"Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue."People — particularly those with authority, be it moral or political — are expected to act in a manner in accordance with the ideals they espouse. That is to say, they should practice what they preach. Those who don't are hypocrites. The dichotomy here is that they may fervently and honestly believe what they say is right and good... they just don't have the moral strength or willpower to consistently live up to their own high standards. (Unless, of course, they're outright liars with no intention of living up to said standards.) They might believe that Utopia Justifies the Means and that they aren't worthy of it — or that only they can be entrusted to use those means because they're so enlightened (ie. better than everyone else). Maybe they're deeply in denial, and justify their hypocrisy as either necessary or dismiss it with a simple, "That's different." In other cases, they might find the lure of Forbidden Fruit impossible to resist. The more self-aware among them may occasionally acknowledge (and/or attempt to justify) their situation with a Hypocrisy Nod. Frequently, they will be found out. Be it an Engineered Public Confession or through investigation. The Hero may have the choice of either exposing them as a fraud and discrediting them before their followers, or keeping their secret and blackmailing them into cleaning up their act or helping in another matter. How this turns out depends on how sympathetic or Jerkass they are, and how humanizing their "vice" is (a diet guru eating donuts is probably ok, an eco-businessman clear cutting forests probably isn't, a moral crusader molesting children definitely isn't). If a villain finds a friend of the hero's Fatal Flaw this way (or worse, the hero's own), they might use Flaw Exploitation to torment and control them. If found out and/or exposed, the hypocrite will have the chance to mend their ways and do a Heel-Face Turn in one of two forms: either loosen their standards (and cut everyone else the same slack they give themselves), or tighten their belt (and actually live up to their espoused ideals). Failure to do either is usually enough for either a mental breakdown or a full on Face-Heel Turn as they reject their morality and embrace their vice. Alternatively, because they are feigning what they claim to be, they may find they are Becoming the Mask. Heroes are often accused of hypocrisy by villains who want to believe they're Not So Different and brag At Least I Admit It. Heroes who actually are hypocrites tend to hear "What the Hell, Hero?" quite a lot. (Unless they don't.)
Notable Sub Tropes include:
- Ape Shall Never Kill Ape: A group of people who won't act maliciously towards each other, but will be malicious towards everyone else.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: Characters who deal with the strange and bizarre on a regular basis are skeptical when they run into something strange and bizarre.
- Boomerang Bigot: Someone who believes that all members of Group X are an inferior race/species... even though they are part of that group itself.
- Broken Aesop: When a story itself doesn't mesh with the ideals it promotes.
- Complaining about Complaining: A character complains about another character complaining.
- Double Standard: For when one person or group would get a free pass of something that another person or group would be completely ridiculed for doing (and vice versa).
- Hiding Behind Religion: When a character uses faith to mask hypocrisy.
- Hypocrisy Nod: Acknowledging one's own hypocrisy.
- Hypocritical Fandom: When fans call out the flaws of a rival franchise, and yet completely miss that their favorite franchise is guilty of many of the same shortcomings.
- Hypocritical Heartwarming: Standing up for someone because only you should be the one to mess with that someone.
- Hypocritical Humor: Hypocrisy being played for laughs.
- Knight Templar: A person that firmly believe his/her own cause to be just, even if the truth is the opposite.
- Majored in Western Hypocrisy: A foreigner who claims to hate Western culture, but privately gains or has gained great benefits or enjoyment from some parts of it.
- Moral Dissonance: A Karma Houdini who is portrayed as a hero.
- Moral Myopia: When you do bad things to someone, it's justified. When they do the same bad things to you, it's an atrocity.
- Never My Fault: A person who blames things on other people... who for added effect may be among the afflicted.
- No True Scotsman: One makes a general statement, someone calls that person out on it with a counterexample, then that person redefines their original statement such that, by definition, the counterexample no longer counts.
- Parental Hypocrisy: When parents chastise their children for doing the same things that they themselves did at their age.
- People's Republic of Tyranny: A country's leaders pretend they're not running a dictatorship.
- Protagonist-Centered Morality: It's OK for the main character to do something but not for any other characters because they're not the protagonist.
- Revenge Myopia: A person taking revenge for something him/herself, or peers started.
- Selective Obliviousness: When a character refuses to comprehend a particular fact.
- Start X to Stop X: To fulfill some goal, the character does its exact opposite, or in fact intentionally start that.
- Straw Hypocrite: A villain who does not believe their cause but uses it to advance their Evil Plan.
- Think of the Children!: A character who selfishly blames media for being a poor parent rather than their own mistakes.
- Two-Faced Aside: When a character says one thing to Person A but then immediately expresses the opposite sentiment to Person B in an aside.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: A character that has idealistic goals, yet uses cynical methods to achieve it, which would normally be against that mindset.
- You Are What You Hate: People hating others for the same traits they themselves have or what they would eventually have.
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- In Batman: Heart of Hush, Hush mocks Batman's crime-fighting career as a sign of his inability to move on from his past. This is pretty rich considering that his own vendetta against Bruce stems from a grudge he's held since childhood for something that wasn't even Bruce's fault.
- In the final issue of Batman: Incorporated, Talia al'Ghul sneers that Batman is a "pompous, posturing bastard". While a fair criticism, no one from the House of al'Ghul — Talia included — has much room to be criticising others on any of those counts.
- Hypocrisy and Moral Myopia are two of the more common traits of Batman's Rogues Gallery in general.
- Minor example: In a Beetle Bailey strip in November 2013, Sarge tells Cookie he should wear a helmet because they're in a combat zone, saying so while not wearing one himself.
- In Blackest Night, Captain Cold justifies killing the second Captain Boomerang by claiming "Rogues don't kill women and children." Trouble is the lineup at the time includes the second Mirror Master (who definitely killed Rachel Rathaway as well as the Rathaways' female housekeeper), the second Trickster (unless all the homeless people he blew up happened to be adult men), and Heat Wave (again, unless he somehow only caught adult men in his numerous acts of arson).
- Jamie Schaffer, the muscle of the Chaos Campus cast, has enormous breasts... however, they're not natural. She puts on a facade of being deep and "real", compared to her sorority girl comrades, but she's actually more shallow and vain than them and got, quote, "larger and larger breast implants" over the years to compensate for her small height. She's actually described in her bio as "Ripley with silicone implants".
- General Ross' ultimate goal - and some would say obsession - is to bring the Hulk to justice, believing him a dangerous threat. While this view isn't uncommon, his eventual solution after years of failure is hypocrisy at its worst: He becomes the Red Hulk, a monster who, in many ways, is just as destructive as his foe is, possibly more so.
- Hypocrisy, thy name is Doctor Octopus, and it is proven in Superior Spider-Man:
- At the start of Issue #1, Otto swears to become a hero and leave his past behind. A couple of pages later, he gets quite angry at the "unmitigated gall" of a bunch of C-List villains using the name of "his" old group, the Sinister Six.
- Otto constantly brags how he's a Superior Spider-Man to Peter. He's also the guy who called the X-Men arrogant for using superior in homo superior.
- Throughout the Ends Of The Earth, Otto bemoans the fact that he's been effectively crippled by Spider-Man, even though this was because he'd been breaking the law and running into Spidey so many times instead of receiving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown like he claimed. What does he do when he becomes Spider-Man? Deliver excessive beatings to all criminals.
- One of his major arguments against Peter is that he's too selfish to be Spider-Man. This from an egomaniac whose ultimate goal during Ends Of the Earth was to get attention.
- In Avenging Spider-Man he scoffs at Scott Lang's past in thievery as if he hasn't done anything as petty. In another issue, his monologue concerning the Hobgoblin is about how the villain's smugness and thoughts of being better than everyone else grates on him.
- In the "Sibling Rivalry" crossover between Superior Spider-Man Team-Up & Scarlet Spider, Otto complains about Kaine "stealing [his] life". Right, like he should talk.
- In Holy Terror, the Fixer despises the terrorists for their lack of concern for their own comrades and innocent lives... right before announcing his intent on killing them. In fact, a lot of his actions are just as gruesome as theirs.
- Vic Sage's Question towards Ted Kord's Blue Beetle in Pax Americana #1. Vic chastises Ted for relying too much on technology and cool gimmicks, even though Vic has no problem using technology against Ted and leaving behind calling cards with badass slogans on them.
- In Salvation Run, Gorilla Grodd mocks Monsieur Mallah's claims that they are similar and derides him as the uplifted pet of a Mad Scientist. Grodd conveniently fails to mention that he was uplifted by an alien Mad Scientist.
- Marion Keeny in Scarecrow: Year One calls her daughter a whore for having a child out of wedlock and suggests burying the (living) baby in the backyard, but the fact that her and her daughter's surnames are the same as that of Marion's mother implies that she may not have been married either.
- Or they just kept their maiden names.
- Wolverine can be like this at times, and it's almost become his defining character trait post-Schism. Despite a body count too long to list and being the X-Men's go-to-guy for doing the dirty work none of the others are willing to do (Hell, the entire reason he was recruited onto the Avengers was to be the guy who killed), suddenly in Logan's mind Cyclops is wrong for doing the things the X-Men have done from their inception by training the younger mutants how to fight and defend themselves. It's meant to be a mark of his character development brought about by Rahne and Laura being on X-Force, but the way Logan demonizes Scott for the sorts of things he himself has done all his life, particularly after the events of Avengers vs. X-Men is hypocrisy at its finest.
- In X-23's solo series, Logan and Gambit, of all people, also treat Hellion like a criminal and keep him locked up in a cell at the school after he uses his powers to kill Karima (who even begged him to kill her before her corrupted programming took over again!). Despite both of them having done far, far worse in their lives themselves and been forgiven for it. And, for that matter, while giving Laura a pass on all of the things she had done.
- Zipi y Zape: Don Pantuflo.
- Just to add some examples: one story features him telling Zipi and Zape off because he thought they were smoking cigarettes (they weren't), explaining how unhealthy they are. He doesn't mind that he's almost always smoking himself.
- Don Pantuflo often tells Zipi and Zape off because of their bad marks on school, telling them he always got A. One story, however, revealed he never achieved more than a B. Although whether this is canonical is questionable, the fact is that Pantuflo is always depicted as having trouble at the time of helping Zipi and Zape with their homework.
- In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, this applies to Sally, Knuckles, Antoine, and Geoffrey in terms of calling Sonic immature, obnoxious, and needing to grow up.
- Sally has been a princess for an incredible amount of time and never just ascends to title of Queen. Contrary to all the obligations that goes with it nothing says she can't be a queen but lead the Freedom Fighters ( her father was king and led and army into battle.) She also never steps up and challenges her father but instead chooses to whine that his choices are unfair instead of calling him out and talking to him like an adult but as his little girl.
- Knuckles often calls Sonic obnoxious and having a big ego but knuckles himself is no easier to deal with. His entire training as guardian basically made an anti social hot head who sees everyone even children as enemies and always resorts to his fist than to reason. That being said he's miles better than the rest of his family as he actually tries to help everyone.
- On the subject of Knuckles' family: The earliest Guardian was Edmund, whose brother turned evil after an accident caused him to absorb a massive amount of Chaos Energy, named himself Enerjak after an ancient evil, and conquered his people before he was buried alive in his own fortress. Edmund wanted his people to refrain from excess technology to prevent a repeat of this, something that not all echidnas agreed with. In fact one reader has noticed that Edmund considered adopting a persona of his own to control his people. Further, despite Edmund's desires regarding excess technology, his descendants managed to get the best technology the echidnas had for their use.
- Antoine calls Sonic ego centric and does not play well with others which is sometimes true but Antoine isn't any better. He himself had an ego for a time and in all honesty Sonic has earn the right to brag about himself. Considering he runs head first into battle against tyrants that put him as number 1 on their shit list and never backs down or is intimidated. Antoine can only dream to get that far.
- Geoffrey is the worst among them. He lost both his parents which made him easy to manipulate by Naugus, but here's the kicker...SO HAS EVERYONE ELSE. He's not the only person to lose loved ones. Sonic has had the displeasure of fighting his and other peoples' loved ones and having to break terrible news to people but he learns to move on as there are more important things to worry about. That's impressive considering that in one of his jaunts into alternate dimensions he had to kill that world's version of his own father. Another comes in as Geoffrey is honestly very insecure and has issues with envy. He never fully gets over his jealousy of Sonic's love-life with Sally and successes. This started when Sonic was teenager and he was a grown man and to this day despite being married and having a life he still has some hate towards Sonic.
- Possibly the best example is in Endgame: Despite personally knowing about Robotnik's Auto Automatons, robots that can perfectly imitate people, he still believes that Sonic killed Sally until when Dulcy confirms that Sonic's been framed, stating that dragons can sense truth. Throw in his jealousy, and Geoffrey just inexplicably seems to hate Sonic so much that all he needs is an excuse.
- Gorr the God-butcher in The Mighty Thor was a mortal who grew to hate gods since all of his world's gods were Jerkass Gods. He eventually swore to kill every god ever. But the only reason he was able to kill gods in the first place was a godly weapon, and he eventually became the most monstrously evil god of all in the process. Despite this, he still insists he's not a god. This hypocrisy seals his fate. The dark energy construct he created with his sword's power in the image of his dead son eventually denounces his "father" as a murderous hypocrite who has become everything he hated and assists Thor in killing him.
- The TCB Ponies of The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum can talk one's ears off about the evils of the human race, never mind that they're doing far worse. They also consider technology and human works to be evil, yet they have used zeppelins and concrete for their own purposes. That, and as Marcus points out, their talk about love, friendship, and harmony is at complete odds with the Mind Rape and forcible transformation of an entire species into perpetually smiling Extreme Doormat newfoals.
- The founder of the PER, a misanthropic doctor named Jacqueline Reitman, is a hypocrite in several major ways:
- She claims to hate humanity and human culture, technology, and science, all the while glossing over the fact that she herself is human, uses plenty of technology herself, and is a scientist of human medicine. It is implied that she rejected her humanity her whole life.
- She sneeringly refers to TCB!Lyra as "the Betrayer", never mind she herself is a remorseless Vidkun Quisling for the entire human race.
- To top it off, she wouldn't even consider taking the potion herself, while forcing it on countless others. Word of God states that Queen Celestia placed a hypnotic suggestion into her mind to keep her from taking the potion, because she'd likely be much less useful as a newfoal anyway.
- She also claims that humans and ponies can't be friends, in spite of the fact that she herself was friends with plenty of ponies (particularly the unicorn Catseye). The ghost of TCB!Lyra even points out this hypocrisy with an Armor-Piercing Question.
- The founder of the PER, a misanthropic doctor named Jacqueline Reitman, is a hypocrite in several major ways:
- In the opening scene of the CLANNAD fanfic An End To All Things, Okazaki advises Furukawa to not live in the past. What was he doing shortly before he told her that? Reliving a memory.
- Death Note Equestria: Twilight says the Second Kira disgusts her for killing innocents, even foals (like Sweetie Belle). This in spite of having killed plenty of innocents to protect her own hide, including a reporter not much older than Sweetie Belle.
- Escape from the Hokage's Hat: Kakashi is known to preach "Those who abandon their mission are trash. Those who abandon their allies are worse than trash." and how teamwork is important. However he gets called on this by many ninja in Konoha when it's pointed out that he abandoned Naruto and Sakura's training in favor of Sasuke, who then turned traitor and then had the audacity to mope over Sasuke being imprisoned when by his own teachings Sasuke is "worse than trash".
- Lereal Belsai of Hivefled thinks of himself as a devout Sufferist, but instead of thinking the hemospectrum ranking should be removed, he wants it reversed and the coldbloods enslaved in turn, hating them to the point that he dismisses Gamzee as a spy out of hand despite the obvious marks of torture on him, and demands that a ragtag collection of Child Soldiers try to take on the entire empire. He's been described by a reader as the Malcolm X to the Sufferer's Martin Luther King.
- In Mega Man Reawakened, the Neo Emerald Spears profess hatred of robots yet use mechs to attack.
- In Oh God Not Again, Harry (affectionately) thinks this when Sirius insists Snape should really let go of his resentment because Sirius himself is quite mature in those regards.
- In Perfection Is Overrated, Shizune Otonashi is a Fundamentalist Christian who believes she is protecting her fellow Christians when she plans on murdering everyone who disagrees with her- including Yukariko, just because she's Catholic. The Usurper expresses a belief that the SUEs are superior to the Himes, but as they repeatedly lose against the Himes, he ends up resorting to trying to play the Himes against one another, and ultimately possesses the body of the Obsidian Lord while sending out a SUE able to copy the Himes' powers and another based off of the manga version of Haruka against his enemies.
- The Powers Of Harmony: During their Wizard Duel, Trixie calls Twilight a fraud who relies on ancient artifacts instead of her own talent. She says this while using the Alicorn Amulet.
- The Prayer Warriors have too many examples to list here, but the one that best notes their tendency to fall into this is when Jerry says "Killing a Christian is a sin", and in the next paragraph, when Thalia Grace comes up to him repenting her sins, Jerry kills her, believing that she deserves to die if she's lying and if she's telling the truth, she will die a Christian death.
- Prison Island Break: Silver finds himself betraying his friends and denouncing God in order to survive in prison.
- Hypocrisy Nod: He's well aware of his hypocrisy and is disgusted with himself.
- In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen Of All Oni, Ikazuki looks down on humanity and gave Tohru "The Reason You Suck" Speech about it, but Tohru shuts down the speech by pointing out the Oni General's hypocrisy: Ikazuki was defeated by humans, and even now needs a human body to be more than a wall decoration.
- Keiran Halcyon wrote the Rose Potter series due to thinking that all the plot twists and such in the original were so obvious that anyone could have seen them coming. The series abruptly stopped when Deathly Hallows came out, due to the events of that book NOT being what Halycon predicted.
- In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Unexpected Confessions, the Mane 6 find themselves in a rather ridiculous chain of crushes, with Twilight>Applejack>Rainbow Dash in the middle. At one point, Twilight calls AJ out for pining over Dash, suggesting she look for (hint hint) somepony who loves her for herself, rather than pursuing somepony for whom she would at best be a second choice or safety net- the latter, of course, being what Twilight is doing at that exact moment.
- Many "Alternate Universe" Harry Potter fanfics have depicted Harry being Sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor. In almost every single one of them, Harry becomes a pureblood bigot, subscribing to and even championing Slytherin House's philosophy condemning Muggles and Muggle-born wizards as inferior... despite the fact that Harry's own mother, who sacrificed her life to save Harry's, was Muggle-born.
- Writers who include Yaoi in their works will often insult actual gay people, intentionally or otherwise.
- Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
- In Act I chapter 20, Dark calls Kokoa out on this, pointing out that she's insisting that Tsukune isn't worthy of being with a vampire because he isn't as strong as Moka is, but is still insisting that Dark is worthy of being with Kokoa herself despite having lost to Inner Moka in a fight. When Kokoa proceeds to declare that it's different because Dark is a stronger fighter than Tsukune and protects those around him, Dark quickly turns her logic against her by pointing out that, even before Tsukune got vampire powers, he risked his life to protect his friends again and again before proceeding to remark that, not only is she being unfair to Tsukune, she's still chasing after Dark even though he's already chosen Mizore as his girlfriend; when Kokoa decides to actually beg Dark not to reject her, Inner Moka then calls her out over the fact that, after all of her talk about vampire pride, she Ain't Too Proud to Beg Dark to be with her even though he's already made his choice. Kokoa realizes this, and is left almost speechless.
- In Act IV, most other members of the group reject Akua and Kahlua because they worked for Fairy Tale and nearly killed them, while forgetting that Dark himself once worked for Fairy Tale and has committed atrocities just as bad, if not worse. When Dark calls them on it, the others agree to at least give Kahlua and Akua a chance.
- For all of Fairy Tale's claims that they're looking out for monsters, they also spend quite a bit of time killing their fellow non-humans, having personally destroyed Ahakon's village and killed everyone there, and nearly doing the same to Mizore's hometown not once, but twice.
- In Act VI chapter 20, Arial criticizes Ran for chasing after Ahakon and refusing to accept him as taken when she herself is/was the same way with Dark. She also has the gall to call Kokoa out over her Hair-Trigger Temper when Arial's own temper is just as bad, if not worse.
- Talon Ryashen in Act VI. He seeks revenge on everyone who ever worked for Fairy Tale for turning him into a weapon, but as pointed out by others, he resummoned Jovian and Jacqueline and is using them as weapons to achieve this goal. Talon adamantly denies this, insisting that he summoned them for them to work together, and doesn't want them to be his slaves.
- Invoked in Act VI chapter 30; when Hothorne asks Moka how he can trust her story on Babylon's invasion, Moka turns it around on him by pointing out that, since his organization has a tendency to automatically deem all monsters evil, he has little room to talk to them about trust issues.
- Ryouta Hoshino of Despair's Last Resort tends to be one at times. In the early chapters, he's likely to claim that anyone could be a murderer and quickly places blame on someone else. If someone tries to suggest that he's the culprit, he insults the accuser and tries to say they did it. After nearly getting falsely convicted in the second trial, this behavior is toned down. Though it still comes out at times.
- The 'Social Justice Sally' meme targets hypocritical and self-righteous social justice 'activists' who just act exactly the same as the kind of bullies and bigots they claim to oppose.
- Zeus from Classical Mythology was said to despise liars, oath-breakers, and people who picked on the weak. He killed the mortal Ixion and later punished him in the afterlife for breaking the laws of hospitality and trying to sleep with Hera. Yet Zeus himself cheated on Hera regularly, sometimes with other men's wives, breaking his marriage vows and often lied to her to try and hide it. He also tended to victimize weak mortals or allows the other gods to do so when it was convenient.
- Odin from Norse Mythology is sometimes viewed as one. Contrary to Norse virtues of honesty, manliness, and meeting your opponents openly in battle Odin was known to use trickery, disguises, and underhanded tactics to get what he wanted and practiced a form of magic considered womanly. Loki once claimed Odin went so far as to give the undeserving victory in battle.
- CM Punk admonished his girlfriend Lucy for breaking Ring of Honor's code, even though she attacked Raven, whose feud with Punk started because of Punk refusing to follow that very same code when it came to Raven. Punk would also break the code when pursuing revenge against Christopher Daniels for attacking Lucy.
- Christopher Daniels himself would accuse Alexis Laree of having no honor, which in itself was hypocritical because Daniels's mission in Ring Of Honor was to put an end to the code but furthermore, her "Dishonorable" action was to try and stop Simply Luscious from giving an unfair advantage over the wrestlers she managed, AJ Styles and Amazing Red. Finally, he challenged Laree to prove him wrong by confronting Luscious face to face he laid out Laree from behind.
- During Melina's time in WWE, she went on a campaign to defeat every woman on the Raw roster who had posed for Playboy, and badmouthed anyone who posed for the magazine anytime the subject was brought up. So Ashley Massaro spread a rumor about the magazine wanting her to pose for them to get her and cohort Jillian Hall's excited reactions on camera.
- Perhaps it is to be expected of a politician but Drew Gulak's Campaign For A Better Combat Zone is vocally against the abuse of officials, even though they slap around the same glass jaw referees everyone else does.
- Beth Phoenix's vote of no confidence regarding Monday Night Raw being a safe working environment despite her and Natalya being two of the reasons behind it not being a safe environment. Though the biggest hypocrite in that angle was Wade Barrett, since Raw had become safer since he stopped leading The Nexus.
- AJ Lee's claim to have "saved" the Divas division felt a little hollow considering she was general manager during the period it supposedly needed her return to wrestling to save. If she cared so much about the division she could have A) stayed in it, B) hired the necessary talent, as a GM is supposed to do and her experience outside of WWE made her qualified to do. Furthermore, her rant was nearly identical to those given by Beth Phoenix and Natalya Neidhart, whom AJ was a target of when Beth was still in the company. AJ inadvertently helped get rid of Beth so if anything she only helped save the division from people like herself.note
- Of the three members of Decade, the stance against celebrating those who leave Ring Of Honor for larger companies makes since concerning the ever loyal BJ Whitmer and Roderick Strong, who gave up his job at TNA to keep wrestling for ROH. Jimmy Jacobs on the other tried to destroy ROH as a member of S.C.U.M.
- Allysin Kay, when explaining what disqualified one from being called a "lady" said that ladies did not curse, despite dropping SHINE's first F Bomb(it was censored but pretty obvious).
- On The Debaters, comedian/debator Jon Steinberg debated that debates themselves are pointless. He won.
- Parodied in The Arctic Monkeys' "A Certain Romance", where the singer is complaining about a bunch of violent, drunken chavs, and surmising that if anyone pointed out to them how vulgar they are they wouldn't take the blindest bit of notice. It then goes on to admit that the singer's own group of friends are also drunken, brawling louts who "might overstep the line, but you just cannot get angry in the same way".
- Jay-Z put "Death of Auto-Tune (D.O.A.)" on an album with several Auto-Tuned hooks. Jeez.
- The complaint was about rappers using auto-tune as a gimmick, not about auto-tune in general.
- Metallica got famous by tape trading their cassette demo "No Life Til Leather", which landed them a record deal. They also were known to allow fans to record, visual and audio, their sets and circulate them freely. But the moment they got big and started making real money off their music they sued Napster over doing the same things that got them their fiercely loyal fan base to begin with.
- Several songs on Michael Jackson's HIStory have him railing against injustice and persecution, both of people at large and himself specifically, as he was being hounded by the mass media at the time over child molestation allegations. In "Childhood", a key lyric is "Before you judge me/Try hard to love me" — i.e., don't be so quick to condemn based on assumptions. On the same album is "D.S.", a song about Tom Sneddon, the district attorney who ultimately headed up both of the investigations of Jackson's behavior with children. Sample lyric: "You think he brother with the KKK?/I know his mother never taught him right anyway"...what was that about judging people again, Mike?
- The folksinger Phil Ochs loved to ridicule this trope from any side of the political spectrum. "Draft Dodger Rag" is about a red-blooded conservative who's all for that war in Vietnam, so long as he doesn't have to go himself, while "Love Me, I'm A Liberal," is about someone who pays lip service to every left-wing cause until it becomes dangerous, distasteful or personally uncomfortable. ("The people of old Mississippi/ should all hang their heads in shame,/I can't understand how their minds work./ What's the matter, don't they watch Les Crane?/But if you ask me to bus my children/ I hope the cops take down your name ....")
- The song "Rude" by Magic! has a bit of a hypocritical premise: the singer wants to marry the daughter of a man, but he basically wants to say screw you and marry her anyway (Why you gotta be so rude?/Don't you know i'm human too?/Why you gotta be so rude?/I'm gonna marry her anyway). In that very mindset you can say the singer is the one who's being "rude" trying to rebel against the man and steal his daughter despite his request not to.
- There is an Irish ballad called "The Foggy Dew", which points out the hypocrisy of England entering World War One "that small nations might be free" (that is, to liberate countries such as Belgum) while occupying and ruling Ireland.
- Dungeons & Dragons has the Githyanki, one of the Scary Dogmatic Alien races. Their backstory is that they are the descendants of humans/humanoids enslaved by the brain-sucking illithids, who eventually rebelled and sundered their empire. Because of this, they have an intense aversion to the concept of slavery, and are determined that they will never be slaves again. Ever. They even refuse to worship gods because they consider religion as resembling slavery too much. This self-same aversion to slavery has also caused them to build their society into an oppressive, rigidly structured Fantastic Caste System that is devoted to churning out warriors, swearing allegiance to their lich-queen so blindly that they willingly let her eat their souls to sustain her undeath, and giving them the notorious rate of raiding, slaughtering and indirectly enslaving all non-githyanki races they encounter. They are blind to their hypocrisy and will insist that what they do is different. Usually at the end of a sword.
- Magic: The Gathering: the Boros Legion of Ravnica opposes Guild violence. How do they do this? With violence! Lots and lots of violence!
- The Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game is a huge example of this. Players will accuse the opponent of winning simply because their deck is able to use an extremely overpowered broken card that should technically be on the Limited/Forbidden list and does get on the list later, but they themselves play a card just as overpowered and banworthy in their deck.
- Warhammer 40,000:
- The Imperium of Man preaches the sanctity and holiness of the pure human form. To this end, they ruthlessly seek mutants and people with "defects" to kill them. However, their greatest warriors, the superhuman Space Marines, are packed with so many biological and cybernetic enhancements that they barely count as human anymore. The Imperium also persecutes psykers, despite the fact that a) the Imperium would absolutely collapse without them, and b) their God Emperor himself was one.
- The Eldar, naturally, never miss an opportunity to deride humanity as violent, irrational, decadent fools. A cursory inspection of Eldar history, or indeed the very existence of their piratical Commorrite brethren, will validate that Our Elves Are Most Assuredly Not Better. Heck, at least we didn't Squick a Chaos God into existence entirely through our own bloodthirst and depravity.
- Cyrano de Bergerac: At Act II Scene IV, Cyrano delicately accuses Lise of cheating on her husband, Ragueneau, with a musketeer. She is so offended, she chokes with anger… and immediately dares her musketeer lover to poke fun at Cyrano’s nose.
(Ragueneau goes after his friends. Cyrano follows him with his eyes, then, rather sharply): Ho there! Lise!(Lise, who is talking tenderly to the musketeer, starts, and comes down toward Cyrano):So this fine captain is laying siege to you?Lise (offended):One haughty glance of my eye can conquer any man that should dare ventureaught 'gainst my virtue.Cyrano: Pooh! Conquering eyes, methinks, are oft conquered eyes.Lise (choking with anger): But—Cyrano: (incisively): I like Ragueneau well, and so—mark me, Dame Lise—I permit not that he berendered a laughing-stock by any. . .Lise But. . .Cyrano: (who has raised his voice so as to be heard by the gallant): A word to the wise. . .(He bows to the musketeer, and goes to the doorway to watch, after looking at the clock.)Lise (to the musketeer, who has merely bowed in answer to Cyrano's bow): How now? Is this your courage?. . .Why turn you not a jest on his nose?
- In Rain, the Rev. Davidson almost succeeds in saving Sadie Thompson's soul, but just then his instincts get the better of him.
- In Hamlet, the famous quote "Brevity is the soul of wit" is delivered by Polonius, the biggest Old Windbag in theatre history. He seriously never shuts up.
- Also from Hamlet; the whole plot of the play involves Hamlet trying to get vengeance for his father's murder. Despite how enraged he is about his father's murder, when he himself murders the totally innocent Polonius, Hamlet has the gall to crack jokes about it.
- Mary of Dubious Company in her In the Name of the Moon speech. She goes on about promoting peace, love, and friendship. Ignore the fact that she kidnapped an innocent priestess and, at the time of the speech, her boss is ritualistically sacrificing said priestess to satisfy their World-Conquering Evil Overlord's God Complex. To fully cement the hypocrisy, she gives the speech to some vagabonds that saw said kidnapping and decided not to stand idly by.
- El Goonish Shive: Sarah wanted to break up with Elliot, but got upset after realizing the desire to break up was mutual. Later, Elliot momentarily got angry upon learning of Sarah wanting to break up before realizing the hypocrisy.
- Goblin Hollow: Gothchilde complains that people are hypocritical fakers — while claiming to be a 300-year-old vampire.
- Goblins has several examples:
- Dellyn believes that how badly a person's enemies want to kill them defines them as legendary, and he must be a legend because, in his own mind, all the goblins in the realm would like to kill him. However, he utterly refuses to accept the possibility that Thaco could be considered legendary, despite quietly admitting to himself that he "would sacrifice anything for a chance at [Thaco's] throat."
- Psionic Minmax is trying to rewrite the laws of reality, because he has decided that the universe is too flawed to exist in its present state. Yet he accuses Forgath of possessing a sense of "omnipotent self-importance" when the latter complains about him murdering his friend Kin.
- "Ruby" Kin from alternate reality #80 tries to convince our Kin that she cannot trust Minmax and should come with Kin#80 and her alternate reality Kin companions instead. Kin refuses, remaining adamant that she can trust Minmax, whereupon Ruby decides to take Kin's decisions into her own hands by stealing the Memento MacGuffin of Kin and Minmax's trust and dropping it down an oblivion hole, erasing it from existence.
- Living with Insanity had an arc where Alice had to deal with customers who were rude, overly demanding and blamed her for things she couldn't control. When David takes her to a cafe after work, she does this.
- In Ménage à 3, Dillon frequently complains about his past and current boyfriends cheating on him, and takes this as an excuse to criticize other characters for their own intentions to cheat. However, he also boasts about seducing twenty-seven straight men into nights of passion that made them "forget their girlfriends". Some readers took this as a gay man's figure of speech meaning "past girlfriends and heterosexuality in general" rather than implying actual infidelity, but Dillon certainly got into a Casting Couch relationship with one married man. Anyway, later, in Sticky Dilly Buns, Dillon apparently confirmed that it was literally true. Ruby, in the latter strip, may have the plot function of being the first character who is sufficiently immune to Dillon's cuteness to call him on this hypocrisy. She's already had to remind him of his uncontrolled flirtatiousness when starting a supposedly serious relationship.
- In Mortifer, it's explained that demons get more powerful from certain emotions or lifestyles related to their power. While all of them become more powerful as they lose their grip on reality, Zebidiah, as a shapeshifting demon, becomes more powerful the more hypocritical he is. Which is why he works as a priest despite being a demon.
- In The Order of the Stick, The last words of a Black Dragon who was going to subject Vaarsuvius' family to a Fate Worse Than Death is to call V the monster. V's response? "We are all in the Monster Manual somewhere, are we not? My entry lies between Elemental and Ethereal Filcher."
- In the mother Black Dragon's defense, V had just committed genocide against the dragon's entire extended family line, killing hundreds of innocent dragons, not to mention UNBORN dragons. And, it's later revealed that he killed numerous half-dragons and their mostly-human descendants as well.
- Another example is Redcloak saying that paladins are unnatural abominations due to their magical lack of fear. He refers to himself as a "100% all-natural goblin" during the Breaking Speech. He conveniently leaves out the fact that he's wearing a magical artifact that has prolonged his natural lifespan by decades.
- Hell, Redcloak as a character is based around hypocrisy. In order to get revenge on the racist treatment goblins have suffered since creation, he makes plots and plans built around genocide, something that by definition is racist.
- In Sandra and Woo, the principal of Larisa's school gives her an earful about the dangers of drugs while smoking.
- In Sinfest, using Slick as a sounding board, Monique complains about being objectified and made to feel like a -- sounding board.
- Smosh: Ian lies about his problems on a regular basis. Anthony occasionally does this. Look for the drawn-out, accusing 'no' or frustrated and accusing return.
- Karl Copenhagan of Demo Reel is disgusted at Rebecca for potentially killing her cat, but slaughters a pig right in front of Tacoma (who upchucks) and Donnie (who is disturbingly okay with it).
- In a slightly less... kill-happy example, The Nostalgia Chick. While calling guys out for putting their dicks in their creations, she's leaning on her own Sex Bot.
- The Nostalgia Critic isn't exactly innocent either. He refuses to accept Ma-Ti's death, but he was ready to die twice in Suburban Knights at the sword of the incompetent Jaffers.
- Pyrrha advises Jaune to stop engaging in over-the-top antics and give Weiss a simple, heartfelt, no-frills Love Confession. Nora points out that Pyrrha, who is in love with Jaune, needs to take her own advice. Meanwhile, Nora herself is in love with Ren, but won't admit it because she's not certain Ren returns her feelings.
- In Mountain Glenn, Ironwood admits Ozpin's behaviour is troubling him and that he thinks Ozpin is hiding something. Glynda tells him he needs to learn how to trust people, especially Ozpin, who possesses experience they both lack. In the finale, it's revealed that Ironwood has secretly reported Ozpin's behaviour to the Vale and Atlas Councils. The Councils strip security responsibility for the Vale Tournament from Ozpin in favour of Ironwood, and inform Ozpin his job will be "discussed" as soon as the tournament ends. Despite his refusal to trust Ozpin, and his willingness to back-stab, Ironwood then tells Ozpin to trust him.
- At the climax of Suburban Knights the Big Bad Malachite, after spending the series killing people for being overly reliant on technology (and unlike most killing on TGWTG.com shows, his actions are NOT played for laughs) and in the middle of declaring his intention to destroy all technology, is interrupted by an utterly trivial call on his iPhone. He is promptly called out on for this, and initially responds by trying to deny that an iPhone counts as technology.