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"Hypocrisy is the tribute that vice pays to virtue."

People — particularly those with authority, be it moral or political — are expected to act 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 or have a severe lack of self-awareness, 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.


Frequently, they will be found out, be it in 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-ic" they are, and how humanizing their "vice" is, whether it be a diet guru eating donuts (probably OK), an eco-businessman clear-cutting forests (probably not OK) or a moral crusader outright molesting children (most certainly not OK). 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 (heroic or villainous, depending on the character) 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 that 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.) Hypocrites, be they heroes or villains, often find themselves hated by the audience (intentionally or not) even more than the Card-Carrying Villain, chiefly because they lied about their convictions, while those evil villains come off as being pretty honest in what they do. This is usually because of the Holier Than Thou implications that someone who publicly preaches about good things is signaling to other people that they are a good person (or are at least better than some others), and people feel cheated when that does not end up being the case; Treachery Is a Special Kind of Evil, after all, and a Hypocrite's actions betray their words, preaching, and supposedly good proposals. Remember also, however, that the Hypocrite Has a Point; just because someone is being hypocritical does not also mean that they are wrong.

However, like mentioned above, it's possible to be hypocritical and a good person at the same time, whether that would be a Jerk with a Heart of Gold, or a full-blown Nice Guy, and it depends on how severe the hypocrisy is (and the hypocrite's level of self-awareness). This in return, is what makes hypocrisy mainly considered to be a minor form of jerkassery by default.

It depends on whether this is intentional or not. One writer would do this intentionally so the character would go through a Jerkass Realization. Hypocritical Humor is a minor degree of this, when Played for Laughs. Another writer may make a character or do something but then forgot about it later on, then making them do things that contrast with earlier claims. It usually takes fans or other writers to point them out, and it’s up to the writer to fix it or leave it like that.

Hypocrite is NOT a YMMV trope. Please don't add it to YMMV pages. A character is a Hypocrite in-universe or isn't one at all.

The word "Hypocrisy" redirects to this page. For the Swedish Melodic Death Metal band, see Hypocrisy.

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.
  • Armoured Closet Gay: A gay person who hates homosexuality.
  • Bigotry Exception: Someone who feels prejudiced against a whole group of people just arbitrarily decide that one of them is actually decent.
  • Bigot with a Crush: Someone feels romantic and/or sexual attraction to a member of a group of people whom they are normally disgusted by.
  • Boomerang Bigot: Someone feels hatred or contempt for a group of people that they belong to.
  • Broken Aesop: When a story itself doesn't mesh with the ideals it promotes.
  • Churchgoing Villain: Criminals who openly live a very sinful lifestyle, but they can easily be forgiven by praying to God regularly, right?
  • Complaining About Complaining: A character complains about another character complaining.
  • Corrupt Church: Priests and ministers who command their worshipers to live a righteous, sacred lifestyle while they themselves do the exact opposite.
  • Corrupt Politician: A government official who hides behind their political ideology as an excuse for selfishly unethical goals.
  • Crocodile Tears
  • Dirty Cop: A policeman is supposed to enforce and uphold the law, but instead they break it like any other criminal.
  • Disobey This Message: "Pushing individualism" by forming yet another collectivist group.
  • Don't Be Ridiculous: A character dismisses another character's beliefs or observations as being absurd, before giving a correction that's just as (or even more) ludicrous than the other person's statement.
  • 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).
  • Doublethink: AKA cognitive dissonance; when one believes in two mutually exclusive ideas at the same time.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: While this trope is not necessarily about hypocrisy, it can end up becoming an example of such if a villainous character expresses disgust at some sort of evil misdeeds that they have already committed in some other form.
  • False Prophet: Someone claiming to be a messianic figure is actually deceiving their followers.
  • Favouritism Flip Flop: Changing your opinion of an idea depending on who proposed it (e.g. hating a suggestion by the intern but loving it when hearing it from the boss).
  • Female Misogynist: A woman who dislikes women.
  • Full-Circle Revolution: A revolution that reverts to the status quo it fought against.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: In cases where a character becomes increasingly more like those he fights against while claiming that he still has the moral high ground. See also Knight Templar.
  • Hiding Behind Religion: When a character uses their faith to mask hypocrisy. Very often a fanatical zealot who doesn't even live up to most of what they believe in.
  • The Horseshoe Effect: The extremists on one side aren't that different from the extremists on the other side.
  • Hypocrisy Nod: Acknowledging one's own hypocrisy in a self-aware way.
  • Hypocrite Has a Point: Someone manages to provide valid points on a subject in spite of his/her hypocrisy.
  • Hypocritical Heartwarming: Protecting someone from abuse because only you have the right to abuse them.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Hypocrisy being Played for Laughs.
  • Hypocritical Singing: Hypocrisy in the form of song.
  • Immediate Self-Contradiction: Saying something, then saying or doing something clearly contradictory to it.
  • Internalized Categorism: A person believes that being part of a group that's discriminated against makes them guilty of the negative stereotypes associated with that group.
  • I Resemble That Remark!: Objecting to an insult in a way that only proves that the accusation is true.
  • Knight Templar: A person who firmly believes his/her own cause to be just and righteous, even when it isn't.
  • 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.
  • Misanthrope Supreme: A human who hates the human species. Double points if they see themselves as an exception.
  • Moral Myopia: When you do bad things to someone, it's justified. When they do the same to you, it's an atrocity.
  • My Country, Right or Wrong: Fighting for and supporting one's country while disliking its actions.
  • My Girl Is Not a Slut: If a man has a lot of sex, he's a badass. If a woman has a lot of sex, she's a dirty whore.
  • Never My Fault: A person who blames things on other people... who for added effect may be among the afflicted.
  • Not Like Other Girls: Complimenting a girl or woman by contrasting her against the rest of her gender.
  • 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.
  • Not So Above It All: Believe that you are the Only Sane Straight Man and that you are Surrounded by Idiots; yet share some of those traits of the idiots you criticize, and/or when pushed you actually join them. This trope isn't a case of hypocrisy if the character is really generally normal and doesn't claim to be superior.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: A character remarks on their similarity with their enemy.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: A person claims that their extreme actions are in the service of righting wrongs, when in reality they're just doing it for completely self-serving reasons.
  • Parental Hypocrisy: When parents chastise their children for doing the same things that they themselves did at their age.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: When the dictator of an autocratic country pretends that he's running a democratic government.
  • Playing the Victim Card: Bemoaning one's miserable lot while conveniently overlooking many, many wrongdoings one has committed.
  • Protagonist-Centered Morality: Whatever the protagonist does is morally justified and/or anything that harms the protagonist is morally wrong.
  • Psychological Projection: Most (though not all) cases of this trope are a character denying having a problem, and accusing others of having the problem instead.
  • Revenge Myopia: A person taking revenge for something that he/she or their peers started.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: A villain will punish someone who betrayed a third party for their benefit, even though they accepted the traitor's help in the first place, and by punishing the traitor, betrayed them.
  • Selective Enforcement: Law enforcement will ignore someone doing something major but will punish someone doing something minor.
  • Selective Obliviousness: When a character refuses to comprehend a particular fact that could harm their hypocritical filter if that is the reason.
  • Sex Is Evil, and I Am Horny: A character who thinks Sex Is Evil and who believes that anyone he sexually desires is to blame for having seduced him.
  • Some of My Best Friends Are X: Claiming to have friends from a certain group, and then make offensive comments about their group when they're not around.
  • Start X to Stop X: To fulfill some goal, the character does its exact opposite.
  • Straw Hypocrite: Not only does this person not even bother to practice what they preach, they only pretend to believe or care about what they say as a cover for their actions.
  • Such a Phony: You talk smack about someone you don't like behind their back, but act nice when they're around.
  • Tautological Templar: Somebody who believes that they are good, and that makes everything they do good by default.
  • Think of the Children!: A Moral Guardian 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.
  • Villainous Parental Instinct: A person will hurt children, but not their own.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: A character that has idealistic goals, yet uses cynical methods to achieve it, which would normally be against that mindset. Especially if they start devolving into committing the same kinds of injustices they hate.
  • You Are a Credit to Your Race: Complimenting a member of a given group in a backhanded way that tends to imply prejudice against that group on a more general level.
  • You Are What You Hate: People hating others for the same traits they themselves have or what they would eventually have.
  • You Hate What You Are: An index of tropes where characters hate what they are.

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  • The Viscount (later Earl) from Marriage A-la-Mode carries on numerous affairs before and during his marriage, but when he finds out his wife is also having an affair with Silvertongue, he flies into a rage and challenges the man to a duel (which he loses).

    Comic Books 
  • Batman:
    • In 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". Though it's 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.
    • The man himself, when brainstorming ideas for a costume, said it had to strike fear into the hearts of criminals, for they "are a superstitious, cowardly lot". This is immediately followed by a bat crashing through Bruce's window, which he takes as an omen. Who's superstitious, again?
  • 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.
    • General Fortean, Ross’s protégé from Immortal Hulk is just as bad when it comes to hypocrisy if not even more so. He and his cronies at Shadow Base hunt Bruce/Hulk relentlessly as he blames him for every Hulk-related tragedy as well as the death of Ross, but while pursuing vengeance commits a ton of atrocities and causes heaps of destruction which he and his people write off as collateral damage. Not only does Fortean get his mentor’s daughter Betty Ross shot in the head (she gets better) while attempting to assassinate Bruce but he also weaponises gamma mutation himself and before the end lets himself get turned into the monstrous Abomination. Also when Fortean accidentally kills some of his men with his new powers, he manically rambles that it was their fault for not clearing the area at which his Number Two relieved him of command and then Hulk put him down.
      • The supreme irony is that Fortean even to the very end was blissfully unaware that Ross was Red Hulk meaning he was serving a Broken Pedestal the whole time. Then again it is strongly hinted Hulk Vol 2 30# Fortean might've known or learned Red Hulk's true identity and simply choose to ignore the truth which makes his actions in Immortal Hulk even more hypocritical.
  • The Flash: During the Cry for Justice & Rise and Fall storylines, where Green Arrow I (Oliver Queen) murders Prometheus for destroying Star City and causing the death of his adopted granddaughter Lian Harper, Barry Allen was the one who had the most contempt for Oliver's actions. He made it clear to Hal Jordan that Oliver is not someone he should look for approval from because he's a muderer. This despite the fact that when Zoom tried to kill his fiancé at the time Fiona Webb, he killed Zoom to protect her. It's implied that Barry is using Oliver's murder as an excuse, to vent his hatred of Oliver and that he just hates him. Barry outright said that he always hated Oliver and could not understand why any of his friends like him; Hal even comments on how Barry never liked Oliver.
    • Flipped in regards to Ollie's reaction to Wally West's return as the Flash in The Flash (Infinite Frontier) as he's trying to force Wally to quit after the events of Heroes in Crisis, where Roy was killed, ignoring his own history of being a deliberate Vigilante Man and that Roy was in Sanctuary in the first place because Ollie himself has a history of being crappy to the kid. He gets a Heel Realization when Barry points this out and the story ends with the reveal that the explosion was really caused by Savitar, meaning Ollie was blaming an innocent man, albeit one who didn't realize he was innocent himself until learning this detail.
  • J Jonah Jameson has developed this in recent years. He bemoans the state of modern journalism and holds up his time as editor of the Daily Bugle as an exemplar of “real” reporting. He conveniently forgets that he spent years using his editorial control to conduct a one-man smear campaign against Spider-Man, blatantly twisting the facts to fit his preconceived biases, and even essentially trying to create news by hiring figures like Alistair Smythe and the Scorpion to unmask Spidey.
  • 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.
      • And in the Infinity tie-in to Mighty Avengers, he freaks the hell out when he sees Ronin (known at the time as "Spider Hero") wearing a knock-off Spider-Man costume. Twice, he gets mad at someone for stealing another hero's identity, something he himself has done.
    • During his Battle in the Center of the Mind with Peter, Otto beats him with a Breaking Speech that Peter was so afraid over being discovered in Otto's head that it caused him to risk a little girl's life, with Otto gloating that he would never do that. Much later, when Aunt May is taken hostage by a villain and Otto doesn't have any recollection of Spider-Man's invovlement with him due to the afforementioned battle with Peter purginging him of several of Peter's memories, he considers visiting someone like Doctor Strange to probe his mind to find a way to defeat the villain, but decides against it at the last second, feeling the risk that Strange could discover he's not really Peter is too great. He did the same thing he accused Peter of that made him "inferior": prioritizing his own identity over someone's life.
  • While Rose and Jerry in Get Jiro! present themselves as vegans, it's revealed that Rose enjoys and prepares fancy dinners with duck dishes in secret. They are also known for their appeal in using "local ingredients", though Rose makes the meaning of the phrase "local" so that it means whatever she wants it to mean.
  • 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.
  • In the Justice League of America: Tower of Babel, this is the reason why the Martian Manhunter refuses to expel Batman from the team as he had done the exact same thing in JLA: Year One and regretted it and he felt it would be hypocritical if he expelled Bats for something he himself had done.
  • In Art Spiegelman's signature work about his father's experiences during The Holocaust, Maus, there are some examples:
    • The main character, Vladek, is occasionally shown to be one. He accuses his second wife of being a Gold Digger, but it's implied that he originally pursued his first wife because she was from a wealthy family. Art also points out that Vladek's racism toward black people isn't so different from how anti-semites regard Jews.
    • Yidl, a Jewish kapo in Auschwitz and a self-declared communist scolds Vladek for having been an industrialist who exploited workers before the war. But he uses his position of power to extort food from the prisoners under his supervision.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scott Pilgrim: This is lampshaded a few times in regards to Ramona Flowers, the titular protagonist's Love Interest. Ramona regularly gets angry at Scott for minor transgressions while she has either done or is doing worse. For example, she's a bit miffed at Scott for spending a platonic evening with Lisa, even though that same evening, Ramona was hanging out (and making out a little) with one of her exes (granted, it was only because of said ex sticking those ideas in her head in the first place.) She's angry when Scott goes inside her head, even though she regularly has fun teasing him when she goes inside his head. And she freaks out about Scott dating her before breaking things off with Knives, even though she cheated on several of her exes. She also is a clearer example of Never My Fault, blaming the Evil Exes for all of the troubles that she's experienced in life, while completely overlooking her own role in creating them. When compared to Scott, she comes off more as the Straw Hypocrite of the two, while Scott, though flawed himself, is more Innocently Insensitive.
  • A classic Supergirl story lampshades the trope. Linda Danvers -aka Kara Zor-El, the titular heroine- quarrels with her then-boyfriend Philip Decker because he is prone to unexplained absences, causing Linda to suspect he is hiding something. Later she considers she is being a hypocrite: she is prone to unexplained absences, too. And Decker never complained about them.
  • Wonder Woman:
    • Wonder Woman (1942): Helen Alexandros bemoans the fact the world only cares about beauty and physical looks, while later falling in love with Dr. Psycho for his looks as Wonder Man and completely overlooking him after turning back into his repulsive diminutive self. Showing despite her hatred of a superficial world, she is superficial herself.
    • Wonder Woman (1987): Circe's misandry doesn't stop her from conducting affairs with Hercules, Ares, and Ballesteros. Despite her pride and distaste in men, she even tried to seduce Lex Luthor to gain perks while he was acting as President of the United States. Part of this is due to her boredom and desire for something interesting in her long life.
    • Wonder Woman (2006): Zeus acts like genocide is a horrific revolting aspect of Ares, whom he considers himself morally superior to in every way. While the entity known as Genocide is powered using Ares' essence Ares is the only Olympian not seen precipitating genocide against multiple civilizations and planets. Ares might love the bloodshed that comes with battle but the only group he wants to actually wipe out are the other gods, and he respects free will which Zeus despises.
    • Wonder Woman (2011): Apollo claims he wants Olympus to enter a new age of enlightenment free of the bloodshed and family feuding of the past. Yet he wastes no time in trying to kill family members he deems a threat and going so far as to torture and cannibalize parts of the First Born, who is his own brother.
    • The Barbara Minvera incarnation of the Cheetah attempted to kill Doctor Light for being a rapist — yet before that, she attempted to force herself on Wally West.
  • X-Men:
    • William Stryker much like Ross above manages to be a massive hypocrite in God Loves, Man Kills and other comics when it comes to his anti-mutant dogma. Firstly he declares that mutants are abominations in the eyes of god and his ways are pure, however Stryker uses Charles's telepathic powers to make the X-Men seem evil showing he's not above using mutant powers to further his and Purifiers's own goals. Secondly he values humans above mutants, but his Elite Mooks actively kill normal people who get in the way of them hunting the X-Men. Worst still The Purifiers and Stryker in later comics "enhance" themselves to further their ability to cleanse mutantkind despite being questionably human themselves at that point.
    • Wolverine can be like this at times, and it's almost become his defining character trait post-Schism. Examples include:
      • 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), he's completely against the idea of anyone else killing. It's explained that he believes that he should shoulder those burdens, and this just happens to mean he decides who gets killed and when.
      • He's suddenly against what the X-Men have done from their very inception by training younger mutants how to fight and defend themselves. Logan has almost always been a mentor to a younger female mutant since Kitty Pryde was introduced, and his school that he started right after breaking up the X-Men over this topic does that very thing. It's meant to be a mark of his character development brought about by Rahne and Laura being on X-Force, but it comes across rather dickish that he demonizes Cyclops over this despite Cyke being trained since he was a teen.
      • At one point, he throws a fit over Cyclops naming his new mutant school the New Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, believing it to be in bad taste, probably because Cyclops killed Xavier (in self-defense and while possessed, but Logan likes to ignore that). This is despite Logan having named his school the Jean Grey School for Higher Learning, after a Cyke's dead wife who he obsesses over right in front of Cyclops and also killed in the past (and that wasn't in self-defense, though she did come back right after). Yeah, bit late to bring up what's proper once you do that.
    • To be fair Cyclops himself is also highly hypocritical at times especially when it comes to his long-time Love Interest Jean Grey, despite having Mental Affairs with Psylocke and Emma Frost he still gets pissy at Wolverine for getting cozy with Jean, gets jealous of Mastermind bewitching Jean and even threatens to drop a truck on Gambit when he hears Jean gush about him. That's not mentioning the time he ditched Madelyne Pryor (Jean's clone) (who was pregnant with his child) just to be with the real deal.
    • 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.
    • Emma Frost has many moments of hypocrisy. She has a haughty Rich Bitch attitude and considers herself emotionally mature and physically superior to others (especially to other female X-Men members) but Emma herself proves to very childish at times being clingy and jealous and very much lives in the shadow of Jean and aware of it. Her "the best body money can buy" line is also ironic when she feels threatened by a grown-up and naturally beautiful Kitty Pryde who’s had none of the privileges that Emma has had. Like Mystique below, Emma also criticised Rogue's taste in men, for reference Emma has relationships with Sebastian Shaw and Namor both of whom are highly amoral and cruel.
    • During the Spider-Man and the X-Men miniseries, the majority of the X-Men are against the idea of the web-head becoming a teacher at their school, mostly because he isn't a mutant like them (despite the fact that they've allowed several non-mutants into their ranks over the years). Storm also cites Spider-Man's poor public image and his being wanted for arrest by the authorities. This seems pretty rich, considering the X-Men don't exactly have a spotless reputation (and were even branded as outlaws themselves for a time), and have often faced persecution from humans for being different. Spider-Man is quick to lampshade this:
    Spider-Man: I never thought people living in a world that fears and hates them could be so fearful and hate-y.
    • When Rachel Grey reads Spider-Man's mind and learns that he's Peter Parker, who at the time was head of Parker Industries, she immediately decides he's no better than the industrialists who built the Sentinels and the collars used to imprison mutants in her time, essentially showing the same kind of prejudice mutantkind have suffered from humans.
    • Mystique dislikes her adoptive daughter's Rogue's relationship with Gambit citing his criminal nature (she's one to talk) as unworthy of her daughter right up to their wedding. This is same woman who slept around with the likes of Sabretooth (who makes Gambit look innocent by comparison) so Mystique has no business deploring any man her daughter loves. Not to mention she personally tried to seduce Gambit multiple times, by turning into Rouge (her daughter).
      • Mystique has a lot of cases of this, her Freudian Excuse is hinted at being due to abuse she suffered under her father's hands yet, Mystique herself treats her children (Nightcrawler, Rogue, Graydon etc) horribly either manipulating them or outright trying hurt and kill them. Also despite forming The Brotherhood of Mutants with Destiny who are against humanity, she's worked with S.H.I.E.L.D. in the past.
    • A common thread for Magneto's motivation in most X-Men media is he fights humanity because they will eradicate mutants if he doesn't. However, this is spurred by a desire not to relive The Holocaust in the modern era and such a dogmatic belief that he's averting a genocide causes him to succumb to the same rationale that an escalation of effort is necessary and humans must recognize mutant superiority if there is to be any justice. While he has been proven right in instances like Days of Future Past, Professor X has a more level-headed approach that doesn't undermine his message of equality for all.
  • 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.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog (Archie Comics):
    • 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 an 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 him an antisocial hot-head who sees everyone, even children, as enemies and always resorts to his fists 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 egocentric 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 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.
      • Ixis Naugus of all people calls him out on this in Universe #43. When he discovers that Naugus intends to brainwash the Council so he could have absolute power over them, Geoffrey balks at doing that, stating that while some lines need to be crossed to make change, Naugus is going too far. Naugus turns Geoffrey's words back on him, retorting that the skunk has no room to lecture on morality considering he's spent his entire life committing treachery by serving him in secret.
    • Fiona Fox tells Tails that he can't count on or trust anyone when she betrays the Freedom Fighters in issue 172. Later when she returns with the Suppression Squad who later betray Scourge, she stays loyal to him, something which Sonic calls her out on after she goes off and state how she won't trust or count on anyone. Sonic's words cause her to break into tears and deny the whole thing, which he obviously does not buy. Even after Scourge goes to jail, she gets the Destructix and breaks him out, almost saying that she loves him. It's made pretty clear that Fiona can't follow her own advice.
    • When he joined the Council of Acorn, Hamlin Pig was every bit an Obstructive Bureaucrat, constantly getting on Sonic and the Freedom Fighters for violating protocol and disrespecting their authority, but when King Naugus is late to a meetingnote , Hamlin gets impatient and suggests they just get on with ratifying the new constitution without him, itself a violation of protocol because policy required a majority of the council and the king. Dylan Porcupine even lampshades it, remarking that Hamlin always complains when Sonic and anyone else violates protocol, but seems to have no problem doing it himself.
  • 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.
  • Linus becomes a hypocrite on one arc of Peanuts strips where he and Lucy's mother takes the television away because they fight over it so much. Linus tells his very upset sister to find something else to amuse herself, like read books or listen to the radio, when in truth, he's sneaking over to Snoopy's house to watch TV.
  • In a Archie comic, Jughead claims Veronica "made a big issue out of nothing" when Archie was late; then he yells at the pizza guy for being late.
  • Torquemada from Nemesis the Warlock runs an empire where he encourages genocidal hatred of aliens, but he uses alien life energies to keep himself alive.
  • In V for Vendetta, Bishop Lilliman constantly preaches to his flock about morality, but regularly hires underage prostitutes.
  • The Punisher Kills the Marvel Universe has Frank Castle murder several members of the X-Men and the Avengers after their battle with the Skrulls and the Brood unintentionally kills his family. He ends up having his bail paid by a man named Kesselring, who is part of an organization of people indirectly harmed in superhero brawls and obsessed with getting even with the heroes who indirectly harmed them. The organization gives Frank the proposition to murder all superhumans on the planet, which Frank is all too willing to go along with because of his grief at his family's demise. He eventually murders Kesselring after tiring of his mission and calls out the rest of the organization for letting their pain run way past its course, which is definitely hypocritical for him to say since he let the loss of his family drive him to indiscriminately massacre all the superhumans on Earth.
  • Rick and Morty (Oni):
    • Jerry proves to be a very good gambler, causing him to receive the interest of a powerful mob family who decides to follow his system. Rick turns Jerry in for gambling fraud, resulting in his hands being cut off, and on the way home, Rick calls Jerry out not only for cheating (which he didn’t) but also for gambling in the first place. However, it turns out that by turning Jerry in, Rick not only received reward money, but all of Jerry’s winnings as well. He'd also already fixed the game.
      Rick: Well, yeah, MUTHAF*CKAAAAZZ. You don’t think the old Rickster’s gonna get his beak wet?!
      Jerry: But after all that about my…
      Rick: The difference between you and me, Jerry —- aside from the ability to comb my hair —- is “planning”. I make my own luck.
    • Beth has a lot of issues from Rick abandoning her during her childhood, resulting in her attempts to get him to stick around even though his presence damages the family. Yet when Mr. Hapsburg’s son shuts down the company specifically because his father did the same thing to him, she tries to get him to reconsider, telling him that St. Equis Hospital is a family and while they do put in a lot of hours and there are sacrifices, they save lives. This line says it best:
      Beth: Mr. Hapsburg, I have sympathy for you too. I know what it’s like to come from a broken family—my dad was gone for over twenty years. But I also know we chose our actions and our actions are who we are. I chose to be the type of person who kept things alive, not to shut them down.
  • In The Transformers Megaseries, Megatron comes to Earth to punish Starscream for deviating from Decepticon infiltration protocols, which could have exposed the Decepticons’ existence to humanity. Yet when the local Autobots thwart Megatron’s attempt to start a war between Russia and Brasnya, Megatron gets so mad that he throws protocol out the window and calls in Sixshot, a highly conspicuous Person of Mass Destruction whose job entails destroying planets, to exterminate the Autobots.
  • Top 10: Played for Drama. After busting a ring of pedophiles who have been preying on their sidekicks, Captain Traynor has something of a Heroic BSoD. He is a former sidekick who started dating "his" hero when he was sixteen (and still underage) and has been Happily Married to said hero for nearly half a century. He wonders whether he has spent his life in A Match Made in Stockholm, or worse, has denied the sidekicks of the people he just busted the same kind of happy life he has had because he arbitrarily labeled their relationships as illegal, exploitative and sick, and his as perfectly fine. He eventually decides that there are enough differences in the situations that what he did was right, and that his marriage is the real thing, but not without a lot of soul-searching.


  • 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.
  • The Daily Struggle meme, where a nervously sweating person representing whatever person/group is currently being made fun of must choose between two buttons labeled with contradictory statements, both of which the person/group ostensibly believes. For example, a social justice warrior having to choose between "Racial profiling is wrong" and "All white people are racist" (picking the former means that you can't believe all white people are racist because that would be racial profiling, picking the latter means that you believe racial profiling is okay because you just racially profiled white people), or a racist redneck having to choose between "Foreigners are all lazy" and "Foreigners are takin' all our jobs" (if they're lazy, how are they taking your jobs? If they're taking your jobs, how are they lazy?).
  • The 'College Liberal' meme points out the hypocrisies of radical left-wing people who claim that they are smart due to being progressive.

    Mythology & Religion 
  • 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.
  • Ammoron in The Book of Mormon declares that he is leading the Lamanites to take back control of the government, which the Nephites stole from them. Except that Nephi didn't usurp anything, he just led an exodus of those people who would rather follow him than his brothers. And Ammoron is himself a Nephite by birth, and he inherited the crown from his brother Amalickiah, who plotted and murdered his way to the throne (including having his servants stab the previous king while he was greeting them, raising a hue and cry to blame the king's servants, then deceiving and marrying the widow).
    • Bonus points because Ammoron also accuses the Nephites of murdering Amalickiah - who, at the time, was in the field, leading an invading army that had already conquered/sacked several Nephite cities, with accompanying casualties, and with the avowed intention of drinking the Nephite general's blood, until a Nephite soldier snuck into his tent and stabbed him.

  • In The Fallen Gods, the top-tier wizards in the realm call themselves "The Towers of High Sorcery". They also hate sorcerers. Tuatha, a sorcerer, is suitably displeased by this.

    Professional Wrestling 
  • A common trait among Heels. This includes:
    • Deeming a match unfair when they themselves often resorts in cheating.
    • Demanding rematches for a championship they fail to win but denying challenges from others including the former champion.
    • Calling someone a coward when they themselves would be the first to run away when they are in a disadvantage.
  • During Mick Foley's tenure in ECW he made a Heel turn over the extremity of the wresting in ECW, and during that time he had some of the most brutal matches in his career. Foley then realized what he was doing so he went to the other extreme, purposely having boring matches which were fought mostly with headlocks and other holds.
  • 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 him 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 then 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 sense concerning the ever loyal BJ Whitmer and Roderick Strong, who gave up his job in 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).
  • Seth Rollins scolds Dean Ambrose for cashing in his money at the Bank against him to win the WWE World Heavyweight Champion though he himself did the same in Wrestlemania XXXI.
  • In the second half of 2018, Charlotte Flair entered a feud with her best friend, Becky Lynch, after the latter turned heel at Summerslam 2018 following Charlotte winning the SmackDown Women's Championship in match that originally involved Becky and then-champion, Carmella. The angle made Charlotte as if she was the one who valued friendship and Becky the selfish one who only cares about the championship, completely forgetting that Charlotte betrayed Becky first two years earlier for similar reasons. Charlotte would also called out Becky's heel traits in the following months (traits that Charlotte had done as well during her 2016 heel run) as well as calling her a no-show for being absent for two weeks after receiving a broken nose when Charlotte herself was absent for a month due to ruptured breast implant.
  • One time, CM Punk and John Cena, who were feuding at the time, were forced into a tag team together. During the match, Punk started copying Cena's moves, constantly pausing to turn around and mock Cena. Annoyed, Cena started copying Punk's moves, but stayed focused on winning. Punk angrily abandoned the match, saying Cena insulted him and he will not tolerate it.
  • On the January 17, 2000 WWE Raw, Ivory objected to having to take part in the "Miss Rumble 2000" bikini contest at Royal Rumble 2000. Luna Vachon and Jacqueline told her that if they have to be in it, she has to be in it. During the contest, Luna refused to show her bikini.

  • On The Debaters, comedian/debator Jon Steinberg debated that debates themselves are pointless. He won.

  • Parodied in 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".
  • Daniel Amos:
    • Hypocrisy is a major theme of the album ¡Alarma!, with "Hit Them" discussing it the most directly: "Words have their place / but live what you say."
  • Cher's song "Gypsies, Tramps, and Thieves" calls people out on this in the chorus:
    ♪ Gypsies, tramps and thieves!
    ♪ We'd hear it from the people of the town, they'd call us
    ♪ Gypsies, tramps and thieves!
    ♪ But every night all the men would come around
    ♪ And lay their money down.
  • 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.
  • 50 Cent called out his rival Ja Rule for doing duets when he started doing the same thing when he released his second studio album The Massacre.
  • 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 Belgium) while occupying and ruling Ireland.
  • The title "Neonazi" from Die Toten Hosen's "Sascha … ein aufrechter Deutscher" dislikes Croats but loves ćevapčići. (Judging from context, he might just be too stupid to ponder their origin.)
  • The demo for "Cabinet Battle #3" in The Hamilton Mixtape centers around hypocrisy, describing the Founding Father's apathy towards slavery despite their dedication to freedom. The only one who tries to have a serious discussion about it is Hamilton, who tries to besmirch Jefferson's name by accusing him of having an affair with one of his slaves. The irony is even Hamilton is being hypocritical in this debate, since he was having an affair of his own, something Jefferson knows and uses to force Hamilton to end the discussion.
  • The Megas:
    • In "Look What You've Done", Wily presents himself as a Visionary Villain who believes that robots deserve to be liberated so they can rule over humans. Both Get Equipped and History Repeating (Red) have songs from the perspective of a Robot Master that he's reprogrammed against their will: "Programmed to Fight" is about Crash Man Fighting from the Inside, and "Afraid of the Dark" is about Shadow Man succumbing to the need to kill Wily programmed into him.
    • Wily gets another shot when he condemns Mega Man for being a Hunter of His Own Kind. It's not OK, in Wily's book, for a human to send a robot to kill other robots, but it's just fine for him to send robots to kill other humans.
    • Proto Man's oft-stated conviction that neither he nor Mega Man are more than their programming mostly seems to exist to justify his campaign of vengeance against Dr Light and Mega Man, with Proto Man spending a lot of "I'm Not the Breakman" talking about his desires, goals and emotions. It's especially clear when he mockingly dismisses Mega Man as "a machine who calls himself a man" in "Make Your Choice"; Mega Man throws it back to him as an Ironic Echo, since Proto Man also calls himself a man.
  • Marina Diamandis:
    • "Hypocrates".
      You tell me one thing and do another
    • In "Savages," Marina accuses humanity as a whole of this:
      Underneath it all, we're just savages
      Hidden behind shirts, ties and marriages

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons has the Githyanki, one of the races who fill the role of Scary Dogmatic Aliens. 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.
    • From the Dragonlance setting, the Kender. This setting's equivalent of halflings are defined by their very, very poor grasp of the concept of personal property. Most Kender will happily rifle through other people's pockets and bags to stave off boredom, but will get offended and upset at you if you accuse them of being thieves. Needless to say, Kender get a lot of hate both in and out of universe.
  • Magic: The Gathering: the Boros Legion of Ravnica opposes Guild violence. How do they do this? With violence! Lots and lots of violence!
  • 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 Space Marines get a pass since the augmentation process (a long and arduous process where a bunch of extra organs that grant superhuman abilities are shoved into the prospective Space Marine's body) doesn't actually change their genetic code so they aren't truly mutants or mutates. The extra organs themselves might suffer mutations however. The Adeptus Mechanicus get a pass as well since their function is a vital one and again, their enhancements do not actually do anything to their genetics.
    • 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 they aren't much better. Heck, at least we didn't Squick a Chaos God into existence entirely through our own bloodthirst and depravity.
    • Angron prior to the Heresy often blamed the Butcher's Nails implanted in his head for his problems. One of the first things Angron did when he was given command of his legion the War Hounds whom he renamed the World Eaters (not a good sign) was to have the Nails copied and implanted into all of their heads.
    • The Space Wolves are among the most anti-psyker group within the Imperium, to the point they would often clash with the Thousand Sons pre-Horus Heresy and needed little excuse to attack and burn their homeworld of Prospero to nothing when the Heresy actually occurred under the belief they had turned traitor, which was the last straw for the Thousand Sons' Primarch, Magnus the Red, to pledge himself and his Legion to Tzeentch to "save" them and become real traitors. And yet, they actually possess psykers of their own called Rune Priests. Their Primarch Leman Russ and many of them maintain that they practice an ancient form of natural shamanism that draws its power from their homeworld of Fenris instead of the Warp, but it turns out that while Russ might have always believed that, a good number of them know that's a complete and utter lie and are aware of their hypocrisy.
    • Ferrus Manus was notably against his sons engaging in cybernetic enhancement, believing that you should rely on your natural strength. Ferrus Manus was born as a ten-foot demigod with bulletproof skin, who could fight monsters bare-handed as a child, and the only reason he has sons (AKA the Iron Hands Space Marine Legion) is that a lot of people were pushed considerably beyond their natural strength by a mixture of cybernetic and biotech augmentation; if they were relying on their natural strength, they'd still be ordinary humans. The Iron Hands are certainly jerks about their cybernetics, but "augmentation will make us stronger" is a pretty reasonable conclusion for people to reach when the augmentations they've already received have given them superhuman strength and endurance, lifespans of multiple centuries, the ability to breathe nearly any atmosphere and a vast array of other useful assets.
    • The God-Emperor of Mankind was one of these, which was viciously pointed out by, of all people, a priest during the last days of old Terra. He despises religion (albeit for an understandable reason), and was intent on wiping it out completely, replacing it with his Imperial Truth, which was based on logic and reason. He priced his Imperial Truth so highly that it might as well have been a religion that worshipped logic. He also hated the idea of being worshipped as a god. Key word being worship. The man was a raging narcisist who still had his followers call him "the immortal emperor, beloved by all" and a variety of other titles, just as long as they didn't specifically worship him. One of his arguments against religion was also that it only lead to hate and violence. He himself created the most xenophobic, hateful and war-mongering empire there ever was, and his war of expansion was even known as the Great Crusade.

  • 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 venture
    aught '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 be
    rendered 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.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Pygmalion:
    Higgins: I swear! I detest the habit. What the devil do you mean?
  • In William Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, Angelo stands for chastity and virtue, and therefore, wants to execute Claudio for accidentally getting Juliet (no relation) knocked up. Angelo then proceeds to attempt the Scarpia Ultimatum on Claudio's sister, Isabella, who is a nun in training, and it also turns out that he has an ex-girlfriend somewhere. Still, he is pretty distraught to find himself unable to live up to his own ideals, and continues to apply the same rigid standard of morality and justice to his own transgression.
  • In Hamilton, Burr pursues Theodosia, who was married to a British officer until said officer's death, but he helps spread the Reynolds Pamphlet with Jefferson and Madison when Alexander writes it, confessing to an extramarital affair. Zig-Zagged in that he's horrified along with Jefferson and Madison when first hearing about the affair from Alexander. Also, while he defeated Philip Schuyler, Sr. for a senatorial position and strained his friendship with Alexander, he has the gall to be offended when Alexander supports Jefferson instead of him, with Alexander pointing out that Burr has shown himself to be a man with no stances or loyalties.

  • 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.
  • In this strip of Foxes In Love, Blue is very insistent that Green takes his medicine, while Green protests and hides under the couch. Then Green points out that Blue hasn't eaten anything today, and Blue is shown hiding under the couch in a similar way, showing that while Blue is very insistent that Green takes proper care of himself, he fails to practice proper self-care himself.
  • 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.
  • Katamari positions Ace as the Dashing Prince's rival, who constantly accuses Prince of being an Attention Whore who makes everything all about him. In reality, that's a better description of Ace himself, to the point that his attempt at a "The Reason You Suck" Speech would have been better aimed at him rather than coming from him.
  • Played for Laughs in The Last Days Of Fox Hound when Ocelot nonchalantly says they should let Gurlukovich kill Sniper Wolf, as they need his resources a lot more than Wolf's sharpshooting. Liquid balks at the idea, explaining how they're not going to act like their enemies who treat their own as chesspieces and, while he accepts that some of them may die in battle it's another thing entirely to kill them off just because it would be useful. Raven likes what he's selling but points out the blatant Double Standard considering some of the things they actually are doing, and Liquid shoots it down without blinking:
    Raven: Aren't we going to brainwash a few dozen Genome soldiers into doing our bidding? Instead of, you know, recruiting like-minded people who're willing to die for the cause?
    Liquid: I never claimed not to be an elitist. Those wastes of humanity should be honored to be my meat shield.
  • 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 café 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 they killed numerous half-dragons and their mostly-human descendants as well.
    • Another example is Redcloak, whose entire character is based around hypocrisy. He says 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. In addition, 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. Furthermore, for all his claims to want what's best for the goblins, he is perfectly willing to work with Xykon, who is perfectly willing to let minions die by the hundreds and thousands just for a cheap laugh, to say nothing that he's willing to pursue a Plan that is more than likely going to get every goblin wiped from existence if the Snarl gets free or the gods unmake the world. Right-Eye, Durkon, and Minrah all point this out, to no avail.
    • Discussed and defied when Loki, god of mischief and lies, intervenes to prevent Hel from cheating. Hel attempts to call him a hypocrite who flouts the rules and takes offense when others do so, but Loki retorts that he's not making a principled stand against cheating, he's just sabotaging a rival whose cheating works against his own interests.
      Loki: It's hard to be a hypocrite when your guiding philosophy is, "Do whatever's best for you."
  • In Sandra and Woo, the principal of Larisa's school gives her an earful about the dangers of drugs while smoking.
  • In Homestuck, Vriska accuses Dead Vriska of being a narcissistic and overly stubborn jerk who got killed because she refused to accept that she was outmatched. She conveniently ignores the fact that she herself acts that way and only avoided the same fate as Dead Vriska because of outside intervention. Best highlighted when she declares that she's matured as a person and is nicer, than immediately starts childishly insulting Dead Vriska like a schoolyard bully, to the point of calling her fat.
    • Vriska in general is a major example. For example, she holds long grudges and takes horribly Disproportionate Retribution on those who wrong her, but when other people do the same she gets mad and accuses them of acting immature. She viciously criticizes people and claims that she's merely being honest with them, but when other people criticize her she either ignores their accusations or takes offense.
  • Depression Comix portrays Society as this. In one strip, she offers a hand in helping to cope with mental illness, only to Freak Out and brand the subject she's talking to as a psychopath, telling them to stay as far away from her as possible.
  • Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal: Two examples of people espousing ideals that it immediately turns out they don't really believe in in practice: In strip for 2011-05-20, a woman refuses the offer to "buy happiness" because money can't buy happiness. But when she's told of "Happy Bucks", which don't technically count as money (even though they essentially are), she's eager to buy them in order to buy happiness. In 2012-05-29, a man says he wouldn't choose to spend his life in happiness in a Lotus-Eater Machine because he prefers reality, but when he hears there's an actual chance to do so, he immediately wants in.
  • Stand Still, Stay Silent: Adventure II involves most of the Ensemble Cast going after Onni after realizing that he's traveling on his own in Plague Zombie territory. When they finally find him, Onni asks Reynir, the only member of the group to not be The Immune, why he came because the trip is much more dangerous for him. Reynir is quick to point out that Onni isn't immune to The Plague either. Onni replies that the fact he's a mage makes up for it. Reynir is a mage also, and Onni knows it.
  • Tower of God:
    • Bam says he would never betray anyone because Rachel taught him it's wrong with great emphasis. Season 1 ends with Rachel dramatically betraying Bam.
    • Princess Yuri Jahad in "1st Floor — Last Examination", even though she's the good guy in the situation. She accuses the royal assassin Ren of using the King Jahad's name for his own convenience, when in fact Ren is on a mission to further the king's interestsnote  — and tried to tell her so, so that she will let him go on — whereas Yuri is appealing to her own royal authority to stop him on a whim.
  • Unsounded: Roger Foi-Hellick rejects Shaensigin's method of unmaking the Dammakhert and breaking the Aldish government's control when he learns he'd have to die for it saying he'll be no one's martyr, seconds after casually dismissing that he'd gotten his entire family killed with this little speach:
    To revolt is to presume to declare: "Enough!" They had lived enough; longer than you will even should you die feeble in your bed. But yes, I used my voice in the capital to poison Alderode against them, and my family against Alderode.

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  • 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.
  • Rip Van Winkle in Hellsing Ultimate Abridged talks and acts like a Social Justice Warrior despite literally being a member of the original Nazi Party.
  • 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.
  • RWBY:
    • 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.
    • James Ironwood proves himself to be one of the biggest hypocrites in the series, with a chronic case of Moral Myopia:
      • In Volume 2, Ironwood reveals to Glynda that he thinks Ozpin is hiding something from them. Glynda points out that he's part of the inner circle that's hiding things from the rest of the world and that he needs to stop talking about trust and learn how to trust others. Ignoring her advice, he secretly collaborates with the Vale council to strip Ozpin of his control over Vytal Festival security then tells Ozpin to trust him. This comes to a head in Volume 7 when Yang and Blake secretly collaborate with Robyn; unlike Ozpin, who takes the betrayal very quietly and continues working with Ironwood without complaint, Ironwood turns on Team RWBY for betraying him, claims "Loyalty always matters!", and tries to have them arrested. His expectation that everyone trusts him while giving no trust in return, therefore, helps destroy the fledgling anti-Salem alliance.
      • Ironwood's early complaint about Ozpin hiding something becomes especially hypocritical when it's revealed that he hid Penny's true nature as an android up until her forced Robotic Reveal.
      • In Volume 7, the heroes discuss the possibility of implementing martial law. Ironwood asserts that sacrifices are necessary for the greater good and that every one of them has made sacrifices. Nora bluntly tells him that he's not sacrificing anything while forcing Mantle to sacrifice everything.
      • Ironwood has always used council law when justifying his actions to Jacques Schnee, asserting that his decisions were legal. In Volume 7, when the appropriateness of Ironwood holding two seats is questioned, Ironwood points out that there are checks and balances to make things fair. Councilman Sleet counters that while there are supposed to be checks and balances, Ironwood has been ignoring them and making unilateral decisions without the council.
    • Raven is perhaps the biggest hypocrite in the series. She claims to be the embodiment of strength and survival, but in reality, she uses her Darwinist morals to hide her cowardice and hypocrisy.
      • When Raven arranges a meeting with her twin brother, Qrow, he asks her what it's about. She flippantly mentions wanting to catch up with family, causing him to lose his temper with her for abandoning her husband and daughter. When she asks him to come home to the tribe that raised them both, he dismisses the option because they're thieves and murderers; she's shocked at his disrespect for their family. Qrow retorts that she has a very skewed perception of the word "family".
      • When Yang arrives at the Branwen Camp, Raven says that family only visit when they want something. However, as Qrow pointed out to Raven, she only visits him when she wants something.
      • Raven is unafraid to call out others for their bad decisions, but whenever confronted with her own, she either justifies them or blames others. When Yang approaches her in Volume 5, Raven behaves as if Yang is to blame for them not meeting, claiming she 'took long enough', despite knowing Yang had been looking for her for years.
      • She's adamant about not being a part of Ozpin's war, but her lack of thinking things through gets her involved anyway by taking the power of a Maiden. Despite the fact that she chose to murder the previous Spring Maiden and take her power for herself, she blames Qrow for getting her involved.
      • She preaches so much about strength and claims to make decisions others are too cowardly to make, which Yang brutally chews her out for. Raven constantly abandons or uses others to save herself (such as abandoning Yang and using Vernal as a Maiden decoy), runs away when others need her help and murdered a young girl to steal the Maiden powers. After this, Raven abandons her daughter yet again to save herself, proving Yang right.
    • Ozpin constantly expresses his faith in humanity, believing in their ability to overcome adversity and their willingness to stop the worst people from causing chaos. Despite this, he's keeping secrets from even his closest allies. When Ozpin insists that he should be the only person to carry the Relic, Ruby asks him if his talk of having faith in humanity means everyone except the very team that's putting their lives on the line for him. Although he tries to explain that she's misunderstood his action, all it does is convince Ruby that she needs to ask the Relic of Knowledge to reveal what Ozpin is hiding.
    • Volume 7 explores the reason for Ozpin's secrecy as a plot point. Ruby decides to copy Ozpin and hide the truth from Ironwood. The heroes are extremely uncomfortable with this; while they trust Ruby, they feel they're doing to Ironwood exactly what Ozpin did to them. When Ruby worries she's no better than Ozpin, Qrow tells her that Ozpin trusted no-one with the truth while she's waiting for Ironwood to earn her trust so that she can tell him. Ruby isn't convinced by that argument. Ozpin had tried to tell them that everyone who learns the truth turns on him, which they themselves do when they learn the truth; Oscar also reveals that Ozpin kept the secret to protect people from losing all hope. When they finally tell Ironwood the truth, it contributes to him taking a series of extreme decisions that lead to him and the heroes turning on each other as enemies.
    • Yang has shades of this, especially in the later volumes. While she is very vocal about no more lies, secrets or half-truths, she has no problem doing the same when the situation suits her.
      • She harshly scolds Ozpin for his habits of telling lies and half-truths, yet she willingly lied about what happened in the Haven Vault and most likely hasn't told anyone that Raven is the Spring Maiden. However, this could be justified since Yang doesn't know where Raven is and has made it abundantly clear that she will not aid them against Salem. Unlike Ozpin, withholding the information about Raven didn't lead to casualties or endangering innocent people.
      • Though she goes along with it, Yang shows immense discomfort towards Ruby for her decision to lie to Ironwood. Later, in Worst Case Scenario she and Blake go behind everyone's back to tell Robyn Hill about Amity Tower and later lie about the situation, claiming she had escaped. This would be the action that breaks Ironwood's trust in Team RWBY.
      • In Divide, Yang seems to blame Ruby for their current situation. While Ruby's decision to lie to Ironwood was reckless and needed to be addressed, Yang also deserves blame since it was her and Blake's unilateral decision to go behind everyone's back and tell Robyn Hill about Amity Tower that destroyed Ironwood's faith in RWBY and their friends.
      • In Fault, when Ren gets into an argument with Yang, he brings up how their actions are causing more harm than good. However, Yang downplays the situation and accuses him of pushing people away. She then later dismisses his concerns as 'brooding', refusing to even consider any of the points he brought up in their argument.
  • Saphir from Noob. She takes care of admissions for a MMORPG elite guild and her policy boils down to: "Don't even dare apply unless you are a jobless celibate loner with nothing besides the game going on in your life.". Her Day in the Life from the comic version reveals that she's helping her sisters run an Internet café and has no problem casually chatting with them. Noob: Le Conseil des Trois Factions went even further when explaining a period during which she stopped playing and had one of the aforementioned sisters temporarily replace her: she was on maternity leave.
  • 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 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.
    • Made even more blatant, when he claims that even if the iPhone counts, "At least I'm not a hypocrite." The Critic is so irritated that he has to hand the conversation over to JewWario.
  • On DEATH BATTLE!, Goku starts his fight with Superman because he believes the latter is an alien out to destroy the planet. This is coming from the same guy who is friends with several aliens who were like that, and Goku himself is an alien sent to destroy Earth when he was a baby.
  • On Cinema: Tim maintains he is pro-life even though he tried to get Ayaka to have an abortion. Similar thing happened in season 9 when it seems he convinced Axiom's sister to abort her pregnancy as well.
  • Everyone in Farce of the Three Kingdoms is a hypocrite at one point or another - but even in that cast, Shu manages to make it their Hat.
  • In Anon, Miranda calls Candace self-centered and egotistical all while bragging about how amazingly humble she is.
  • Played for Laughs by Legal Eagle during his Real Lawyer Reacts to Idiocracy video, when he calls out the lawyer in the film for having a corporate sponsorship.
    A lawyer with a corporate sponsorship?! That's completely ridiculous! Legal Eagle is sponsored by Curiosity Stream and Nebula! Get 26% off using the link in the description!
  • Gary: Landlord of the Flies: Gary tends to criticize others for their perceived shortcomings, despite frequently indulging in the exact same behavior.
    • He frequently calls Gabe a "coward" during the security deposit feud, even though he habitually attempts to prevent any kind of confrontation in person (both before and after the eviction).
    • In this email exchange, he criticizes a minor grammatical mistake of Gabe's while ignoring the fact that his own writing is significantly worse (including excessive punctuation, texting shorthand, and Bold Inflation). Gabe lampshades this by calling him a "hypocritic".

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Alternative Title(s): Hypocrisy, Pot Calling The Kettle Black, The Hypocrite


Wartlop profiting on remedies

Gwendolyn claims that the Potions Coven is only out to make money. Luz points out that Wartlop is no different, making her buy useless charms by passing them off as surefire cures.

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