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  • This is what makes the female protagonists of Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts so hard to like. They regularly treat the boys among them with indifference at best and annoyance at worst but are quick to go down hard on them if they show any intrest in other girls. They have no problems with throwing insults, threatening, or even outright harming the boys they supposedly like, but if even a fraction of the same thing happens to them it gets treated like a Moral Event Horizon. But perhaps the most infamous example has to be when Miharu throws a What the Hell, Hero? speech at Akihisa for not treating Minami like a girl. The fact that she treats both Minami and Akihisa far worse never comes to her mind, nor does it ever get brought up.
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  • In Area 88, most of the mercenaries have no moral qualms about killing enemy pilots. However, when one of their own dies in battle, cue sorrow, outrage, and manly tears.
  • Explored in Attack on Titan, with people taking horrible action but being fiercely protective of their own. After all, He Who Fights Monsters is a major theme of the series.
    • When 9-year old Eren murders two human traffickers to rescue Mikasa, the third man flies into a rage over the death of his partners. Of course, not long before that the three of them had murdered Mikasa's parents and intended to sell Mikasa herself into sex slavery.
    • A young Sasha complains about refugees eating too much food, but is known for stealing from scarce food stores meant for an entire group.
    • Tragically explored with Reiner, Bertolt, and Annie due to their role as enemy spies. Their mission has caused them to be responsible for the vast majority of tragedies in the series thus far, but at the same time they can be protective and supportive of their human comrades. All express remorse or uncertainty over their actions, but Eren states none of them are allowed to experience human emotions like guilt or regret because of their crimes. Later on, Armin uses a cruel bluff to provoke Bertolt, describing how Annie is being viciously tortured. In response, Bertolt calls him "devilspawn" and swears to kill him in revenge. Bertolt's actions as the Colossal Titan triggered the entire plot, causing thousands of deaths and untold suffering.
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  • This trope kept the feuding flames fueled in Basilisk. Cycle of Revenge, indeed.
  • In Code Geass, Suzaku has some moments which qualify for this. In the first episode, he chastises Lelouch (he didn't know it was Lelouch at the time, though), for causing violence. This is in the middle of an operation to cleanse the entire ghetto, though it's likely he didn't know that considering he's just a grunt and was unconscious when the order went out (and the ones he was with were apparently not informed either). Once he gets the Lancelot, he puts a stop to the resistance under the impression that the violence will just go away when he wins. The future Black Knights and surviving ghetto residences are nearly liquidated by the suddenly unimpeded forces of Britannia moving in (Lelouch saves them by having the Viceroy call it off at gun point).
    • This trope is Suzaku's character. As much as he claims to use right means to achieve his ends, those "right means" include aiding The Empire in subjugating his own people and others, fighting off any resistance groups that dare oppose Britannia's brutality and illegitimate rule, and later on condemning the rest of the world to Britannian conquest, all so that he can advance up the ladder and "change Britannia from within". And whenever he's confronted on this mindset, Suzaku simply diverts the blame and makes it sound like he was forced into doing all of it, with his usual excuse being his father's legacy. All of that, and yet somehow he always has a problem with Lelouch's way of doing things, even when the only difference between them is that Lelouch actually admits that his means are (at times) deplorable, to the point that he even suffers guilt and anguish over them (whereas Suzaku, again, simply passes the blame and doesn't so much as lose sleep over his actions). This is actively pointed out a lot in fact and is a product of him hiding from the fact everything he does is because he's actually a Death Seeker who wishes to "atone" for having killed his father when he was youngernote . To say the least, he's very messed up and it takes him inadvertently crossing the Moral Event Horizon by dropping a nuke on a city for Suzaku to break out of this.
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    • The kicker is arguably Suzaku's differing reactions to the power of Geass. When Lelouch uses it to further his goals, Suzaku's views it as a despicable power that proves Lelouch to be a coward making others take the blame for his dirty work. However, whenthe Emperor uses it to further his goals by replacing Lelouch's memories with false ones, Suzaku is quite willing to go along with the whole thing without any judgement or objection whatsoever. A Hypocrite, indeed.
    • The show also invokes and plays around with the trope a bit with Mao. He can read the minds of anyone and hear any of their thoughts or urges, good or bad; but he's so immature, and has so little experience with dealing with people, that he automatically assumes that these thoughts make the people bad and will do terrible things to them for it (or talk them into doing said terrible things, or, if they actually do have real skeletons in the closet, simply berate them to Heroic BSoD). He's an Ax-Crazy maniac!
    • Those two examples are just the tip of the iceberg for a show full of possibly morally myopic characters. It's a recurring theme and by the end Lelouch has pointed it out as a major reason why the world is locked in a vicious cycle of war as no one stops to consider their enemies as still being people themselves because their own suffering at the enemies hands out-weighs that. Even early on a lot of what Lelouch's half-siblings do (such as Cornelia wiping out the Saitama ghetto) is in part motivated by them blaming the Japanese for the "death" of Lelouch and Nunnally. So they go on to kill more people for "revenge" which creates more suffering, more people to hate Britannia, who kill others with similar results etc. Lelouch decides enough is enough and cuts through it by making him the one everyone hates and having himself cut down publicly by a new Zero to guide the world into a brighter future.
    • The idea is invoked by Luciano Bradley, who comments that people generally condemn murder unless it's done by their country's respective military. He doesn't qualify himself, freely admitting that he's just using his country's policies as an excuse to kill people For the Evulz.
  • In the Death Note anime, Light claims that L is evil because he used another human being as a scapegoat in Episode 2. This completely disregarding the fact that the man in question was a criminal scheduled for execution that day, the fact that Light himself killed him, and how many people Light had killed up to the point where he said that.
    • Light in general is a spectacular example of this trope, at least in the beginning, as he endeavors to kill all the criminals and bad people on the planet but sees nothing wrong with killing thousands upon thousands of people, because he's a good guy. When Ryuk mentions at one point that Light will be the only evil person left on the planet should he succeed, Light has no clue what he means.
    • The amount Light objects to the morality of an act, apart from the part in which he loses his memories of the Death Note and is not acting as Kira, tends to depend on how much it affects his plans. Even his disapproval of Mikami killing people he didn't think necessarily deserved to die yet is largely based on how it makes Kira look.
  • Zon and his band of orcs from Delicious in Dungeon see no problem with attacking and pillaging other races, yet get mad when those same races fight back against the orcs for attacking them in the first place.
  • The Devil Is a Part-Timer!: Olba has the gall to call Emi out on working with Maou, questioning her sanity. This is despite the fact that not only is he in a Villain Team-Up with Lucifer, a Fallen Angel and Maou's would-be Starscream, but is actively using him to terrorize innocent people, whereas Emi was working with Maou to stop them from tormenting said innocent people. Even Lucifer himself calls Olba out on his hypocrisy.
  • Dragon Ball has this prominently seen with alot of the villains. However, a good deal of them grow past this:
    • During the original Dragon Ball, Tien and the Crane Hermit swear revenge against Goku for killing Mercenary Tao, who happens to be the Crane Hermit's brother. Goku counters that Tao attacked him since he was sent to kill him and he only defended himself. Neither one of them cares. Tien eventually grows past this when he realizes how vile Tao and the Crane Hermit are.
    • King Piccolo is furious that Goku killed his minions/children and personally confronts him over it, and yet, he himself was indirectly responsible for the death of Goku's best friend Krillin, as well as countless other innocents.
    • King Piccolo's son, Piccolo Jr, is just as bad. He hates Goku and wants to kill him to avenge his father and take over the world. Goku killed his father because he coldly murdered a number of Goku's friends. After Piccolo kills Goku though in Dragon Ball Z, the circumstances(Goku was holding down Raditz so Piccolo could shoot him) means he has no satisfaction with it and trains Gohan out of his final request, causing his Heel–Face Turn. Piccolo is now one of the most moral and centered characters.
    • In Dragon Ball Z: Bardock – The Father of Goku, Bardock is furious that his crew is betrayed and murdered by Frieza's men and goes on a bloody rampage to avenge them. Although noble and understandable, Bardock and his crew are still hired murderers who regularly perform genocide.
    • Similar to Bardock, Vegeta despises Frieza for destroying his planet and driving the Saiyan race to the brink of extinction. This is despite Vegeta being a planetary pirate who destroyed a number of species and murdered his own partner, Nappa, for getting injured and refused to even consider bring Raditz back because he considered him a weakling.
    • In the Android Saga, when Android 19 and Dr. Gero/Android 20 show up, they slaughter an entire city full of innocent people, with 19 beating on a sick Goku and sucking the life out of him. Then Vegeta shows up and beats 19 so thoroughly that 19 tries to run for his life, after which Gero screams at him that it's enough; as Vegeta points out, Gero and 19 had come to destroy the Z Fighters, and it's only "enough" because Gero is losing.
    • Gero's entire grudge against Goku. He hates Goku because he destroyed the Red Ribbon Army. The same army that mercilessly murdered hundreds, including its own members, and Gero built them multiple killer androids for them to do just that, all so Commander Red could use the Dragon Balls to make himself taller. Granted, no one knew about what Commander Red really wanted to do with the Dragon Balls, and later material specifies that it was more because Dr. Gero's son was part of the RR (and indeed Android 16 was based on him); while still understandable, Gero's grudge is still incredibly myopic because his son fought in the Red Ribbons for a Commander who didn't care and a cause that would have made the world a worst place.
    • The villainous Androids 17 and 18 from Trunks' Bad Future. This is best exemplified when Trunks, having become much stronger thanks to his experiences in the past, returns, effortlessly kicks their asses, and kills 18, and 17 furiously calls him on it, despite the fact that both 17 and 18 had spent twenty years rampaging across the Earth killing whoever and whenever they wanted For the Evulz. Trunks even calls 17 out on it before killing him as well.
      Trunks: You think this life is all about you, don't you? What about the others? The ones that you two killed?!
    • Babidi wants to kill the Supreme Kai because he killed his father to stop Majin Buu's rampage. Babidi's father caused the death of millions if not billions by unleashing Buu, including all of the Supreme Kais except one. Babidi also regularly murders others, including his own men, without care. Piccolo calls him out on it after cuts him in half, and Babidi has the gall to beg him for help.
      Piccolo: When you help others, you receive help. When's the last time you used your powers to help someone? I'll bet it's been a while, hasn't it?
      Babidi: Help! Don't lecture me!
      Piccolo: You don't like being hurt, do you? But you delight in hurting others. You're right. You don't need a lecture. You need to be exterminated.
    • Beerus introduced in Dragon Ball Z: Battle of Gods hates when others don't show him the proper amount of respect since he's a god. However, don't expect him to show any respect for others, even the Kais who are supposed to be his equals and counterparts. Or Whis who is his mentor and teacher.
    • Zamasu from Dragon Ball Super hates all mortal life, viewing them as brutal, selfish beings that abuse their god-given gifts to commit atrocities and kill each other, but he himself commits similar acts throughout the Future Trunks Saga. Present Zamasu is perfectly willing to kill his own master to advance his goals (and in the timeline where Goku Black hails, he succeeded), Goku Black's first act upon stealing Goku's body was to murder Goku and his entire family purely out of spite for Goku beating him in their sparring match, and Future Zamasu uses his god-given gifts to slaughter entire planets, as well as his fellow gods, without a flicker of remorse. When Future Zamasu and Goku Black fuse, Merged Zamasu even invokes this trope in regards to Goku and Vegeta fusing into Vegito, stating that "what becomes good when done by gods becomes evil when done by mortals... and becomes sin."
    • Baby from Dragon Ball GT wants revenge against the Saiyans for killing all the Tuffles. To achieve that end, he enslaves everyone on Earth, a race that had absolutely nothing to do with the Saiyans/Tuffle conflict, and attacks Goku and his family who were born long after the war. When Pan points out that the Saiyans who murdered his race are long dead, Baby tells her point-blank that he doesn't care.
  • Happened in Fist of the North Star, most notably with Chief Fang/Kiba Daioh and the Fang Clan. Fang and his tribe would rape, murder, pillage, plunder, and destroy entire villages, but if even one of their own died, then the chief would cry Manly Tears and swear unending revenge. This also counts as Blue-and-Orange Morality, since he is not above sacrificing his own children to save himself.
  • Azami Nakiri in Food Wars! claims that he wants "revenge" on the culinary world that ruined his idol Joichiro Saiba. To contextualize, Joichiro dropped out of Tootsuki Academy, since people constantly praised him for his talents but never seemed to consider how much effort he put into creating his dishes, which put a lot of pressure on him that eventually wore him down. When Azami reveals his plans to Joichiro's son Soma, he's acting a lot like the people who caused Joichiro to hit his burnout (namely, singing praises of Joichiro's talents while ignoring his hard work).
  • Fullmetal Alchemist
    • Scar is angry at the genocide of his people, but he rarely cares about the people he has killed and the consequences of his murderous actions. It's subverted in regards to his accidental murder of Winry's parents, who saved his life, in that he feels guilt and remorse over it.
    • The second Slicer plays this very straight when fighting against Ed, saying "how dare you injure my brother!", despite the fact that he was trying to violently and horribly kill Ed.
    • Envy often complains about others not fighting fair when they get the advantage over him in battle. Coming from a guy who throws around Shapeshifter Guilt Trips and dog kickings almost constantly, it rings a little hollow.
    • Pride angrily upbraids Greed for betraying his "family" but threatens to eat him and callously eats Gluttony- yeah it had a pragmatic purpose, but Pride licked his lips before doing it and was clearly very pleased with himself.
    • Possibly due to him still being a teenager, Ed never really seems to come to terms with the gravity of the Ishvalan Genocide; while he's certainly upset about the loss of life, he never seems to view it as anything more than an ordinary military exercise and he gives No Sympathy to Scar for wanting revenge for what happened to his people, while being shocked that Mustang and Hawkeye consider themselves war criminals for participating in the massacre of innocent civilians.
  • Full Metal Panic!: Leonard Testarossa despises Sosuke Sagara, calling him a horrible monster beyond redemption because he's killed people before, and even tries using this argument to drive a wedge between Sosuke and his Love Interest Kaname. The problem is, Leonard is the leader of Amalgam, a massive terrorist organization that's causes worldwide death and destruction in pursuit of their own selfish goals, while Sosuke's a soldier who fights to protect people with special abilities from being captured and Amalgam. Essentially, Leonard believes that ordering minions to kill people isn't anywhere near the same as pulling the trigger himself, and he doesn't get why Kaname thinks he's out of his mind.
  • Mayo Sasaki from Fushigi Yuugi Eikoden has a bad case of this. Why, she accuses Miaka of only caring about her happiness and not thinking about her duty as a priestess of Suzaku. Only, Mayo was at time trying to screw up the whole Universe of the Four Gods just because she wanted to steal Taka and his child away from Miaka. Hey, Mayo? Pot, kettle, black.
  • Genesis of Aquarion: near the end of the series, the humans succeed in capturing a Shadow Angel, whom they experiment on and kill. The other Shadow Angels are heartbroken and furious at the humans for doing this, but it's kind of hard for the viewer to sympathize with them when they've been capturing hundreds of millions of humans, children included, and using them as food for their "Tree of Life". Whatever their pain at losing one of their own, the humans have suffered millions of times over at the Shadow Angels' hands.
  • In the various Gundam series, the pilots can be heard screaming their friend's names when they get blasted. One example includes Athrun of Gundam SEED getting all pissed off as his friend gets shot down, even though he and his friends were conducting a sneak attack against a civilian outpost of a neutral nation (granted, it was supplying weapons to their enemies), which involved killing dozens if not hundreds of enemy personnel with large explosions, including non-combat ones.
    • He does it again in episode 29, in which Kira kills Nicol Amarfi, and Athrun flies into a rage because Kira slashed Nicol in self-defense, as he forgets that he's the one chasing after the Archangel and the Strike, and not the other way around.
    • Special mention goes to Shinn, who snaps because his family was killed during the Earth Alliance invasion of Orb. Two years later, his response is to lead a ZAFT invasion of the same country; the irony of the situation and the fact that he could be creating other children just like him completely escapes his notice.
      • Shinn also has a Freak Out when Kira Yamato kills Extended pilot Stella (who was burning down Berlin) and vows revenge. Yet Shinn himself kills two other Extended pilots while railing about how both are monsters who had it coming. The difference? He knew Stella personally.
    • In S2 of Gundam 00 Nena Trinity seeks to avenge her brothers by killing Ali and those who employ him. An understandable objective, sure... but there's just one thing worth noting: earlier, she strafed a wedding and killed an entire family of innocent people purely because she didn't like the idea of other people having a good time when she wasn't. So, she sees no problem in killing the families of innocent people for kicks, but if anyone kills her family, she sees them and everyone associated with them as monsters. What a Hypocrite!
    • In a case of a dramatic irony, the girl who survived that onslaught, Louise, goes on to target Nena and all associated with her for revenge, developing the exact same Moral Myopia in the process. Karma ends up hitting them both, as Nena dies at Louise's hands, and Louise suffers a complete mental breakdown that, as The Movie shows, she can never fully recover from.
    • Another example earlier in the series where an A-Laws pilot tries to get revenge on Setsuna for killing some of his comrades in battle. Nevermind the fact that he had just loosed a dozen killer robots in a space station full of unarmed prisoners.
      • Setsuna himself isn't any better. During Season One, he condemned the Thrones for being excessive in their interventions, to the point that he claimed they weren't Gundams (that's huge from Setsuna). What did the Thrones do exactly? Well, outside Nena's random slaughter of the Halevy family, they attacked weapons factories and research plants like MSWAD; you know, the places where the Big Three conceive and manufacture weapons, which in the real world are considered legitimate targets (just ask any World War II bomber crew) and would have otherwise gone a long way in eliminating war from the 00 universe. And what did Setsuna's group do in comparison? Attacked whole countries at random, crippled national economies (see Moralia), incited at least one global terrorist attack and came no closer to accomplishing their main objective than when they first started. And yet the Trinitys are the bad guys?
    • In Zeta Gundam, Kamille and Jerid go back and forth with killing people important to the other (sometimes unknowingly, as with Jerrid killing Kamille's mother by crushing the capsule she was in), and both regularly accuse the other of being a cold-blooded murderernote . Kamille also gets this hilariously Narmful quote, directed at Blood Knight Yazan Gable: "How can you kill people so easily?! DIE!!"
    • Icelina Eisenbach of the original Gundam thinks that it's perfectly okay for her to betray her country to help pretty boy Garma impress his father, sister, and brother by taking over the world. When Garma's killed, she absolutely freaks out, declares the Earth Federation troops to be monsters, and leads a futile attack against them that gets her killed. It's sad, but not as sad as the creators want it to be, and it's entirely due to this trope being in full effect.
    • Char Aznable is perhaps the poster boy of this trope, even outside of Gundam. In the original series, he took active revenge against the Zabis for his father's murder and their corrupting his vision for their purposes. In Zeta Gundam, he spoke out against the Titans for committing wanton acts of genocide and other heinous crimes against the whole of humanity, all for the purpose of their vision. So what does Char do in Char's Counterattack? He drops asteroids on the Earth in the hope of creating a complete nuclear winter and killing billions in the process, all so that humanity would be forced into immigrating into that wonderful utopia known as space. And he does so claiming he's fulfilling his father's vision, when in reality Zeon Zum Daikun promoted immigration to space so that the Earth could heal from human presence.
    • Zeon has this in spades. While there are legitimate issues with the Federation, Zeon is far from tackling the issues in reality. A group that says its fighting for "all spacenoids" decides its first target are other spacenoids. Also, using oppression to fight oppression is not freedom fighting.
  • Done for Creepy Child effect on Gunslinger Girl. Thanks to their brainwashing, the cyborg girls have n awful no qualms about killing people and are indifferent to their own injuries, yet any attack on The Handler they're conditioned to protect is an outrageous affront worthy of immediate vengeance.
  • In The Heroic Legend of Arslan, in response to hearing that Pars has slaves, the young Lusitanian soldier Etoile tells Arslan that their country and people are far better than Parsians because their god Yaldabord teaches that all men are equal. But if you follow another religion, then you must be marked off and killed. Arslan naturally lampshades how inconsistent he is.
  • The Moral Myopia of the Phantom Troupe in Hunter × Hunter really pisses off Gon.
    Gon: I thought you were just cold-blooded killers. But I see that you can shed tears for your friend. SO WHY COULDN'T YOU SPARE SOME OF THAT EMPATHY FOR THE PEOPLE YOU KILLED?!
    • However, Gon has been showing signs of his own moral myopia since the very beginning and is even commented on by other characters, not really caring when fellow participants die in the hunter exams or that his training partner in Greed Island is a Serial Killer since all the other participants were strangers but he knew Binolt. This eventually comes to a head when he dedicates everything to killing Pitou to avenge Kite, even threatening to kill an innocent woman until they come with him. Ends tragically when he decides to "give up everything" for the power to brutally kill Pitou and needing to be saved from the brink of death in the next arc
  • Inuyasha:
    • Koga serves as an excellent example. His Establishing Character Moment is slaughtering an entire village because his pet wolves were hungry, but enters an Unstoppable Rage when his pack is killed by Inuyasha's group, even though the group only killed the pack out of self-defense. Despite this Koga is considered to be sympathetic.
    • Yura of the Hair. During her fight with Inuyasha and Kagome, she has the gall to call them out on stealing a Shikon Jewel shard from her... the very same shard that she stole from them in the first place.
  • Inuyashiki brings us Hiro, a boy who wants to use his powers to protect his friends and family. It quickly becomes apparent that he'd rather protect them than anyone else, as he turns out to be an amoral sociopath with a Lack of Empathy.
  • When Enya Geil from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure finds out that her son has been killed by the protagonists, she swears revenge and stops at nothing to try to kill them. Said son was a deranged psychopath who enjoyed raping and killing women.
  • Asagami Fujino of Kara no Kyoukai accuses Shiki of being a clearly insane killer, and Shiki is quick to point out that Fujino herself has already brutally murdered almost half a dozen people by twisting their limbs off. Fujino (who is at this point utterly broken emotionally and in the middle of a profound psychotic break) refuses to accept that she's done anything immoral, citing that her stomach hurt. Add to that that Shiki didn't care that Fujino killed the men in the club who had been raping her every day for an entire year, because that was simply revenge and a sudden burst of killing impulse and the victims had it coming. It's when Fujino started actively tracking the guys who managed to escape and killing anyone who got in her way that Shiki thought she went too far. Of course, Shiki has a unique concept of what it means to murder to begin with.
  • Macross Delta:
    • Enemy pilot Bogue Con-Vaart, who curses humans for all the senseless death they cause...while conveniently ignoring the fact that he himself is only a few steps short of being The Berserker on the battlefield. On top of that, he utterly despises Walküre and goes out of his way to try and kill them in every single battle possible, when Walküre is only trying to counter the Hate Plague that Bogue's people are inflicting on both soldiers and innocent civilians.
    • The Windermerians in general: they hate the New UN for having annexed Windermere and for having used a Fold Weapon during the resultant war of independence. Fair enough, but the Windermerians, after securing their independence, retaliate by utilizing Mind Control on the populations of all surrounding planets when "liberating" them from the New UN (these other planets having shown minor concerns at worst with belonging to the New UN government), and declaring themselves the rulers of the galaxy by birthright. Which is... exactly what they were accusing the New UN of doing.
  • Magic Knight Rayearth: The young summoner Ascot repeatedly sent his monster friends against the three heroines, with clear orders to kill the girls (and by doing so, he indirectly caused Presea's death in the anime). When the Magic Knights killed the monsters in an act of legitimate self-defense and to defend their friends, Ascot called that an atrocity and swore revenge... which he carried out by summoning more creatures, which also got killed. Happily ignoring the fact that it was he who sent them with intent to kill. In the end, Umi called him out on this, and managed to set him straight.
    • Furthermore, when questioned by Umi, Ascot states that he works for Zagato because everyone else rejects him and his monsters and accuses them of causing trouble. When Umi asks if they do, Ascot replies that they only do so when he explicitly tells them to.
  • In Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha StrikerS, Nove swears revenge on Subaru for severely wounding Cinque during the Numbers Cyborgs' attack on the Ground Forces HQ while she held her off to allow Nove and the others to escape, despite the fact that Cinque, Nove and Wendi had attacked, wounded and abducted Subaru's older sister Ginga, triggering Subaru's Unstoppable Rage and resulting in Cinque's injuries.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has the entire mage society condemning mind control, such as love potions, yet it is common practice to erase memories and put up wards to mentally command Muggles away from places that would be inconvenient.
  • In Martian Successor Nadesico, the Jovians very much fit this. They have a "Heroes of Justice" attitude like someone who has watched too much Super Robot anime note , which means that they have very high standards and see the world in terms of Black-and-White Morality. Thus, while Jovians are often personally pleasant, they generally behave in a totally merciless way in attacking Earth (since they see humans as Always Chaotic Evil). There's a quote from one that really says it all- "If only the humans appreciated life as we do, I would not have to kill so many of them."
  • Naruto
    • Uchiha Sasuke suffers from a particularly bad case of this. It's to the point where he believes that his brother Itachi isn't to blame for his agreeing to slaughter the Uchiha clan to protect Konoha from the Uchihas' attempting a coup and bloody civil war. He also believes that the Uchiha clan was in the right to attempt said coup, and that his friends and everyone else in Konoha is to blame for prospering from the slaughter by not being involved in a bloody coup that would've resulted in the loss of many innocent lives. Granted, by this point, he has been going off the deep end and makes a fair bit more sense (namely pointing out the system that perpepuates the violence in the first place), but only after when Naruto defeats him for the final time does Sasuke finally recover from this.
    • During the Chunin Exams, Neji has the gall to accuse the adults of favoritism when they intervene during his match with Hinata, conveniently ignoring the fact that they only intervened because he was trying to outright murder Hinata even though she was already badly wounded and unable to defend herself from him anymore.
    • The Cloud Village also commits this in the past. When Hiashi kills the ninja diplomat who tried to kidnap his daughter Hinata to steal the secret of the Byakugan, they are outraged and demand Hiashi's body (partly for the pretext of getting the Byakugan, which gets thwarted when Hiashi's twin brother Hizashi, a member of the Branch family whose Byakugan will seal itself after his death, offers himself in Hiashi's place, preventing them from complaining about it). It's possible that they did not know the truth, but this is egregious enough that Neji lampshades it when telling the story to Naruto, and Yamato later reminds the Raikage that the Leaf Village reluctantly accepted the Cloud Village's demand to avoid war when he proves dismissive of Naruto's request to save Sasuke.
      • The Raikage is also very proud of the fact that Kumogakure is the only major village to not produce any members of Akatsuki, and also berates some of the other major villages for going so far as to hire Akatsuki for certain jobs. When the Tsuchikage points out that he hired Akatsuki to counter Kumo's continued military expansion during a time when every other village was in the process of disarmament, the Raikage responds with righteous indignation. It probably would have lead to a huge argument if Danzo (who is also an example of this) hadn't interrupted.
    • And speaking of Danzo, his idea of the right thing to do puts him second only to Orochimaru for trauma produced. If that. Danzo has a standard policy of abusing and brainwashing small children into his minions, he's strongly implied to have conspired with Orochimaru after Orochimaru betrayed the village. He's also responsible for Kabuto's Start of Darkness; Not only did he blackmail Kabuto and his mother figure into spying for Root, he set them up to kill each other when he felt that they knew too much and had become a liability. Consequently, Kabuto betrays Konoha. Most importantly, he's the one who leaked the fact that Naruto had the Kyuubi sealed inside him and is responsible for the boy's rotten childhood. He is clearly in the top five evil people stakes for the series, but he doesn't think he's a bad person.
  • One Piece is interesting with this given the main characters are pirates and therfore technically criminals:
    • In the Water 7 saga, the Foxy Pirates challenge the Straw Hat crew to a best 2 out of 3 Davy Back Fight, where pirate crews bet their own members in competitive games. After the Straw Hat crew won the second round, it was time for them to choose a member from the Foxy crew. Because the third round is a fight between captains, Nami suggests choosing Captain Foxy so that they would win the third round by default. The Foxy Pirates then begin to yell and jeer at her for such a dirty tactic, never-mind the fact that they have been blatantly cheating throughout the competition, something Robin was quick to point out.
    • In Water 7, the Franky Family brutally beats up Usopp and steals the money he was carrying. The Straw Hats in turn raided their base and beat the living crap out of everyone there. Franky is furious that anyone would dare to harm his family, never mind that his family started the entire conflict. However, the Straw Hats are pirates and the Franky Family are bounty hunters who protect the city; they assumed that Usopp, as a pirate, stole the money in the first place.
    • Spandam. The best example of this would probably be his calling Robin a selfish bitch for refusing to die so he can get a promotion. Not long before that he was ranting about how great and kind he was and what a bitch Robin was, apparently forgetting about condemning all the marines under his command to death and refusing to retract the command in order to save face. Damn pirates, always getting in the way of justice.
    • Absalom from the Thriller Bark arc. When he's not running from Zombie!Lola's attempts to force him into marriage, he's trying to force Nami into marriage.
    • Boa Hancock Does Not Like Men because the first men she met in her life (she lives in a Lady Land) captured her and sold her to the World Nobles as slaves, which has also left her with a fear of being subjugated thereafter. At her debut, Hancock is highly arrogant, shows little concern for the well-being of her subjects, and generally believes that everyone has to capitulate to her (and most people will); this doesn't exactly give her much moral high ground over the World Nobles, let alone the entire male sex. Unlike Gild Tesoro below, Hancock is portrayed as a sympathetic character, whose aforementioned traits haven't disappeared after the reveal of the Freudian Excuse, albeit toned down and portrayed more comedically. At the same time, it is shown that she does care for her subjects and fears that The Reveal of their secret past would destory them.
      • On that topic, Hancock's younger sisters Marigold and Sandersonia happily enable her behavior. When Luffy (who had earlier gone out of his way to conceal their slave marks while they were trying to kill him) asks Hancock to go to Marijoa, where the sisters were enslaved, so he can rescue his brother, they start screaming about what a cruel, selfish man he is and demand that Hancock petrify him.
    • Also, Arlong. Fish- and Merfolk have been victims of Fantastic Racism from humans for a long time. So when Arlong comes into a position of power, what does he do? Enslave a town of people, kill a girl's surrogate mother before her eyes and then forces the girl to work for him, and basically go on and on about how fish people are "the superior species" and being a racist jerk. It is later revealed that Arlong based his operations and priorities (tyranny, slavery and hoarding wealth) on his knowledge on human society, and he was trying to obtain the freedom and power he couldn't get as a fishman on a dry land by trying to act like a human, more specifically the Celestial Dragons, arguably the most sickeningly evil characters in the series.
    • Arlong's spiritual successor, Hody Jones, is even worse since he lacks Arlong's love for his fellow fishmen. He rants about the evil humans have done to fishmen and how anyone who sympathizes with humans are traitors who needs to be killed. Unlike Arlong, he never experienced any misdeeds or racism from humans. He's just a product of living in a very negative environment where hatred against humanity is often preach. He also coldly murders innocents, fishmen, mermen, and human alike to achieve his goals and enslaves humans and rides around on them like horses. Jimbei outright calls this playing Celestial Dragon.
      • Hody also displays this trope outside his misanthropy. Vander Decken, who Hody had allied with to kill off Shirahoshi, decides to hurl the country-sized boat Noah down on Fishman Island, putting everyone on the island, including Hody's crew, in danger of being squashed. Hody labels Decken a traitor for this and climbs up the ship to give him a piece of his mind. However, Hody himself decides that dropping Noah on Fishman Island is a good idea, and tries to kill Decken to shut off his powers while the ship is still above the island. Evidently, he wasn't mad that Decken was going to crush his crew, but just himself, casually acknowledging that thousands of his men are going to die and planning to replace them with human slaves.
    • While we're on the subject, the Celestial Dragons absolutely live for this trope. Descendants of the kings that founded the World Government, they have become incredibly insular and aloof to the point that they believe that having their every whim fulfilled is much more important than the lives or freedom of anyone else. Get in their way on the street? They'll happily have you shot, or enslave you, depending on their whims. They take Moral Myopia to a whole new level.
    • Donquixote Doflamingo is another major example. Yes his life did in fact go to hell (to where he still has nightmares about it and tends to drink), it all changed when he was taken in by a gang of teenagers who quickly made him leader because of his Conqueror's Haki. It is obvious Doflamingo, and by extension is crew, considers crimes against him to be worthy of death. This makes a lot more sense when it comes to light that he was born a Celestial Dragon and his family left the nobility and that's where his attitude comes from.
    • Viola is a minor example, expressing a mild distrust of men (nowhere near as much as Hancock above) because they all lie to her. She says this to Sanji, who had been captured and beaten up because she manipulated him.
    • Gild Tesoro, the Big Bad of One Piece Film: Gold was once enslaved by the World Nobles. Toward the end of the film, he's displaying the exact same god complex over everyone.
    • Pekoms wholeheartedly serves one of the Four Emperors, Big Mom, who is notorious for destroying entire countries when they fail to give her what she wants. He later learns how this feels when the crew of another Emperor destroys his own country when they aren't given what they want, promptly flying into a screaming rage and swearing vengeance on the culprits.
    • Vinsmoke Judge is The Social Darwinist who thinks Virtue Is Weakness, and that Might Makes Right. He's not afraid to use his own soldiers as Human Shields, and spent most of the arc threatening Sanji's father-figure Zeff to get his cooperation. When he realizes that the Big Mom Pirates are going to kill him and his family, he breaks down and begs for his life. Those around him, even his own family, mock Judge for his Villainous Breakdown.
    • Trafalgar Law calls Doflamingo a "demon" for killing his most cherished person Corazon, for using people who worship him as tools, and for being willing to kill all the citizens in Dressrosa. This is despite the fact that Law himself most likely killed many people's loved ones offscreen, manipulated Brownbeard into viewing him as his savior and then callously discarded him once he exploited him for all he was worth, and actively included the sacrifice of thousands of those same innocent Dressrosan lives in his plan to kill Doflamingo. Despite all this, Law's still an incredibly lovable and sympathetic character, though.
  • Ranma ½ is full of this, with "heroic" and "villainous" characters alike capable of deploring the antics of others... while seeing no problem with doing the same thing themselves. Tatewaki Kuno may perhaps be the best example of this in the characters; his statements about what makes a person moral (and he, naturally, is the most moral and honorable person in town if you listen to him) and his actual actions are pretty much exact opposites.
  • Rosario + Vampire:
    • During their fight, Kuyou goes on about how Humans Are Bastards because they're petty, betray, lie, cheat, steal, and hurt other living things without batting an eye. It doesn't really hold water since Kuyou is saying all of this after he just immolated Tsukune in cold blood right in front of his friends and while he's beating Inner Moka to a bloody pulp.
    • Gyokuro has hated Moka since the day she was born because her existence was one of the main reasons Issa gave more attention to Akasha than her. When Moka disfigures her with a kick, she is infuriated not simply from the injury but that Moka would have the gall to attack her own stepmother, as if she'd actually been a good enough one to deserve any respect from Moka.
  • The Buff Clan from Space Runaway Ideon are completely blind in this regard. You've agreed to an honorable duel with a Terran? It's okay to not play by the rules, because they sure won't! You invade their planet and they won't surrender? What a bunch of brutal savages! They get called out on their failures to live up to their "samurai" ideals several times.
  • In s-CRY-ed, both lead characters border on this in terms of how badly they freak out when their friends are hurt or killed, despite the number of people on either side they have personally done serious harm to with out batting an eye.
  • In Sgt. Frog, Natsumi Hinata, primary defender of Earth, will beat the tar out of Harmless Villain Keroro and his platoon any time they try to Take Over the World. But no matter how many times Apocalypse Maiden Angol Mois tries to destroy the planet, Natsumi has not been as nasty to her, even if she opposes it.
  • One of the reasons Thorfinn became The Atoner in Vinland Saga during the "Farmland" saga was the realization that he was suffering from moral myopia during the prologue. Thorfinn was driven by the desire to avenge his murdered father, but he himself killed many men who were likely the fathers, brothers, and/or sons of other people as well. After being Made a Slave, Thorfinn had a long time to reflect on this and decided to give up fighting and killing forever.
  • Weathering With You: The nightclub thug who tried to lure Hina into sex slavery and beat up Hodaka is later shown with what appears to be his wife and child looking at the sunshine after Hina's sacrifice. The fact that he can hurt people for his job and go home without any apparent sign of remorse just makes his earlier actions all the more despicable.
  • Yu Yu Hakusho
    • In Chapter 44 of the manga, while Yusuke and Kuwabara are recovering from their wounds sustained in the Maze Castle arc, two demon half-breeds impersonate them and attack some rival Delinquents at the Kasanegafuchi school. After expressing outrage over Yusuke and Kuwabara's dirty tactics, despite having been dishonorable in the past and knowing that Yusuke and Kuwabara never acted this way before, (lampshaded with "Thug logic! Gotta love it!" in the margins), the Kasanegafuchi delinquents beat up Kuwabara's friends and use threats to force two students to tell Yusuke and Kuwabara to meet them to settle the score.
    • Also, later on, [[spoiler:Yaminade no Itsuki gets hit hard with this, being Sensui's boyfriend and Psycho Supporter. When Sensui dies, Itsuki tells off the heroes and accuses them of being Hypocrites for (dub quote) "training a boy to kill and then expecting him not to kill as a man". Despite his severe moral myopia in regards to Sensui's Misanthrope Supreme/Kill All Humans worldview due to Mad Love.


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