* An ''IrregularWebcomic'' strip involved a character who is [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed obviously not Steve Irwin]] not dying from a fatal snakebite because [[DeathTakesAHoliday Death was on strike]]. It had the annotation, "Oh come on. You all knew Steve wouldn't die."
** Even "better", the strip in question came out on ''the exact day of Irwin's death'' (although it was composed some three weeks before). This is [[LampshadeHanging pointed out]] in the annotation.
* A demon hunter in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' named Steve Uozin was an obvious CaptainErsatz of Steve Irwin... until he was [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=050219 stabbed through the torso]] in February of 2005. (By a demon rather than a stingray, but still...)
** Five years before that, during a Halloween special, he had been [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=001031 stabbed in the heart]] by a demon's spear. A demon spear that was referred to as a 'squid-on-a-stick', no less...
* ''{{Megatokyo}}'' has [[http://www.megatokyo.com/strip/51 this]] fairly early strip depicting what would happen if Fred worked without Rodney, or vice-versa. Two years later, Rodney stopped contributing to the comic; the old joke strip turned out to be, in many ways, pretty accurate.
* ''[[OneOverZero 1/0]]'' declared "war" on another webcomic on September 11th of 2000.
* ''LeftoverSoup'': The CrimeOfSelfDefense storyline was ''in progress'' when George Zimmerman shot Trayvon Martin.
* The [[http://www.lefthandedtoons.com/361/ 21 November 2008 Left-Handed Toons (by right-handed people)]] subverted this trope by undercutting the punchline ''the day it was posted''.
* Due to a severe case of CerebusSyndrome, ''Webcomic/CollegeRoomiesFromHell'' is chock full of these. A few examples:
** An early running gag has Roger vehemently deny being a werecoyote, despite the fact that nobody accused him of being one. By the time he reveals that he is one, the strip's taken a dark enough turn that a terrible bloodlust, to which his mother has already succumbed, is a major plot point.
** Another early story has April and Roger get possessed by ghosts inhabiting a television set and a hairdryer, respectively, to do battle. Later stories show that Roger is particularly vulnerable to possession by Satan in his werecoyote form, and April's gradual progression to {{Yandere}} and eventually ManipulativeBastard is implied to be at least partially due to Satanic influence.
** The king of them all, however, is in the earliest storyline of note: A paranoid Marsha stabs Mike, hospitalizing him. Immediately afterward, she blames April, because "Miss Wimpy didn't want any bloodstains on her wimpy clothes!" It's OnlyAFleshWound, and Mike (a consummate ManipulativeBastard) recovers perfectly, then leverages Marsha's guilt to start off their relationship. In a much later storyline, Mike is [[spoiler:KilledOffForReal]] when April, following an argument with Marsha about her relationship with Mike, [[spoiler:fatally stabs him]].
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' manages to create an Aneurysm Moment ''retroactively'' with the punch line of [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0548.html this]] strip. The aneurysm doesn't come until you remember (or read, if you hadn't already) the StartOfDarkness prequel in which you realize just [[MoralEventHorizon how low]] Xykon can go (and how painfully aware Redcloak is of it).
** There's also the Cliffport police chief talking about how the mayor was going to have his head on a pike because of the ruckus Nale caused. A couple of strips later, [[spoiler: Nale cuts off the Chief's head and impales it on his sword.]] [[{{Squick}} Mmm...shishkabobs.]]
** [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0417.html O-Chul's attempt to give Haley a sobering moment]] simply leads to an excuse to end the comic on a cuddle with Elan. But the big WhamEpisode [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0443.html to follow]] puts his words in an uglier perspective:
--> "It may be the last night alive for many of those girls you just told to 'chill out'. It might even be the last night for you, or one of your friends."
** Then there's [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0290.html this strip]], in which TheReveal is that Shojo's advisor is the ghost of Roy's father, who remarks, "You were maybe expecting Patrick Swayze?" Of course, now that Patrick Swayze is ''actually dead''...
** Elan picturing Roy as a surrogate older brother becomes less funny when you realize that [[spoiler:Roy really did have a younger brother who might have become a bard, had he not died in an accident at a young age.]]
** In one strip, Xykon says this to Redcloak [[spoiler:after he murdered Tsukiko.]]
--->'''Xykon''': If you had to smoke her, you had to smoke her. Hell knows I've had occasion to off an uppity minion in my day.
*** This sounds like Xykon being his usual AffablyEvil self, until you've read Start of Darkness, where [[spoiler: Redcloak's younger brother attempted to kill Xykon to avenge his family, and Redcloak was forced to kill him]]. Its one of many ways Xykon subtly torments Redcloak.
** In [[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0747.html this strip]], Haley claims it'll take "200-foot tall flaming letters" to help convince Elan that his AffablyEvil long-lost father is really bad news. ''[[http://www.giantitp.com/comics/oots0759.html This]]'' strip [[BrickJoke makes a rather dark joke about it]] when that turns out to be the case, as Elan his horrified when [[spoiler: his father spells out Elan's name in ''the burned-alive bodies of rebellious slaves'', the same ones Haley and Vaarsuvius freed in an earlier strip.]]
** A rare case of averting this trope: In the print edition of the first run of comics, there's a previously-omitted comic during the battle with Xykon in which Vaarsuvius, paralyzed by a ghasts' touch, sits helplessly while a trio of demon roaches sits on his/her head and crack wise. Why was it omitted from the online comic? Because the morning that it was scheduled to be posted, Christopher Reeve died. The author (wisely) pulled it, only letting it see the light of day as a "bonus strip" over a year later.
* A ''ClanOfTheCats'' strip from the very first storyline has Chelsea asking her mother about the "[[InvoluntaryTransformation changes]]" she's going through. Her mother is convinced she's [[ComingOutStory coming out]] to her. Three years later, she realizes her bisexuality (and her crush on her best friend) when she's seduced away from her boyfriend by a child-killing LesbianVampire, complicit in her feeding off a hairdresser and {{Hannibal Lecture}}d into nearly killing an old woman in cold blood, [[ShootTheDog ultimately forced to kill her lover]], and nearly DrivenToSuicide.
* [[http://dominic-deegan.com/view.php?date=2004-06-07 This]] ''DominicDeegan'' strip features Greg ''complaining'' about his magic being called a "super power". A few years later, there would be some agreement on that point.
* [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1940-2 This]] ''Webcomic/RealLifeComics'' strip, which was posted a while before the unfortunately confirmed rumors of TheSarahConnorChronicles's cancellation started circulating.
** [[http://www.reallifecomics.com/comic.php?comic=title-1561 This]] one even more so. Yeah, [[WhoWouldBeStupidEnough what kind of idiot would the banks have to be to give a loan to someone who clearly can't pay it back?]] OH SNAP.
* Back in 1999, ''PennyArcade'' published a [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/1999/11/03/ strip]] about ''VideoGame/DukeNukemForever'', which [[ReverseFunnyAneurysm became funnier]] with each year of the game's [[{{vaporware}} famously long]] development (which, back then, had only been over two years.) Almost a decade later, its developer [[http://www.shacknews.com/laryn.x?story=58519 shut down]].
** Especially good because the strip more-or-less illustrated ''why'' ''VideoGame/DukeNukem Forever'' didn't come out when it was supposed to, long before anyone outside the production company knew. The company just kept playing around instead of delivering the ''promised'' game to a distributor (the distributor changed midway); by the time they took the deadline seriously (Take-Two was less patient than the previous distributor), they were no longer able to get the money to complete it.
*** Of course, now that the game is ''actually'' coming out ([[http://www.wired.com/gamelife/2010/09/duke-nukem-pax/ and debuted at PAX no less!]]), the strip has changed to a HilariousInHindsight.
* This 2002 issue of [[http://www.krakowstudios.com/krakow/archive.php?date=20020315 Krapow Original]].
* A ''CtrlAltDel'' Silly strips made [[http://www.cad-comic.com/sillies/20081215 this]] joke at the end of 2008, about Death needing to "break his record" of famous-people deaths in 2009. He managed.
* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary '', [[http://www.schlockmercenary.com/d/20010121.html this strip]] became less funny when Brad failed to survive a similar incident because of his HeroicSacrifice to prevent civilian casualties on the ground.
* ''BoyMeetsBoy'': An exorcist mentions going to a horrible alternate dimension -- "[[InAWorld a world]] where George Bush is reelected in 2004."
* [[http://drmcninja.com/page.php?pageNum=20&issue=11 This]] strip of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' revealing the "real Michael Jackson" to be in [[spoiler:Dracula's moon base]] has different connotations now that the 'fake' MJ is dead.
* {{Girly}}. [[spoiler:Literally ''everything'' the two heroines go through becomes one big moment when its revealed that it was all pre-set up by the villains to prepare one of the heroines to lead their uprising.]]
* Most readers of ''Webcomic/CuantaVida'' play ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2''. After the recent WAR! propaganda contest on the [[http://www.teamfortress.com/ official TF2 blog]], the [[http://www.teamfortress.com/post.php?id=3391 runner-ups]] were announced, and many of them were hilarious, including [[http://www.teamfortress.com/images/posts/runners-up/sticky_bomb_tragedies.jpg this one.]] [[spoiler: Although, the bottom-left poster isn't quite as funny after reading [[http://tf2.skyscrapersoup.com/?p=202 page 86]]]] ...Yeah.
** Oh, yeah, and... a few pages later, [[spoiler:the upper-right poster]] would also apply.
** And now, it seems that [[spoiler: the upper-left poster]] also applies. [[spoiler: Jeez, will Rojo take the BLU demoman's spleen next?]]
* [[http://achewood.com/index.php?date=12042006 This]] ''{{Achewood}}'' strip suddenly got a lot less amusing when news of a [[http://timworstall.typepad.com/timworstall/2007/09/meg-white-sex-t.html sex tape]] (link SFW), falsely attributed to be of the real [[TheWhiteStripes Meg White]], was released almost a year afterward.
* In ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'', Kat's belongings sometimes have the names of bands printed on them. In [[http://www.gunnerkrigg.com/archive_page.php?comicID=718 this page]], her shirt reads [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparklehorse Sparklehorse]]. Mark Linkous, who led that band, committed suicide 2 months prior to the page being published. Considering the 30-page buffer kept by the author, it would seem that the page itself was made a few weeks before it happened.
** It has been confirmed by WordOfGod that this was intended as a tribute.
* [[http://www.asofterworld.com/index.php?id=483 This strip]] of ''ASofterWorld'' illustrates what seems like a rather improbable idea of what causes terrorists to be terrorists. But a later sociological study discovered that many of them don't really care about their cause, and if their mission is actually accomplished they just move on to another extremist group. It concluded that a large proportion really ''are'' [[spoiler:social rejects who can't find friends anywhere else, and are willing to kill for the sake of that bond.]]
* In ''[[YuMeDream Yu+Me: Dream]]'', in Part One, Jake sarcastically tells Lia, “I’m just pretending to be gay for all of the social benefits it brings,” the joke being that so far in the comic, he’s caught nothing but flak for his homosexuality. In Part Two, [[spoiler:after we’ve found out that that [[AllJustADream everything in Part One was essentially a reality show,]] it’s revealed that the actor who played Jake is actually a [[WordofGod “straight douche”]] who won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of Jake. The commentary on [[http://rosalarian.com/yume/?p=1383 this page]] suggests that he primarily won the award because of the (mis)perception that it’s a huge challenge for a straight actor to play a gay character.]]
* In Webcomic/{{Misfile}}, after having a year of her life erased (the year during which she gained admission to Harvard, no less), Emily is told to "Enjoy all the extra time you've got." It took on a whole new meaning once you realize that without the misfile, [[spoiler:Emily would've died in the same car accident that sent Molly to the hospital.]]
** actually, if the misfile hadn't happened, the crash likely wouldn't have happened at all. the extra 5 seconds it takes 2 people to get into the car would have pushed them back far enough that the other car would have missed them entirely. it would have been a very scary near miss that would have had the same long term effect of making them think seriously about their life.
* ''Webcomic/{{Shortpacked}}'' had [[http://www.shortpacked.com/2009/comic/book-8/05-the-day-that-shortpacked-fell/previously/#comment-12740 this strip]]. The panel with Amber saying she's pregnant suddenly becomes really disturbing due to [[spoiler: Faz being Amber's (half) brother]].
* In ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' When Susan starts to explain the [[NoodleIncident long-unknown]] events that occurred in France, she alludes to the [[spoiler: [[OurVampiresAreDifferent not-vampire]]]] that's involved, when Grace calls her [[spoiler:[[ShoutOut "Susan the Vampire Slayer"]]]]. Yeah, [[spoiler:[[MercyKill guess how that]] [[MyGodWhatHaveIDone story ended.]]]]
* A super-compressed in-universe example in ''BatmanAndSons'': In the first strip of the Loeb tribute, Batman suffers a BSOD when he recalls his last Halloween costume before his parents' deaths--
-->'''Thomas Wayne''': And who are you supposed to be, son?
-->'''Young Bruce Wayne''': I'm Death! And you're a dead man, Daddy!
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' tells [[http://xkcd.com/527/ a joke about Steve Jobs losing weight.]] It turns out his weight loss was due to cancer which proved fatal.
** In a "Blog/WhatIf" segment, the question is asked [[http://what-if.xkcd.com/40/ "What's the worst thing that can happen with a pressure cooker?"]] Within a week, three die when [[http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2013/04/16/glance-pressure-cooker-bombs/MYVLq4WWSAOVsVjCMIiP2N/story.html pressure cooker bombs are used at the Boston Marathon]].
** In the alt-text for [[http://xkcd.com/453/ this comic about hurricanes,]] the author expresses interest in damage assessments for hurricanes hitting New York City. Then Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy happened.
* A relatively minor example, which could become major, in ''{{Wondermark}}'': [[http://wondermark.com/775/ this strip]] made fun of an internet overuser, and joked about what she would do if the Internet vanished. Less than two months later, the strip's website and several of the sites listed in the comic joined [[http://www.readwriteweb.com/archives/stop_sopa_what_a_blacked_out_internet_looks_like.php a large-scale Internet blackout in protest of SOPA]], a bill that could cause many sites to be [[BannedInChina blacked out permanently.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Roommates}}'' has/had a RunningGag about [[Film/{{Labyrinth}} Jareth]] failing to do good despite his best intentions and efforts... after the [[WhamEpisode Dark!Jareth arc]] that got some pretty heavy subtext. [[spoiler: As a fictional character he can't defy the story and his role in it, doesn't matter how desperately he may try.]]
* ''Webcomic/DrugsAndKisses'' ran a strip based on the fairly common British past-time of joking about [[http://drugsandkisses.com/comics/95/ Margaret Thatcher dying]]. Naturally, five days later...
* [[http://www.mezzacotta.net/garfield/?comic=1423 This]] ''Webcomic/SquareRootOfMinusGarfield'' comic shows Jon trying to stop a bomb by frantically blowing on it. Obviously, he fails and it [[AshFace blows up in his face]]. Less than a week later, the Boston Marathon was bombed.
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