->''This building will stand forever.''
-->-- '''Lewis Schiliro''', Head of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement [=FBI=]]]'s New York Office, after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_bombing 1993 WTC Bombing]].

Harsher in Hindsight is a serious event or plotline where a later event (in the story or {{real life}}) comes up and only serves to amplify the effects of the already bitter-tasting effect. It can lead to episodes or issues being pulled or held from re-running if it's perceived as TooSoon.

This leads to a rather heart-wrenching moment and makes some people feel uneasy about it when they view the event in the original work.

Compare FunnyAneurysmMoment, TooSoon, LifeImitatesArt, CerebusRetcon (elements that were originally comedic are later deconstructed and played as tragic).

Note that if the event in question is something inevitable, such as people dying, that's not necessarily this trope. Everyone dies eventually, as far as we know. It would be this trope if the death had some link to how they appeared on screen.

Contrast HilariousInHindsight, HeartwarmingInHindsight.

'''CONTAINS SPOILERS'''.

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!Examples:

!!!Keep in mind, this trope is for stuff that was already dramatic/serious to begin with, but is now worse due to history. For stuff that started out funny and now isn't because of history, the correct trope is FunnyAneurysmMoment.

[[index]]
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Advertising}}
* HarsherInHindsight/AnimeAndManga
* HarsherInHindsight/ComicBooks
* HarsherInHindsight/FanFic
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Film}}
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Literature}}
* HarsherInHindsight/LiveActionTV
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Music}}
* HarsherInHindsight/NewspaperComics
* HarsherInHindsight/ProfessionalWrestling
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Radio}}
* HarsherInHindsight/TabletopGames
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Theatre}}
* HarsherInHindsight/VideoGames
* HarsherInHindsight/WebComics
* HarsherInHindsight/WebOriginal
* HarsherInHindsight/WesternAnimation
* HarsherInHindsight/RealLife
[[/index]]

[[folder:Artwork]]
* [[http://vallejo.ural.net/1997/show.php?008 This work]] (warning, NSFW) by BorisVallejo, painted in 1997, is supposed to depict the ruins of New York City a thousand years in the future (as Vallejo himself commented on after the 9/11 attacks), but the Twin Towers are still standing.
[[/folder]]

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