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Films — Animated

  • Big Hero 6: Despite what became of his daughter, filling him with bitter vengeance, Yokai aka Professor Callaghan, is very unsympathetic to Hiro over the death of his brother, a death he was responsible for.
  • In Coraline, the Other Mother cheated like crazy and wouldn't have let Coraline go whether she'd won the game or not. But when Coraline threw the Cat at her to turn the tables, she was furious and screamed "You horrible cheating girl!"
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  • In the beginning of An Extremely Goofy Movie, Goofy gives a speech to his son Max and his friends about how "focusing on goals is the key to success" before they leave for college. Next day, he loses his own focus due to his empty nest syndrome, resulting in him destroying the factory he works at and getting fired. He is then forced to repeat college and believes that there won't be anymore distractions since he is attending the same college as Max. However, he loses his focus again when he starts babying Max and completely forgets why he was attending college again in the first place. And when Max lashes at his father to leave him alone and get his own life, Goofy becomes so deppressed he flunks out his exam by doing nothing than drawing Max's name on the paper.
  • Judge Claude Frollo is infamous example from The Hunchback of Notre Dame who is utterly convinced of his piousness all while committing sin after sin in God's name. Frollo frequently lies to Quasimodo saying gypsies are evil and that his gypsy mother abandoned him, when in reality Frollo is trying to commit genocide on the gypsies and he's the one who murdered Quasimodo's mother in cold blood. Frollo is also a hypocrite when it comes to his chasteness, since despite seemly reacting in disgust to Esmeralda's risque dance he becomes completely enthralled with lust for her and becomes furious with Quasimodo for falling in love with Esmeralda despite him also wanting her.
    • Frollo's hypocrisy is best summed by Clopin during the film intro song:
    Judge Claude Frollo longed To purge the world Of vice and sin and he saw corruption ev'rywhere except within
  • The Lion King II: Simba's Pride: Zira calls Kovu out for causing his own brother's death, though it was an accident, but she worships Scar who killed his brother on purpose. It also works in the opposite way, since she mistreats Nuka because he's envious of Kovu's status, which is much like Scar felt about Mufasa.
    • Rafiki the baboon turns out to be a huge hypocrite in The Lion King 1½ thanks to an unfortunate Retcon where he's the one who introduces Timon to "Hakuna Matata" or "No Worries" philosophy in the first place. Which becomes a huge problem in retrospect since in The Lion King he chastises Simba for living the carefree lifestyle, the one he coined himself.
  • In Disney's Robin Hood, after he is captured at the archery contest, Prince John calls Robin a traitor to the crown, despite the fact that he unlawfully seized the throne while Richard was off on the Crusades. Robin calls him out on it in the most badass way possible.
    Robin Hood: Traitor to the crown?! That crown belongs to King Richard! LONG LIVE KING RICHARD!
  • Ramses and rest the Egyptians from the The Prince of Egypt, they slaughter the Herbrew babies without mercy to stop any possible uprising but when God takes away the lives of their first borns Ramses and Egypt fall into despair and fail to see karma involved. If that wasn't enough despite letting Moses free the Hebrews, Ramses just goes on a murderous chase after them.
    • This movie also does a good job of having Moses acknowledge what hypocrite he's being as God's servant first by refusing to accept himself being the Hebrew's savoir since he was a Prince of Egypt. And the end were he cries over the deaths of the Egyptian first born which he's partly responsible for, Moses couldn't save his people from atrocities without committing atrocities himself something not discussed in The Bible.
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  • Mother Gothal from Tangled lectures Rapunzel about the dangerous selfish evil people of the outside world... when she's the one who kidnapped Rapunzel as a baby for her own selfish reasons, Rapunzel is quick to point this out when she discovers the truth.
  • Wreck-It Ralph: King Candy chides Ralph for "going Turbo", or abandoning his own game. King Candy was the original Turbo, who left his game Turbo Time for the more popular Road Blasters when he didn't get the attention he wanted. After both his original game and Road Blasters were removed for being apparently buggy, he then went to Sugar Rush and reprogrammed himself into the game.
  • Made the subject of a joke in the Chuck Jones adaptation of The Phantom Tollbooth: the Humbug comments "If there's one thing I can't abide, it's a hypocrite!" complete with Aside Glance at the camera.
  • In Shrek 2, Fiona's father, King Harold, wasn't keen on her daughter marrying the titular character, who was an ogre. At the end of the film, when he performed a Heroic Sacrifice to save Shrek from the Fairy Godmother, the spell on him was removed, revealing his true form to be a small green frog.
    Donkey: (To Shrek) And he gave you a hard time!
    Shrek: Donkey!
    Harold: No, no, he's right. I'm sorry... (To Shrek and Fiona) to both of you.

Films — Live-Action

  • 13 Minutes: Kripo chief Nebe condemns Elser for attempting to assassinate Hilter, and also killing seven bystanders in the bombing, asking him what right he had to kill them. At the same time, he's making a list of patients held in asylums on Hitler's orders, who will later be killed as part of the Aktion T4 "euthanasia" program. Of course, he's only concerned with the lives of able-bodied "Aryan" people. The Communists who condemn Nazi misdeeds suffer from this as well, since the USSR did much the same thing (though in fairness they might not know about all of the atrocities at this point).
  • ...And Justice for All: Judge Henry T. Fleming is a staunch conservative who things punishments should be much harsher than they are, with no sympathy toward convicts (even when they turn out to be innocent). It is revealed he's a rapist himself, not only having no remorse, but casually saying he would like to do the same thing again.
  • In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Luthor sees Superman as a threat to humanity yet, Luthor is the one who committed treason by blowing up a Senate hearing and he created Doomsday who is far more dangerous than any character seen. And then, there is his little action of using Kryptonian technology to signal malevolent aliens to come to earth, when he claimed he wanted to protect Earth from aliens.
  • The Circle (2017): Eamon says all knowledge must be shared, secrets are lies, and even people's entire lives should become transparent. Meanwhile, he keeps lots of knowledge secret himself. Mae exposes him publicly near the end.
  • The Dark Knight: The Joker is more subtle than most examples. He claims to be an agent of chaos, tearing down the plans and schemes of society to prove that everyone is selfish and chaotic deep down. He aspires to make the "planners" see how pathetic their attempts to control life are. Yet all of his chaos-inducing schemes are heavily dependent on intricate planning to succeed. Further, when his own plan goes chaotically wrong in the climax (the boats he's holding hostage refuse to play his game and don't blow each other up to save themselves) he goes into a Villainous Breakdown, visibly freaking out and trying (poorly) to make himself seem scary again to Batman by blowing up both boats himself while giving yet another Breaking Speech; the very same lecture that in fact allows Batman to stop Dent from killing Gordon's son by tipping him off that he corrupted Dent. So if anyone was shown how pathetic they really are, it's the Joker.
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Koba, even though he attempted to kill Caesar and murdered several apes, including Ash, tries to convince Caesar to spare him by saying "Ape Shall Never Kill Ape".
  • Die Another Day: North Korean Colonel Moon, having Majored in Western Hypocrisy, fits this rather well. He sees Western culture as being beneath him. He also loves Western sports cars, his chief ally is his British girlfriend, and he changed his whole appearance to a Caucasian magnate to further his plot.
  • Divergent:
    • In Divergent, when Tris shoots Peter to get information, Marcus asks "did you have to shoot him?" - which is very hypocritical coming from the abusive father.
    • In The Divergent Series: Insurgent, this is highlighted with Evelyn too. She claims that she fled Marcus because he was cruel and abusive, getting a very cold look from Tris because she still abandoned her son.
  • Equilibrium: Vice Council DuPont rules over the totalitarian Libria by forcing all citizens to take emotion-supressing drugs and destroying artwork in case it stimulates unnecessary emotion. When Preston raids his office at the climax of the film, it's lavishly decorated with art that didn't get incinerated, and DuPont states outright that he is a sense offender as a last ditch appeal to avoid his execution by Preston. Although since the original Father is stated to be dead, it is unknown whether he was a hypocrite or not
  • James Bond himself in For Your Eyes Only: He tries to prevent Melina from avenging her parents, despite the fact that he had just killed the guy who murdered his wife in the cold open.
  • Fury (2014) has a scene where the protagonists capture a German corporal wearing an American G.I.'s jacket, presumably a Battle Trophy - they bully him and eventually execute him. They do this as American soldiers around them can be seen looting German dead. There's also the SS Lieutenant who orders children who refused to fight the invading Americans to be hanged for "cowardice", only to surrender without a fight to the Americans himself - they execute him too.
  • Gran Torino: As a lot of Racist Grandpas, Walt regards himself as a man who knows plenty about life and death, and who is abused by those (other races) surrounding him. Everyone else thinks is a Grumpy Old Man Jaded Washout Cranky Neighbor. The movie shows his Character Development from this to a realistic assessment of his qualities and weakness.
  • A History of Violence: Tom Stahl displays hypocrisy twice in a matter of seconds. First he calls his son out on curb stomping two bullies after he himself shot two men dead (granted, they had it coming a lot more than the bullies). Then, when his son points out his hypocrisy, he slaps him - this being seconds after telling him "in this family we don't hit people".
  • Brief crossing: Alice meets Thomas, a teenager, on ship. The whole film she lectures him on how men use and abuse women in relationships. Later she has sex with him and takes his virginity, criticizing men during the act. In the end she ditches him (after swearing that she wouldn't) and drives off with her loving husband (who she claimed was divorcing her) and her son (whom she denied having), leaving him heartbroken.
  • Horrible Bosses: Harken accuses Nick Dale and Kurt of being criminals even though he killed Pellit and tried to frame them for the murder.
  • The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1:
    • The Capitol condemns the violence of the rebels, while conveniently overlooking how Districts 12 and 13 were utterly destroyed and how the other Districts have been dominated and forced to send their children to be slaughtered for generations.
    • When Boggs explains to Katniss that the reason why District 13 hasn't used its arsenal of weapons against the Capitol is that they fear the resulting conflict would cost more lives than the human race can afford to spare, Katniss shoots back that when Peeta made the same argument he was called a traitor.
  • Hypocrites is about how all the members of a local church congregation are, well, hypocrites. A politician who campaigns on the slogan "My Platform Is Honesty" is shown taking payoffs. A man and woman getting engaged are shown to be a cheater and a Gold Digger, respectively. The young people on the beach who get all shocked over the sight of a nude woman are shown cavorting in skimpy (for 1915) swimsuits.
  • The Jungle Book has Shere Khan saying that he helps protect the jungle, yet he hunts for sport, threatens the life of a child, and murders Akela for defiance, all human-like traits. He also speaks highly of the jungle law and calls out the wolf pack for adopting Mowgli, but he truly holds little regard for the law and shamelessly breaks it whenever it suits him.
  • Kelly's Heroes: A comedic example occurs when Captain Maitland sternly admonishes his platoon about the consequences of looting in World War II France while brazenly making off with a salvaged yacht. The irony is lost on him but not on his men.
  • Law Abiding Citizen: Clyde is enraged that Prosecutor Nick willingly made a deal that helped a killer, thereby subverting the ideals of the justice system. Before the events of the film, however, Clyde made his living willlingly helping professional killers to do their work outside the justice system.
  • Little Big Man has Mrs. Pendrake, the wife of a fire-and-brimstone preacher who adopts Jack Crabb and tries to see to his moral and spiritual instruction. After he catches her having sex with a shopkeeper in town, he swears off religion for good and joins up with Snake Oil Salesman Mr. Merriweather. As Crabb puts it in his narration, "After Mrs. Pendrake, his honesty was downright refreshing." Later in the film he discovers that she has become a prostitute following the death of her husband...but apparently hasn't changed her way of thinking. As she complains to Jack, "This life is not only wicked and sinful, it isn't even any fun. If I was married and could come here once or twice a week, it might be fun." She also admits that when Jack was living with her and the Reverend, she would watch him sleeping and be tempted to wake him up. "I wish that I had," she says. "It would have been deliciously wicked." Apparently Mrs. Pendrake is the kind of person who genuinely believes that certain activities are immoral...and gets off on them for precisely that reason.
  • Marvel Cinematic Universe:
    • The biggest hypocrite in the MCU has to be Thaddeus Ross especially since his reintroduction in Captain America: Civil War brings his previous actions from the The Incredible Hulk to light. He's a General Ripper who hunts down Bruce Banner relentlessly, blaming Bruce for injuring his daughter Betty as the Hulk. Except that the only reason Bruce became the Hulk in the first place was that Ross never told him what the gamma project really was. Ross even orders an air strike to kill the Hulk, which nearly kills Betty in the process, though he is called out on it.
    • Speaking of Ross, The Government he works for are just as hypocritical as him.
      • The World Security Council from The Avengers considers The Team a dangerous risk to the populace, then plan to nuke 8.35 million people in New York to stop Loki and the Chitauri. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, they support Project Insight, which can kill billions of people and nearly does.
    • Tony Stark aka Iron Man:
      • He's many times been called out on his hypocrisy mainly due to the fact he was a former weapons manufacturer, so he doesn't have much ground to stand on when it comes to berating S.H.I.E.L.D for planning to use the Tesseract to create weaponry. Also, despite his attempt to rid the world of weapons, he created perhaps one of the best in the world, as his first villain Obadiah Stane points out.
      • A lot of people (including Tony himself) also call Tony out for creating Ultron, saying the Sokovia incident was mostly Tony’s fault so he doesn't have much moral ground when it comes to pushing for the Accords.
      • One of Tony’s larger moment of hypocrisy is that, while pretending the Accords were a good thing and necessary for them to have oversight, he unilaterally chose to put Wanda under house arrest without even informing her.
      • Overall Tony by signing and pushing for the accords, has made himself a hypocrite since it’s a treaty created to lower collateral damage but ironically creates more carnage through the feuding Avengers.
    • Surprisingly Captain America despite considered The Paragon of honesty and virtue has a moment of hypocrisy in many of the movies. Though it's important to note like Tony this not necessary a bad thing moreover makes Steve Rogers less Incorruptible Pure Pureness and a more Rounded Character. Here's the list:
      • In The Avengers Steve accuses Tony Stark of being useless without the suit and he should stop pretending to be a hero and which Tony bites back pointing out without the Super Serum Cap wouldn't be the Living Legend.
        Tony Stark: A hero? Like you? You're a laboratory experiment, Rogers. Everything special about you came out of a bottle.
      • In the The Winter Soldier Steve is highly against Project Insight and considers it amorally holding a gun towards the rest of the world, Fury however claims he's read the SSR files and states Steve and rest of the Allied forces did some nasty shit during WWII. Cap acknowledges this point saying he compromised in ways that sometimes made not sleep well at night but they did it so people could be free. And to Steve three Helicarriers equipped to kill everyone who is a threat to S.H.I.E.L.D is "fear" not "freedom"... he's got a point there.
      • In Avengers: Age of Ultron some of the darker aspects of Cap's nature are brought to light (thanks to Scarlet Witch) as Ultron notes despite fighting for peace and willing to sacrifice anything to achieve it, Captain America actually subconsciously craved conflict and warfare to avoid a civilian life (where he'd be redundant).
      • In Civil War, it transpires that Bucky killed Howard and Maria Stark, and despite Captain America calling out Nick Fury, Black Widow and Tony Stark for their clandestine acts Captain America himself kept the assassination of Tony's parents hidden from their son for two years. When faced with the lie, Steve couldn't follow though it and admitted to Tony he knew all along. Steve apologizes to Tony via letter, saying he thought he was saving him pain by not admitting his parent's death to him but was more saving himself and Bucky.
      • In Avengers: Infinity War he has a lighter case of hypocrisy from Cap as when Vision is more willingly to let himself die so Thanos can't get the Mind Stone, Cap refuses saying they don't “trade lives” but Vision points out he did the same thing at the end of The First Avenger.
    • Wanda Mamioff and Pietro Maximoff aka Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver can be considered this, they have Irrational Hatred of Tony Stark whom they blame for the death of their parents as a mortar shell from Stark Industries killed them, but reply by joining Hydra, the one organization on Earth who does ten times the damage Stark Industries does. It gets even worse as when Hydra fails to stop the Avengers, the twins join Ultron and only switch sides when the entire world is threatened.
    • In Doctor Strange, Kaecilius calls the Ancient One this in the Batman Cold Open as she taps the Dark Dimension despite forbidding it at Kamar-Taj.
    • Black Panther: Killmonger hates white people for believing their superior technology gives them the right to conquer the sovereign people across the globe... and then asserts that Wakanda's superior technology gives Wakanda the right to conquer the world.
      • Killmonger gets in on this a lot. Relating, in his introduction scene he gives an angry rant to a rather stuffy but otherwise innocent British woman about how the British Museum is filled with things that the white race has stolen at gun-point from various sovereign peoples over the years. Moments later, he rather coldly sets about "reclaiming" the items in the museum while she is dying on the floor from poison his accomplice administered in her coffee earlier... and he takes a non-Wakandan African ceremonial mask because he thinks it looks cool. You work that one out.
      • Killmonger despises the racism and abuse that white people have subjected to others across the world, but he holds them to much, much higher ethical standards than blacks. A point is made that Wakanda is equally complicit in the European colonialism that ruined Africa by having the power to prevent it but choosing to sit on their hands arbitrarily. He has no issue with subjugating other non-white racial groups who have also suffered from imperialism and aggression: one of his first targets is Hong Kong, a Chinese-majority city that was only conceded back to China by Britain in the very late 20th Century. Even when he is insisting that he is helping black people, he has no issue with killing them or bossing them around if they get in his way: when Klaue tries to use his girlfriend against him, Erik shoots her dead without batting an eye.
    • All these moments are meant to underscore that while his grievances over the African diaspora are in many ways legitimate, it's T'Challa, the hero of the story, who is the one addressing those grievances in a positive and contemporary fashion. The villain wants to invert White Man's Burden as a motive to Take Over the World because he believes that the world would be better under Wakanda's control.
  • Dr Strange has two moments Avengers: Infinity War firstly he remarks over Tony’s ego sayings he wonders how he fits his head into his helmet, sure most people have a right to call out Tony’s Awesome Ego. But this coming from the doctor who got his Career-Ending Injury solely because he was too damn egotistical for his own good it’s little rich.
    • Later Strange has Hypocrite Heart Warming since despite stating coldly he’d sacrifice Tony and Spider-Man to protect the Time Stone, when the moment came he saved Iron Man’s life by giving up the Stone.
    • Thanos, despite being a mostly Noble Demon who dislikes lying and cowardice, has moments of extreme hypocrisy during Infinity War. He takes sadistic pleasure in forcing people to choose between seeing their loved ones tortured or killed and giving up an infinity stone, so despite claiming to have idealistic motives, it appears that he sometimes just wants to cause people pain. He also kills half of the refugee Asgardians when he attacks their ship, and then later halves their population again during the snap, despite the fact that there weren't many Asgardians left to begin with, and Thanos' stated reason for slaughtering half of every species is to give the other half a better chance to survive. After having their population depleted that much, the Asgardians will definitely not have a better chance of survival.
  • In Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, Teresa explains to Thomas that they should go back to WCKD to help all those who aren't immune to the flare, yet this is a sacrifice she is unwilling to make herself, having cut a deal with WCKD to exempt herself and her friends.
  • In Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Will tries to convince Elizabeth not to go with Sao Feng's crew by telling her, "Elizabeth, they're pirates." He himself has been a pirate ever since the second act of the first movie.
  • Placido ruthlessly skewers the upper-class snobbery and hypocrisy of the bourgeois in 1961 Spain. A charitable promotion (itself a cynical campaign by a cookware company) urges the upper class to invite the homeless in for dinner on Christmas Eve. Most of them do it, but none because they actually care about the poor and homeless and want to help them. Instead, they all want to be seen as people who care about the poor and homeless and want to help them; it's all about status and looking good in front of the neighbors. And none of them for example are interested in helping truck driver Placido, who isn't obviously a homeless bum, but is in fact quite poor and spends the whole movie trying to get paid for services rendered so he can stop his truck from being repossessed.
  • The Princess Diaries: Lily in the first film hates the A-Crowd right up until she realizes Mia's A-Crowd by birth. At first she can't stand Mia's makeover, until she realizes that Mia is a princess, and later gives a list of reasons why Mia shouldn't be a princess, but since she is a princess anyway wouldn't she coming on Lily's show?
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Dr. Frank N. Furter sees no problem with people having random sex with one another... unless it's with Rocky. He cannot stand seeing anyone besides him with Rocky.
  • Saw saga:
    • Jigsaw/John Kramer is a terminally ill cancer patient, he puts people in deadly traps for them to appreciate life. And if this is not hypocritical enough, hear this: in Saw III, Jigsaw preaches about giving up revenge, because it only hurts everyone. Yet the whole main Saw VI game is one big freaking revenge against the man who denied him coverage. A great example of such hypocrisy is the Hanging Trap, in which no matter who William chooses, an innocent will die. With the flashback trap from Saw V. John/Jigsaw captures Cecil and tests him because he caused the death of his unborn son Gideon. This whole franchise exists because our good friend Jigsaw is a hypocrite. Have fun rewatching the entire thing with this in mind.
    • The films also make a point about how Jigsaw is "technically" not a serial killer, as he does not directly kill anyone — a distinction about as convincing as dropping a safe on someone and then claiming the safe is guilty. In Saw III Jigsaw flat-out states that he despises murderers, which is why he turns on his protege` Amanda. Blatant Lies- in the first Saw alone the central character is basically given two ways out: kill his fellow captive, or cut through his own feet, and likely bleed to death. Amanda's own first test required her to find a key to her headlock deathtrap inside a mans stomach, and he even provided her with the knife (though the guy appeared dead at first, it turned out he was merely drugged). At the end of the film Jigsaw himself leaves Adam there to die, and he is dead because we saw the body in the next film. The sequels can be just as bad.
    CinemaSins: Um, no. Yeah, he's a murderer. By law. In like, every state and every civilized country and probably even Idaho.
  • The Shawshank Redemption: Warden Norton in is one of the most hateful and finest examples in cinema. A man who claims to be a man of God but is incredibly corrupt and will resort to murdering his prisoners to get what he wants.
  • She's All That: When Zack goes to see Laney at her workplace, she pulls him aside and tells him, that she can't tutor him. Laney had accused Zack of stereotyping her, and assuming that because she's a "dork," she must be smart. As it turned out, Zack wasn't thinking that, and in fact, she had actually been stereotyping him by assuming that because he's the Big Man on Campus, Class President, the best-looking and most popular guy in school, etc., that he must be dumb or a poor student. (To be fair, though, Laney was motivated by a suspicion that Zack had an ulterior motive for wanting to talk to her. And she was actually right about that.)
    Laney: I'm not smart.
    Zack: What?
    Laney: What, you figure I could tutor you or something? You think, "Oh, well, there's Laney Boggs. She's a dork."
    Zack: Look, Laney -
    Laney: "She must at least be smart." Well, guess what, I'm not.
    Zack: Laney, I have the fourth-highest G.P.A. in our class!
  • Star Trek:
    • Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country: Kirk and his senior staff dine with the Klingon Chancellor and his advisors. The Chancellor's daughter derides the Federation as a "homo sapiens-only club," even though the Federation is made up of over a hundred member races with equal standing whereas the Klingon Empire exercises hegemony over its non-Klingon worlds. In addition, Spock is a Vulcan, and is a captain, serving as executive officer of the Federation's flagship. How many times have non-Klingons been shown serving in equal capacity on IKF starships?
  • Star Trek: Nemesis: In the TV show, Picard gives long speeches about the sanctity of the Prime Directive and was even willing to let a whole planet die rather than violate it. But in this movie, he casually and fragrantly breaks it when given the chance to do some off-roading with a dune-buggy, firing on the primitive natives with energy weapons and flying spaceships in plain view.
  • Star Wars:
    • Revenge of the Sith:
      • Anakin has Count Dooku at his mercy, and kills him with Palpatine egging him on. Anakin regrets the decision immediately afterwards, but Palpatine justifies it with "He (Dooku) was too dangerous to be kept alive." At the climax, however, when Mace Windu is about to kill Palpatine/Sidious, Anakin objects, and Windu explicitly says, "He's too dangerous to be kept alive!" The only difference is, Anakin chops off Windu's hand, allowing Palpatine to kill him.
      • Obi Wan Kenobi at one point claims that "Only a Sith deals in absolutes."
    • A New Hope: Tarkin offers Leia a deal: Tell them where the rebel base is, and Alderaan will be spared. Immediately after she complies, Tarkin blows up the planet anyway. A few scenes later, he reacts with shock and outrage when he finds out that the princess lied to him. I mean, really, what kind of person does that?
    • All throughout the Star Wars prequel trilogy until his mask came off, Palpatine/Darth Sidious was a ginormous hypocrite. He pretended to care for the people of Naboo, while secretly arranging for their destruction. He pretended to love democracy and the Republic, again while secretly arranging for their destruction and putting himself in place as an autocrat. Even in his own order Sidious is a hypocrite. Despite being a part of the Rule of Two, Palpatine raised Darth Maul as a Sith apprentice while he was an apprentice himself. The master is supposed to encourage the apprentice to overthrow them so that the rivalry between the two makes them stronger, yet Palpatine raises apprentices that either don't want to try and overthrow him (Darth Maul was blindly loyal to him until after his accident) or can't possibly hope to compete (Darth Vader after being burned alive and given deficient cybernetics, although Palpatine did recruit him before that, and bragged to Yoda that Vader would be stronger than either of them). His own actor outright said that "everything he does is pure hypocrisy."
    • In The Force Awakens, Kylo Ren refers to Finn, a defected stormtrooper, as a "traitor". Kylo Ren himself betrayed his family, the Jedi Order, and the New Republic when he became a member of the Knights of Ren.
    • The Last Jedi: Hux calls the Rebels war criminals. The only thing they've done that might count as a war crime is blowing up Starkiller Base, and that's really stretching the definition; even then, the First Order used that same base to blow up multiple planets. It's pretty clear that Hux is just labeling his enemies war criminals to justify exterminating them. He on the other hand oversees attacks on the unarmed Resistance transports, not to mention said wholesale destruction of civilians in the first film, which are both war crimes on Earth, and very probably the Star Wars universe too (not that the First Order are likely to care).
    • Kylo is very adamant about letting the past die. The Jedi, the Sith, the Resistance ... but not the First Order. And in his obsession with killing the past, he's continuing to allow the past to influence his decisions and actions to the point it costs him his goals.
  • Timbuktu: The Islamists are occasionally shown to be hypocrites. They have outlawed smoking, but one of their leaders, Abdelkerim, smokes secretly. He tries to hide it from his men, but they all know and don't care. They punish adultery with stoning, yet Abdelkerim has designs on a married woman. They have also outlawed soccer, but several soldiers are shown discussing the World Cup as fans.
  • Transcendence:
    • RIFT murder countless people whilst espousing the values of human life. In achieving their goal of "unplugging" society they're responsible for killing countless millions more.
    • Bree believes that Will isn't human and therefore is a threat to humanity. In the climax, she threatens Max to get Will to upload the virus, even though a machine wouldn't care for the fate of one man. Will then willingly destroys himself to save Max even though he could have saved both his wife and himself, not to mention wiped out all the threats to himself at the same time. In short, Bree ends up using Will's humanity against him when trying to argue that he isn't human.
  • Transformers: Age of Extinction: Harold Attinger is the paranoid leader of Cemetery Wind, an organization dedicated to destroying all Transformers, regardless of faction, on Earth to replace them with man-made Transformers which he feels will defend the nation. However, there are two problems that show what a colossal hypocrite he is. First is that he's working with a Transformer, Lockdown, in order to get rid of the Autobots and obtain Transformers technology he needs. Second, he's more than willing to allow innocent people to get killed in the crossfire to achieve his goals and prove the superiority of the man-made Transformers (evidenced when he refused to allow rescue services for the people he's endangered). This, alongside allowing his men to harm Cade's daughter and giving Lockdown the okay to level Beijing to avoid his plans being revealed, his "us or them" rant at Cade Yeager doesn't work since he's allowed many of "us" to die.
  • X-Men Film Series
    • Despite claiming to help his fellow mutants, Magneto has no qualms on attacking and even killing other mutants who stand in the way of his anti-human crusade.
      • In X-Men, he is willing to sacrifice Rogue but not himself in the advancement of his cause. Beautifully called out by Wolverine, who tells him: "You're so full of shit. If you were really so righteous, it would be you up in that thing." The biggest irony of that is, if he had been willing to sacrifice himself, the plan would have worked.
      • At the climax of X-Men: Days of Future Past, his past-self has his most blatant moment of hypocrisy in the entire film series. After all the bravado both before and after about protecting mutantkind, he deliberately pits a Sentinel against Wolverine and Beast, ordering it to "do what you were made for."
      • In the plane, he calls Xavier out for abandoning the mutants out there to be killed or experimented on. Given how X-Men: First Class ends, Xavier can reasonably say that Beast, Havok, Banshee and himself (who was newly shot in the spine) could have easily ended up as guinea pigs for either the US or the Soviet Union because Magneto left them stranded in Cuba with no transportation.
    • In X-Men: First Class:
      • Shaw says "We don't hurt our own kind." A few scenes later, he kills Darwin and later on presumably orders his team to kill Xavier's X-Men during the Cuba battle; he also isn't averse to beating up Erik.
      • Charles uses "mutant and proud" as part of his pick-up lines, which are basically a very erudite variation on "you have pretty (insert trait here)", in the presence of his adoptive sister, who has been actively discouraged by Charles from taking any pride in her mutation.
      • At the beginning of the movie, Shaw denounces the Nazis and their practices, specifically citing their racism and antisemitism as stupid and shortsighted. This is in spite of the fact that his end goal is to annihilate the entire human race on the grounds that they're genetically inferior to mutants.
      • Also when criticizing the first team for making a party and using their powers for playing, something he was doing in the beginning of the film. They were teenagers who just entered a group where none of them would be considered freaks, what did he expect?!note 
      • A more assertive Raven expects Charles to fully accept her mutant form, yet she still insists that he can't read her mind, which clearly indicates that she's not completely comfortable with her adoptive brother's gift.
    • In The Wolverine, Logan gets really angry at Noburo for cheating on Mariko, his fiancé, despite having slept with her the night before while knowing about her engagement. There's a distinction. From Wolverine's perspective, Noburo, by arranging a marriage with her father, is essentially asking for her hand, where Mariko is being forced to marry him so as not to shame her father. Given his shock when she tells him, it's clear he sees the distinction.


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