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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 a manner in accordance with the ideals they espouse. That is to say, they should practice what they preach.

Those who don't are hypocrites. The dichotomy here is that they may fervently and honestly believe what they say is right and good... they just don't have the moral strength or willpower to consistently live up to their own high standards. (Unless, of course, they're outright liars with no intention of living up to said standards.) They might believe that Utopia Justifies the Means and that they aren't worthy of it — or that only they can be entrusted to use those means because they're so enlightened (ie. better than everyone else). Maybe they're deeply in denial, and justify their hypocrisy as either necessary or dismiss it with a simple, "That's different." In other cases, they might find the lure of Forbidden Fruit impossible to resist. The more self-aware among them may occasionally acknowledge (and/or attempt to justify) their situation with a Hypocrisy Nod.


Frequently, they will be found out. Be it an Engineered Public Confession or through investigation. The Hero may have the choice of either exposing them as a fraud and discrediting them before their followers, or keeping their secret and blackmailing them into cleaning up their act or helping in another matter. How this turns out depends on how sympathetic or "Jerkass-ic" they are, and how humanizing their "vice" is (a diet guru eating donuts is probably ok, an eco-businessman clear-cutting forests probably isn't, a moral crusader molesting children definitely isn't). If a villain finds a friend of the hero's Fatal Flaw this way (or worse, the hero's own), they might use Flaw Exploitation to torment and control them.

If found out and/or exposed, the hypocrite will have the chance to mend their ways and do a Heel–Face Turn in one of two forms: either loosen their standards (and cut everyone else the same slack they give themselves), or tighten their belt (and actually live up to their espoused ideals). Failure to do either is usually enough for either a mental breakdown or a full on Face–Heel Turn as they reject their morality and embrace their vice. Alternatively, because they are feigning what they claim to be, they may find they are Becoming the Mask.


Heroes are often accused of hypocrisy by villains who want to believe they're Not So Different and brag At Least I Admit It. Heroes who actually are hypocrites tend to hear "What the Hell, Hero?" quite a lot. (Unless they don't.) Hypocrites, be they heroes or villains, often find themselves to be hated by the audience even more than the main Obviously Evil Card-Carrying Villain, chiefly because they lied about their convictions, while those evil villains come off 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. Remember also, however, that the Hypocrite Has a Point; just because someone is being hypocritical does not also mean that they are wrong.

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.

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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.
  • Minor example: In a Beetle Bailey strip in November 2013, Sarge tells Cookie he should wear a helmet because they're in a combat zone, saying so while not wearing one himself.
  • In Blackest Night, Captain Cold justifies killing the second Captain Boomerang by claiming "Rogues don't kill women and children." Trouble is the lineup at the time includes the second Mirror Master (who definitely killed Rachel Rathaway as well as the Rathaways' female housekeeper), the second Trickster (unless all the homeless people he blew up happened to be adult men), and Heat Wave (again, unless he somehow only caught adult men in his numerous acts of arson).
  • Jamie Schaffer, the muscle of the Chaos Campus cast, has enormous breasts... however, they're not natural. She puts on a facade of being deep and "real", compared to her sorority girl comrades, but she's actually more shallow and vain than them and got, quote, "larger and larger breast implants" over the years to compensate for her small height. She's actually described in her bio as "Ripley with silicone implants".
  • General Ross' ultimate goal - and some would say obsession - is to bring the Hulk to justice, believing him a dangerous threat. While this view isn't uncommon, his eventual solution after years of failure is hypocrisy at its worst: He becomes the Red Hulk, a monster who, in many ways, is just as destructive as his foe is, possibly more so.
  • Hypocrisy, thy name is Doctor Octopus, and it is proven in Superior Spider-Man:
    • At the start of Issue #1, Otto swears to become a hero and leave his past behind. A couple of pages later, he gets quite angry at the "unmitigated gall" of a bunch of C-List villains using the name of "his" old group, the Sinister Six.
    • Otto constantly brags how he's a Superior Spider-Man to Peter. He's also the guy who called the X-Men arrogant for using superior in homo superior.
    • Throughout the Ends Of The Earth, Otto bemoans the fact that he's been effectively crippled by Spider-Man, even though this was because he'd been breaking the law and running into Spidey so many times instead of receiving a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown like he claimed. What does he do when he becomes Spider-Man? Deliver excessive beatings to all criminals.
    • One of his major arguments against Peter is that he's too selfish to be Spider-Man. This from an egomaniac whose ultimate goal during Ends Of the Earth was to get attention.
    • In Avenging Spider-Man he scoffs at Scott Lang's past in thievery as if he hasn't done anything as petty. In another issue, his monologue concerning the Hobgoblin is about how the villain's smugness and thoughts of being better than everyone else grates on him.
    • In the "Sibling Rivalry" crossover between Superior Spider-Man Team-Up & Scarlet Spider, Otto complains about Kaine "stealing [his] life". Right, like he should talk.
      • 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.
  • 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 JLA storyline "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 is not 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.
  • In Salvation Run, Gorilla Grodd mocks Monsieur Mallah's claims that they are similar and derides him as the uplifted pet of a Mad Scientist. Grodd conveniently fails to mention that he was uplifted by an alien Mad Scientist.
  • 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 (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 waste 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.
  • X-Men:
    • 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 demonises 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • 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.
  • In Archie Comics' Sonic the Hedgehog, this applies to Sally, Knuckles, Antoine, and Geoffrey in terms of calling Sonic immature, obnoxious, and needing to grow up.
    • Sally has been a princess for an incredible amount of time and never just ascends to title of Queen. Contrary to all the obligations that goes with it nothing says she can't be a queen but lead the Freedom Fighters — her father was king and led 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 an anti social hot head who sees everyone even children as enemies and always resorts to his fist than to reason. That being said he's miles better than the rest of his family as he actually tries to help everyone.
      • On the subject of Knuckles' family: The earliest Guardian was Edmund, whose brother turned evil after an accident caused him to absorb a massive amount of Chaos Energy, named himself Enerjak after an ancient evil, and conquered his people before he was buried alive in his own fortress. Edmund wanted his people to refrain from excess technology to prevent a repeat of this, something that not all echidnas agreed with. In fact one reader has noticed that Edmund considered adopting a persona of his own to control his people. Further, despite Edmund's desires regarding excess technology, his descendants managed to get the best technology the echidnas had for their use.
    • Antoine calls Sonic ego centric and does not play well with others which is sometimes true but Antoine isn't any better. He himself had an ego for a time and in all honesty Sonic has earn the right to brag about himself. Considering he runs head first into battle against tyrants that put him as number 1 on their shit list and never backs down or is intimidated. Antoine can only dream to get that far.
    • Geoffrey is the worst among them. He lost both his parents which made him easy to manipulate by Naugus, but here's the kicker...SO HAS EVERYONE ELSE. He's not the only person to lose loved ones. Sonic has had the displeasure of fighting his and other peoples' loved ones and having to break terrible news to people but he learns to move on as there are more important things to worry about. That's impressive considering that in one of his jaunts into alternate dimensions he had to kill that world's version of his own father. Another comes in as Geoffrey is honestly very insecure and has issues with envy. He never fully gets over his jealousy of Sonic's love-life with Sally and successes. This started when Sonic was teenager and he was a grown man and to this day despite being married and having a life he still has some hate towards Sonic.
      • Possibly the best example is in Endgame: Despite personally knowing about Robotnik's Auto Automatons, robots that can perfectly imitate people, he still believes that Sonic killed Sally until 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.
    • 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.
  • 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.

    Fan Works 
  • Subverted in A Prize For Three Empires. Carol Danvers thinks her teammates are hypocrites for believing she has a drinking problem even though Iron Man has a drinking problem and both Thor and Hawkeye drink beer. Unflappably, her mother points out that they have never gone out drunk into battle.
  • Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic Gankona, Unnachgiebig, Unità: The bully is this. Germany and Japan are quick to call him out on it.
    Bad choice. The raven took several menacing steps forward. "First you said what you said was a joke and that words don't hurt—"
    "And now that what you're saying is the truth and that it hurts?" The blond finished, glaring daggers at the adolescent. "Which is it? Both contradict each other." He sneered. "You hypocrite."
  • Common Sense: Still bitter about her loss to Ash in the Cerulean Gym, Misty has the gall to call Ash a cheater for using flying Pokémon against her water ones. When he accepts her rematch, she immediately orders her Staryu to stay above Ash's Squirtle, not unlike what Ash did to dodge her attacks in the gym. When he calls her out on this, she calls it "strategy".
  • The Child of Love:
    • Asuka calls Misato this in chapter 1 since Misato is lecturing her about having sex despite of her and Kaji having a healthy sex life. It misses the point since Misato is lecturing her about being underage and having unprotected sex claiming she was bored.
    • In chapter 5 Misato chides Asuka about always pushing Shinji away, and Asuka accuses her of hypocrisy again, stating she does the same things with Kaji. This time, she has a point.
  • Ghosts of Evangelion:
    • Kyoko hates her husband for cheating on her. However she slept with a married man long before meeting Asuka's father.
    • Asuka declines babysitting Ryuko after threatening Shinji with dire consequences if he didn't take care of their daughter. Subverted because it was part of her plan to help Shinji become a better father.
  • The TCB Ponies of The Conversion Bureau: The Other Side of the Spectrum can talk one's ears off about the evils of the human race, never mind that they're doing far worse. They also consider technology and human works to be evil, yet they have used zeppelins and concrete for their own purposes. That, and as Marcus points out, their talk about love, friendship, and harmony is at complete odds with the Mind Rape and forcible transformation of an entire species into perpetually smiling Extreme Doormat newfoals.
    • The founder of the PER, a misanthropic doctor named Jacqueline Reitman, is a hypocrite in several major ways:
      • She claims to hate humanity and human culture, technology, and science, all the while glossing over the fact that she herself is human, uses plenty of technology herself, and is a scientist of human medicine. It is implied that she rejected her humanity her whole life.
      • She sneeringly refers to TCB!Lyra as "the Betrayer", never mind she herself is a remorseless Vidkun Quisling for the entire human race.
      • To top it off, she wouldn't even consider taking the potion herself, while forcing it on countless others. Word of God states that Queen Celestia placed a hypnotic suggestion into her mind to keep her from taking the potion, because she'd likely be much less useful as a newfoal anyway.
      • She also claims that humans and ponies can't be friends, in spite of the fact that she herself was friends with plenty of ponies (particularly the unicorn Catseye). The ghost of TCB!Lyra even points out this hypocrisy with an Armor-Piercing Question.
  • In the opening scene of the CLANNAD fanfic An End To All Things, Okazaki advises Furukawa to not live in the past. What was he doing shortly before he told her that? Reliving a memory.
  • Death Note Equestria: Twilight says the Second Kira disgusts her for killing innocents, even foals (like Sweetie Belle). This in spite of having killed plenty of innocents to protect her own hide, including a reporter not much older than Sweetie Belle.
  • Escape From The Hokage's Hat: Kakashi is known to preach "Those who abandon their mission are trash. Those who abandon their allies are worse than trash." and how teamwork is important. However he gets called on this by many ninja in Konoha when it's pointed out that he abandoned Naruto and Sakura's training in favor of Sasuke, who then turned traitor and then had the audacity to mope over Sasuke being imprisoned when by his own teachings Sasuke is "worse than trash".
  • Lereal Belsai of Hivefled thinks of himself as a devout Sufferist, but instead of thinking the hemospectrum ranking should be removed, he wants it reversed and the coldbloods enslaved in turn, hating them to the point that he dismisses Gamzee as a spy out of hand despite the obvious marks of torture on him, and demands that a ragtag collection of Child Soldiers try to take on the entire empire. He's been described by a reader as the Malcolm X to the Sufferer's Martin Luther King.
  • In Just an Unorthodox Thief, a Fate/Zero/Lupin III crossover fic, Saber condemns the Lupin III cosplayers who get plastic surgery to look more like him:
    Completely ignoring the life they had been given for an opportunity to be someone else? It was worse than trying to escape reality. It was obsession to an unhealthy degree.
    • She's not wrong about the cosplayers, but from Fate/stay night we know that this wording describes Saber's motivation for winning the Holy Grail pretty well. She wants to use the Holy Grail to erase her rule as King Arthur by choosing not to pull the sword from the stone, ignoring all the good she did as king and trying to become someone else.
  • In Mega Man Reawakened, the Neo Emerald Spears profess hatred of robots yet use mechs to attack.
  • In Neon Genesis Evangelion: Genocide, as the Emerald Tablet, a rogue A.I., delivers a Breaking Speech to Asuka, it claims that it only seeks to help and understand her, dismissing her relationship with Shinji as only being a source of misery, stating its belief that Shinji, as a mere human, can only ever regard her as a Lust Object to use for his own ends. The Tablet conveniently ignores the fact that it itself has done nothing but inflict both physical and mental misery upon every single person it has ever encountered, especially Asuka herself, and that itself very much regards Asuka as an object that it wishes to possess for its own self-gratification (which it justifies as being more "pure" in that it desires Asuka for her mind rather than her body), as well as use her for its own ends, that of controlling Unit-02 through her.
  • In Oh God Not Again!, Harry (affectionately) thinks this when Sirius insists Snape should really let go of his resentment because Sirius himself is quite mature in those regards.
  • The One I Love Is: In chapter 6 Shinji calls Rei a hypocrite because she said that she'd never hurt him, but she kept things from him.
  • The Powers of Harmony: During their Wizard Duel, Trixie calls Twilight a fraud who relies on ancient artifacts instead of her own talent. She says this while using the Alicorn Amulet.
  • The Prayer Warriors have too many examples to list here, but the one that best notes their tendency to fall into this is when Jerry says "Killing a Christian is a sin", and in the next paragraph, when Thalia Grace comes up to him repenting her sins, Jerry kills her, believing that she deserves to die if she's lying and if she's telling the truth, she will die a Christian death.
  • Prison Island Break: Silver finds himself betraying his friends and denouncing God in order to survive in prison.
    • Hypocrisy Nod: He becomes aware of his hypocrisy and is disgusted with himself.
    • Despite being a murderer and rapist in this story, Shadow's main character flaw is that he is deliberately written as a gigantic hypocrite - he tends to consider himself morally superior to all the other murderers and rapists on Prison Island despite showing pride in being one of the worst and gets irritated when people accuse him of doing bad things.
  • In the Jackie Chan Adventures fic Queen of All Oni, Ikazuki looks down on humanity and gives Tohru a "The Reason You Suck" Speech about it, but Tohru shuts down the speech by pointing out the Oni General's hypocrisy: Ikazuki was defeated by humans, and even now needs a human body to be more than a wall decoration.
  • Keiran Halcyon wrote the Rose Potter series due to thinking that all the plot twists and such in the original were so obvious that anyone could have seen them coming. The series abruptly stopped when Deathly Hallows came out, due to the events of that book NOT being what Halcyon predicted.
  • In the My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Unexpected Confessions, the Mane 6 find themselves in a rather ridiculous chain of crushes, with Twilight>Applejack>Rainbow Dash in the middle. At one point, Twilight calls AJ out for pining over Dash, suggesting she look for (hint hint) somepony who loves her for herself, rather than pursuing somepony for whom she would at best be a second choice or safety net- the latter, of course, being what Twilight is doing at that exact moment.
  • Rosario Vampire: Brightest Darkness:
    • In Act I chapter 20, Dark calls Kokoa out on this, pointing out that she's insisting that Tsukune isn't worthy of being with a vampire because he isn't as strong as Moka is, but is still insisting that Dark is worthy of being with Kokoa herself despite having lost to Inner Moka in a fight. When Kokoa proceeds to declare that it's different because Dark is a stronger fighter than Tsukune and protects those around him, Dark quickly turns her logic against her by pointing out that, even before Tsukune got vampire powers, he risked his life to protect his friends again and again before proceeding to remark that, not only is she being unfair to Tsukune, she's still chasing after Dark even though he's already chosen Mizore as his girlfriend; when Kokoa decides to actually beg Dark not to reject her, Inner Moka then calls her out over the fact that, after all of her talk about vampire pride, she Ain't Too Proud to Beg Dark to be with her even though he's already made his choice. Kokoa realizes this, and is left almost speechless.
    • In Act IV, most other members of the group reject Akua and Kahlua because they worked for Fairy Tale and nearly killed them, while forgetting that Dark himself once worked for Fairy Tale and has committed atrocities just as bad, if not worse. When Dark calls them on it, the others agree to at least give Kahlua and Akua a chance.
    • For all of Fairy Tale's claims that they're looking out for monsters, they also spend quite a bit of time killing their fellow non-humans, having personally destroyed Ahakon's village and killed everyone there, and nearly doing the same to Mizore's hometown not once, but twice.
    • In Act VI chapter 20, Arial criticizes Ran for chasing after Ahakon and refusing to accept him as taken when she herself is/was the same way with Dark. She also has the gall to call Kokoa out over her Hair-Trigger Temper when Arial's own temper is just as bad, if not worse.
    • Talon Ryashen in Act VI. He seeks revenge on everyone who ever worked for Fairy Tale for turning him into a weapon, but as pointed out by others, he resummoned Jovian and Jacqueline and is using them as weapons to achieve this goal. Talon adamantly denies this, insisting that he summoned them for them to work together, and doesn't want them to be his slaves.
    • Invoked in Act VI chapter 30; when Hothorne asks Moka how he can trust her story on Babylon's invasion, Moka turns it around on him by pointing out that, since his organization has a tendency to automatically deem all monsters evil, he has little room to talk to them about trust issues.
  • Ryouta Hoshino of Despair's Last Resort tends to be one at times. In the early chapters, he's likely to claim that anyone could be a murderer and quickly places blame on someone else. If someone tries to suggest that he's the culprit, he insults the accuser and tries to say they did it. After nearly getting falsely convicted in the second trial, this behavior is toned down. Though it still comes out at times.
  • Played for Laughs in this Mortal Kombat inspired DeviantArt piece where Sonya arrests Jade, Kitana, and Mileena for public indecency. (Sonya's Fanservice-ish clothes are just as revealing.)
  • In The Story To End All Stories, the villain plans to destroy fiction due to his lack of fame but doesn't care about what happens to characters even more obscure than him.
  • This is just one of the things wrong with Barb in Christian Potter Chandler:
    Barb: [After Bob reproaches her for yelling at Chris for talking] Whose side are you on?! Not too long ago, you were trying to get Child Protection to take him!
    Bob: Whose side are YOU ON?! Not too long ago, he ate fifty candy bars without paying and you just waited for him to finish!
  • Ageless: Despite using the who'll "past is past, live in the present" mindset to not pick favorites with Korra, Lin holds a particularly spiteful grudge against Ryou for knocking up her ancestor two hundred years prior, telling him that she never wants to see him in Republic City again and threatening life-incarceration (especially considering he is immortal) after arresting him as an accomplice to Korra's stint of vigilante justice.
  • The My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fic Loved And Lost, an extended retelling of "A Canterlot Wedding", has a couple of examples.
  • Wanda Maximoff in Tony's Girl decries Tony attacking Bucky in Siberia as him "throwing a tantrum" and blaming the weapon that killed his parents rather than the ones who ordered their murder. In Age of Ultron, Wanda's entire motivation was killing Tony because he made the missile that killed her parents, never caring about who actually fired the weapon.
  • Child Of Grace: When Blaise calls Lupin a "damned beast" and hates him for being a werewolf because a werewolf killed his father, Holly says nothing in disagreement, even mentally. He even says that he doesn't want to be anywhere near "that thing", and Holly says that he won't have to. When Lupin is outed as a werewolf and parents write in, on the grounds that a werewolf teaching their children is unsafe, however, Holly is furious about how narrow-minded and bigoted they are while ignoring Blaise's prejudice.
    • Blaise himself is a hypocrite here, since he is often telling Holly about how open-minded and non-judgmental people who follow the Old Ways are.
    • The Slytherins insist that they are slandered against, and that they never pick on muggle-born or blood-traitors. Then they go beat up a muggle-born and a blood traitor for supposedly harassing Holly, the latter letting them get away with it.
  • Total Drama What If Series Sky calls her team in World Tour a bunch of jerks when annoyed by them, ignoring the fact that she acted like one in the past season.
  • Outcast, an Avatar: The Last Airbender story, really shows Kya as this.
    • When Zuko burns his family pictures to forget the past, Kya accuses him of not caring about his family. This comes from the same girl who flat-out abandons the Water Tribe (which includes her half-sister Yue and their father) once she learns that she has Fire Nation blood.
    • She also yearns to have a real mother, even if she coldly disregards the woman who's raised her as if she were her own daughter.

  • 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, which posits two options that, if either one is deployed, will oust the desperately sweating operator as fulla shit. For example, one is marked "all whites are racist" and the other is marked "racial profiling is wrong." So either racial profiling is okay because they just racially profiled a demographic, or whites are not all racist because racial profiling is wrong.
    • A similar meme has two contradicting statements side by side (ie, "foreighners are lazy" jutaxposed next to "foreighners are takin' our jobs") and a demand to "Pick one."
  • The 'College Liberal' meme points out the hypocrisies of radical left-wing people who claim that they are smart due to being progressive.

  • 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.

  • 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."
  • 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.

    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 Our Elves Are Most Assuredly Not Better. Heck, at least we didn't Squick a Chaos God into existence entirely through our own bloodthirst and depravity.
    • 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.

  • 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 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.
  • Tower of God: Princess Yuri Zahard 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 Zahard'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.

    Web Original 
  • 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.
    • The White Fang are a Faunus terrorist group who claim to be about Faunus equality (or Faunus supremacy) and hate humans. Yet they are perfectly willing to kill Faunus who get in their way, lie and manipulate the Faunus population in exactly the way the humans do, and are even willing to work with some of the worst humans like Roman Torchwick or Cinder Fall.
    • In "Mountain Glenn", Ironwood admits Ozpin's behaviour is troubling him and that he thinks Ozpin is hiding something. Glynda tells him he needs to learn how to trust people, especially Ozpin, who possesses experience they both lack. Instead of taking her advice, he secretly reports Ozpin to the Vale and Atlas Councils; although the consequence of this is to put Ozpin's job on the line and strip him of security responsibility for the Vytal Festival in favour of Ironwood, Ironwood simply tells Ozpin to trust him.
    • In "Family", Raven arranges a meeting with her twin brother, Qrow. When asked what it's about, she flippantly mentions wanting to catch up with family causing Qrow 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".
    • Raven does it again when her daughter, Yang, finally catches up to her. Raven treats Yang as a spoiled brat for expecting any sort of special treatment as her daughter, claiming "family only comes around when they need something." She acts like making a portal for Yang would be some huge burden when she can do it as casually as swinging her sword, and offers Yang a "fresh start" as if she's not the one who abandoned her in the first place. Then she gives an Implied Death Threat by saying if Yang joins Qrow, Raven won't be as nice the next time they meet; Yang scoffs and says she isn't nice now.
    • 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 doesn't trust humanity enough to share his knowledge and secrets, not even with 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.
  • 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.


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