In the third edition of "Things I Am not Allowed to Do at the Protectors of the Plot Continuum" was the line "I will not unleash macroviruses in HQ". Three guesses (and the first two don't count) what the League of Mary Sue Factories unleashed in Headquarters over a year later, with massive loss of life.
Cancer's Passion, a short cartoon on Newgrounds, features a hotdog vendor whose mother is in a cancer clinic, with her death at the end serving as part of the punchline. The hotdog vendor's voice actor lost his real life mother to leukemia less than two years after the cartoon was made.
Fun With Suicide by the author Livecorpse is much darker in retrospect as he committed suicide several months later. Even moreso by the fact that one of the options is "Suicide by Cop", considering that he was on the run from the police when he died.
Quite a few TGWTG videos suffered from this following the tragic suicide of Justin Carmical, a.k.a. JewWario:
Atop the Fourth Wall 's review of "Action Comics #593" had a "previously on" skit which included Jew Wario referencing the "gun-is-in-my-hand" climax from Fight Club, which ended in the protagonist shooting himself. Considering this is the exact way Jew Wario committed suicide, the skit now looks like a gigantic red flag.
In the Reloaded DVD extras, a joke about JewWario showing his penis equaling a "gross out shot fatality" seems far harsher now that Justin took his own life.
During one of his livestreams, Justin spoke candidly to Iron Liz about his battle with depression — including a previous suicide attempt. At one point, he even states how easy suicide is in the heat of the moment. Ouch.
The Cinema Snob's review of the film Caligula has guest appearances of various TGWTG members, including Jew Wario. While his appearance is nothing out of the ordinary later in the video Phelous appears in the video committing a mock suicide by hanging himself...!
The Angry Video Game Nerd example: In the NES Superman review, he makes a big deal about how part of the plot of the game involves Clark being sent to investigate an unexplained drop in stock prices, and how it was a ludicrous element to include in a superhero game. Funny then. Cringe-inducing for anybody with a 401(k) in the wake of the stock market dropping 1,000 points over the course of thirty minutes.
The review of Action 52 and Cheetahmen became this as of August 2012, when a Kickstarter project to get a completed version of Cheetahmen II was posted to James' YouTube channel, and subsequently got a huge amount of Internet Backdraft.
Speaking of the Cinema Snob, Brad Jones is a big fan of Tequila and Bonetti, a short-lived show starring an NYPD officer who moves to California after accidentally killing an innocent, unarmed black kid. While reviewing the first episode, Brad got sorta-serious for a moment and said "It would be very hard to do this show nowadays," in reference to the spate of high-profile instances of police shooting unarmed black people in The New '10s.
During a late night chat on Lord Kat's livestream (circa September 2010), a conversation between Spoony, Sean Fausz, and Skitch was interrupted by a sudden THUD, after which Spoony's line went quiet.note (He later explained that he dropped his laptop and ran out of the room because his dinner had caught fire on the stove.) After about five minutes of silence, Skitch jokingly speculated that Spoony had "dropped dead from a heart attack"; Sean replied, "Oh, well. Miles will find him and give him a eulogy." A little over a month later, Spoony started having fainting spells and ended up making numerous trips to the hospital...because of a previously unknown heart condition. Ouch.
Also in Spoony's Deadly Premonition LP he gives the line "I think my heart's about to explode!"
And again way back in his Terror TRAX: Track of the Vampire audio CD review where Spoony offhandedly joked about having a heart condition.
And again involving Spoony: anything involving his now ex-girlfriend Scarlett. Poor guy has had a rough time of it recently....
Particularly awkward is the SGC 2010 Q&A Panel where he informs the crowd that "there would be no website without Scarlett", joking that he needs to keep her happy because "if she gets mad, everything's goin' down!" After the pair broke up, The Spoony Experiment nearly did go down: Noah fell into a deep depression, and announced that he wasn't in the frame of mind to produce any videos in the foreseeable future; there was no new content on the site for nearly three months, during which Noah contemplated leaving internet reviewing permanently.
In his review of the Make My Video games, Spoony jokes about bringing medication with him because the games are so bad, he's afraid of having an insanity attack. Numerous other reviews make jokes about having mental breakdowns or taking "crazy pills" (in fact, it's something of a Running Gag). As of June 2012, Noah's been diagnosed with Bipolar II disorder....
The first part of the 2012 Channel Awesome Anniversary To Boldly Flee made jokes about The Nostalgia Critic only calling the other reviewers to fire them, featured the line, "The Spoony One must not return", and has an entire plotline about Spoony being possessed and initially mistaken for insane by the others. A few months after filming wrapped (but before the special was released, so that everybody in the audience is aware of this), Noah Antwiler was suspended from the TGWTG over recent bad behavior, then left the site for good (of his own accord), and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He seems to take it with humor, though. It's also worth noting that they actually averted it in one case: originally, when the Nostalgia Critic called Film Brain, Film Brain would've said, "I promise not to do another crossover with Spoony!" This was meant to reference the negative reaction certain fans had to their crossover review of the live-action Tekken movie. However, given what had just happened with Spoony, this line was cut out of fear that it would be seen as a reference to the events.
To Boldly Flee is loaded with these given the numbers of falling outs and resignations that followed it's completion. Kinley Mochrie in particular gives a speech about how the members of TGWTG are a family and that internet video critics need to stick together; just a few months later, she was gone from the site.
Narrowly averted in Spoony's review of The Barbarians. Spoony see had originally planned to do the review in his Ultimate Spoony character, except the real Ultimate Warrior died the day before Spoony was going to begin filming. The review treats the movie as a parting gift from Warrior and Spoony reviews it as himself.
Every so often, the Onion's satirical stories get unsettlingly close to reality:
This article, posted four years before the fact, is about the real Michael Jackson whom everyone loved in The '80s — as opposed to the Uncanny Valley resident the world knew for so long — being found dead in his home. Interestingly, that came true in more ways than one — not only was MJ found dead in his home, but it was at that moment that people started thinking of him as the MJ everyone loved again.
Another Onion article dated January 17, 2001 featured the headline "Bush: 'Our Long National Nightmare Of Peace And Prosperity Is Finally Over'". The article itself only goes downhill from there.
This Onion article isn't quite as funny in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
The day before the Empire State Building shootings, the Onion published "Nation Celebrates Full Week Without Deadly Mass Shooting." It was promptly updated.
A meme on 4chan is to post a picture of a living star, pretending them to be dead with the text "Goodnight, sweet prince". The most famous is the one on the right... Another example now appears on the page as of the death of David Bowie.
The cinnamon challenge, for a while, was one of the most popular, hysterical memes to do on YouTube. But it's a little unsettling to laugh at them since a four-year-old boy choked to death on cinnamon, proving that consuming raw cinnamon is very dangerous.
ThisAnti-Humor article is unpleasant, especially since the current Pope has been (as of this writing) alive and Pope-ing for over half a decade.
AThe Land Before Time Youtube Poop by Jittery Dragon has one. In a moment when Ducky dies, a title card pops up with a picture of her in black and white which says "Ducky... She died for your sins" which is funny... that is until you realize that her original voice actress, Judith Barsi, was murdered by her father a few months before the first movie was released.
The YTP "Shiteo Games" (a parody of the song "Video Games" by Black Out Band) ends with the lead members running off to their house to play video games.....only for a missile to suddenly explode on them. The lead singer of the band, Hunter Watson, later died in a car crash at only 20 years old.
A few hours after the Columbia disaster, the Associated Press website had an article on its return. The article described the events of the Columbia's safe landing and the happy comments of the crew in detail. It is unknown whether the false details were placeholders meant to be replaced after real details were learned or outright fabrication. Either way, the article was pulled so fast that its head spun.
A What Would Tyler Durden Do thread published in 2007 simply stated, "I predict Jett Travolta will die in the bath and be found by his caretaker at the end of 2008 due to Scientology. So sayeth the crystal ball."
This video by Videogamedunkey, the fake quote from JonTron ("Fuck you dunkey, I do not watch your videos because you are black") has become uncomfortable, considering that JonTron just went on a stream to talk about how he viewed black people as genetically inferior and how he wanted to preserve a white majority in the United States.
This Overheard Everywhere quote, posted in December of 2007.
Woot.com's deal of the day for April 4, 2009, was for a set of four solar-powered lights; the product description began "What if the end of the world was tomorrow? Well, it probably wouldn't matter, because there would be no one left to notice." Their product descriptions are usually odd snarky things like that...but late on April 4, 2009, North Korea launches a rocket over Japan, an action which many nations are condemning as long-range missile testing and "provocative." Not quite The End of the World as We Know It yet, thank goodness...but right now, it's a little scary.
Could someone post a link mentioning their annulment?
There's not much out there (understandably), but he talks about it here on his livejournal account.
When SF Debris was commenting on the episode of Star Trek: Voyager "Meld", there is a scene where, after mind-melding with a sociopath, Tuvok needs to test his self-control. He does this by spending a few moments with a holographic Nelix. SF Debris comments on this, "Doesn't this say a lot? What will be most likely to drive myself into a homicidal rage? Seeing my children get killed? Watching my wife get raped? The destruction of my home planet?" We know now that Vulcan getting blown up does tend to drive Vulcans mad with rage.
For a time, the Tourettes Guy videos were considered a Funny Aneurysm series after news about its star's death appeared in August of 2007. About 2 years later, it was then revealed that the Tourettes Guy was in prison the whole time, and a new video was released in late 2009 following his release from prison.
Also, the line "When I die and go to heaven and see God, I'm gonna say...... shit" becomes a lot more relevant after said death rumors.
While the first Potter Puppet Pals short, "Bothering Snape," came out a few months after Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix was released, "Bothering Snape" can seem disturbing if you watch it after having read the scene in the book where James (Harry's father) and his friends bully Snape just for kicks (basically, the exams are done and Sirius is looking for some fun, and they decide to go mess with Snape who is just reading over his test). It makes Harry's "Let's go bother Snape" seem disturbingly like his father's bad side (although Harry in those shorts IS generally more arrogant and more cruel than he usually is in the books).
Even worse, in episode 12 or so, Donut laments to himself that he's focused on his career too much and it may be too late for him to start a family.
Remember this line from Reconstruction?
Delta: I believe that Agent Washington's sanity is well within acceptable deviations, for now.
Well, by the end of Recreation, "now" is officially over.
In Revelation, Tucker tells Tex and Church not to come and ask the other Blues or the Reds for help if they die again, as they usually do, when they go to arctic Freelancer Base. A couple episodes later, The Meta stabs a two-foot spike into Tex's helmet.
In Episode 58, "Hunting Time" Church cannot get a word in edgewise because of Caboose. This also lampshades the trope, in part.
Tucker: I wonder if a ghost can have an aneurysm?
In Episode 50 of Bloodgulch Chronicles, published in 2005, Church attempts to save Captain Flowers from a heart attack in his sleep by giving him an injection. It turns out, however, that the injection had aspirin in it, which Flowers was allergic to, and was what actually caused his death. In 2015, Monty Oum suffered an allergic reaction during a routine medical procedure and died ten days later. Once you notice the similarities, it's hard to find the scene as funny as it was before.
Big Brother 13 US is probably the most slanted season in Big Brother history, with twists that obviously benefit the veterans (All fan favourites) and safeguards in the form of competitions they've already played in left and right, as well as the most obviously slanted challenge for Brendon to return to the game. After a sudden flip around causing one of the fan favourites to be voted out, a bunch of people on sites begun to think about how the producers would bail out the two remaining veterans, resulting in one user making this video making fun of how they assumed production worked. This became a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when you consider within a week...almost all the events described to slant the season happened in the most blatantly contrived bailout in Big Brother history. Among these...Pandora's Box offering $5,000 to Porsche, restarting the duo twist, conveniently pitting Jordan and Rachel (The remaining veterans) with each other, and a literal copy of the first Head of Household competition (That Rachel won) for the veto. But with a different prop. One almost wonders if they got the idea for it after watching that video!
A SomethingAwful thread entitled "tim russert is the most handsome man on television" was posted on June 13th, 2008 as a joke topic. Barely three hours later the news broke that Tim Russert had passed away. Needless to say it surprised everyone, and it's become a minor meme that if someone dies, the topic will have a title similar to "[Person] is the most handsome man on television".
Chris Chan has long been an Acceptable Target due to his, well let's just say oddness. After his father's passing, some no longer enjoy taking jabs at him.
Even on This Very Wiki, there's one. The fact that one of our tropes is called Macekre seems very irreverent now that Carl Macek is dead.
On radio sites Digital Spy and elsewhere, people were speculating that Dave Berry would be the future breakfast show presenter on 95.8 Capital Radio London and that there would be 100% national Capital Radio. The first one came true, and an Internet Backdraft occurred. It's safe to say people would rather have a presenter who was "in touch" with their audience, like Simon Nicks, aka Nicksy, Darren Spence, Wayne Tunnicliffe, Jacqui Blay or Rick Vaughn, not a celebrity who they can't relate to (and the fact Jacqui provides Ms. Fanservicefor everyone too, helps).
Also, in December 2010, someone (whose name was never revealed) wrote on Twitter: "predictions for 2011... Twitter will be super-regulated #ladygaga". This may have been considered funny/highly speculative at the time, but not now that the 2011 Twitter gagging order row has happened, and it's definitely uncomfortable to read, particularly as this got quoted around a few football forums too.
Dick Figures has the episode "Pleasure Cruise", where Red and Blue are having a vacation on a cruise ship and they end up trying to save it and the passengers from a terrorist who plans to blow it up after being mistakened for secret agents. Although they defeat the terrorist, the bomb blew up before they could act, causing the ship to sink. On Jan. 13, 2012, the ship Costa Concordia has been grounded with several dead and missing. The episode was uploaded on Youtube at Jan. 12.
Depending on your opinion, this may also qualify as Hilarious in Hindsight too: the endless promotion for a then-unknown Kesha on Key 103 Manchester, a British radio station's web site. Bizarrely, she was listed on the regular presenters' list too... although not now!
During the RiffTrax commentary of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, either Mike Nelson or Kevin Murphy makes an offhand comment about Heath Ledger dying of a drug-related matter. Although this was released back in 2006 while he was still alive, anyone who's heard it after the unfortunate events of January 2008 when Ledger died of a sleeping pill overdose has to just cringe.
Eddsworld had a joke about Tom getting cancer in the future because of a laser he got hit by. It's lost some of its humor as the real life Edd has died because of cancer.
It's not the only one about him. In THE TWENTY MINUTE ASDFMOVIE, an angry potato tells the "I like trains" kid, "I am an angry potato and I hope you get cancer!" Edd Gould voiced the "I like trains" kid.
This is also one of the main reasons the original "Crash Zoom" was canceled. After the Sandy Hook shooting, a crazy person breaking into a school and killing children was a lot less funny, for some reason.
Facebook had one which concerned the site itself. The fact that someone registered the domain in March 2002 is one such thing, even though the content was not social networking, it was just domain-parking.
The Bad Movie Beatdown and Todd in the Shadows crossover review has Matt panicking at the sight of Todd, mistaking him for a "hoodie", which may have been partly due to him being of unclear race. This took a dark twist after the Travon Martin case
On an automotive blog, someone wrote an article entitled "Fifty Shades of Grey" - which was a Take That! at some well-known automobile manufacturers, and the Chinese automobile industry. Now, though, with Fifty Shades of Grey out in novel form, the title of the article seems less funny than originally.
In the Strong Bad Email "the movies", there is a Running Gag involving turning off your bazooka before the movie starts. This is significantly less funny in the wake of the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting at the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight Rises.
Made even worse by the fact Strong Bad, who got annoyed and blew up the theater near the end of the e-mail, was once The Joker for Halloween. Shortly after Aurora, James Holmes dyed his hair green and claimed he was The Joker.
Near the end of "Fall Float Parade", a giant Marshie Balloon feebly controlled by The Cheat rams into the platform where Marzipan and Coach Z are reporting. This became less funny when three days after the cartoon was posted, a Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade balloon accidentally slammed into a streetlight, injuring two people.
"Best Caper Ever", which is about Homestar floating on an ice floe through the Arctic as Strong Bad and The Cheat try to remember what happened, came out February 9, 2009, one day after 134 people were rescued from a freeflowing sheet of ice that broke off into Lake Erie. Because of this, the page title of the cartoon was "Total Coincidence! Not Intentional!".
Cracked.com had as part of "Batman Week" a live action/animated video called "Fuck Batman" that featured at the end of it a few dead bodies (some penguins, but one human) splattering blood in the shape of the Batman logo. Worse still, the video was made in advance and put out the same day as news of the shooting circulated.
During Chuggaaconroy's Let's Play of Super Mario Sunshine, a fair amount of humour came from how the game screwed him over, whether it was the time he had a power outage whilst recording, or the difficulty with the watermelon stage, or how frustrating the game was in parts. It became a lot less funny however, when (during his LP of Majora's Mask) Chuggaaconroy revealed that during the LP of Sunshine he'd been suffering from a Creator Breakdown, and was trying to hide it.
On a more meta note, his Bill Cosby impressions from his earlier Let's-Plays (and that one episode of Mario Party 4 on The Runaway Guys) have fallen in immensely bad taste in light of Cosby's ongoing rape scandal and subsequent court case, which made Chugga's impressions of the guy go from comical to cringeworthy.
The photoset of Otters Who Look Like Benedict Cumumberbatch went viral in April 2012. August 28, 2012, the featured species was declared extinct, and every single repost of those photos became an inadvertent memorial to the Japanese River Otter.
The Pokémon fan trailer Pokémon Apocalypse depicted a Darker and Edgier version of the Pokémon universe, and was released as a parody in late 2010. The parody lost all its humor on October 8, 2012, when PETA protested Pokémon Black 2 and White 2 with a Flash game called Pokémon Black and Blue; depicting Pokémon fighting back against their abusive trainers. The game has been met with resounding criticism from fans and the video game community. Also qualifies as Harsher in Hindsight.
This 2007 parody video called "Elmo upsets Little Miss Shy", later renamed "Elmo becomes a molester", in which Elmo tries to take Little Miss Shy home to supposedly molest her and eventually gets pissed at her. It's not funny now thanks to the fact that Elmo's puppeteer, Kevin Clash, resigned after being accused of having sexual relationships with underaged boys.
Purposely invoked on Atop the Fourth Wall in a storyline where Linkara found out he was turning evil and a series of flashbacks to old comedic moments from the series shows evidence of him becoming aggressive and egotistical to dangerous levels.
One episode in the Game Grumps playthrough of Mega Man 7 has Jon mocking Proto Man's vaguely sinister sounding hints (ex. Asking Mega Man to burn down a forest to find a hidden passageway), and Jon creates the dialogue "Mega Man, I need you to gun down a school full of elementary school children." A lot less funny after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, four months after the episode's release.
The second episode of Super Freakin' Parody Rangers features Blue Ranger Willy getting replaced by his brother Billiam, who is an over-the-top Camp Gay stereotype. Years later, David Yost (the original Blue Ranger) revealed he's gay and the reason he left the show was due to excessive gay bashing. Suddenly, Billiam feels even more wrong.
In the Film Brain/Welshy crossover review of Texas Chainsaw 3D, a joke is made repeatedly throughout the video about Welshy being sad and angry that Matt Smith left Doctor Who. Due to time related to editing the video, it wouldn't be put up until mid-February. Two weeks before the video went up, JewWario killed himself, which changes the context of the comments about the people you love leaving you.
Retsupurae made fun of a series of old video game reviews, one of which included the reviewer's bizarre suggestion that Lara Croft from Tomb Raider should have a dramatic plotline where she gets breast cancer. Some years later, Angelina Jolie got a preventative double mastectomy for fear of breast cancer. The riff also has this unfortunate line:
slowbeef: Y'know, that's really what Tomb Raider 3 needed: more double mastectomies.
An episode of Marc Mues' show "Rope Break" had him and Dillon commentating on a match with Hulk Hogan vs. Ultimate Warrior, while Dillon makes some inflammatory comments towards the latter. It was released only four days before Warrior's death.
In 2007, the Star Wars wiki declared that only the movies and the animated series were canon. Fans of the EU rejoiced that this was an April Fool's Joke. 7 years later, Disney, now the owner of Star Wars, made the same announcement—but this time, they weren't joking.
Alex Day and Charlieissocoollike were at one point as thick as thieves, with many jokes about how they would be married together and inseparable. By 2014, the latter publicly ended their friendship in disgust at the former's actions.
On a similar note, the song "Mrs Nerimon", written by Kristina Horner, was a song about how she wanted to be married to him and spend the rest of their lives together. In 2014, it became apparent that Alex had not only been emotionally manipulative to her, but had also been abusive to some of his other girlfriends in various ways. This was all on top of the revelations that Kristina had been emotionally and sexually abused by one of her ex-boyfriends, Luke Conard.
In one Achievement Hunter Let's Play, the team was playing Rainbow Six: Vegas and the crew began wondering if Tom Clancy was still alive or not. Ray looked it up and found out that, yup, Tom Clancy was still alive. About an hour after the video was posted, Tom Clancy was declared dead. Of course, this lead to a lot of funny YouTube comments on the video declaring that Geoff, who was a horrible shot that game, killed Tom Clancy.
Honest Trailers released their Taken trailer that joked a little about how the film made Europe look dangerous and said the message it sent was "don't go to Europe" (while showing a skyline shot of Paris of all places) on January 6th 2015. The "Charlie Hebdo" shooting happened on January 7th, and an even worse terror attack struck the city on November 13th, killing over 100 people.
In The Stinger of Star Wars in 3-D!!! by Matthew Santoro, a fan commenter asks Matt, "You like the beatles right?". He turns around and looks at his posters of The Beatles, and when he turns back to face the camera, he has Beatle hair and gives the commenter a thumbs up. This is Played for Laughs. It became less funny when Matt revealed that he actually isn't a big fan of The Beatles, and that the posters belonged to Marci, his then-girlfriend, whose relationship with Matt ended not too long before Matt revealed that the posters weren't his.
In Ten Little Roosters episode 6, Miles finds what appears to be a mocap video of what he calls "dot sex" (It's actually Adam being strangled and his futile fight to save himself). As he does, Miles walks away in shame and proclaims "You're a sick, sick man, Monty Oum." A month later, Monty would be sick... and pass away.
Episode 32 of Hat Films' podcast Hat Chat was named after (and had a long segment related to) a Russian space experiment on the impact of zero-gravity on geckos having sex. During the segment, they joked the geckos would probably all die horribly. The satellite eventually returned with all occupants having frozen to death. This is perhaps Hilarious in Hindsight now that Smith owns three geckos.
An episode of the podcast My Brother, My Brother and Me featured a brief bit involving a Robin Williams impersonation which ended in an implied suicide. This episode was released shortly before Williams's death by suicide. The podcast's creators expressed regret over this bit, and removed it from the version of the episode currently available on the show's feed.
In September, comedy group Cyndago uploaded a video entitled WATCH CYNDAGO DYE! note It was later retitled "We Dye Our Hair!" . Just one week after the video was uploaded, Cyndago member Daniel Kyre died from a suicide attempt.
Jeff Zanini's Twisted Toonz panels (in which voice actors read movie scripts as characters they voiced and celebrities that they can impersonate vocally, switching off after every scene) had, as a running joke, Jess Harnell do a Bill Cosby impersonation. You should know the drill by now. He later did the impersonation during a Film/Ghostbusters read, but was a lot more negative in its purpose.
In the first episode of TotalBiscuit and Jesse Cox's Terraria LP, started in 2011, TotalBiscuit refers to the Wooden Hammer as being "worse than cancer". Three year later, TotalBiscuit would be diagnosed with colon cancer.