Harsher In Hindsight / Web Original

Web originals with their own pages


  • WatchMojo.com, 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. WatchMojo's top 10 stories of 2012 video was released on December 13, 2012.
  • Yaoi-tastic crossover fan-flash Anime Munters at one point shows Hetalia's Japan waist deep in water. Cue the "not funny" comments thanks to the 2011 tsunami.
  • More 9/11 premonitions on the Dark Roasted Blend website.
  • 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 trainers, 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 JewWario mentions, "If I had to choose what happened when I died..." Let's just say that anything involving JewWario and death and/or Bad Endings fall under this banner.
    • During his final appearance on What the Fuck Is Wrong with You? he said "I've lived long enough" (in context it was about an old man doing something stupid at a Walmart). It was recorded three days before he died.
  • 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 creator/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 JesuOtaku 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 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.
    • Any cute or heartwarming moments regarding Brad and his relationship with Violet have sadly fallen into this after she dumped him, devastating Brad and the fanbase. Especially when Brad revealed on his Tumblr that they were engaged when it happened.
    • There's also Dave Gobble, who's a base-breaker with Brad's fans, and is still a good friend of his, while, ironically, Jerrid and Jake were well liked by the site's patrons.
  • 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.
    • Hell, the ENTIRE FIRST FIVE SEASONS become this after Seasons 9 and 10, particularly Church and Tex.
  • RWBY:
    • In the Black Trailer, Adam and Blake hijack a train with the Schnee family logo on it to steal the Dust it's carrying. Blake is worried about the lives on the train that will be lost if Adam sets the charges like he plans, but Adam makes it clear he doesn't care about those lives. As a result, Blake abandons him, leaving him with the Dust, but escaping with the rest of the train. At the end of Volume 1, Weiss reveals how the war between her family and the White Fang has made her childhood extremely unpleasant; one of the examples she lists as an event that caused her abusive father to come home in a foul mood to make her childhood unpleasant is the train heist that occurs in the Black Trailer. Blake's past terrorist activities have accidentally directly contributed to the domestic abuse Weiss has been living with.
    • When Pyrrha, Weiss and Jaune first meet, Jaune doesn't recognise Pyrrha so Weiss rattles off a list of Pyrrha's achievements, demanding to know if he really believes he's worthy of asking Pyrrha to team up with him; he reluctantly admits he isn't. Eventually, Pyrrha tells Jaune that this is the exact problem she faces: because she is such an exceptional warrior, everyone assumes she's out of their league and won't talk to her. Jaune was the first person who had the confidence to approach Pyrrha as a friend, and Weiss tried to destroy that friendship before it could begin precisely because her only interest in Pyrrha was Pyrrha's exceptional talent.
    • In Heroes and Monsters, Roman lectures Ruby during their fight that her attempts to be a hero will be wasted because history shows that anyone who tries to play the hero will just end up getting themselves killed. An episode later, Pyrrha heroically attempts to single-handedly stop Cinder from destroying Beacon Tower, while Jaune tries to get help; Ruby heroically tries to come to Pyrrha's rescue but arrives just seconds too late; the tower falls and Cinder kills Pyrrha right in front of Ruby's horrified eyes.
    • During the tournament, Nora has a Made Myself Sad moment as she lists off all the bad things that could happen if JNPR loses the tournament. Although it's superficially Played for Laughs, it drops the bombshell that the reason Nora is panicking is because she and Ren are orphans; without Beacon, they have no home and no family. The volume ends with Beacon's destruction and her worst fears coming to past. She, Ren and Jaune join Ruby on a journey across Anima to try and find out what on earth is really going on, only for them to come face to face with the monstrous reason for why Ren's an orphan and how he and Nora have been helping each other to survive since a very young age.
  • 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.
  • 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".
  • The Creepypasta, "Happy Appy" is scary enough with disturbing cartoons and premonitions of disaster- and more. However, it's scarier to note that a company named Happy Apples recalled its stock of candy apples after they were found to be contaminated. Seven people died. This was AFTER the story was finished.
  • 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.
  • This Digressing & Sidequesting video, when discussing Earthbound;s development, talks about Satoru Iwata's role, ending with a joke that "in 2018, he eventually became supreme ruler of the everything". It's a lot harder to stomach with Iwata's passing in 2015.
  • This happens frequently in regards to the Psychic Twins, who have a Youtube channel where they make various predictions. Whether or not you believe in it, many of their tragic predictions have corresponded to real events, such as bombings and the death of Christina Grimmie, meaning this trope is built in to their occasional "prediction roundup" moments.
  • In 2011?, the podcast Lost in the Static did an episode about the Darknets, where at one point the uncomfortable topic of child pornography is broached, and co-host Scott Murray talks about a pedophile's stated motivation, and why it doesn't make any sense to a sane, rational person. A few years later...well...
  • Shoegazer Productions' 2Beats+ is this in spades. The video series was started in 2014, but took more than a year for show creator, Randy Mc Neely, to get off the ground. His then best friend, Alan Zuvy, had pitched the idea of a web review series to help him with deep depression connected to him being kicked out of a band. Alan played a minor role in the series as one of Fred's henchmen. There were a few notable times Randy mentioned him as a close and dear friend, since he mentions a lot of personal stories in his reviews. In January of 2016, after a few months of living with Randy, he posted a V-Log stating that the channel was on something of a hiatus because he had just discovered his roommates had become drug addicts and he had to focus on getting the situation cleared up. He had also stated that things were missing, and he had to hide Fred (who is a parrot) in fear that he was going to be harmed as well. The video has since been removed due to it revealing too much personal information about people that had not agreed to have that information revealed. One of those people was, according to some rumors, Alan. Seeing as how Alan has not appeared in any videos since the incident, it is strongly suspected that he is one of the addicts. It is now very painful to watch Alan involved in Fred's antics, as there were multiple references to drug trade (Fred ran something of a mafia in the series). It's painful just watching a friendship of 16 years go by the wayside thanks to addiction.
    • Fast-forward to February of 2017 and apparently Randy is having battles of his own with alcohol abuse. He made an announcement in the form of a V-Log and, while much of the fanbase was in support of his attempt to clean himself up, much of the fanbase backlashed against him. One particular fan had apparently pointed out his hypocrisy on the issue, having forced people with substance problems out of his life, but not being able to handle his own problems. To be fair, he wasn't addicted, just drinking to excess, and was making an effort to fix the problem, unlike the people he talked about in the aforementioned video (at least at the time, anyways).
  • 2016 saw a large number of high profile celebrity deaths, prompting many memes like this one to be created halfway through. However just as many famous people died in the second half of the year.

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