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  • Ace Attorney:
    • Franziska von Karma constantly refers to people by their full names. When she is called by her first name, she says that calling people by their full names is rude.
    • Like father, like daughter, at least in regards to hypocrisy. Case four of Investigations has a great example of this:
      Manfred: There shall be no yelling in this sacred hall of law! [Coupled with a loud cane slam and the sound effects denoting yelling.]
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    • In Trials & Tribulations during Mia's (as well as Edgeworth's) first trial Edgeworth comes up with phrases like "Young people these days simply don't know how to respect their elders" or "I can't be outwitted by this novice bimbo", to the point of Mia outright calling him a hypocrite (in her head). Might be justified in a way for as long as he copies his mentor's fashion preferences and gestures at the time, he might also be copying him right down to speech.
      Edgeworth: *sigh*... The rashness of youth. How charming.
      Mia: (This coming from someone younger than me!)
    • Ace Attorney Investigations gives the character of Justine Courtney. She claims that Edgeworth hinders investigations by hiding evidence and taking his investigation into legally murky areas. However, Justine does the same thing in the 4th case. When evidence is brought to light that she had ample opportunity to be the killer note , she dismisses the evidence without a second thought, then uses evidence she is already aware was fabricated to arrest an innocent girl. And she is given no comeuppance for this.
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  • Commissioner Gordon in Batman: Arkham Origins called out Batman for supposedly killing Bane and refuses to work with him. Except that previously he shot two mooks trying to kill Warden Joseph for the same reason as Batman did (Saving an innocent life). Nobody even acknowledges it when Batman defends himself. Justified in the fact that while Gordon is a police officer who killed in the line of duty, Gordon sees Batman as a vigilante sanctioned by and accountable to no one.
  • BioShock series.
    • First game's Andrew Ryan founded the underwater city of Rapture to be an Objectivist utopia, where personal freedom and self-advancement were valued above all else. However, Ryan's desire to keep his city an Objectivist utopia eventually led to him taking dictatorial control over the city — in direct violation of all the principles on which Rapture was founded — to prevent it from falling into the hands of his (much more competent) competition... exactly the way his own theory said it ought to.
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    • BioShock 2 has Sofia Lamb, who is an extremely outspoken collectivist who preaches that man needs to ignore his selfish desires to advance the greater good (the exact opposite ideals of Ryan). Yet many of her actions are essentially pushing her own beliefs onto others, diverting blame away from herself, refusing to admit she might be wrong, and rarely listens to other's ideas. This makes her a very self centered and biased woman who has a superiority complex with the very flaws she preaches against. Granted, she admits that she is flawed and has biases, yet she remains blind to how contradictory her words and her horrible actions really are.
    • Bioshock Infinite keeps up the tradition with Zachary Hale Comstock, a born-again Christian and Patriot who violates Christian teachings and seceded from his own country. Comstock founded his floating city as a way of upholding what he saw as the values of American life, but rather than a democratically elected leader, Comstock rules Columbia as a theological dictator. Also, Comstock (literally) preaches Christian ideals and philosophy to his populace, and became a Born-Again Christian to cope with the guilt of being a war criminal. Despite this he has no compassion or forgiveness of his own, and actually went so far as to build a museum praising the "heroism" he claims to have repented from. Comstock is also openly racist, which he uses to justify the treatment of non-whites in Columbia, but is secretly part Native American. This is all in contrast to the protagonist, Booker, who has many of Comstock's own flaws and failings (and some of his own) but admits his shortcomings and tries to become The Atoner.
      Comstock: The Lord forgives everything. But I'm just a prophet, so I don't have to.
  • Borderlands 2 's very own Handsome Jack. He views Angel's suicide-by-vault-hunter as the the murder of an innocent girl, and regularly calls the Vault Hunters "child-killers" after it happens, but he himself has implicitly, and in one case very explicitly, killed children, including those of his own employees. In addition, he ruthlessly mocks Helena Pierce's facial scars, in spite of the fact that he himself is scarred under his mask. Also, despite disliking his former boss calling him John, he does the same thing when referring to Jeffery Blake as "Jimmy". And, he considers death a perfectly suitable punishment for swearing and often chastises Angel for doing so. This does not stop him from throwing the odd swear word around.
  • The dwarves in Chrono Cross hate humans for their genocidal, polluting ways. They also commit genocide against the faeries and fight using filthy, smoke-spewing tanks. That the game doesn't recognize the contradiction here is one of the major dividing points in its fanbase.
  • The Global Liberation Army in Command & Conquer: Generals are pretty much this trope. At first, they scream incessantly about oppression, imperialism, and how just they are. Other comments, however, underscore that they're basically ill-tempered, sadistic, sociopathic low-lifes to a man, and have no problem in killing civilians to get what they want. Except for the lowly Workers, who are some of the single most hilariously down-trodden, abused schmucks in gaming history.
    • Likewise, the Brotherhood of Nod from the parent setting share many of the same goals, yet have several missions focused on killing those they are supposedly trying to 'liberate' from GDI. This hypocrisy is on full display in the introduction video of the third game, where Killian will talk about the gifts of Tiberium in one sentence, in the next lament the fact that the Brotherhood was driven into "Tiberium-infested Red Zones" in past wars, and then not even two sentences later be back to praising Tiberium as a divine gift for mankind.
    • Danganronpa: Trigger Happy Havoc:
      • Byakuya Togami is disgusted by how easily Kyoko Kirigiri can investigate corpses. In reality, he strung up the second victim's corpse in a poor man's imitation of Genocide Jack's killings. While Kyoko was motivated by a desire to solve the case, Byakuya did it to expose Genocide Jack and find out who'd be a possible threat to him if he decided to kill someone.
      • Kyoko Kirigiri shows many instances of hypocrisy herself, which is arguably an effective way of humanizing her apparent infallibility at investigating. At one point in the first game, Kyoko gets super mad at Makoto when she suspects that he is withholding information from her, something she's been doing to everyone for the entire game.
    • Super Danganronpa 2:
      • Mahiru scolds Fuyuhiko in the first trial for threatening to sell Mikan to a brothel if she's wrong, but she never steps up in the same way when Hiyoko bullies Mikan (which is most of the time).
      • Sonia comments to Fuyuhiko that "only a coward threatens women", but she doesn't react when Gundham threatens to curse her if she's lying. Granted, Fuyuhiko was entirely serious about his threat(which was directed at the most timid and emotionally vulnerable member of the cast), while Gundham was... being Gundham.
    • New Danganronpa V 3:
      • During the second trial, Maki Harukawa reveals midway through the trial that she was the last to see the victim alive, saying that she didn't admit it earlier because she didn't want to be suspected. One of Maki's classmates scolds her for her "selfish" decision to withhold information. Said classmate happens to be the culprit, who, by their very nature, lied to and withheld information from their classmates for the entire trial.
      • Throughout the game, particularly in trials, Kokichi frequently mocks Kaito for letting emotions cloud his judgement, which is true, but Kokichi's own personal hatred of murder leads him to be needlessly antagonistic towards Maki, the Ultimate Assassin and it bites him in the ass more than once.
      • Kokichi says that Kaede, who'd committed murder in an attempt to kill the mastermind and prevent the others from dying when the time limit ran out, was merely playing into Monokuma's hands no matter how noble her intentions were. Kokichi later manipulates Gonta into killing Miu in order to thwart Miu's attempt to commit murder and graduate. Since Kokichi was Miu's target, his plan is arguably much more selfish.
      • In a more comedic example, at one point Himiko, of all people, tells Ki-bo to stop whining, this coming from the girl who spent most of her time Pre Character Development constantly complaining about everything being "too tiring".
      • During the third chapter, Angie quickly establishes herself as leader of her own personal cult that she calls her Student Council and attempts to enforce a rule that students cannot be outside after curfew because Ryoma's murder happened at night. However, as is pointed out by Miu, she doesn't obey this rule herself.
  • In Dark Souls III, when Lapp regains his memory, he laments that every age has been blighted by the greed of man. While he's not necessarily wrong, it's a bit rich given that the dude spent most of those ages trying to get people killed in order to loot the corpses in his pre-amnesia identity as Trustworthy/Unbreakable Patches.
  • In Dead to Rights Retribution, Jack Slate calls the G.A.C. Judge, Jury, and Executioner. He's not quite wrong, but in terms of Police Brutality (Case in point, his takedown moves.) he's at least as bad as them, if not worse.
  • Adria the Witch from the Diablo franchise, according to the fragments of her diary you can collect in Diablo III: Reaper of Souls. In an early entry, she discusses her resentment towards her father, who only cared about his wealth and social standing and raised her without compassion as though she were a tool for his own gain. In later entries, she discusses how she was corrupted into serving the demon lord Diablo, siring a daughter by him, and her own lack of remorse when she sacrificed the daughter to him - after all, "Daughters are so expendable."
  • Disgaea 3 - Super Hero Aurum is a gigantic hypocrite. He kills a nice guy, imposes as a loyal butler, and messes up the next two hundred years of Mao's life to raise him as a cruel and wicked overlord, and all so he (Aurum, that is) could have a truly evil villain to fight. He even abuses his number one fan with a death curse while the poor lad remains painfully oblivious to the fact his mentor betrayed him up until the last moment. By the time Mao turns things around (if he does turn things around), the entirety of his party is more than ready to tear him a new one for committing hypocritically evil acts on such a grand scale.
    • Aurum has gone pretty much insane from being absurdly powerful and having nobody to fight for hundreds of years, and doesn't seem to be able to die after having absorbed the powers of so many evil gods. Of course, gaining evil powers isn't good for your psyche either.
  • Dm C Devil May Cry: Vergil absolutely despises Mundus for his poor treatment of the humans, but doesn't have a very high opinion of them himself. Dante even accuses him of being Not So Different than Mundus.
    • Mundus also hates Dante and Virgil for murdering his wife in cold blood, despite doing the same thing to their mother and planned to do it again to them.
  • In Dragon Age: Origins, almost everyone says that blood magic is evil, including the mages in the party and the Player Character if the player so chooses. Despite this, all mage characters in the party may learn the Blood Mage specialization. They will continue to declare its evilness.
    • Loghain Mac Tir always froths in moral outrage at the mere mention of Orlais because of how it "enslaved" Ferelden decades before the events of the story, and uses it to justify most of more morally questionable actions. But as regent he sold the City Elves into literal slavery. If called out on it by the player, he'll try to justify it with his usual "I Did What I Had to Do to save Ferelden" line, neatly glossing over the fact that the elves are citizens of Ferelden. Instead of showing remorse, he is dismissive and contemptuous, and even has the audacity to call a City Elf player egotistical for not instantly getting over it.
    • In Dragon Age II Knight-Commander Meredith sees magic as a curse, and mages as a major threat to her city who must be contained at all costs. So she uses an ancient magical artifact to give herself magical superpowers and animate statues to indiscriminately attack people in the final battle.
    • The same could be said about Anders, who accuses her of going too far in her treatment of mages as dangerous people, yet he proves just how dangerous and obsessed he himself is - ask the people in the Chantry he blew up. Not exactly the strongest point in making mages seem like all the other people.
    • And Fenris believes Mages are too powerful to be trusted and will inevitably abuse their power, so they should accept being enslaved and controlled by the Chantry. He himself is an escaped slave with magical powers who is being hunted by his former master and will mercilessly kill those who are no longer a threat to him if they piss him off enough. Like Meredith he has a massive Freudian Excuse, but it gets a little old when he spouts out reasons for mistreating mages that could just as easily apply to him. Anders calls him out on this.
    • Anders is just as bad when dealing with party members, especially Merrill, who is an extremely sweet and friendly blood mage. During her quest, when someone runs from her and gets killed messily, she says that the runner fled her as if she was a monster, at which point Anders bluntly says that she is one. This happens even if Anders himself callously murdered a young mage while under the thrall of the spirit he willingly allowed to possess him, whereas Merrill mostly uses her blood magic to attempt to restore a fragment of lost Elven history, meaning that Anders is saying this despite being more monstrous than Merrill, and predicting her eventual fall into a dark fate that he himself greeted with open arms!
    • The Dwarves of Orzammar are loaded with all kinds of hypocrisy.
      • King Endrin Aeducan of Orzammar Told Harrowmont on his deathbed to not let Bhelen become king of Orzammar because he suspected that Bhelen had something to do with Trian's death and his other siblings' exile. Bhelen tells the Dwarf Noble that Endrin himself convinced his older brother to enter the Proving against a convicted murderer.
      • Orzammar constantly needs goods from the surface, yet any Dwarf who lives there is Casteless and disconnected from the Stone. Well, except for those who become Grey Wardens.
      • The Casteless Dwarves are considered rejects and a stain on Orzammar society. Yet the Nobles do not hesitate using the Cartas' skills in subterfuge for their own ends. And many Male Nobles would love to lay with a Noble Hunter to increase their House.
    • During companion dialogue Morrigan flirts with Sten a bit. If you are in a romance with Morrigan, Sten will remind her that she is with you, to which she replies that she belongs to no one and that you probably wouldn't mind. Yet if you are also in a romance with Leliana or Zevran, she will be mad at you for cheating on her.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition the Big Bad Corypheus one of the original Darkspawn Magisters frequently mocks the widespread belief in The Maker and people praying to Him since his experiences have convinced him that there is no Maker or other gods (and he plans to become a god himself). When he first awoke from his slumber he tried praying to his Old God Dumat with no success, which apparently convinced him that Dumat was either dead or never really existed at all. Yet at the end of the final battle when his death is all but certain, he desperately tries praying to them one last time.
  • Dishonored has High Overseer Campbell. Despite being the head of a religious organisation dedicated to rooting out the practice of black magic and The Outsider worship, he maintains a secret room full of books detailing spells, as well as an Outsider rune. His room also contains discarded ladies' undergarments and notes from a nearby brothel, despite preaching of virtue and temperance. Although, the brothel is where Lady Emily is being held, but it does mention that he likes being there to sample their services while keeping an eye on Emily. In fact, that probably hints on something even worse about Campbell. If you aim the heart at him, it says, "He breaks each of the Seven Strictures daily. It is his own private joke."
  • The Elder Scrolls
    • The Dunmer (Dark Elves) were frequent hypocrites throughout their history. They were xenophobic and didn't like outlanders settling in Morrowind, but they had no problem invading other nations in order to kidnap their inhabitants as slaves. Additionally, the Tribunal Temple outlawed necromancy and made it punishable by death despite it being legal (with certain limitations) elsewhere in the empire. However, the Temple faithful would summon the spirits of their ancestors or reanimate their corpses to serve as guards for their tombs and other holy sites. This was considered a holy act in reverence of their ancestors, with any other forms of necromancy being a sacrilege. However, at the beginning of the 4th Era, their culture went into a sharp decline and was dealt a devastating blow when the Ministry of Truth crashed down causing Red Mountain to erupt which destroyed most of Vvardenfell and rendered much of Morrowind uninhabitable due to choking ash. Then, one of their former slave races (the Argonians) invaded and captured much of what was left of habitable Morrowind. The Dunmer have paid for their hypocrisy and then some, now scattered with many of them settling on the frozen, barren island of Solstheim and in Skyrim, where they are treated as second-class citizens (at best) by the native Nords.
    • Skyrim:
      • Draconic Big Bad Alduin calls the the Last Dragonborn "arrogant" for assuming the title of "Dovah". However, Alduim himself is essentially the personification of draconic arrogance.
      • The Blades have long served the emperors of Tamriel as bodyguards and spies, dating back to when Reman Cyrodiil co-opted the Akaviri Dragonguard. Tiber Septim, founder of the Third Tamriellic Empire who ascended to godhood as Talos, reformed the Blades order upon becoming emperor, and many Blades worship him as part of the Order of Talos. Prior to his rise, Septim trained with the Greybeards and their leader, the Heel-Face Turned dragon Paarthurnax, to increase the strength of his Thu'um. Tiber Septim then explicitly ordered the Blades to not kill Paarthurnax. However, come the events of Skyrim, the Blades' hatred for the dragons is so strong that they're literally defying their own god by ordering Paarthurnax's death.
      • The Vigil of Stendarr is a Church Militant order dedicated to hunting down and destroying supernatural threats to mortal life, including Daedra, Daedra worshipers, vampires, lycanthropes, and others. Despite serving in the name of Stendarr, the Aedric Divine of Mercy, Justice, and Compassion, they're not very quick to extend mercy to anyone who catches their ire, despite invoking Stendarr's name. Additionally, some can be found carrying Daedric weapons, despite doing so going against everything they say and do regarding Daedric objects.
      Vigilant: "Stendarr have mercy, for the Vigil has none to spare."
  • Several of the prominent antagonists in Fallout: New Vegas suffer from this:
    • Caesar is an Evil Luddite who considers over-dependence on technology to be a sign of weakness, and forbids the use of any medicine more complicated than healing powder (a concoction of medicinal herbs). This has resulted in thousands dying in his empire due to improper medical care, which he dismisses because apparently they were too weak to live. However, he keeps a broken Auto-Doc in his tent and, if the courier sides with him, commands the courier to fix it so it can cure him of a brain tumour. Plus his Elite Mooks get to use more technologically advanced weapons than the lower ranking members.
      • Caesar's Legion generally has tons of this. Firstly, they preach at how important loyalty is (in fact, it's the reason they butchered Nipton) but constantly betray their allies, in fact betraying and assimilating their allies is practically their official policy. Secondly, the Legion is strongly opposed to drugs, but Hydra can occasionally be found on the bodies of dead legionnaires, and it's implied that they manufacture drugs themselves.
      • The Legion also propagates the idea that survival must come through personal strength, right down to the lowliest Legionnaire. Vulpes Inculta himself claims that the main reason he butchered or enslaved the entire town of Nipton is because they were too weak to prevent him from doing it, and therefore they deserved it. If you decide to kill him then and there and demonstrate his own weakness, his allies send assassins after you to avenge his death. Guess the whole "survival of the strongest" thing only applies when it's convenient to them.
    • Ulysses, from the Lonesome Road DLC, invites the Courier to the Divide so he can deliver a massive What the Hell, Hero? about how actions can have unforeseen consequences (A package the courier delivered to the Divide detonated the nukes that were stored there and completely wrecked the place). But playing through the other three DLC will show that Ulysses himself has caused plenty of chaos throughout the Wasteland, often as an indirect consequence of his actions: He led the White Legs during the sacking of New Canaan, which was just as prosperous as the town the Courier accidentally destroyed, and he trained them and gave them machine guns, allowing them to become the major antagonists of Honest Hearts. He almost released the Think-Tank from their imprisonment in Big MT by asking them an Armor-Piercing Question. And he told Elijah the location of the Sierra Madre, setting in motion the events of Dead Money, which results in dozens of people getting kidnapped and murdered and the entire continent nearly being drowned under poison gas as part of Elijah's plan. Unfortunately, since the DLC aren't programmed to interact with each other, there's no way to call him out on this.
    • Elijah is a huge example in Dead Money. For example, he'll talk down to you for using a Pip-Boy, saying that it dulls your brain... but you can clearly see him using a Pip-Boy himself. He expresses amazement at how many people he's been forced to kill because they let their greed for the Sierra Madre's treasure get the better of them and compromised his plans, not realising that he's suffering the same obsession as they were.
      • He also criticizes his previous captives for trying to take advantage of each other and killing each other when they've outlived their usefulness, necessitating the linked collars, yet once you get into the Villa, he suggests you kill off your now useless team. And once you open the Vault (unless you're evil and make a deal with him) he'll come down to kill you himself.
    • Salt-Upon-Wounds, leader of the White Legs from Honest Hearts, says that he and his tribe are are honorable and strong warriors, but he'll beg for mercy if Joshua Graham shows up, kills all his warriors, and holds him at gunpoint. Even worse, he says that Joshua Graham is crazy because "he kill all White Legs", even though Salt-Upon-Wounds ordered the slaughter of every man, woman, and child in New Canaan- Joshua Graham's hometown.
  • Fallout 4:
    • Ten years after the events of 3, the Eastern Brotherhood of Steel has discarded the idealistic humanitarian beliefs of Owyn and Sarah Lyons in favour of their old "keep technology out of people's hands to keep it from being abused" mission. This is said while invading the Commonwealth with armies of knights in Powered Armor, fleets of Vertibirds, a Cool Airship and a rebuilt Liberty Prime. Basically, what they've done is shuffle the deck unil they've ended up with all the best cards.
    • DiMa from the Far Harbor DLC is a self acknowledged example. He wants to turn Acadia into a safe haven for synths, is openly distrustful towards both the Institute and the Railroad; the former because they treat synths as property and are the reason so much distrust exists between synths and normal humans, the latter because even though they are sympathetic towards synths, the way the help them involves wiping synth's memories and giving them new identities, which he sees as contrary to Acadia's principles. However, digging into his past will reveal that he is not above murdering an innocent human woman and replacing her with a memory wiped synth if it will serve his vision of the greater good, then wiping his own memories because he found the thought of himself doing such a thing too horrible to dwell on.
  • Fate/stay night - Saber/King Arthur, who is basically a female Shirou with less delusions, is a heroic example. Archer is the one to call her out on her treatment of Shirou's ideal of being a superhero by pointing out that her wish (save her kingdom by going back in time and making someone else the king) is the same as his only more so. Rin Tohsaka also realizes she cannot really lecture Shirou anymore when she finds herself making the same kinds of choices and is unable to kill Sakura, despite the cold pragmatic value that doing so would have.
  • In Final Fantasy X the Church of Yevon preaches that all machina (advanced technology) is blasphemous and the reason for Sin's existence. Yet they have no compunctions with using machina weapons themselves. Learning this while exploring the church headquarters in Bevelle is essentially the final straw that causes the party to lose all faith in the church.
    Wakka: These machines are abominations against Yevon!
    Seymour: Then pretend you didn't see them.
    Wakka: ...That's not something a maester would say!
  • Just as Cronos is about to die at Kratos's hands in God of War III, he accused Kratos as a coward for killing his own kin. This is despite the fact that he previously ate his children out of fear that they will soon overthrow him.
  • Francis McReary from Grand Theft Auto IV the Deputy Police Commissioner of Liberty City, who honestly believes that his status and position automatically make him a morally just person and acquits him of any crimes that he commits. You quickly see past this facade when he orders you to gun down people by the dozens in order to hide his corruption and more importantly, when he orders you to gun down his own brother to save his career.
  • Grand Theft Auto V: Michael and Trevor. Michael is a backstabber who criticizes other backstabbers (a gold digger who gave him ten bucks and an autograph for cleaning up her sabotage of her husband's vehicle, and his psychiatrist for ratting him out after getting paid in the hundreds of thousands), and Trevor criticizes Michael for his betrayal of friendship, even after brutally killing his best friend's cousin and said cousin's fiancee for pissing him off, and selling people to a cult. Neither of them are very morally conflicted about this, as seen in this exchange.
    Michael: Ooh, Hypocrisy, Franklin; Civilization's greatest virtue.
    Trevor: Jesus, your therapist has a lot to answer for.
    Michael: I know, I still hate myself. But hey, at least I know the words for it now.
    Trevor: Yeah, but I hate you, and I know the words for it, so does that mean I don't have to go to therapy-
    Franklin: Hey, look, you two motherfuckers terrify me of that middle-age.
  • The Ascalonians of Guild Wars, and particularly Gwen, decry the Charr for destroying their country and killing most of them. Unfortunately, they then go on to try to commit genocide against the Charr. Since the RPG elements of Guild Wars Nightfall are gone by EotN, the player has no real choice but to go along with it.
    • The Charr in Guild Wars 2 have their fair share of hypocrisy. They refer to the humans as cowardly and dishonorable for using artifacts like the Foefire and Stormcaller to rain magic down upon the Charr, but then turn around and praise the Searing despite it doing the same thing. Furthermore, the Charr like to rub it in the other races' (particularly the humans') faces about how they retook their ancestral homeland and have no need for gods. All the while, they conveniently forget that the Searing, which is largely what allowed them to conquer Ascalon in the first place, was the work of the now hated Flame Legion and the false gods they worshiped.
  • In Kid Icarus: Uprising, Viridi the Goddess of Nature views humans as violent beings who do nothing but cause war and must be destroyed for it. That said, she isn't afraid of going to war against Pit and Palutena, or dropping a nature nuke on opposing armies who were manipulated by Hades.
  • Kingdom Hearts: Master Xehanort claims to seek Balance Between Light and Darkness, deeming pro-Light characters (e.g., Eraqus) too "absolute"... but clearly leans toward Darkness himself. And not only do his plans keep benefiting the Realm of Darkness at the Realm of Light's expense (thus vindicating said characters as Properly Paranoid); but he has no qualms about declaring that Darkness can't be destroyed, yet vowing that the Light of his enemies (e.g., Terra) will. He gets even worse about this in Kingdom Hearts III, having become even more fanatically pro-Light than Eraqus ever was. His new plan is to purge the realms of people (because their hearts are the true source of Darkness in his eyes) with the light of Kingdom Hearts.
  • Kreia of Knights Of The Old Republic II will talk about how arrogant and closed minded the Jedi are and how they should be more open to other people's ideas. Of course, if you then point out flaws in her philosophy, she'll dismiss you as incapable of understanding it.
    • In addition, Kreia despises The Force and those who are dependent on it, and seeks to destroy it. However, all of her attacks and scheming are dependent on the Force, and she's too physically frail to fight otherwise. If the player calls her on this, she claims that it's because being intimate with the Force gives greater insight on how to destroy it. But to her credit, she does concede that the player makes a good point, and may very well be right.
    • She's got nothing on Atris though. Atris is an immensely Holier Than Thou Knight Templar that smugly insists in being the last true jedi left. She even wanted the exile executed for defecting to Revan. Even Bastila didn't go that far. She also completely fails to realize that her absolutism has corrupted her to the dark side long ago. It takes Kreia to convince her otherwise.
  • Mass Effect
    • Khalisah bint Sinan Al-Jilani has shown an extremely strong pro-human and anti-alien bias from Shepard's conversations with her in both games, so it may come as a surprise to see her kissing and embracing an asari in a few select data files in Lair of the Shadow Broker.
    • In Lair of the Shadow Broker, Shadow Broker's agent Tela Vasir calls Shepard a hypocrite for judging her dealing with the Shadow Broker when Shepard's working with the terrorist organization, Cerberus, right before she dies. She has a point if you're playing a full Renegade Shepard, who will endorse Cerberus' actions. Paragon Shepard, not so much; they see working with Cerberus as a Necessary Evil at best and will betray it in the end, if they haven't done so already.
    • Ronald Taylor, Jacob's father, taught his son that a man always admits to his mistakes. On Jacob's loyalty mission, we find out that Ronald has turned the Hugo Gernsback and his crew into his own personal kingdom and thoroughly doesn't own up to everything that he's been doing.
    • Warden Kuril claims that he wants to make the galaxy a safer place by locking up dangerous criminals. Yet he extorts the criminals' homeworlds, sells criminals, and attempts to arrest Shepard just so he can sell them as a slave on the black market or hold them for ransom. Shepard naturally calls him out on this and he attempts to justify it but fails miserably.
    • And of course, there's the turian at customs, who has neared meme status:
    • The asari, the most technologically advanced Council race, made a law stating that anyone who withholds Prothean technology will be fined severely and the tech will be taken from them, with extreme force if necessary, so it can be shared with the galaxy at large. Then the third game reveals that they have possibly the only intact Prothean beacon in existence. Obviously, this gives them a massive advantage, especially considering they've had it since their Stone Age and hid it in an ancient temple.
    • Harbinger derides the asari as inferior for relying on other species to reproduce. Guess what the Reapers need to make more Reapers?
    • Mass Effect 3 has Kai Leng, who brags about how either Thane or Kirrahe died like cowards if he killed them yet in the game repeatedly proves that he's a Dirty Coward who relies more on firepower or manpower rather than personal skill when confronting Shepard and tends to run whenever things go south for him. Not to mention that these so-called "cowards" went down fighting. Leng's last act? Trying to stab Shepard while his/her back is turned.
    • In an unusually tragic example of this, Shepard at one point berates James Vega for the Death Seeker tendencies he shows, despite having become somewhat of a Death Seeker him/herself by this time.
    • Liara, if the player chooses a certain dialogue option, calls Ashley/Kaidan short-sighted for not trusting Shepard due to Shepard working with Cerberus. She conveniently leaves out the part where that conflict can be traced back to Liara's own shortsightedness in obsessing over revenge to the point of forgetting to tell Shepard's other companions about the circumstances surrounding Shepard's death and return.
    • The Salarian Dalatrass Linron refuses to accept the idea of the Krogan being cured because she sees the Krogan as only violent because the Salarians uplifted them to be that way. She refuses to admit that the Krogan rebelled because the Salarians used them liked tools. And she is also planning to uplift the Yahg, which are far more dangerous than the Krogan.
  • In Mega Man Battle Network 4, Duo seeks to destroy the earth because humans are wicked. For some reason, the morality of destroying an entire planet is never brought up, despite being painfully obvious to the player.
  • Dr. Weil in Mega Man Zero is quick to point to the Maverick Wars as reason enough for the subjugation of all Reploids, nevermind that whereas the Maverick Wars were caused by a computer virus and none of the parties involved were at fault, the Elf Wars that Dr. Weil himself started were entirely the product of his own free will and ended up senselessly killing ~75% of the world's population and rendering over 90% of it uninhabitable. With no provocation. In the span of 4 years. Needless to say, nobody else really sees where he's coming from.
  • Metal Gear:
    • Sundowner of Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance constantly goes on about how Desperado Enforcement are only suppliers, rather than the creators of the market for war. When you keep in mind the fact that Desperado's plan, under Armstrong's guidance, was to instigate a terrorist incident while the U.S President was in Pakistan in order to create another war on terror, thus increasing the market for war big time, then you can tell that Sundowner is full of crap.
      • Along with the fact that for all of Armstrong's talk about setting your own rules and deciding your own destiny, he gets furious at and talks down to the robotic Bladewolf for doing exactly that.
    • In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain's prologue, Ground Zeroes, Kazuhira Miller repeatedly goes on bleak, venomous rants against Paz for being The Mole for Cipher against MSF, during the rescue, when he himself was leaking info to Cipher behind Big Boss' back during Peace Walker. Furthermore, Kaz chose to work for Cipher of his own free will, whereas Paz had no say in the matter.
      • By the end of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, Big Boss has firmly cemented himself as one. That is to say, the original Big Boss, and not Venom Snake. After defecting from the Patriots for cloning him without his consent for the purpose of making the ultimate soldier, he does the exact same thing to one of his own men by means of robbing him of his past identity in order to turn him into a body double. In spite of singing a lot of hypocritical purple poetry about creating a nation whereby soldiers will not be abused by their governments, he takes advantage of an innocent soldier's loyalty and ruins his life, becoming the kind of manipulator that he started his private military to get away from.
  • A major and minor instance of this happens in Persona 3:
    • On a major level, Strega calls out SEES for wanting to get rid of the Dark Hour, taking note that most of them feel that they have a purpose with it, and that they'll only go back to boring, everyday lives when it's gone. Several characters, namely Junpei and Akihiko, do feel this way, but as Character Development creeps in for SEES, they all truly make it known that the world is better without Shadows, and unlike Strega, they have things to live for, whereas Strega do not.
    • The minor one is the source of tension between longtime friends Akihiko and Shinjiro; the latter left SEES due to killing Ken Amada's mother by accident, going so far as taking suppressants that seal away his Persona. Akihiko continuously pesters Shinjiro to return to SEES, seeing him as an idiot for dwelling on the past...thing is, Akihiko's reason for fighting is nearly identical. When his sister died in a fire when he and Shinjiro were children, he pretty much threw himself into fighting, constantly citing that he'd never lose someone again, and when Shinjiro brings it up, Akihiko gets incredibly defensive. Also problematic is that Ken Amada also wants Shinjiro dead for what he did, so it's harder for Shinjiro to avoid penance. Akihiko's dwelling is never re-addressed after Shinjiro dies, and when Akihiko confesses about Miki to the female protagonist in the Playstation Portable port of the game, the only responses you can give him when he gets upset are sympathetic ones.
  • Pokémon Black and White has Ghetsis, who claims N is a freak without a human heart, when it was Ghetsis who was manipulating N the whole time. N is his son. Cheren and Alder do note this, though. N was only trying to do what he felt was right, but Ghetsis is a self-serving monster.
    • We also have Team Plasma in general who fight for the freedom of Pokemon while at the same time abuse the Pokemon they catch when nobody's looking.
      • Or when it's just you and your close friends looking. Who kicks a Munna?
    • In fact, N seems to be the only member of Team Plasma who is not a hypocrite, at least until Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. In that game, he is the leader of a splinter group of Plasma with more noble goals that opposes the current group.
      • N did however has his own team of Pokemon despite being against catching them and using them for battles.
      • N's pokemon are always local, implying that he always releases them back to their homes after facing you. In addition, he admits to the practice, saying that the only way to change the system is to reach the top of it (that is, become League champion, and then, presumably, disband it).
    • Pokémon X and Y has Lysandre. He hates thieves, liars, and selfish people and wants to eliminate them from the world. Who does he hire? Team Flare; a group that is made up of the very kind of people he claims to hate and he wants to blow up the world and start it over with THESE people. He's either really stupid or this trope. Not to mention that he steals a bunch of pokeballs from the Pokeball Factory. What's worse? No one ever calls him out on it.
  • Federal Agent Edgar Ross in Red Dead Redemption constantly derides John Marston about how Marston was (and, as Ross sees it, still is) a criminal, never letting up on how morally superior he is because Marston kills people. Although, Ross never seems to make the connection that Marston is only killing people now because Ross has taken his wife and son hostage and is forcing him to hunt down the members of his old gang. And whats more, it was Ross' job to bring in those men, so he's basically having Marston do his job for him. And then, when Marston has fulfilled his end of the bargain and goes back to living peacefully on his ranch with his family, Ross sends the army to kill them anyway.
  • In the "Gangstas in Space" DLC of Saints Row: The Third, Prima Donna Director Andy Zhen criticises female lead Jenny for doing the exact same things that he praises the Boss for.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei I, the Chaos Hero (one of the main hero's companions) leaves the group after defeating his nemesis Ozawa, since now that he's finally acquired real power, you'll just hold him back and slow him down. Nevermind that you've carried him for most of the game until this point, saved him, helped him get out of the afterlife and back to the living world, AND that his precious new power stems from him stealing your most powerful demon and fusing with it.
  • Each of the Reason-bearers in Shin Megami Tensei III: Nocturne is a hypocrite who violates the philosophy they subscribe to in some way. The philosophy of Shijima preaches of The Evils of Free Will and decries human ambition as destructive, yet its most vocal advocate, Hikawa, is a highly ambitious Übermensch who's prepared to trigger the apocalypse to see his goals reach fruition. Chiaki preaches the philosophy of Yosuga, in which the strong have absolute power and the weak are subjugated or killed, despite being a relatively weak individual who only gains power when a much stronger entity sympathises with her and offers her a Deal with the Devil. Isamu's philosophy of Musubi states that all beings must be isolated from each other and free to pursue their own ideals without interference from others, yet Isamu is ineffective at accomplishing anything for himself and only succeeds when he gets others to do his dirty work for him.
  • In Shin Megami Tensei IV, enemy demons get furious at you if you rob them using the Fundraise skill. Yet some of these demons have no problem using Macca Beam, a skill that zaps away a fraction of your Macca. It gets even sillier when you consider that enemy demons actually have infinite Macca and can be Fundraised as many times as you want; you stealing a small amount of their limitless money is wrong, but them destroying 20% of your finite (and frequently scarce) Macca is perfectly acceptable!
  • In Shinrai: Broken Beyond Despair, Taiko has a strong sense of justice, and insists that the group must be willing to consider the possibility that one of their friends is a murderer. This is a reasonable enough assertion, but at the climax, Taiko lets his anger over his best friend Kotoba being badly burned get the better of him, and he becomes adamant that Kamen, who is innocent is the mastermind behind the murderer, becoming almost completely unwilling to listen to any arguments to the contrary. Ironically enough, while Rie admits that she has the opposite problem, in that she blindly trusts her friends, her best friend Runa, who was Taiko's initial suspect due to being a romantic rival of the first victim, is actually innocent.
  • Many of the faction leaders in Sid Meier’s Alpha Centauri. Santiago pulls a lot of strings to protect her sickly weakling of a son despite being a firm advocate of The Spartan Way, Zakharov often conducts horrifying experiments in secret despite his vocal support for freedom of information, and Deidre's avowed pacifism doesn't get in the way of her "declaring vendetta" against other factions or outright weaponizing the Planet's killer fauna when she feels they need to learn a Green Aesop.
  • Spec Ops: The Line, in a meta sense. Just... the entire game. Anti-violence message? That's fine. One that shows up at the end of a game where Violence Is the Only Option? Not so much. No Pacifist Run here, just force the player to murder everyone, then tell him/her that he/she sucks for doing so. It also says you're a horrible person for enjoying the shooter genre... but the company that made a shooter game might not be pleased if nobody bought it.
  • In S.T.A.L.K.E.R., the Duty faction preaches about the horrific dangers of the Zone and why it must be contained from spreading over to the whole world. Yet, in Call of Pripyat, a quest involves you investigating a strange anomaly at an abandoned water cooling station northwest of the Yanov train station. The quest requires you to secure a special detector from the wrecked ship in the first map. Once you have it and use it, the anomaly spits out the bodies of now lifeless Duty stalkers down to the ground. Among them is the original founder of the faction. His PDA reveals that the faction was originally comprised of soldiers and SFOs from the Ukrainian Security Service (AKA the Ukrainian military) sent out to the Zone to secure it from unauthorized personnel. According to the backstory, his unit was on a particularly risky expedition of unknown caliber when a sudden blowout wiped out almost his entire unit. Shaken by this upheaval, the Captain (AKA the founder, who is only known as Tachenko) of the unit staged a communications breakdown and ordered his troops to go rogue from the USS and join the other stalkers for opportunistic jobs in the Zone. His ploy proved successful even though he also inadvertently caused chaos within his unit. The Captain and his subordinates managed to silence this debacle and continued on with impunity. Then, one day, he and three others with his group traveled to the water cooling station and end up getting trapped in the anomaly that you discover in this game. His group disintegrated under tragic circumstances and Captain Tachenko, by then self-promoted to General, became Driven to Suicide. The rest of the unit legally declared Tachenko MIA, and by then had recently appointed General Krylov (from Clear Sky) to assume leadership of the unit and he turned it into the now supposedly adamant Knight Templar faction that we know presently. After hearing the little story in the founder's PDA, you can choose whether to give it to Duty, Freedom, or the trader in the wrecked ship. Giving the PDA to the Freedom leader will cause him to blissfully call out Duty for being a bunch of frauds acting like every other greedy and selfish stalker out there in the Zone. Had this anomaly not occurred and had disappeared in the game or had the PDA's data gotten erased, Duty's dirtiest secret would have never been discovered in the first place and that bit of information would have more likely to be found in the game manual which no player these days would even bother. Depending on your perspective, though, this can be seen as either Becoming the Mask or a weird inverted Motive Decay, as Duty so really seem to be dedicated to their new mission.
    • In Shadow of Chernobyl, one side mission involves assassinating a minor character who preaches how Zone artifacts are evil and must be removed from the world. Investigating his corpse, however, reveals that he possesses a unique shotgun whose properties are enhanced by a shard of Gravi embedded in the barrel; this makes him a special kind of Straw Hypocrite.
  • In Suikoden V Gizel Godwin informs his young wife Queen Lymsleia that her brother is raising an army against them and refers to him as a traitor. Lym angrily points out that Gizel staged a coup of the palace and caused the deaths of her parents and that he was the traitor.
  • Bowser in the Super Mario Bros. franchise. He's always bragging about his evilness, but there are times where he has engaged in very unvillainous behavior as an excuse to get his way, and to (usually) get his castle back.
  • Tales of Symphonia gives us Mizuho, a village of ninjas who have an entire culture built around spying on everyone on the planet for seemingly no reason at all, yet completely flip when someone spies on them.
  • Some accuse Yuri Lowell from Tales of Vesperia of this. In-universe, Flynn calls him out on it and stats that he is very close to Jumping Off the Slippery Slope. Yuri makes a Hypocrisy Nod:
    • There is really no excuse for the exchange with Pharoh though, where Yuri responds to Pharoh's use of the exact same logic, right down to the wording, that Yuri used to justify his own vigilantism with;
    • With the power of context, this isn't nearly as hypocritical as it sounds. Pharaoh is trying to justify killing Estelle, whose very existence threatens the world. However, she's a Nice Girl who really, really doesn't want to destroy the world so it's understandable Yuri would like to find a way to save the world without killing her. Yuri's victims, on the other hand, were corrupt and utterly monstrous people stomping down people for their own amusement and would have gotten away with it without his own intervention. He could have avoided looking like a hypocrite if he had bothered to voice this.
  • Kenny in The Walking Dead is a huge hypocrite when it comes to his family and the safety of others. If anyone is in danger, he'll basically say screw them if A) they're someone he doesn't know or B) he hates their guts. If his own family is at risk, he'll do anything it takes to keep them out of harm's way or at least deny that there's anything wrong. This comes back to bite him hard at the end of episode 3 where his son is bitten by a walker and despite Lee telling him that the kid is going to turn, Kenny goes into complete denial and says there's a way to save his son, even though he already knows that once someone is bitten, they're fucked.
  • Warframe
    • Captain Vor tries to call you out for not fighting with honour. The charge rings hollow given that he uses Teleport Spam and mines and springs flunkies on you.
    • Some of Corpus Sergeant's taunts include mocking the Tenno's fashion sense (while wearing a ridiculous spacesuit) and challenging them to face him (often while cloaking and running away).
    • Nef Anyo abhors charity and considers it a mortal sin, yet this doesn't stop him in the slightest from goading the gullible into donating to his temple. He also claims he made his fortune starting from rock bottom and says to his Solaris "workers" that they will end up with the same fortune if they only "work. harder.". He pulls all sort of dirty tricks to ensure these Solaris people never pay off their debt, including charging for the privilege to pay off debt.
  • Sylvanas Windrunner in World of Warcraft makes a big deal over how she and her followers the Forsaken were raised as undead against their will and forced to serve the Lich King. The moment she gains access to the power to create new Forsaken, she sets about a campaign of murdering every human in the Eastern Kingdoms to raise as new Forsaken who are forced to serve her. She also has a habit of making the defenders that she turns immediately go to work killing the family and friends they were defending, the exact thing she hated Arthas so much for doing to her.
    • The short story Edge of Night reveals that the hypocrisy may actually be a result of her simply lying to her people about how she actually feels. She was revealed to have been a vain person who saw her charges as nothing more than disposable tools on the path to victory, even when she was alive. Ultimately, she stops seeing undeath as a Fate Worse than Death because she discovers that death, for her, will be worse after all. She admits that she finds the people she rules disgusting, and continues to bolster their numbers solely to have Cannon Fodder to throw in the way of anyone trying to make her meet her fate.
  • The X-Universe series has Space Fuel (AKA Argon Whiskey), an alcoholic beverage that is declared contraband in Commonwealth space. Yet, in the Argon sectors of Herron's Nebula and Nyana's Hideout, two distilleries can be seen there and their goods can be bought. Even more jarring is that every Argon shipyard has them in stock and they actually allow you to buy one of them for personal use. One wonders why the Commonwealth haven't put a blacklist on the purchasing and sale of distilleries when an easy loophole can be exploited by potential fixers. Needless to say, this makes trading with pirates easier as long as no combat missions are performed against them and that the distillery in question is built on non-Commonwealth space.
  • In one of the Yandere Simulator videos, Musume Ronshaku throws slurs at Kokona for being engaged in Compensated Dating to earn money and help her father with his debt, despite being more of a slut than her and wearing a shorter school skirt. She also mocks Kokona for her large chest, despite not being particularly small-chested, either. In fact, she has the third largest chest (1.5) after Kokona and Mai Waifu (2) and Saki Miyu (1.7) out of all the currently implemented characters.
  • The Sandman: Regan and her Girl Posse like to torment Sophie. Particularly about her bright red hair... which is quite rich, when one considers one of Regan's cronies has bright bubblegum pink hair.
  • In Dragon Age: Inquisition, The Elder One Corypheus mocks the faith of others in absent gods and declares that he will ascend to claim the empty throne of the heavens. At the end of the Final Battle, he panics and begs Dumat and the other Old Gods to save him.
  • In the endgame of Zork: Grand Inquisitor, the Grand Inquisitor who based his regime on stamping out magic can't resist the temptation of the Coconut of Quendor's magic.


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