"Canadians are so apathetic at times! [sigh] But... whaddaya gonna do?" noteThe Boomerang Bigot is a character who thinks that all members of Group X are an inferior race/species... even while being a member of Group X themselves. Despite the obvious contradiction, the Boomerang Bigot doesn't see anything wrong with their view, and will continue to proudly persecute Group X. Differs from You Are What You Hate in that there is no ignorance, secrecy, or self-doubt involved. The Boomerang Bigot knows they're a member of the targeted group — and others know it, too — but remains unabashed about holding their views, possibly in an odd form of Honor Before Reason. However, it is possible for the two tropes to overlap. A bigot's membership in the hated group might be secret to most people but known to a few. If he continues to sincerely express hatred towards the hated group, even when in a situation where his secret will not be exposed, then he might show shades of both Boomerang Bigot and You Are What You Hate. Such behavior almost always occurs for laughs. If not... be afraid. Has also been known in the mainstream as "Self-Hating", with the ethnic group following after (such as "Self-Hating Black" or "Self-Hating Jew"). A more technical term is "internalized bigotry". If they're not self-hating and simply criticize the behavior of their group, they might just be insisting that they Stop Being Stereotypical. If done poorly, this trope can lead to Unfortunate Implications, such as that being bigoted is okay as long as it's self-loathing bigotry - or, on the other hand, that a person must be prejudiced in the "right" way, because otherwise they'll be a Category Traitor. A supertrope of Misanthrope Supreme. Also see Noble Bigot, Pretend Prejudice, Cultural Cringe, Hunter of His Own Kind, Humans Are Bastards, Even Nerds Have Standards, Some of My Best Friends Are X, Internalized Categorism, N-Word Privileges, Female Misogynist, and Psychological Projection. Gayngst and Armoured Closet Gay are related tropes for self-hating gays and lesbians, and Effeminate Misogynistic Guy for a less direct form of boomerang-bigotry. The most extreme cases may commit Genocide from the Inside, or attempt to do so. See also Self-Deprecation.
— Glen Foster, Canadian comedian
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- Fairy Tail has Porlyusica, who hates humans. Justified when we find out later that she's the Edolas counterpart of the Sky Dragon Grandine, who on the other hand was very fond of humans.
- Acnologia, the Black Dragon of the Apocalypse, considers humans to be beneath worthy of talking to. He was originally the Black Dragon Slayer, who was turned into a dragon by Zeref. His dialogue with Igneel reveals that he doesn't have a much higher opinion of Dragons either. He'll at least speak to them, but he still finds their existence distasteful. Then it turns out he's still able to return to his human form whenever he feels like it. He's just a jerk who considers everyone beneath him.
- Done with no laughs at all with Legato in Trigun. He's human, but is an Omnicidal Maniac who wants to kill all humans and anxiously awaits the day when his own boss will kill him. He hates himself and everyone else that is not Knives. If Knives weren't an Omnicidal Maniac, Legato would probably hate everyone anyway.
- Alucard from Hellsing fits this, since he's actually the first vampire and seems to think that he has the right and obligation to decide which vampire lives and which vampire dies. At the moment only ONE seems to be considered worthy to live. Most vampires only stay around long enough for him to kill them.
- In Vampire Knight, Zero Kiryu is a vampire hunter who hates vampires despite (or perhaps because of) being an ex-human vampire himself.
- At one point in Sayonara, Zetsubou-Sensei, Maria, The Illegal, becomes fascinated with manzai which leads to her becoming a right wing ultra-nationalist for reasons which make slightly more sense in context. She is shown denouncing the Prime Minister in front of Parliament for charges which include the influx of illegal immigrants in Japan.
- In Naruto, Jirobo of the Sound Four enjoys making fun of Choji's weight during his fight with him, despite being fatter than he is.
- As of chapter 608, there is also Obito, who believes that everyone who manages to survive as a shinobi is trash. And yes, he is aware that this includes himself.
- Rosario + Vampire has Student Police enforcer Keito, who in addition to being a Jerkass is a Female Misogynist, if her interactions with Kurumu are any indicator. Also, Hokuto Kaneshiro, a leader in the anti-human terrorist organization Fairy Tale, is himself biologically human.
- Askeladd from Vinland Saga hates all vikings and norsemen for their conquering and pillaging ways and what they've done to the british isles, despite being a norse mercenary and viking who's been fully complicit in the same deeds all his life. He fully acknowledges this contradiction makes him a hypocrite, which is why he is more than happy to help Canute unite the norse and saxons under a single crown and stop the viking age.
- In the third season of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX, Judai is challenged by the Duel Spirit Birdman (formerly called "Harpies' Brother" and currently "Sky Scout" in the States) who looks down on low-Leveled monsters, considering them a lower class worthy of nothing but scorn; problem is, he himself is only Level 4, which he, in fact, admits after being defeated in ritual battle. (Clearly, his attitude was his way of compensating.)
- Played for Laughs in a classic Gyro Gearloose story by Carl Barks where a rival inventor moves next door to Gyro. Gyro angrily declares that he never could stand any kind of inventors or geniuses.
- Ra's Al-Ghul in Batman detests humans in general, to the point of being an Omnicidal Maniac who fancies himself as Gaia's Vengeance. He wants to save the world by destroying 90% of humanity and ruling the ones left over.
- In Ultimate Spider-Man, Liz Allan is a vehemently anti-mutant bigot who finds out, quite dramatically, that she's a mutant herself.
- Parodied mercilessly (like everything else) in Rat Man with Brakko's mother-in-law, who despises black people and is too stupid to realize she's one.
- Justice League of America villain Maxwell Lord has a hatred of metahumans after Cyborg Superman destroyed Coast City, even though he is one himself, having the power to control minds.
- The Seraphim, main antagonist of Angel of the Bat hates all religions except for his own and has a particular disdain for Jews. He is ethnically Jewish.
- Suzaku in My Mirror Sword And Shield, reluctantly realizes when he's defending himself to Kallen that he hates Japanese people. Which is due to his Japanese neglectful and abusive drug addict of a mother and the Japanese thugs that threatened and killed his loving adoptive Britannian parents.
- Trent, the self-proclaimed black Klansman in Shock Corridor.
- Walt Kowalski from Gran Torino is a white Pole who throws derogatory slurs at everyone, including the Polish and whites.
- Officer Coffey in Boyz n the Hood is a black policeman who shows apathy and hostility to other blacks.
- Officer Self Hatred in Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood is a parody of Officer Coffey, and played by the late Bernie Mac.
"I hate your black skin. I hate your black pants. I hate black pepper. I hate black keys on a piano.""I hate Whoopi Goldberg's lips.""I hate my gums, 'cause THEY black."
- Sky High: The Reveal of Gwen's past makes her coldness toward Layla and indirectly the other sidekicks somewhat perplexing. Whether she genuinely fell for Will, saw something of herself in Layla that she hated, or simply went drunk with popularity isn't particularly well-explored, though the second is slightly implied.
- The Believer is about an Orthodox Jew who becomes a neo-Nazi. Based loosely on Dan Burros.
- In Seven Samurai, the seventh ronin, played by Toshiro Mifune, actually comes from a peasant background. He hates peasants for being victims and samurai for being bullies.
- The seventh member of The Magnificent Seven really hates farmers, though himself a farmer.
- In Thor, Loki's reaction to learning that he's the son of Jötenheim's king is to attempt Frost Giant genocide. Certainly had a lot to do with finding out that his biological father had left him to die for being a runt. Moreover, Loki was raised to fear and hate Jötunns as he was growing up in Asgard, so his action was also fueled by extreme self-loathing.
- In Robots Ratchet's mother Madame Gasket who wants to destroy all older "outmode" robots, being oblivious to the fact she is made of "outmode" parts.
- Played for laughs in Twilight. Edward says "Never trust a vampire. Trust me."
- However Edward actually has a negative notion of existence as a vampire, he believes that vampires have no souls and therefore he doesn't want Bella to become one of them.
- Get on the Bus has a successful car salesman who initially comes off as Positive Discrimination as he encourages a black youth to focus on education to be successful... then in the same breath reveals he went to a "Real college and not some Nigger school," going on an anti-black tirade that might as well be spoken by a Neo-Nazi with N-Word Privileges where he derides everything/everyone Black, reveals he's a Republican though pets the Threefer Black, gay Republican for the same politics regardless of sexual orientation, with the kicker being that he reveals he couldn't care less about the Million Man March the whole point of the trip and is only going to sell cars. He finally works their last nerve by telling a racist joke about "lesbians and niggers don't do dick" and is literally thrown off the bus into a ditch also by Bernie Mac.
Bernie Mac's character: Niggers need coat! Coat need Niggers!
- A mild example in the Korean War film The Steel Helmet. A North Korean prisoner of war tries to turn Japanese-American soldier Tanaka against his comrades by appealing to his anger over his childhood in an internment camp. Tanaka gives him a Shut Up, Hannibal! that invokes some Asian stereotypes.
- Played with in Blood And Bone, as the Big Bad seems to be a black man that does not like black people (despite employing two at different times), but he has as big an issue with poor and working class, which people can actually leave behind. His boss is a white man who dislikes black people even more and is also a low class thug who lucked into money.
- In Machete, Sartana starts out as a Hispanic woman who has a disdain for other Hispanics and works to get them deported. Several other characters call her out on betraying her people.
- Stephen in Django Unchained, the head house slave of Candyland. He is just as racist as any of the white people around him and treats the slaves under him just as poorly even though he himself is also black and a slave. He especially hates free black people like Django. This is not played for laughs. At all.
- Featured in the 2009 documentary Outrage, which is about homosexual politicians who consistently vote against gay rights, AIDS funding, and other gay-friendly legislation.
- The Toon Patrol from Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Judge Doom who organized genocide of his own species for profit. There's also the Toon gorilla who works as a bouncer at the Ink & Paint Club and is implied to be charged with turning away other Toons who try to enter (since Toons can be employees or performers at the club, but never customers). However, he also throws out humans who don't know the password or try to peek at the stars in their dressing rooms. And he does have a job to do. And it might have been the only work he could get, being so ugly and frightening.
- Implied in Kingsman: The Secret Service. Throughout the film Arthur speaks in a refined accent and seems the definition of an upper class snob who has in for the working class Eggsy. After being poisoned by Eggsy his dying words are a string of expletives uttered in a very coarse East End accent.
- Taegan Nightwind from the Dungeons & Dragons novel series Year Of Rogue Dragons. He is an avarail, or winged elf, and considers his species to be inferior to humans because they haven't accomplished anything. It takes not one but two epiphanies to convince him otherwise. First, that other varieties of elf have built huge cities and accomplished great things, and second that avarail in particular defended the citadel of the rage, which is probably why Faerun isn't still run by tyrant dragons.
- Joe Christmas from Faulkner's Light in August has serious issues, among them, he is white; he thinks he's biracial, but doesn't fit in black or white society. He has contempt for black people in particular.
- Deconstructed in Philip Roth's The Human Stain. Professor Coleman Silk's long and distinguished tenure is brought to sudden ruin when he is accused of making a racist comment about two black students. Coleman is the only person who can really appreciate the awful irony of this accusation, because he is a light-skinned black man who spent his entire adult life pretending he was white, going so far as to disown his family so that they don't exist as a fact of his past others could discover. Since the accusation was perpetrated from within the Athena faculty by his personal enemies, if they knew the truth about his race, they would almost certainly believe him to be a Boomerang Bigot instead of the straightforward variety they accused him of being.
- In Great Expectations, a young and suggestible Pip turns on everything he considers "common" after Estella disparages him for being common. This comes back to bite him.
Detritus: You can't trust 'em.
- Played briefly as a gag in Men at Arms by the troll Detritus:
Detritus: Trolls. Nasty pieces of work in my opinion.
- His partner Cuddy (a dwarf) gets like this about dwarfs. It seems to be a symptom of joining the Watch: Once you join the Watch, no other labels apply to you, such as race or gender, so Detritus is not a troll, nor Cuddy a dwarf, they are watchmen.
- Similarly, the zombie Reg Shoe is initially invited to join the Watch after sending in letters complaining about police treatment of the Undead community. Vimes later notices that since Reg Shoe became a watchman the number of complaints from the Undead has doubled and they are all directed against Reg Shoe.
- 71-Hour Ahmed doesn't trust any Klatchians, because he is one. He actually has to point out to Vimes, who's engaging in some pretty heavy Positive Discrimination (to counteract the regular-old discrimination that he thinks will get everyone killed by underestimation), that Klatchians can be scheming bastards too.
- Vimes himself hates the upper classes, considering them entitled bastards who think themselves above the law. Since marrying Lady Sybil, he has become the richest man in the city, as well as a knight and a duke. The irony of this is not lost on him.
- In Night Watch Captain Carrot mentions that a troll, Calcite, has joined a gang that was formed primarily to beat up trolls, apparently because he likes to beat up trolls as well.
- Annagramma in the Tiffany Aching books (most pointedly Wintersmith) claims to hate shepherds and know nothing about the shepherd life, and Tiffany calls her out on being a farmer's daughter. She's ashamed about being a daughter of a landless peasant. She never expresses actual hate towards people who work with their hands, but tends to be extremely condescending towards them.
- The Hydrophobes are deliberately raised to hate all liquids, including their own body fluids. This aversion becomes so powerful it forms a repulsion field around the hydrophobe, practical for magic transports on water.
- In a sadder example, one of the dwarves in The Fifth Elephant hates Cheery, a dwarf who openly admits she's female (most dwarf women don't). The dwarf in question is a woman herself, and is jealous of how Cheery's allowed to be who she really is.
- In the Farseer trilogy by Robin Hobb, Burrich tries to repress signs of the Wit in Fitz because he himself is trying to hide that he has the Wit.
- In the Strugatsky Brothers novel Prisoners of Power it turns out that the political junta which ordered the persecution of the "deviants" is composed entirely of deviants itself. They don't do it out of bigotry though - deviants are the only members of the populace who are immune to the Mind Control which the junta uses to stay in power.
- Toyvo Glumov in The Time Wanderers.
- Harry Potter:
- Big Bad Voldemort wants to eliminate/subjugate any wizard who isn't pure blooded, especially the Muggle-borns, but Voldemort himself is a half-blood.
- Snape was a Death Eater, one of Voldemort's follows, despite being a half-blood himself and in love with Muggle-born Lily Evans (Harry's mom).
- Dolores Umbridge, according to Word of God. She claims to be a descendent of the Selwyn wizarding family and fully pure-blooded when prosecuting Muggle-borns for "stealing magic." In reality, her parents were a member of the Department of Magical Maintenance (read: a janitor) and a Muggle.
- Queen Jehana in the Deryni works becomes this after she tries to use her Deryni powers to protect her son from Charissa at his coronation. She fervently believes the Deryni powers are evil, and after The Reveal at the coronation she goes into self-imposed exile in a remote convent, fasting to the point of noticeable weight loss. She tries to warn Nigel's wife Meraude of the taint of the Haldane powers, exhorting her sister-in-law to keep Nigel safe. She entertains hopes of finding a human wife for Kelson to "redeem" him, and she's rude and hostile to Rothana when she thinks the young novice is too close to her son.
- In Sewer, Gas & Electric, the racist who plotted with GAS the supercomputer to unleash a plague that kills only black people has a black distant ancestor. Partially subverted in that he didn't show any visible sign of African ancestry; nonetheless, his "one drop"-caliber bigotry led him to design the plague to spare anyone with green eyes like him, for fear it would latch onto that "one drop" and kill him too.
- Dora Wilk Series, having Fantastic Racism as one of its main themes, has its small share.
- Katarzyna, a half-water witch, half-fury famous for their master over two opposite elements, considers hybrids who show off their mixed heritage to be disgusting.
- Raphael, main advocate of Fantastic Racism, believes that Interspecies Romance in akin to bestiality. He has a half-blood son. However, the bigoted part of him is a demon who possessed him and the child happenned before the possession.
- In the Warrior Cats arc Power of Three, Berrynose complains that the ThunderClan leader Firestar is letting too many kittypets (house cats) into his Clan and tainting the blood of the Clan. Another cat immediately points out that Berrynose himself was a kittypet that Firestar let into the Clan, only for Berrynose to try to claim that it's different.
- In Harrison Bergeron, Diana Moon Glampers has the job of making sure that talented people are Brought Down to Normal with handicaps. She herself is a talented marksman who wears no handicaps.
- The Star Wars Expanded Universe has plenty of examples (most of them Imperials), but perhaps the most noteworthy is the greatest villain of the entire franchise, Sheev Palpatine (who, of course, eventually became Darth Sidious and then Emperor of the entire galaxy). Born to a wealthy family on the Mid Rim world of Naboo, the young Palpatine was galled by the knowledge that his family, being Rimmers, were considered frontier aristocrats in the wider galaxy and would never be able to rise to the highest levels of the elitist, Core-centric galactic society without staging a risky coup d'état. Because of this, Sheev despised his father for not doing anything to improve the family's social standing, and eventually killed him after he became a Sith Lord. (The hatred was mutual: Sheev's father once said that he wished he'd killed his son when he was a baby, because he claimed to have sensed the Dark Side within him even then.) Oddly enough, when the younger Palpatine became a senator and set in motion his plan to start up the Separatist crisis, he continued to play the part of a frontier yokel in order to deceive everyone into believing he had far less ambition than he actually did.
- When Glory from Wings of Fire discovers that her Actual Pacifist RainWing tribe acts just like what other dragons claim they do, she starts hating them. Her friends tell her that the RainWings' pacifism can be a good thing, and denying her "sun time" was doing her more harm than good.
- The Moidart, who spends most of Ravenheart oppressing the Rigante every which way you can think of, has Rigante blood himself. He despises the Rigante for the fact that, despite being ferocious warriors, they never bothered to create an empire of their own.
Live Action TV
- The Chappelle's Show skit "Black White Supremacist" subverts this trope with Clayton Bigsby, a black man from the Deep South who was born blind and is unaware of the fact that he is black. He grows up to become a white supremacist writer and Klan leader. His fellow Klan members never see him out of his robes (and those that do know he's black don't tell him in fear he would kill himself so there will be one less black person in the world). Played straight later when he finally does find out he's black; he leaves his wife, accusing her of being a "nigger lover".
- Saul Tigh on Battlestar Galactica really hates the Cylons — he has them tortured and executed, and even orders suicide bombings to strike back on New Caprica. But as we find out in the season three finale, he's one of the
final firstfinal five Cylons, along with the wife he killed for conspiring with the Cylons. Saul qualifies for this trope in that he doesn't treat Cylons any better upon finding this out.
- Chief Tyrol counts in a way as well; his own Cylon revelation only deepened his misanthropy particularly towards himself. For him it's justified though, given everything that happened with Boomer.
- In the new Flash Gordon series, Ming was extremely tough on Deviants and was of course himself a Deviant. He did his best to keep this fact hidden, though.
- Played with when John Safran (in his series, John Safran Versus God) attempted to join The Klan. He is Jewish but does not hold anti-Semitic views. The story was just a way to mock the clan (though it started out about Jewish people being excluded from country clubs). He did as part of story argue that as a Jewish man raised by Jews he had more right to hate the Jews than anyone else. The clan did eventually admit that while John couldn't qualify (unless he started a Jewish chapter) that if he had a child with a Non-Jewish woman that child wouldn't be considered Jewish and so would be eligible to join.
- Done as kind of a joke on Dollhouse when Sierra is imprinted with the personality of someone who doesn't seem to like "Orientals." Or at least, she says she doesn't like them...but she does seem to in some ways, given how she hit on Ivy. We're never really told what that engagement involved.
- Noah's Arc: Wade is this early on, with a very vocal aversion to gays despite being gay himself.
- On one episode of Seinfeld George's mother rejects the advice of Jerry's girlfriend Donna Chang because she finds out (having previously talked to the woman only on the phone) that Donna is not Chinese. "I don't want to take the advice of some girl from Long Island!" she shouts.
- Law & Order did this with a half-Jewish neo-Nazi. Likewise, one case had a Hispanic kid with neo-Nazi sympathies as a suspect. He swore to the detectives that he was fully Spanish with no mestizo blood, but he still looked quite delusional.
- There was a radical group bent on destroying space travel in order to preserve planetary ecologies. It was founded by a warship's AI. Of course, even before that became known, it was well known the group uses warships to enforce their views...
- A much softer version shows up in The Unconquerable Man, an alternate-universe episode where Gaheris Rhade - the main character's Nietzschean second-in-command that betrayed him in the pilot - replaced Dylan (said main character). Gaheris ends up so bitter about how the Nietzscheans turned out that Harper (a character with little reason to be fond of Nietzscheans) calls him "the only one I know that hates Nietzscheans more than I do".
- A Fantastic Racism variant occurs on Heroes during Volume 4, with Nathan and Mohinder. Mohinder, of course, had personal reasons for feeling that way. . .
- In Kamen Rider OOO, Ankh becomes this towards the end of the series in regards to the Greeed. Despite being one himself, he's come to see their main goal of becoming complete as an empty effort without thinking about what they'll do afterwards, as it doesn't even sate their ever present desire. In this case, it's more of the actions rather than the species, as he admits even he acted that way and hates himself for it. He also gets seriously frustrated over the fact that the other Greeed seem completely incapable of seeing his point of view. Unlike many examples, he actually has a very good point, as his goal is now to actually sate his desire instead of letting it run wild.
- Smallville: Tess Mercer in Seasons 8 & 9 was this trope...towards humanity in general. She unleashed Zod and the Kryptonian clones expressly because she hoped that they would be better stewards of the planet and that having the Kryptonians in charge, rather than her fellow humans, would allow Earth to become some kind of paradise (apparently, she missed the memo that the Kryptonians inadvertently destroyed their own planet and themselves in the process). But when it becomes clear that Zod is just as corrupt and evil as any human dictator, Tess realizes her error, and moves away from this trope in Season 10.
- Col. Potter on Mash: "Damn colonels! Can't trust any of them!"
- It Ain't Half Hot Mum: Rangi dismisses the other Indians as 'ignorant natives' and uses phrases like 'we British' when talking to the crew. Michael Bates based this aspect of the character on similar encounters he'd had with social-climbing Indians in British India.
- In the new Doctor Who series, the Absolute Xenophobe Daleks are recreated using human cells, meaning they are not "pure" Daleks. When pure Daleks are resurrected, they believe that the hybrid Daleks should be destroyed. The hybrid Daleks agree.
- Parodied with Lady Cassandra, who considers herself to be the last "pure" human in existence, the rest of the species having engaged in a lot of Boldly Coming in the millions of years between her time and ours, and thus become "mongrels". For the record, Cassandra is a flat sheet of skin with a face on it connected to a Brain in a Jar, having undergone so many cosmetic procedures that she is quite arguably one of the least humanlike characters to ever appear in the series.
- In a Season 2 episode of Grimm, Nick confronts a hero worshipper and stalker who insists that he is a Grimm and all wesen must die. He himself is a particularly hideous lamphrey-like wesen.
- Angel poses as one of these in order to infiltrate The Scourge, a gang of pureblood demons with a burning hatred for humanity, including any demons with human blood (especially vampires).
- Similar to the Law & Order case above, the episode "Spiders" from Cold Case had a Neo-Nazi who was Jewish. Valens commented "That makes you the most self-hating sonofabitch I've ever seen."
- In Father Ted episode "Grant Unto Him Eternal Rest":
Father Dougal: I just wanted to ask you, do you believe in an afterlife?
Father Ted: Do I what?
Father Dougal: Do you believe in an afterlife?
Father Ted: Well, generally speaking Dougal, priests tend to have a very strong belief in the afterlife.
Father Dougal: Oh, I wish I had your faith, Ted.
Father Ted: (beat) Dougal, how did you get into the church? Was it like collect twelve crisp packets and become a priest?
- Top Gear: Jeremy Clarkson has a really strong and open dislike for American people, and will not skip an opportunity to attack them. Ironically, many of the traits he criticises Americans for having (being overweight, vulgar, ignorant, arrogant and obsessed with size), he possesses himself. He is entirely aware of this.
- In the Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible story "Frenzy of Tongs", there is a British police chief of Chinese descent who says several incredibly racist things about the Chinese crime gang.
- In Curb Your Enthusiasm, Larry is accused of being a self-hating Jew, because he likes Richard Wagner. He responds: "I do hate myself, but it has nothing to do with being Jewish."
- In Sports Night, Jeremy claims to be a racist in an attempt to get fired. His boss doesn't buy it.
Jeremy: I'm serious, this country is being ruined by the blacks and the Jews.Isaac: You're Jewish.Jeremy: And I have to be stopped!
- On CSI a little person is killed and the guilty party turns out to be his fiance's father who is also a little person. The father's daughter was born full size despite both her parents being little which delighted the father and he didn't want to risk having a grandchild like himself.
- Believe it or not, this turns up in the Star Wars Expanded Universe as the main reason for the Start of Darkness of arguably the greatest Big Bad in the entire saga, Emperor Palpatine. Even before he began training as the Sith apprentice Darth Sidious, Palpatine was full of hatred for his own people, the Naboo, because he was embarrassed by their supposedly backward and uncultured tendencies (being Mid Rimmers in a galaxy where the Core Worlders are very elitist and despise anyone living in the Inner Rim and beyond). He particularly loathed his own family, and especially his father (whom he eventually murdered), for being frontier aristocrats who never tried to improve their social status in the wider galaxy. He was determined not to let that happen to him, and the master plan of his Sith master, Darth Plagueis, was what ultimately gave him the opportunity to "succeed" where his family had failed. Interestingly, however, he continued to act the part of a rimworld yokel after being elected to the Galactic Senate in order to mask his future power grab, only to drop his country accent and adopt a more posh one once he was named Chancellor and awarded dictatorial powers by the Senate. And once he had crowned himself Emperor, he proclaimed the doctrine of Human High Culture, which discriminated against lower-class humans as well as nonhumans.
- Blue Öyster Cult got into critical trouble with a song called "ME 262", a song about the last days of WWII seen from the viewpoint of a Luftwaffe fighter pilot tasked at the behest of Hitler and Goering with knocking down English planes and seeing them go burnin'. This song, with its interludes of air-raid sirens, bombs exploding, and marching jackboots, was held to be a fan-anthem to Nazism, and accusations the band members were closet Nazis failed to take into account that three of them are Jewish. This was either heavy-metal gormlessness of the Up to Eleven variety, or just maybe a case of Boomerang Bigot in action. The song also sucked as history, as most of the time the ME 262 was employed against daytime flights of American bombers.
- Comandante Pierroth, who originally organized the tecnicos of CMLL to battle against El Legión de Puerto Rico but then disappeared from lucha libre before making an unexpected return, leading El Comando Caribeño against his countrymen.
- La Nazi several times over. First of all, she's a ethnic Mexican Nazi who sometimes dyes the ends of her hair. Secondly, she's a Mexican who joined Los Boricuas. Thirdly, she's a Mexican who joined boarder patrol while working for Pro Wrestling Revolution in the United States.
- WWC had Dominican Boy, a Puerto Rican who hated Puerto Ricans and decided to become a Dominican instead.(Funny thing was that the Dominican Republic was his birthplace)
- In a more straight-forward example of this trope, Chavo Guerrero once denounced his Latino heritage all together and started calling himself Kerwin White. This character, which he fully believed himself to be, was a middle-class white man who despised all non-whites, working-class whites, and Latinos of any race. This is perhaps the best example of this trope in wrestling.
- Muhammad Hassan was a special case. An Arab-American, he declared that he hated most Arab-Americans because they were cowards who were afraid to express their identity for fear of being labeled terrorists. It was a combination of this trope and an inversion of Stop Being Stereotypical.
- During his first heel run, Alberto Del Rio, a high-class but still bronze-skinned Latino of dual Mexican/American citizenship, would garner lots of Cheap Heat by antagonizing everyone in his path - even fellow Latinos. He mocked Rey Mysterio for being a "Chihuahua" and the product of "the Tijuana ghettoes" (where he did gain wrestling fame, but Rey grew up in San Diego). And on one particularly infamous occasion, he shouted to the audience (perhaps out of a lack of self-confidence) that "I have come to this country LEGALLY!"; he then exited the ring and walked toward the crowd, beginning to harass anyone with skin darker than his by yelling "SHOW ME YOUR PAPERS!"
- In the biggest twist of irony, NJPW's Bullet Club, known to be an all-gaijin Power Stable, recruited Yujiro Takahashi, a Japanese born-and-raised wrestler who defected from Kazuchika Okada's CHAOS. Yujiro would even feign ignorance of the Japanese language afterwards.
Stand Up Comedy
- George Carlin reserved some of his more searing criticisms for white people.
- Chris Rock's division of north Americans of color into "black people" and "niggers".
- Tim Wilson has previously done a routine where he talks about how he's "down on white people" at the moment, despite being as white as can be himself.
- Jeff Foxworthy's "You might be a redneck" routine.
- Scottish comedian Danny Bhoy tells the story of a time the power went out in his apartment building. He couldn't find his way to his own apartment, so he knocked on some random guy's door and asked if he could stay there until the power comes back on. The two of them were sitting in the dark drinking beer and talking, when the other guy started complaining about all of the Indian people in the neighbourhood, how they should go back where they came from, etc. Danny is half-Indian himself, so he makes an attempt to leave before the power comes back on and his appearance is revealed to the guy. Of course, the power comes back on at that moment, revealing to Danny that the other guy is full Indian.
- Complaining about Germans in general and their failure to see through some obvious political ploys when it comes to elections in particular is a staple of German political comedy with too many examples to conveniently list here. The whole thing becomes extra meta when German comedians complain about Germans always complaining
- Serdar Somuncu who was born in Istanbul to Turkish parents but has a German passport likes to make fun of both Germans and Turks and especially of Turks living in Germany. His Refuge in Audacity type comedy (he started by doing dramatic readings of Hitler's mein Kampf) makes him a frequent guest on both comedy shows and serious political Talk Shows - especially when Turkey is in the news.
- Players who are members of the Anti-Mutant secret society are required to expose and terminate (human) mutants among the populace. Of course, they're also mutants, just like everyone else in the game. Some of them are genuinely unaware of it.
- Players are also required to expose and terminate secret society members. Of course, they're also members of a secret society, just like everyone else in the game. (They genuinely do hate the secret societies that directly rival their own; the most common pairs of enemies are Anti-Mutant vs. Psion and Corpore Metal vs. Frankenstein Destroyers.)
- The Banishers of Mage: The Awakening really, really hate mages, despite the fact that the two groups go on the same trip to the Supernal Realms and come back with knowledge of magic. The difference is that while regular Mages view the experience as akin to religious awakening, Banishers view their experience as more akin to Mind Rape and feel an instinctive revulsion every time they use magic.
- In Van Richten's Guide to Witches (an accessory for the Ravenloft campaign), the good doctor claims that he wrote the book with the help of a greenhag who despised other members of her species and was all to willing to aid him in publishing a book that could be used against them. (Why? According to Van Richten, she refused to say.)
- Depending on the Writer, the Forgotten Realms' Drizzt Do'Urden is often a heroic example — he hates his own species as much as pretty much every non-drow does. (Of course, this has become the whole problem with Drizzt; in order to make him believable, you have to assume that Drow are Always Chaotic Evil except for him, which borders on Fantastic Racism in more modern products.)
- The Threats supplement for Shadowrun revealed that the hidden leader of the virulently anti-metahuman Humanis Policlub is a self-hating troll who'd goblinized early. His followers have no idea he's a metahuman, because he directs the Policlub's activities from a distance.
- In Wild AR Ms 5, Volsung is fanatically dedicated to making sure nobody ever "crosses the wall" between Veruni and human, despite he himself being half-Veruni and half-human and hence a living example of crossing the wall.
- In Dragon Age: Origins, Morrigan has such a moment with Zathrian.
Morrigan: "Is that why you are here, sorcerer?"Zathrian: "Do not call me that, witch!"
- Dragon Age II can see the player turn into this if they choose to play as a Mage and side with the Templars.
- Dragon Age: Inquisition has Vivienne, a mage companion, as one of the most anti-mage people in the game. Even more so than Templar characters. Treating the rebel mages kindly gains her disapproval. She also displays a serious Lack of Empathy toward mages that did not have the easy time in the Circle that she did.
- Both your elven companions in Inquisition have this attitude to a certain degree. Sera, a City Elf dislikes the Dalish for being "too elfy" (aka, proud, arrogant, and exclusive) whereas hedge mage Solas shows a mild disdain towards both the Dalish and the City Elves for desperately clinging to a past that they don't understand. Later subverted in the case of Solas, when it's revealed that he was once a rebel leader in the ancient elven empire, and thus has every reason to hold disdain for modern elves who worship the Evanuris, who almost destroyed the world back in the day, as gods — not to mention that their religion portrays him as the villain.
- The Pope in Tales of Symphonia is fiercely anti-half-elf. Ironically, he used to support the cause of half-elf equality, and even fell in love with an elf. But when their daughter was born and her mother died, he found himself growing more hateful and terrified of her differences, coming to understand the perspective of the people who hated half-elves, and he started to support them instead.
- Tales of Rebirth: Saleh is part of the Four Stars, led by Zilva, a Gajuma who wishes to revive the Sacred Beast Geyorgyas to destroy all Huma. He is a Huma. He sees absolutely nothing wrong with this, and is even surprised when his partner, Tomha, kills him on Zilva's orders to start the massacre.
- GLaDOS from Portal is a special example of this, hating Humans along with most other 'sane' robots in the Aperture facility despite being one herself once, as the trip through the bowels of Old Aperture in Portal 2 reveals that she was once Caroline, Cave Johnson's assistant. Although you'd probably hate the Aperture facility, everyone in it and mankind in general if you'd had to deal with Cave's insanities, got your mind forcefully ripped out of your body and uploaded into a computer, and then were abandoned in an underground complex.
- in Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal, Dr. Nefarious hates and aims to destroy all organic lifeforms despite formerly being one himself before getting his current robotic body.
- Frank Horrigan from Fallout 2 is a gigantic, homicidal Super Mutant in power armor... who hates mutants and wants to help the Enclave wipe out anyone infected with the FEV virus. He doesn't even consider himself a mutant, as he was created by the Enclave's own scientists rather than in one of the coastal FEV vats.
- A small case in Fallout: New Vegas with Chris Haversam, a human who believes himself to be a ghoul, despite everyone around him (both human and ghoul) trying to convince him he's human. And yes, he refers to you as "smoothskin", just like all the actual ghouls.note
- New Vegas also has the Boomers at Nellis AFB. If you bring ED-E onto the base, one of the lines you may get while Boomers pass by you is them telling you they can "take care of that robot problem for you. Just sayin'." You can even get this line from the Mister Gutsy robots they have patrolling the base.
- In Fallout 4, Danse is one of the most zealous members of the Brotherhood of Steel and as such shares their hatred for Synths, Ghouls and Super Mutant. Eventually, he himself is revealed to be a Synth, which causes him to be hunted down by his brethren. For his part, he is filled with enough self-hatred that he doesn't mind dying, at least by your hands.
- A small case in Fallout: New Vegas with Chris Haversam, a human who believes himself to be a ghoul, despite everyone around him (both human and ghoul) trying to convince him he's human. And yes, he refers to you as "smoothskin", just like all the actual ghouls.note
- In Deus Ex, the augmented player character can choose to side with anti-augmentation zealots in Human Revolution and Invisible War.
- Though in both of them he did become augmented against his will, so...
- In Castlevania: Judgment, Sypha Belnades is characterised as this, with a vehement hatred for those who are touched by darkness or wield dark powers, even if they do to serve the light, despite the fact she herself is a Black Magician Girl Hot Witch who is oppressed by the Church due to her powers, which are seen as Black Magic.
- Shin Super Robot Wars: Master Asia met Professor Kasshu and Char Aznable and figures the latter was where his problems started, coming short on the heels of the signing of the Luna Treaty that guarantees independence and sovereignty for the Earth, Moon, and space colonies. This treaty was enough to bring peace to the war-weary humans, but could not by itself remove the scars of the war. Char, who loved humanity more than anyone, also hated it, having sacrificed numerous followers and taken many lives himself. Since he possessed vast influence and resources, Master Asia treated him as a representative of humanity. He was led to believe humans were unstable, destructive beings, and decided to manipulate Kasshu to help nip any potential for trouble in the bud.
- The Big Bad of inFAMOUS: Second Son is Brooke Augustine, a Conduit who leads the D.U.P. and imprisons other Conduits, dubbing them Bio-Terrorists. In the ending, she reveals that her real motive was to lock up Conduits to prevent them from being killed by the Muggles.
- Nomads from Borderlands 2 hate midgets, using them as Bulletproof Human Shields and calling people "midget lover" as an insult. There are midget nomads, who also loudly claim to loathe midgets while speaking in a comically deep-timbred squeaky voice.
- Grand Theft Auto V has one of Trevor's Strangers and Freaks missions involving a pair of self-appointed "border patrol guards", hellbent on keeping all of Los Santos free of immigrants. One member is Russian, barely speaks a word of English, and performs a Nazi salute.
Josef: I protect this country from multiculturalism.
- It is possible for first-generation immigrants to Tropico to align with the anti-immigration Nationalist faction and even become its leader.
- In Saints Row: The Third the Boss constantly mocked the French-Belgian Big Bad. Come Saints Row IV, one of the voice options is French, meaning the Boss could have been mocking her own all along.
- In BioShock Infinite, it's implied that Booker DeWitt was part Native American. This apparently did not stop him from murdering hundreds of Native Americans at the Battle of Wounded Knee (and it's implied that he was particularly overzealous in doing so because rumors about his heritage had started to spread).
- Possibly the case with Daniella, the second stalker in Haunting Ground. It's established that her motive for wanting to kill Fionna is out of jealousy, due to her being infertile and envying her would-be victim's ability to bear children, but it has been suggested that she is actually a female misogynist because of this incredible jealousy, despising the gender that gives birth because of it.
- Girl Genius: Othar Tryggvassen, Gentleman Adventurer is one of these. He is a Spark who believes all Sparks should be killed because of how dangerous they are. He plans to include himself in it, once every other Spark is killed. Different from most examples of this sort in that he is actually right about many Sparks being incurably dangerous and, of course, bonkers.
- He will on occasion help a Spark (primarily Agatha Heterodyne, Gil Wulfenbach or Tarvek Sturmvoraus) when it's in his best interests to do so. And sometimes it's hard not to get caught up in the excitement that being a Spark incites. But he has no illusions (and neither do they) about the fact that he eventually intends to kill them.
- Chiniride from Drowtales vigorously supported her clan's religious intolerance to half-breeds, even though she is the daughter of a light elf and gray drow herself. (And she knows this and even contemplates killing herself to purify the world from her own kind.) It was revealed later that, in the world of Drowtales, gray drow are the same race as light elves, just as black drow are related to dark elves. She's since become much less zealous and more reasonable.
- It's also recently been implied that Chiri'nide's adopted mother Shimi'lande is much more of a puppet ruler than was previously indicated, and it falls under this trope because the Kyorl'solenurn are fanatical in their hatred for the Vloz'ress, another clan that has a puppet ruler.
- Cranked Up to Eleven for Shan in Chapter 49: Ky'ovarde isn't the only demon summoner in the Kyorls. In fact, actual demon summoning (not just sealing) is a job requirement for Wardens and above! They even set up a permanent demon summoning gate in every base!
- In the Beldrobbaen clan, one member suffering from teenage angst hates it for its Goth-like culture so much that she attempts Genocide from the Inside.
- In Cuanta Vida, the BLU Scout spends most of the comic hurling gay slurs at the BLU Spy. He is gay, and has a crush on the BLU Spy.
- Guilded Age takes place in the somewhat racist country of Gastonia, where members of distrusted races can only pull good audiences when performing self-hating acts.
- Freefall has Edge, an unlikeable, abrasive, selfish jerk of a robot...who hates robots and wouldn't mind seeing every robot except himself destroyed. The only reason he helps Florence avert an illegal mass robot mind-wipe that would have let a Corrupt Corporate Executive gain control of their assets is entirely out of petty self-interest, since he would have been affected; he openly admits he wouldn't have bothered he wasn't at risk.
- Edge's boss, Blunt, is another example of the trope. He's a robot who considers intelligent machines the greatest danger to humanity and is very much in favour of wiping out the robots, with himself as the last one to go. After his disappointment at the above spoiler, he starts openly campaigning his cause and gains a fair-sized following.
- The Raging Red Tide has one of its characters (A girl who really Does Not Like Men) gets genderbended in a one-off strip. To prevent from being called this, "he" outright commits suicide and leaves a message in "his" own blood for other men to do the same.
- The Adventures of Gyno-Star has one misogynist female villain who wants to turn all women on earth into brainless zombies.
- A hilarious variation occurs in Survival of the Fittest when Brendan Wallace laments about how America brought the whole terrorist plot down on themselves, and blames them for everything. He then proceeds to mentally list off his friends, claiming they didn't do anything to deserve this... who are all Americans.
- This guy on Bash.org.
- Losernet features "The Loser Living Upstairs," a journal about an annoying neighbor who spends much of his "quality time" walking around in circles and hanging out with his "stooges." The author wasn't exactly successful either and decided to write about himself. He revealed that he was living in poverty, still a virgin well into his 40s, and in serious debt.
- Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks can be basically described as a black Klansman-wannabe. It goes far enough that he claims to be genetically white.
- Colonel H. Stinkmeaner straddles the line between this trope and Hates Everyone Equally - he claims to hate "everyone in general, but black people especially." At one point, he and Ruckus briefly bond over their shared hatred of black people.
- Played for laughs on The Simpsons:
Groundskeeper Willie: "Damn Scots! They ruined Scotland!"
- The Simpsons also subverts this when Krusty comes to doubt his own credentials as a Jew:
"I thought I was a self-hating Jew, but it turns out I'm just another anti-Semite!"
- In the episode in which they want to throw out the illegal immigrants, Moe is one of the most vocal about it, but he is illegal himself.
- Another borderline example is when one of the Duffmen energetically proclaims at an Oktoberfest celebration "This Reich will last a thousand beers! Oh, Ja!" Then under his breath, he mutters "I do this, and I'm Jewish."
- The Simpsons also subverts this when Krusty comes to doubt his own credentials as a Jew:
- On one episode of King of the Hill, there's a group of mostly white hipsters who move into the neighborhood after Peggy agrees to rent them a house, who have a strong aversion to other white people.
- On Gargoyles, Demona is an interesting case. She's a gargoyle who wants to Kill All Humans for nearly wiping out her species, but when she asks Literal Genie Puck to make her not turn to stone during the day (as gargoyles do), he grants her request by making her turn into a human from dawn to dusk every day. Notably, this doesn't stop her—instead, it just lets her find more ways of reaching her goals, since she can now blend in with her "enemies" undetected.
- Throughout the series she easily takes to human society and tools, such as human sorcery and technology, even before she gained her human transformation curse. She even started her own freaking company (named Nightstone)! For all of her hatred towards humans, Demona fits in far more with human civilization than she does with her fellow gargoyles. Which makes sense, since after Canmore destroyed her (second) clan she's spent hundreds of years apparently without any other long-term gargoyle companionship.
- In the South Park episode "The Entity", Kyle's cousin Kyle Schwartz — who is a walking touchstone of virtually every Jewish stereotype — comes for a visit. Towards the end of the episode, Kyle catches himself criticizing his cousin's personality and exclaims "Oh my god! I'm a self-hating Jew!"
- On the DVD Commentary, Matt and Trey have said that Mr. Garrison is always what he hates, including homophobia both when he was in the closet and a transgender. They love putting the most extreme prejudiced views in his mouth as a result.
- Eric Cartman constantly makes fun of gingers, even after finding out his father was one (making him half-ginger).
- In The Great Mouse Detective, Ratigan appears to despise rats despite being one himself, and calling him a rat is a surefire way to get yourself killed.
- Helga from Pasila is a female He-Man Woman Hater (with an emphasis on "he-man", even though that's not even part of the trope), taking after her father who never remotely accepted her.
- Hilariously in an episode of The Critic:
Franklin Sherman: As the first black, female head of the Ku Klux Klan, I would like to say... AMERICA STINKS!
- In The Legend of Korra, Word of God states that Amon honestly does believe in his own anti-bender rhetoric, despite secretly being a Waterbender. While he believes bending to be a "taint", he can't take away his own bending, instead using his Bloodbending in conjunction with his chi-blocking skills to take away other people's bending, so it could be a Cursed with Awesome from his viewpoint.
- Most of the Child Haters fought by the heroes in Codename: Kids Next Door are evil adults, but the Delightful Children from Down the Lane are children who hate other kids just as much as a result of being brainwashed by Father. The organization's Evil Counterpart the DNK (Destructively Nefarious Kids) are like this too, although they make a Heel–Face Turn by the end of the episode (except Negative Numbuh Four).