doesn't have any fucking effect on me, for fuck's sake!
    • In the episode "Free Hat," the boys attempt to get George Lucas and Steven Spielberg to stop releasing updated and altered versions of their movies. Midway through the episode, there is an advertisement for a fictional updated rerelease of "Cartman Gets an Anal Probe" that includes things such as CGI, Star Wars characters, and other things Parker and Stone didn't have the budget for when they initially created the series.
    • In "I'm A Little Bit Country", Sheila is holding a picket sign reading "War Is Not My Voice" at the anti-war protest. Strange considering the fact that she once started one.
    • In "201" Jesus says that people get upset when Muhammad is made fun of because he's a religious figure, immediately followed by Buddha doing crack in front of kids.
    • In "Cancelled" the boys learn that Earth is just a reality show as aliens decided placing species from different planets on the same planet would make great television. Stan notes that isn't right because they're playing with people's lives and turning their problems into entertainment. Cartman adds that we would never do that on Earth.
  • The Boondocks makes frequent use of it, right from the very first episode:
    Granddad: Y'all need to start appreciating your granddaddy! I went and spent your inheritance on this beautiful house in this neighborhood! And all I ask you to do is act like you got some class...
    Riley: Ay, what's "class"?
    Huey: It means don't act like niggas.
    Granddad: See! That's what I'm talking about right there! We don't use the n-word in this house!
    Huey: Granddad, you said the word nigga 47 times yesterday. I counted.
    Granddad: Nigga, hush!
  • In Metalocalypse, Dethklok, unsatisfied with the sound of their latest song, complain to their producer, saying that, as musicians, they have very sensitive hearing. As they explain this to him, it becomes apparent that they can't quite distinguish each other's voices from one another.
    • From the opening scene of the first episode: Their chef offers them a bottle of wine, to which Nathan replies "We never drink before a show. NEVER." Except the other 4 are already drinking, and Nathan joins them.
    • The members of Dethklok all agree "Pickles really has a [drinking] problem." True, but this is said while each of them is nursing like twenty beers.
    • Then there was the instance where they were doing some remodeling at Mordhaus and Nathan complains that he can't think because of all that racket—and so he drowns out the sounds of sawing and jackhammering with some Heavy Metal music which sounds almost exactly the same. "There, that's better."
  • One example could be found in the Superjail! episode: "Cold-Blooded". The Warden and Jared investigate a serial killer's grip on the inmates, the Warden sends an unwilling Jared undercover as an inmate. When Jared come face to with the serial killer, he slips on the floor and impales his head into his own knife. After Jared confirms that he's dead, the Warden then angrily accuses Jared of killing him personally. Then the Warden abandons the mission altogether.
  • Used and somewhat lampshaded in Pinky and the Brain. The Brain has just discovered Pinky's vast collection of Cher memorabilia...
    Brain: Pinky, do you know what "obsession" is?
    Pinky: A Calvin Klein marketing scam?
    Brain: Well, yes. However, I am referring to an unnatural fixation with a singular goal, something we have no time for in our quest to Take Over the World!
    Pinky: Oh, I love it when you're ironic, Brain!
  • On The Powerpuff Girls, hypocritical humor is one of its staple comedies. Regular offenders include the Mayor, the Professor, and the Girls themselves.
    • Mojo Jojo in "Los Dos Mojos": "I do not talk like that! The way I communicate is much different! I do not constantly reiterate, repeat, recite the same thing over and over again! I am clear! Concise! To the point..."
    • In "Paste Makes Waste" Elmer Sglue is teased by his classmates for being a Paste Eater. Harry Pitt tells him he's gross while flies circle him, Julie Bean comments he looks like a dummy, and Wes Goingon points out "what a sick habit" while picking his nose.
  • The Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Ember Island Players" provided the perfect set up for tons upon tons of Hypocritical Humor: "How could you say that?"
    • ...Except for Toph. The entire first half of the episode is clearly setting up a Hypocritical Humor moment for her, since she found everyone else's (fairly insulting) portrayals to be spot on and was laughing her ass off at everyone's reactions to the actors' performances- except that when the actor who plays her turns out to be a huge, well-muscled guy, she declares that she couldn't have cast it better herself.
    • There's also a scene in the episode "City of Walls and Secrets" where Toph criticizes the rest of the Gaang's lack of proper manners while picking her nose and belching. When called on it, she points out she was taught high class manners and chooses to ignore them.
    • In "The Waterbending Scroll" when the pirates' ship gets stolen by the Gaang, Zuko finds it hilarious. When the pirates steal his ship in turn, he is far less amused.
  • Transformers Animated: Megatron broadcasts a speech to all Decepticons, talking about unity and freeing themselves from Autobot tyranny — while blasting Starscream repeatedly (admittedly, Starscream was trying to kill him).
    • In one instant of the G1 cartoon series, Megatron allies the Decepticons with another villainous group, who decide to betray them later on. Cue Starscream yelling 'TRAITORS!!' Cue immense laughter at the irony.
    • In another G1 episode, Starscream allies with Shockwave, but then betrays him as soon as he can. Later, Shockwave returns the favour, only for Starscream bemoan the incident as they were "partners".
  • Subverted in The Mighty B!; the first part of a segment is Bessie's dog, Happy, getting treatment from a vet for a skinned knee. After the usual kicking and screaming, they head next door for the doctor to treat Bessie's skinned knee. Turns out that she's just in time for a booster shot. After fighting much worse than her dog did, she finally gets the shot while trying to escape through the sink. After the shot, she launches into the usual "See Happy, that didn't hurt a — okay, yeah, that hurts..."
  • Family Guy.
    • You can find Hypocritical Humor right in the opening song. As any longtime viewer of the show knows, it has all of the things they're complaining about ("violence in movies and sex on TV") and none of the things they're praising ("good old-fashioned values on which we used to rely").
    • In "Believe It or Not, Joe's Walking on Air", Cleveland criticises the Scrubs cutaways for being stupid and irrelevant, even though stupid and irrelevant cutaways make up a good amount of any Family Guy episode (which they lampshade a moment later with a cutaway of Hitler juggling fish while on a unicycle). However, the cutaway later gets worked into the show properly, and Peter points out the subversion, saying "See? We had a plan for that all along."
    • The first Star Wars parody episode includes Peter as Han Solo/Harrison Ford, introducing himself as the "only actor whose career wasn't destroyed by this movie." This despite the fact that Carrie Fisher was voicing a recurring character in other episodes, and Mark Hamill (who reportedly took offense to that line) has been a somewhat prolific and acclaimed voice actor at least since The Nineties. That could just be a very subtle and Genius Bonus form of Self-Deprecation, another form of humor Family Guy revels in.
    • The Thanksgiving episode where Brian asks Ida Quagmire how she's feels about Kevin Swanson's desertion from the army saying "she's the only one who understands what it is truly like." We get this little gem.
    Ida: No, Brian, I do not understand Kevin's choice and I do not support it.
    Brian: Okay, well that's just some dumb drag queen.
    • In the episode "He's Too Sexy for his Fat", Lois is furious that Peter is going to great lengths to make himself handsome instead of accepting who he is while he pushes Chris away (Chris is trying to lose weight), but Lois quickly gives in to her horny temptations as she stares at Peter's sexy and chiseled ass. Brian calls her out on it, which causes Lois to ask if she is a bad person. Brain simply says that yes she is. This gets dropped quickly when Peter's jerkass levels shoot up and becomes more narcissistic.
    • When Peter gets a vasectomy and stops having sex with Lois, Lois gains a ton of weight to fill the void of not having sex. Peter takes notice and starts making fun of Lois being fat. Lois calls Peter out on being such a hypocrite since he was always obese, but Peter being Peter says "Lois, men aren't fat. Only fat women are fat!"
    • In "Mother Tucker" Tom Tucker dates Thelma and acts as Peter's dad. In the end he realizes that he can't make Jake share his father with him and tells Tom to spend time with his real son. Peter concludes that he learned something about parenting and then tells Chris to leave him alone.
    • In "Halloween On Spooner Street", Lois gets angry at Chris because his Bill Cosby costume uses blackface, which she deems racist. She then tells him to go put on the Indian headdress she made for him.
    • In "Quagmire's Dad", Brian is complaining that no one is asking him about his time at the seminar he was just at. When Meg asks him just that, Brian turns her away.
    • In "The Cleveland-Loretta Quagmire", there's a cutaway where Cleveland and Quagmire are dressed as the Ferstrunk Brothers from Saturday Night Live's "Two Wild & Crazy Guys" skit at a laundromat, then Peter walks in dressed as a Conehead and tells them "You guys look stupid."
    • When Brian goes door to door to sign a petition to legalize gay marriage, Herbert calls him a "pervert."
  • Justice League Unlimited
    • In "Flash and Substance", four of Flash's Rogues Gallery meet in a Bad-Guy Bar and Mirror Master makes a comment about how they are the hardest men in town... At which point their drink orders are revealed as, respectively, an Arnold Palmer, a Cherry Coke, a decaf soy latte, and a glass of milk (Captain Cold's ulcer had been acting up), turning what would otherwise be a good example of Frothy Mugs of Water into a stellar example of this trope.
      • This of course, ignores the bonus pun about Mirror Master's use of vernacular; mirrors are generally not hard at all.
    • In the same episode, Trickster prefaces his plan to kill Flash by saying it's "nothing as stupid as a giant boomerang," a direct jab at Captain Boomerang's just-failed plan. Instead it involves four hundred greased cases of fake dog vomit, and Plan B involves fifty thousand rotten eggs and a chainsaw.
    • In another episode, Flash and Elongated Man were complaining about not being taken seriously by everyone else. While playing Brawlin' Bots.
  • A lot of humor on the show Adventure Time relies on this trope. But special mention has to go to a little scene in Too Young. The earl of Lemongrab is watching his butler scream in agony after a drop of spicy serum lands in his eye. Lemongrab, who has No Indoor Voice, bangs the table, and SHRIEKS: "STOP SCREAMING!! WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING?!"
  • The Venture Bros. is made of this trope, usually coming from Dr. Venture or Brock Samson. When Brock ("Super Kill Guy") is feeling down about killing a Mook, the solution: more killing.
    Dr. Venture (as his sons interrupt as he is talking with his supposed father): Boys, Quiet! I'm trying to have a family moment here!
    • Rusty making clones or zombies provokes Hypocritical Humor from necromancer-in-residence Dr. Orpheus. At one point, he spent half an episode trying to bring Hank and Dean Back from the Dead, then freaked out when Rusty did it by activating their clones.
  • American Dad! makes use of this liberally as with most animated shows.
    Stan: There are still a few voters who doubt I'd be a trustworthy leader. So let's lock our alien back in that mechanical teat sucker and make more brain washing potato salad!
    • Another examples is where Steve and the gang try to get his now morbidly obese neighbor out of bed after his wife died, after the event his friend Barry states "fat people make me sick!"; this is ironic considering he is probably the fattest student in their school.
      • Another instance, where Stan brings in Whitney Houston to sing Francine's favorite song, having to bribe her with crack: she sings "they can't take away my dignity", and then immediately faceplants trying to grab said crack.
      • "Do I look like I'm made of money?" Said while Stan is wearing a money suit.
      • When Stan was upset that Francine wasn't the real prom queen and she sarcastically suggests that he take the real one to the dance instead which he gladly does, later she confronts him about it and says "I was being sarcastic, or don't you get sarcasm genius?" and Stan replies "I think I get sarcasm and I'm hardly a genius, but thank you that was awfully sweet of you".
    • Even Hayley is Not So Different from her dad in the early seasons. In one episode, she complains about how the mall is making people materialistic, greedy, and corporate as she complains it in her blackberry.
  • From the Humbug in the Chuck Jones adaption of The Phantom Tollbooth: "If there's one thing I can't abide, it's a hypocrite!"
  • In an episode of Johnny Test, Hugh Test is berating his daughters for having invented something as potentially dangerous as an alchemy machine - while he's gleefully using said machine to turn the cutlery and the contents of his toolbox into gold.
  • Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers
    • In one episode a Shapeshifting alien impersonates Dale and the others need to Spot the Imposter. Dale then exposes the alien by showing him his favorite food, upon which the alien forgets everything, loses the disguise, and runs for the food. Upon seeing this, Monty comments: "Disgusting the way some people lose control". This is coming from a character whose Running Gag is being addicted to cheese, which oftentimes gets him and others into trouble ("Mind Your Cheese and Q's" best illustrates this).
    • This similar scenario also happened on the episode "Chocolate Chips" where Dale smells chocolate and goes into the same cheese-attack style trance that Monty does (with Monty saying the same thing about how he hates it when other people lose control of themselves over food).
  • SpongeBob SquarePants does this all the time, most of the time focusing around Patrick's lack of intelligence.
    Patrick: Are you going to listen to a big dummy, or are you going to listen to me?
    Spongebob: Err....
    • Another entertaining one involves them getting an invitation from a land dweller but the ink runs. They comment that whoever sent this obviously has no clue about how life under the ocean works. Then they promptly throw the note into a burning fire.
    • Another example is Kevin the sea cucumber from the episode "I'm You're Biggest Fanatic" won't let Spongebob into his club because "he's too much of a geek", the thing is he's just as geeky as he claims Spongebob is.
  • A running gag in Animaniacs is that Dot always makes disparaging comments to her brothers' Hello, Nurse! routine... when she's every bit as bad as Yakko (maybe worse) when an attractive man walks by.
  • Popeye once starred in an adaptation of "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", in which Bluto portrayed the leader of the thieves. At one point, Bluto is snacking on his dinner while Wimpy snatches some chicken from one of his plates. Upon seeing it's missing, Bluto shrieks, "Hey!! There must be thieves around here!"
  • From The Cleveland Show:
    Roberta: I need to update my Facebook page with these slammin' pictures of me in my new bikini.
    Cleveland: Facebook is a joke. You know who is my "friend" on Facebook? Margaret Cho. A woman I have not met, nor wish to ever meet, is somehow a friend of mine. Puh-lease! I also don't need your stupid status updates. "Ooh, Betsy Sherman is excited to watch Heroes!" Go suck an egg, Betsy!
    You know what? I need to Twitter that! [Takes out phone] "Go... suck... an egg... Betsy.
  • An episode of Jimmy Two-Shoes has Lucius telling his son "There's just some things you can't make happen." Immediately afterward he has the mountain outside his window moved to the left, and then orders the destruction of one of the three suns because three is too many.
  • In Scooby-Doo! Abracadabra-Doo Daphne asks Velma why she doesn't hang out with her sister more often and she replies that she finds her too nerdy and that she over analyzes everything, after she says that she notices a powder on the floor mistaking it for a clue and Daphne replies that its for her feet.
  • Memorably in an episode of Batman: The Animated Series, The Joker dumps a random reporter into the same vat of chemicals that he was dumped in. After that reporter becomes The Creeper, he tracks the Joker down and starts harassing the poor guy, and starts hitting on Harley Quinn like there's no tomorrow. Hypocritical for two reasons. One, the Creeper's one-sided crush is exactly like Harley Quinn's crush on the Joker. Two, eventually, the Joker is on his knees begging Batman to put him in Arkham because, in the Joker's words, "HE'S A LUNATIC!" That's right. The Joker called someone a lunatic. The latter also happens in the earlier episode "Joker's Favor." When faced with an explosives-wielding Charlie Collins who seems poised to give him an utterly inglorious death, the Joker exclaims "You're crazy!" Charlie replies, "I had a good teacher!"
  • King of the Hill
    • After Hank's been Mistaken for Racist, the church congregation tries to tell Hank that bigotry and intolerance is wrong by singing around a cross on Hank's lawn.
    • In another episode Hank and Peggy argue about Bobby's strange behavior and that he will never fully grow up because of Peggy's constant babying him, at the end of the argument she says "I do not baby him!", a couple seconds later she turns to Bobby and says in baby talk "Who wants a hot fudge sundae?!".
    • In "To Kill A Ladybird" Hank and Bobby visit a pet store to get medicine for Ladybird, Bobby wants to get a frisby for Bandit a raccoon he "adopted" as a pet, Hank makes Bobby put it back saying how much the store overprices those things then moments later asks a clerk how much it would cost to put Ladybird's picture on a coffee mug.
    • Heck, much of the humor from Hank's character is built around hypocritical humor, namely in how he'll approve of something if it involves Ladybird, propane, beer, or football that he would never, ever approve of otherwise.
  • Beauty and the Beast:
    Belle: I have to get home to help my father.
    LeFou: That crazy old loon, he needs all the help he can get!
    [Gaston laughs heartily]
    Belle: Don't talk about my father that way!
    Gaston: Yeah, don't talk about her father that way! [hits LeFou on the head]
  • Rugrats
    • In "Circus Angelicus" Chuckie mentions the reasons why clowns are scary, "They have these big scary glasses, big funny teeth, and big scary red hair that sticks out everywhere", he is describing himself.
    • Angelica often mocks the babies for being immature, usually followed by her showing she's just as immature, if not moreso.
    • In "The Trial" Angelica explains the different roles in the courtroom. When she mentions that Tommy will be the judge, the babies ask if she means the fudge. Angelica says that the judge is the proper term and wonders why they don't talk right. She then states that teddy bears will act as the jerky. When they ask if she meant jury, she tells them she used the proper term again.
  • Subtle example from Rescue at Midnight Castle, the first of the My Little Pony TV Specials. Firefly (a pegasus pony) uses the following alternative to the word "bullshit": "Ponyfeathers."
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic:
    • In Green Isn't Your Color, Spike gets mad at Twilight for telling someone about his crush on Rarity...while he's wearing a fanboyish t-shirt with her picture on, making his crush pretty darn obvious.
    • In Over a Barrel...
    Rarity: You talk about it [AJ's tree, Bloomberg] as if it's your baby or something.
    Applejack: Who're you calling a baby?! Bloomberg's no baby! *Nuzzles her tree* Don't let widdle Warity make you all saddy-waddy! Bloomberg's a big and strong apple tree. Yes he is!
    • In Lesson Zero, Rarity calls Twilight a "drama queen" when she finds out Twilight is worried about not sending her friendship report to Princess Celestia on time... while lying on a fainting couch Rarity had magically summoned because she forgot the plates for a picnic.
      • ...which is immediately lampshaded when everyone gives her an odd look, causing her to hastily add, "...relatively speaking."
    • In May The Best Pet Win, Rainbow Dash tells the tortoise competing to be her pet, "This isn't a game, you know!" She immediately tells the rest of the prospective pets, "These games will determine which one of you has the most important qualities I'm looking for in a pet."
    • A somewhat more meta example occurs in the episode It's About Time, when Twilight Sparkle is visited by herself from the future, she declares that such a thing is not scientifically possible. Twilight, of course, is a magical purple unicorn.
    • In Rarity Takes Manehattan, Rainbow Dash mentions that she hates musicals, because the ponies are always starting musical numbers at the drop of a hat. Cue musical number.
    • In Twilight’s Kingdom Part 1, Rainbow Dash points out that Spike had bragged during the train ride about how he'd saved the Crystal Empire the last time they were there. Rarity reminds Rainbow Dash that she's fond of boasting about her own exploits.
  • In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode, "Ren's Toothache", right after Ren's teeth had rotted to non-existence and putrid fumes pouring out from his mouth, four flies start complaining about the god-awful smell... after they were driven away from eating at Stimpy's litter box earlier!
    • In "Son of Stimpy" (a.k.a. "Stimpy's First Fart"), Stimpy's talking boogers think he's crazy... because "he talks to farts, man"!
  • Regular Show:
    Benson: Rule #47: NO YELLING!
    • In another episode, Mordecai and Rigby start making fun of a group of surfers in a documentary for saying "brah" so much, but then immediately start using the word dude too much.
    Mordecai: Dude, did you just eat all the chips dude?
  • On Phineas and Ferb, there was a sign in the park advertising a 4K run for charity: "Help us to put an end to signs in the park."
    Stacy: I'm still not buying it; I am a woman of science...at least that's what my horoscope said.
  • Grouchy Smurf in The Smurfs and the Magic Flute song "Just Like Their Names": "I don't act like my name!"
  • In an episode of Johnny Bravo Johnny learns he has to repeat the fourth grade, he says "I don't want to be stuck in a room with a bunch of whiny, immature brats" while throwing a childish temper tantrum.
  • In an episode of Recess the gang is playing a kickball game against a rival school, at one point T.J.'s kick gets caught by one of the rival teammates, Mikey says "That's not fair that kid is really really big" said kid is about as tall and fat as him.
    Randall: Geez, what a squealer.
  • Dan Vs. has this little gem. Chris and Dan are working at a mall, and Chris sees Elise doing some Christmas shopping, so he decides to spy on her.
    Chris: I'm going to go see what [Elise] is getting me for Christmas.
    Dan: Chris, that's not in the Christmas spirit. Now come and help me annihilate Santa.
  • A darker, less humorous version in The Iron Giant; when said giant and Hogarth see a deer they go get a closer look, when two hunters shoot it. The hunters see the giant and exclaim, "IT'S THE MONSTER!", and flee while Hogarth and the giant sadly mourn the dead deer.
  • Happens all the time in Moral Orel but one of the most notable (comedic) examples would have to be the exchange between Clay Puppington and Art Posabule after arguing over the correct version of the Lord's Prayer:
    Mark Posubule: Forgive your debtors!
    Clay Puppington: Forgive your trespassers!
    Mark Posubule: You owe me a bottle of wine!
    Clay Puppington: Get off my property!
  • Sterling Archer. Bing. Bang. Boom.
    • There are way too many examples to list to give justice, considering hypocrisy encompasses Archer's ENTIRE persona. But here's a good one from season 3's episode, "Space Race: Part 2":
      • Cyril is about to land the shuttle, after piloting all of re-entry, with everyone onboard, and ironically being the only one qualified to do so, since he was the sole person to get time on the simulator. Archer suddenly tries to grab the stick:
    Everyone: NO! WHAT THE HELL!!! etc.
    Lana: Archer, you had, like, an actual moment of self-awareness, in space! So-
    Archer: ...So, I DESERVE TO LAND THE GODDAMN SPACESHIP!
    [Archer proceeds to wrestle the flight controls from Cyril, thus it all goes to FUBAR.]
    Archer: Actually, Cyril...it's all you buddy. You got it.
    [You know what happens next.]\
    • And there's this from "Skytanic":
    Archer: There's your bomber.
    Malory: Who?
    Lana: What?
    Archer: That guy. Beardsley McTurbanhead.
    Malory: You idiot. That's Sandu Singh, the billionaire investor. He's a Sikh.
    Archer: Oh, so if he's not a Muslim he just gets a pass? Well, that's called profiling, mother, and I don't do it!
  • From the Teen Titans Go! episode "Gorilla".
    Robin: I don't overuse my power. GET YOUR FEET OFF THE TABLE! SIT UP STRAIGHT!
  • In the Futurama episode "Fry and Leela's Big Fling"
    Bender: After they said I have an obnoxious ego!? Me, the magnificent Bender!?
    • From "Mobius Dick"
    Amy: This is all Obsessie Bessie's fault!
    Leela: For the last time, I'm not obsessed. I just want this whale to die-DIE-DIE!
  • In the 2013 Mickey Mouse short, No Service, Goofy criticizes people who don't comply with his restaurant's No Shirt, No Shoes, No Service policy, saying they have no class. Yet he scratches his belly button at the end of the cartoon and earlier, he is seen swatting a bug with the same spatula he uses to flip the customers' food with.
  • The VeggieTales cartoon "A Tale of Two Cities" has an extended example. When Larry gets robbed, beaten up, and left on the side of the road, the mayor and a nurse both pass him by, insisting they're far too busy to stop and help Larry. However, the mayor and the nurse clearly aren't too busy to stop and chat with each other—nor are they too busy to sing an elaborate musical number with lyrics about how busy they are.
  • In The Critic episode "Sherman, Woman and Child", Duke Phillips is impressed with Alice not being an unflattering Southern stereotype. After he says this, the wall opens up to reveal Country Bears-esque animatronics who proclaim they like to drink moonshine.
  • From The Princess and the Frog: "I was startin' to think that wishin' on stars was for babies and.. crazy people.."
  • In the Halloween Episode of Kim Possible, Drakken, Shego, and Duff Killigan expressed their disappointment towards Kim for lying. They are mind you, Card Carrying Villains and they reacted as if Kim herself offended them!
    Killigan: She'll have to work long and hard to regain my trust!

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