Harsher In Hindsight: Web Original

  • Watch Mojo, a Canadian-Based web program, aired the Top 10 Infamous Mass Shootings in the U.S. on December 5, 2012 on YouTube, a week prior to the Sandy Hook Shooting in Newtown, CT. The company have recognized this and left a noticed explaining about the video and reminded viewers how unpredictable such actions can be.
  • Yaoi-tastic crossover fan-flash Anime Munters at one point shows Hetalia's Japan waist deep in water. Cue the "Dude, Not Funny!" comments thanks to the 2011 tsunami.
  • More 9/11 premonitions on the Dark Roasted Blend website.
  • When The Nostalgia Critic was doing his take on the 1998 Godzilla movie, the bombing of the World Trade Center is mentioned in the film's dialogue. NC is about to comment on it, but good taste prevailed and the joke was aborted.
    • Later, he complained about Splinter in the CG Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie sounding like "Mr. Miyagi if he smoked a million Marlboros". Splinter was voiced by Mako (see Western Animation, below), who died shortly after the film was completed, with Walker's comments inciting a massive backlash. He later apologized, saying he didn't know anything about the actor, but commented on how bad the Marlboro line looked after learning that Mako died of cancer. Since then, any time Mako's in a work, the Critic is terrified to make any jokes about him or critique anything he does, putting his hands up in a praying motion and having Mako's face appear over them
    • There was also his review of Ponyo, where the main character's hometown in Japan is flooded by a massive tsunami. A Running Gag throughout the entire review was him trying not to make the connection the 2011 tsunami.
    • Critic's review of Drop Dead Fred, specifically more than one exclamation that Fred needs to die, becomes harsher after the death of Rik Mayall.
  • The Nostalgia Chick got a hell of a lot bitching for her Schedule Slip in 2010. Then it got revealed she had an abortion in December 2009 and was spending most of her time doing a documentary about it for her final year in school. Give the woman credit for even being around as much as she was and making funny internet reviews. note 
  • Spoony's Twitter poems and declarations of love to his girlfriend Scarlett became harder to look at after they broke up in March 2011.
    • Spoony featured Macho Man Randy Savage at the end of a video, promptly blew him up supposedly killing him. A day later Randy Savage had his car crash...
    • The first part of the 2012 Channel Awesome Anniversary To Boldly Flee so far 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 was done, Noah Antwiler was let go from the site over recent bad behavior, and shortly afterwards he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. He seems to take it with humor, though, and he is making peace with his friends once more.
      • Creepily accidentally foreshadowed in the first episode of "The Black Hole of Board Games", where the Gatekeeper from the game Nightmare replies to him saying that everyone seems to love his stuff with "They won't soon", and generally lays into him. This ended up being utilized in future plots with other villains playing on his fears of being hated and alone.
  • One of Linkara's early videos "Top 15 Worst Heroes Becoming Villains" had a running gag where Linkara got so angry about how Marvel and DC were screwing with his favorite characters that he threatens several times to turn evil himself and destroy the world. Not only did a Story Arc have a hologram programmed with his personality doing exactly that, but it also showed that Linkara himself was turning evil.
  • Chase Melendez, a Youtube humorist (known primarily for his criticism of Confused Matthew , which included a nine part video response to CM's 2001 review), posted a video blog titled "Rumors of Chase's Death Greatly Exaggerated". Then he dies a few days later of (what is rumored to be, though his obituary doesn't state what his exact cause of death was) an accidental drug overdose. Yikes...
  • Several examples in this article by Cracked.
  • The website Damn You Autocorrect celebrated the release of "The Dark Knight Rises" by putting up a collection of movie-related autocorrect fails which were set up on July 19th,2012, but didn't hit the site until the next day. The headline was something about "Lighten Your Day After a Dark Night" and the intro text had a reference to the movie "making a killing at the box office". Naturally, it had to be quickly pulled after the Aurora,CO shootings.
  • The Pokémon fan trailer for a Darker and Edgier rendition of the franchise, Pokémon Apocalypse, became this as well as a standard "Funny Aneurysm" Moment when PETA released the Flash game "Pokémon Black and Blue" in protest of Pokémon Black 2 and White 2. The game features Pokémon battling abusive trailers, and has been met with largely negative reception from both fans and video game journalists.
  • Infamous youtube reviewer Mr. Anime posted a video called "Mr. Anime is planning something" and then he killed his mom, dad, brother, and all four of his pets... Also, to make things worse in an even further back video he quoted:
    "Hey, I'm Mr. Anime, you can call me Trey, or you can call me the guy who does all the video game reviews, or you can call me the guy who does all the gun stuff now."
    • Watching many of his reviews, they are filled with violent imagery and lines that are unquestionably awkward in hindsight:
    "Come on! Why do I not load my guns with more bullets?!"
  • An awkward one for YouTube Poop maker cs188; a Poop of the song "Gangnam Style" by PSY titled "OPPA GODDAMN STYLE", uploaded in October 2012, had the Word Salad Lyrics "We are not unarmed/Korea got a bomb/US could become a target!". Nearly six months after, big tensions occured between the US, South Korea and North Korea, with the latter slinging threats of "thermo-nuclear war" haphazardly.
  • Any time MoBrosStudios acted angry or burnt-out in his SpongeBob SquarePants reviews becomes this after it turned out he was suffering a Creator Breakdown and regretting the decision to make the videos due to people seeing him as a rant channel.
  • In Jew Wario's appearance in Suede's 4th Pokemon movie review, he leaves the review early, angry and depressed. Justin Carmichael went on to commit suicide between the review's recording and its release.
    • Also filmed before his suicide and released after is the group review of the 1978 Doctor Strange TV movie. Which opens with Jew Wario being attacked by his co-workers and put in a coma for a year.
    • At the beginning of Suburban Knight's, Todd in the Shadows points his (fake) gun at Jew when he wanted to see what Todd looked like. Jew Wario took his life via gun.
    • Not to mention the moment in Suede's Pokemon 3 review when Jew Wario mentions, "If I had to choose what happened when I died..." Let's just say that anything involving Jew Wario and death and/or Bad Endings fall under this banner.
  • That Guy with the Glasses: Many crossovers and anniversary specials are starting to leave a bitter aftertaste when watched nowadays. All of them try to create an atmosphere of a bunch of friends/colleagues having fun, while in the passing years many reviewers at this point have left the site, with January 2015 as the biggest walk-out of former Channel Awesome members. In most of the cases behind-the-scenes squabbling and complaints about payments have been the major issue, with Obscurus Lupa, Phelous and JesuOtaku in particular being the most vocal about how badly the site is ran. Jesu Otaku even went so far to say: "(...) If it's any consolation, I think "nice" is not an inaccurate positive descriptor for Doug. He's not some horrible asshole. He's nice, as in that Into the Woods line, "You're not good, you're not bad, you're just nice." I'm sure many people would find his actions throughout the history of CA to not be malicious or cruel in any way. He is just immature, self-absorbed, terrible at managing or communicating with people...he's just a giant Man Child, and those kinds of people aren't all fun and games, they do serious damage when they refuse to act like adults." Even The Nostalgia Chick, who left the site too in early 2015, but on good terms rather than out of spite, acknowledged just like Jesu Otaku did that Doug is a nice person in general "but he is most definitely in his own world, and he seems to have a hard time understanding that not everyone can work with the same relentless pace he does (I never could.) He does have something of a talent for turning a blind eye." This makes Doug's portrayal of himself as an egotistical Bad Boss who mistreats his co-workers and ignores their pleas and remarks in many of his crossover videos far less amusing.
  • The Cinema Snob: Brad Jones' videos with Jerrid and also with Jake can also no longer be watched in the same way seeing that he had a serious fall-out with both friends. Jerrid was kicked off the site in 2013 over too many offensive Dude, Not Funny! remarks about Brad's friends. In 2015 Jake was forced to go after having an affair with Brad's then girlfriend. Ironically, the one personal relationship that hasn't become harsher in hindsight is stuff with Jillian, even though they got a divorce. They're still friends and still work together, including on the upcoming animated series "Lloyd!" based around Brad's (formerly theirs) cat Lloyd, the Ensemble Darkhorse of the series. Yes, an animated anthropomorphic animal spin-off of a show that reviews no-budget horror and porn.
  • Italian Spiderman going around punching women in the face doesn't seem so funny now that domestic violence, or "femicide", has been declared a serious problem in Italian households.
  • In one of the early season of Red vs. Blue, the cartoonish O'Malley talked Church into paying him $20 to examine Tucker, claiming that if he didn't, Tucker would die and Church would spend the rest of his life wondering if he couldn't have done something to save him. If you consider what is later revealed about Church — and O'Malley — this threat becomes much less comedic.
  • RWBY: In "Extracurricular", Jaune reveals his sadness over Weiss's rejection to Pyrrha, the very girl who's been pining over him since they met. When Pyrrha hints that there's "plenty of fish in the sea", Jaune scoffs that it's easy for Pyrrha to say that, as she probably has plenty of boys after her. The scene is already painful, but it's revealed an episode later that Pyrrha has serious isolation issues due to having been put on a pedestal all her life for her great talent and fame. So not only did her crush reject her, he rejected her for exactly the same reason everyone else ever has.
  • Matthew Santoro:
    • On Valentine's Day, 2013, Matt made a vlog to his then-girlfriend, Marci, about how much he loved her, and how he looked forward to spending his life with her. About a year and a half later, they broke up.
    • On Matt's vlog channel, he made a video called "Something Really Cool Happened Today!". Several hours after the upload, Robin Williams committed suicide, so it looks awfully and horribly misleading. Matt came to acknowledge this in the next vlog, which was a full-on tribute for Williams.
  • GameChap made a video regarding Pixelmon (a Minecraft mod which adds Pokémon into the mix) which revealed some malicious programming on the part of the mod team, and how they had been subsequently silenced, causing the community to rally to Gamechap's side and condemn the mod team. Come later in 2014, there is a Reddit post about a rather major scandal involving Gamechap's supposed stealing of fan-submitted content and his subsequent silencing of any criticism directed towards him and his past history of doing so (most notably those that were trying to play devil's advocate during the whole Pixelmon debacle). The revelation was enough for many long-time fans, plus most of their moderators, to leave the fandom.
  • Examples from TVTropes itself:
    • The page image and accompanying quote on this TV Tropes page, now that Leonard Nimoy is dead.
    • From Choke Holds, "This is why cops no longer employ 'The Sleeper Hold'. It kills." is harsher in light of the Eric Garner killing illustrating exactly why cops are no longer supposed to employ it.
  • Channel Awesome contributor Il Neige posted a video titled "Nintendo is Dead". Only two days later, Nintendo CEO Satoru Iwata passed away at age 55. The video has since been renamed to "The Nintendo Song".