Hilarious In Hindsight / Western Animation

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    The Simpsons 
  • When George Bush Sr. moves to Springfield in the 1996 episode "Two Bad Neighbors," Homer (after incurring his disdain) tricks Bush into answering his door by propping up two cardboard cutouts of George's sons: Jeb Bush, and George Bush Jr. According to the audio commentary on the season 7 DVD set, the writers (and the 1996 audience) had no idea that there was a "George Bush Jr." and figured this was Homer being stupid by making up a name.
  • And in a very early episode ("Bart Gets Hit by a Car"), Satan informs Bart that he isn't due in Hell until the Yankees win the World Series, which, according to the Devil, is in 100 years. The Yankees won in 1996 and several years after, ironically shortly after Bart sold his soul, leading to some speculations.
  • In the episode "Lemon of Troy", Bart mentions the film Rocky VII: Adrian's Revenge. Then came Rocky Balboa (which technically would be Rocky VI, although a Rocky spin-off premiered in 2015).
  • Homer and Moe have a falling out when Moe steals the recipe for the "Flaming Homer" and markets it himself. The secret ingredient? Krusty brand non-narcotic cough syrup. Fast forward several years, and we now have Sizurp, a cocktail made by mixing cough syrup with alcohol.
  • In "Bart to the Future":
    • Lisa has become President and comments that she's the first "straight female President of the United States"; later on, after a scandal comes up, Lenny remarks "Don't blame me, I voted for Chastity Bono!" This whole train of thought either becomes hilarious, harsh, or very dated now that Chastity Bono has become Chaz Bono.
    • The episode also states that Donald Trump was the president before Lisa. Trump would be elected the 45th president in November 2016.
      • However, many people who don't like Trump may instead find this a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment — including the writers themselves, as the season 28 episode "Havana Wild Weekend", the first episode after the 2016 election, started with a chalkboard gag where Bart wrote "Being right sucks."
  • The season 11 premiere, "Beyond Blunderdome," featured Mel Gibson being loved and adored by everyone and Gibson hating it, and Gibson creating a bloody, violent controversial movie that ruins him and alienates his fans, which is what most people feel about The Passion of the Christ and news of Gibson making anti-Semitic and sexist remarks. The scene that really drives the Hilarious in Hindsight point home is when he tells Homer he got pulled over by a cop and the cop didn't give him a ticket. Gibson got in trouble for drunk driving in 2006.
  • Season four's "The Front" had an animator (who resembles then-showrunner Al Jean) tell his partner (who looks like Mike Reiss) that he's going to quit writing cartoons and create a sitcom about a sassy robot. Then, along came Futurama, which has a sassy robot (Bender), but neither Jean nor Reiss had anything to do with that show (it was David X. Cohen and Matt Groening). In fact, as of 2012, Al Jean is still a showrunner on The Simpsons, a position he's had since the show's 13th (2001-2002) season.
  • In "Homer's Barbershop Quartet", Barney dates a Japanese visual artist not unlike Yoko Ono, who asks Moe for a plum floating in perfume served in a derby hat. In 2016, the actual Yoko unveiled a museum exhibit featuring a plum floating in perfume served in a derby hat.
  • In "Itchy and Scratchy Land", Homer and Marge go to a 70s nostalgia bar, where Marge points out how the bartender looks like John Travolta. The bartender, who is indeed Travolta, mutters "Yeah, 'looks like'." Right around the time the episode originally aired, Travolta made his comeback with Pulp Fiction and him dancing at a bar.
  • "Holidays of Future Passed" had the fictional assumption of Michigan being under sharia law (with Milhouse forced to wear a full-body burqa because of how ugly he is); now funny since some commentators have claimed Michigan is under sharia law due to its large Muslim population. In fact, officials from Michigan have spoken out against The Simpsons calling attention to this.
  • In "Bart Star," Homer is depressed over Bart leaving the football team. He asks for beer with Skittles in it from Apu, who tells him that such a product only exists in his dreams (but gives him a six-pack of Duff and a bag of Skittles just because). Fast forward 15 years, and there is now Skittles-flavored vodka available (also, thanks to this episode, people really have tried to put Skittles in beer to make the fabled drink, and in season 10's "Thirty Minutes Over Tokyo," there were cases of Skittlebrau at the 33-cent store).
  • In "Blame It On Lisa", Bart says that the family going to Brazil means that they've been on every continent until Lisa reminds him that there's still Antarctica...which (ten years later) would be where the family ends up (after Bart confesses to his viral pandemic scam) as seen in the episode, "A Totally Fun Thing That Bart Will Never Do Again."
  • As a poster (Ondre Lombard) pointed out in SNPP, he once inserted onto a fake Season 8 listing for the Simpsons an episode called "Homer the Hippie". Two seasons later, we have "D'oh-in' in the Wind", which is about Homer becoming a hippie. The reviewer even commented on how eerie it was and jokingly demanded royalties in the event the episode is syndicated.
  • This website shows correct predictions made by the year 2010 from the 1995 episode "Lisa's Wedding," including: the appearance of a Kindle-like device (it's actually an Apple Newton Message Pad on the show), public school classrooms being overcrowded (and most public schools using corporate sponsorship from junk food companies to get fundingnote ), soy-based snacks being popular, The Rolling Stones still together and playing music, Jim Carrey still acting in movies (Hugh and Lisa go to a classic showing of Jim Carrey films), picture phones (these days, it's in the form of webcams and Internet connection), and video games in which the players use their bodies to move their avatars (Nintendo's Wii and Wii U consoles and Microsoft's Kinect).
    • Samsung did release a watch phone in 2014. It's more like a bluetooth though that synchs through the Galaxy.
  • "The Ziff Who Came To Dinner" opens with the Simpsons at a movie theater and Lisa says that The Wild Dingleberries Movie is a movie version of something you get on TV for free (but they stretched out the plot and added a wildebeest from the 'hood). The Simpsons Movie is not only the same thing (a movie version of a cartoon you can see for free on television at home with a stretched-out plot, only instead of a wildebeest from the 'hood, it's a pet pig Homer keeps named Spider Pig and then renamed Harry Plopper), but also has a similar complaint by Homer.
  • Near the end of "Black Widower", Sideshow Bob vows he'll be out of prison "as soon as the Democrats are back in power". A mere nine months after this episode first aired, Bill Clinton (running as a Democratnote ) assumed the presidency, and nine months after that, Bob would be paroled from jail in the episode "Cape Feare."
  • In "Radioactive Man", the director of the Radioactive Man movie tells his crew that he wants to stay as far away from the campy 1970s version of Radioactive Man (which is similar to the campy 1960s Batman with Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin, even though the only TV version of Radioactive Man that aired was the 1950s serial that shamelessly plugged Laramie Cigarettesnote , though considering how campy the 1970s version was, it was probably branded an Old Shame, canceled after a season [or after the episode with The Scoutmaster], and never seen on TV again). Two years later, we got Batman & Robin, which was derided for being too campy for its own good.
  • As discussed in the DVD commentary, the students striking because of budget cuts in the school on the season 15 episode "The President Wore Pearls" is similar to the Occupy Movement. Bonus points for a cameo by Occupy booster Michael Moore.
  • In "The Trouble with Trillions" Homer has to get a trillion-dollar bill back from Mr. Burns for the IRS. In January 2013, President Obama said he would authorize the minting of a one-trillion-dollar coin to bypass the debt ceiling.
    • Due to financial troubles, Fidel Castro considers reaching out to America and ending communism. In December 2014, Castro's brother Raul, now Cuba's leader, and President Obama announced that they'd be normalizing relations between their nations.
  • "Angry Dad: The Movie" is about Bart's animated short winning an Oscar. Two years later, the Simpsons theatrical short The Longest Daycare would be nominated for an Oscar.
  • ''Who Shot Mr. Burns? - Part 1": Abe Simpson moved into the Simpson household because of the damages the retirement home suffered from Burns' actions. Upon seeing his gun, Marge said he didn't want weapons in the house. Abe then asked what they'd do if a bear showed up. Springfield faced that exact problem in "Much Apu About Nothing", and fortunately somebody had tranquilizer darts.
    • Part 1 features a Take That! against Comedy Central, where some of the Springfieldians are horrified at how Smithers has been reduced to watching it after Mr. Burns previously fired him. Sister series Futurama eventually wound up moving to the channel after it was Uncancelled. It's also doubly fitting for fans of the Comedy Central seasons who felt the Comedy Central episodes of Futurama were inferior to the FOX episodes or were upset that Comedy Central canceled Futurama the same way FOX did.
  • "You Only Move Twice" has two:
    • The school Bart and Lisa goes to has a website, and the classroom has a whiteboard (as opposed to a chalkboard). In 1996, these were both seen as cutting-edge, but they're now commonplace.
    • Hank Scorpio gives Homer the Denver Broncos, instead of the Dallas Cowboys like he wanted. Whatever Homer did, it worked - the season after that they won their first of two straight Super Bowls, one of which Homer went to in "Sunday, Cruddy Sunday". Meanwhile, the Cowboys went on a long, long streak of not living up to expectations.
      • The scene took on a new light after the 2014 Super Bowl where the Seattle Seahawks outright brutalized the Broncos 43-8.
  • In the episode "Brawl in the Family" the Republicans meet to talk about what to cut from the budget. Krusty mentions cutting PBS funding because "those lousy Muppets are taking up his airtime". It stopped being funny when Mitt Romney announced he would cut PBS's funding if elected President, and Big Bird appeared in an Obama ad (after news hit about his appearance on Saturday Night Live) attacking Romney for it. Romney lost the election, thus making it Hilarious in Hindsight.
  • In the 2005 episode "Future-Drama" we see a billboard eight years in the future (2013) that says give apes the vote. In the real 2013 there are progressive groups fighting to give chimps the same rights as humans.
  • The ending to "Adventures in Baby-Getting", which involves Homer's donated sperm resulting him in having hundreds of children, is eerily reminiscent of Delivery Man.
  • In the 2003 episode "Tis The Fifteenth Season" there's a Christmas version of the novelty song "Convoy." In 2006, Paul Brandt recorded "Christmas Convoy."
  • In "Bonfire of the Manatees", Homer watches a football game between the Denver Broncos and the Seattle Seahawks. They would compete against each other in Super Bowl XLVIII.
  • In the fifth and eighth seasons, we saw that Flanders was a kid in the 1950s or early 60s and his parents were beatniks, thus putting him around his late 30s or early 40s in age. In the season 10 episode "Viva Ned Flanders" it's revealed he's really 60 years old. The show is still on in the 2010s, thus making Flanders born in the 1950s and the jokes in those episodes are still relevant and throwing the Negative Continuity out the window.
  • In "Treehouse of Horror XIX", the last episode aired before the United States presidential election of 2008, Homer tries to vote (six times in all) for Barack Obama and his votes are instead counted for John McCain (and in "Adventures in Baby-Getting," the last episode aired before the 2012 contest, there's a special opening where Homer tries to vote for Mitt Romney, but the vote is placed for Obama). Then, along came news reports of voting machines doing the same for both candidates for the 2012 election.
  • In season 15's "The Regina Monologues" when they're planning a vacation, Homer says they wouldn't go to Brazil because the monkey problem has gotten worse. Ten seasons later they go back for soccer games when Homer's a referee.
  • In "When Flanders Failed" Ned says that the Leftorium is going to be turned into Libertarian Party Headquarters, and says he hopes they have better luck than he did. In recent years the Libertarian Party has gained more mainstream support, with Ron Paul being a popular candidate.
  • In "Call of the Simpsons" Homer and Bart were lost in the woods naked and afraid. Like a reality show now.
  • In "New Kids on the Blecch" when Homer wants to do the Springfield marathon, Marge says he gets tired watching The Twilight Zone marathon. In August 2014, FXX ran all 552 The Simpsons episodes and The Movie in order over a 12 day marathon.
    • Comic Book Guy also references a Doctor Who marathon in "Bart the Fink," a show that has several different series with many seasons, and it probably has run as long or longer than the Simpsons marathon.
  • The episodes "Round Springfield" and "Bart Sells His Soul" have gags about Steve Allen and Alf pogs respectively. These are meant to mock outdated fads. Ironically, pogs were a fad of 1995 and these jokes are now dated.
  • The episode "A Star is Burns" has the Jewish equivalent of the Benedictine Monks called the "Rapping Rabbis". Matisyahu, anyone?
  • Ten years before the world was introduced to My Little Pony fans called bronies Milhouse is seen having a My Little Pony blanket in "Days of Wine and D'ohses."
  • In "Day of the Jackanapes" a washed up Rainier Wolfcastle says in desperation that he'll play a nerd or do a nude scene. In two future episodes "The Bart Wants What It Wants" he plays a nerd and mentions he did a nude scene in "The Great Louse Detective."
  • In "Alone Again, Natura-Diddly", one of Ned's dates is Edna Krabappel, who's using him to piss off Skinner for not committing more to their relationship. Twelve seasons later? They're married. Until the show retired/killed off Edna out of respect for the late Marcia Wallace.
  • In "Treehouse of Horror VIII", Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II get fused together when they go through the transporter. They come out looking like CatDog, which premiered a year later.
  • In "Homer Vs. Lisa Vs. The Eighth Commandment" Marge reads a pamphlet justifying stealing cable that says "Movies shown on cable get two stars or less and are run ad nauseum." While it got good reviews, The Simpsons Movie has been shown quite a bit on FX and FXX in the 2010s.
  • At the end of "Summer Of 4'2" a hermit crab uses Homer's discarded Buzz Cola can as a new shell. Flash forward 19 years to this Dr. Pepper commercial.
  • The end of "Brother's Little Helper" involves a Major League Baseball satellite spying on Springfielders, and an appearance from St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGuire. This is funnier after the St. Louis Cardinals were investigated for hacking into the Houston Astro's database in the summer of 2015.
  • In "Politically Inept with Homer Simpson", a headline on the Fox News bottom ticker reads "Europe puts Greece on eBay". This becomes funnier in light of Greece's financial crisis.
  • During the Itchy and Scratchy cartoon in "Simpsoncalifragilisticexpiala(Annoyed Grunt)cious", Quentin Tarantino says violence is everywhere, even in breakfast cereals. At the beginning of Kill Bill Volume 1, Vernita Green pulls a gun out of a box of Kaboom.
  • In "Homer Goes To College", when Homer is told he has to go to college to keep his job, Bart sarcastically asks "Barber or clown?", angering Homer. Homer would go to a clown college in "Homie the Clown", and became a barber in "Homer Scissorhands".
  • Jasper's comment "Two hundred channels, nothing but cats," in "Wild Barts Can't Be Broken" is funnier with cat videos all over the internet.
  • In "Marge vs. the Monorail", when Marge tells Homer that Sebastian Cobb is here to help stop the out-of-control monorail, Homer asks "Is it Batman?", Marge answers "He's a scientist.", to which Homer says "Batman's a scientist...", making Marge say "It's not Batman!". Years later, the climax of Batman Begins has Batman trying to stop an out-of-control elevated train.
  • "The Great Louse Detective" depicted a parody of That '70s Show called "That '30s Show". Who would've thought that an episode of the show itself would come out, titled "That '90s Show", five seasons later?
  • In "The Italian Bob", Lisa chides Homer for acting like Benito Mussolini, but Homer thinks he was acting like Donald Trump. A decade later, Trump's comments during his Presidential campaign led to way more than a few comparing him to a fascist dictator. And then came the time when he came under for fire for tweeting a quote from Mussolini.
  • In "Homer the Whopper", posters outside the Ginormous Pictures lot advertise Star Wars Episode VII: The Apology and Alvin and the Chipmunks 3: Gettin' Rabies!. Six years later, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip opened the exact same weekend.
  • In "The Itchy & Scratchy & Poochie Show", it is mentioned that very few cartoons are broadcast live because "It's a terrible strain on the animators' wrists". The Season 27 finale will feature a live animated segment where a motion-controlled Homer will read fan letters.
  • In "Lisa the Skeptic", a Christian mob lays waste to a science laboratory, and a flaming robot is seen crying out "Why was I programmed to feel pain?!". Now, scientists are developing a robotic nervous system.
  • In "Lisa on Ice", Springfield Elementary's auditorium is called the "Butthead Memorial Auditorium", named by Springfield's students, much to Principal Skinner's frustrationnote . This scene became funnier when, in 2016, an online survey to name a new UK research ship led to the winning choice "Boaty McBoatface".
  • In "Krusty Gets Busted", after he fails to shoot Sideshow Bob out of a cannon, Krusty quips to the audience "Don't blame me, I didn't do it!". In "Bart Gets Famous", Bart becomes Krusty's personal assistant and accidentally rises to fame by saying "I didn't do it." after a skit goes awry.
  • In a move that reached South Park levels of promptness, a rerun of the Boston-centric episode "The Town" — where Springfield's football team is beaten by an expy of the New England Patriots in an opening scene — coincidentally scheduled a week after Super Bowl LI, had the final score of the game changed to reference the actual final score of said game (which New England won in overtime).

    South Park 
  • In the episode "An Elephant Makes Love to a Pig", Cartman mentions that he would never let a woman kick his ass. 12 seasons later, Wendy beats him up over his insensitivity towards breast cancer.
  • A season two episode of South Park had Stan complaining that independent movies were all about "Gay cowboys eating pudding." Less than a decade later, Brokeback Mountain depicted the "gay cowboy" part of it, but sadly not the pudding part. When Parker and Stone heard about it, Parker said, "If there's any pudding eating in it, maybe we'll sue."
    • The episode "The Tale of Scrotie McBoogerballs" (where Stan, Kyle, Cartman, and Kenny write what's in essence intentionally awful vulgarly erotic book after finding Catcher In The Rye boring and being angry that it's not the controversial book they thought it was, then pin the blame on Butters to avoid being disciplined) doesn't seem so absurd now thanks to the popularity of Fifty Shades of Grey (and its sequels, Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Free).
      • Also, the clumsily-written, heavily homoerotic novel Mr. Garrison wrote when he got fired for being a teacher (as seen on the season four episode "Cherokee Hair Tampons"note  becoming a bestseller is funnier now thanks to the Fifty Shades books.
  • In "The Passion of the Jew", Mel Gibson is portrayed as an insane lunatic that loves torture. The tapes to his ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva makes this exaggeration even funnier (or more disturbing).
  • A guy in the "Cartoon Wars" episode mentioned he likes Family Guy because "it doesn't get all preachy and up its own ass with messages" (referring to South Park at the time). Family Guy fans who don't view this as a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment will agree this statement applies to most of Family Guy's episodes as of late (or, at the very least, the episodes from seasons seven and eight).
    • In said episode, the main issue was Family Guy planned to show Mohammed uncensored in the face of Islamic death threats and everyone in town burying their heads in the sand rather than deal with the problem. Years later, a similar incident happened on the South Park two-part episode "200" and "201."
      • And even later, Family Guy did an episode called "Turban Cowboy." While it didn't have Muhammad physically depicted, it did center on Peter converting to Islam and it was criticized on Wikipedia for mocking the Islamic faith.
  • The two episodes in which Osama bin Laden gets shot in the head by a U.S. soldier ("Osama Bin Laden Has Farty Pants and "It's a Jersey Thing") became a lot funnier now that that has become a reality. Normally this would be Harsher in Hindsight, but it's okay because of the target. To further add much deserved insult to injury, Comedy Central ran an Osama mini-marathon before the May 4th episode.
  • In the Season 2 episode "City on the Edge of Forever" (which spoofs Clip Show episodes by twisting events of previous episodes — and even one scene of the episode itself — and ending each clip with at least one character eating ice cream), the last clip shown was the scene from "Cartman's Mom is Still a Dirty Slut" where Cartman's father was revealed, only instead of the father being revealed to be Cartman's mom (who is revealed to be a hermaphrodite), it was instead John Elway of the Denver Broncos. Then came Season 14, where Cartman's biological father was retconned into being a Denver Bronco.
  • "Medicinal Fried Chicken"'s plot about medical marijuana being legalized (while fast-food places like Kentucky Fried Chicken are being outlawed in low-income areasnote ) becomes this after marijuana became legalized in Colorado on November 6, 2012.
  • All the times Kyle told Cartman not to call his mom a bitch become funnier once he actually did it himself in "Fun with Veal".
  • "Follow That Egg!" becomes weird to watch after Colorado legalized same-sex marriage in 2013.
  • Terrance and Philip was meant to be a self-deprecating caricature of South Park itself, satirizing the critical reviews declaring it nothing but bad animation and Toilet Humour. Like South Park had emphasis on being American, the parody needed its own emphasized nationality; originally Terrance and Philip were going to be British, but they settled on Canadian. Then many of the Canadian cartoons produced in the Turn of the Millennium and The New '10s were just like Terrance and Philip: poor and simplistic animation, raunchier than American kids' shows, and full of fart jokes. Terrance and Philip was a stereotype of Canadian cartoons before they even got that reputation!
  • In "Korn's Groovy Pirate Ghost Mystery", Cartman expecting and preparing for Christmas as early as during Halloween is played for laughs. These days, in many places around the world, Christmas shopping season and preparations begin even earlier.
  • In "All About Mormons", Mormonism is denounced by Stan, who says Joseph Smith made it all up. Three seasons earlier, in "Probably", the director of new arrivals in Hell reveals only Mormonism is the correct religion.
  • (this could also overlap with Harsher in Hindsight, but hey, this is South Park, after all) One of the major plot points in South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut involves Moral Guardians starting a war with Canada over a movie. It was supposed to be a satire of the censorship standards of the time, but flash forward fifteen years later....
    • Double points since the South Park creators also did Team America: World Police, a film making fun of then North Korean leader Kim Jung Il. They managed to avert a hack or getting the film pulled, though.
    • Also, Sheila's unhealthy hatred for a animated movies resembles Sean Penn going out of his way to write an angry public letter telling Trey and Matt how angry he is about Team America.
  • The episode "Butt Out" opens up with a cheesy anti-smoking rap and dance routine. Over a decade later we got this anti-smoking commercial.
  • In "The Cissy", Eric's "Erica" alter ego is portrayed to have more knowledge on gender identity and sexuality issues than most adults, to an extent that's pretty unrealistic for a fourth-grader. Stephie's character in "Assigned Male" is more or less exactly like this..... except A). She's actually trans and B). It's not Played for Laughs.
  • A season 18 episode makes fun of ride-sharing apps such as Uber, in which Timmy's ride-sharing app is claimed to be illegal because it not only takes away customers from hard-working taxi drivers, but because Timmy is handicapped he can use parking spots taxi drivers can not use. The hindsight comes in nearly one year later, where in Portugal taxi drivers are claiming the exact same thing about Uber, and later Cabify, leading to the local government getting involved (sadly there are no Wacky Races involved this time).
  • Pretty much the whole main plot of Season 3's "Tweek vs. Craig" becomes this after Season 19's "Tweek x Craig". In the former, the two are goaded into fighting each other and Clyde outright says (albeit slightly misguidedly) that they "really hate each other". In the latter, the two start dating to satisfy the town and end up at the very least very close friends, with some later official notes even stating that Tweek is one of the only two things Craig actually cares about.

    Family Guy 
  • In "Peterotica", one of Peter's many erotic stories is, in the tradition of porn parodies, "Harry Potter and the Half-Black Chick". Three years later, the film version of Half-Blood Prince featured a scene not from the book in which Harry flirts with a light-skinned African girl.
    • Then there's the fact that the episode centered on Peter writing erotica in his style (with very clunky and unsubtle prose) and becoming popular for it, despite the quality. Like the South Park example above, this is funnier thanks to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (and all the praise and criticism attached to the series).
  • The first banned episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" (the episode where Peter takes in a Jewish man who helps him manage the family's money, and Peter taking Chris to Vegas to get a quickie bar mitzvah) becomes laden in Fridge Logic now that "Family Goy" revealed that Lois' mother was Jewish, not Protestant, and had to hide her true religion so Carter could join a country club that doesn't allow Jewish people.
  • In "Jungle love", Peter is demoted following an inebriation that caused damages in his brewery, he is placed under the authority of Opie, a mentally challenged man who only talks in gibberish and asks Peter to put his finger in his mouth and then bites it. This gets absolutely hilarious when it is revealed 11 seasons later that Opie was not retarded: he was only drunk all this time!
  • The Thanksgiving episode in which Joe's long-lost son comes back from the Iraq War (and most of the episode consists of the characters arguing about the moral and ethical stance of why America had any business in the country) goes from being "We're Still Relevant, Dammit!" to an Unintentional Period Piece thanks to the Iraq War ending a month after the episode's premiere.
  • "Lois Kills Stewie" predicted Katie Holmes' escape from Tom Cruise.
  • "Don't Make Me Over" is a double whammy. Not only did the show predict that Jimmy Fallon would come back and host an episode of Saturday Night Live, but Seth MacFarlane, for all the times he's made fun of Saturday Night Live and the stars who became famous because of SNL, hosted an episode (the first episode of season 38) and showed off his vocal and musical talents in the monologue (doing an entire conversation with himself as Peter, Stewie, Brian, and Quagmire, and singing about his many voices).
  • "Road to Rhode Island", pre-9/11 episode, had one scene where Osama bin Laden attempts to board an airplane by distracting security by singing "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line. This one's kind of a cross between a Hilarious in Hindsight moment and a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment. On the one hand, the scene isn't all that funny thanks to 9/11, the fact that security is tighter because of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks at airports (the shoe-bomber incident), and the fact that Seth MacFarlane would have died on the plane that crashed into the Twin Towers had he not missed the flight entirely due to a hangover and bad information he got from his travel agent. On the other hand, Osama bin Laden singing "God, I Hope I Get It" takes on a new, more darkly hilarious context now that bin Laden has been caught and killed.
  • In "To Love and Die In Dixie" Chris gets a girl Elizabeth Taylor perfume and says it'll make her smell like bourbon and Vicodin. Twelve years later there would be a tea and whiskey flavored perfume.
  • In "Back to the Pilot", one of the things Brian and Stewie see in the (CGI) future is that Cleveland Brown is back, with Stewie noting that things didn't work out in Virginia. This is even funnier now that The Cleveland Show has been cancelled and Cleveland will be returning to Quahog.
  • A scene from "Airport '07" features an "edited-for-rednecks" version of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage where Carl Sagan's words are covered up with religious references. It either becomes this or a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment after a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma "accidentally" covered up a mention of evolution on Seth MacFarlane's reboot, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
  • The opening from from "I Take Thee Quagmire" where Peter correctly guesses a Wheel of Fortune puzzle despite little help from the "letters" he picked becomes this after a real Wheel contestant made a correct guess with only two letters to help him in March 2014.
  • In "Road to the Multiverse", Brian and Stewie go to a universe that's based off of The Flintstones, during which they take several pot shots at the show. This gets funnier when at one point later Seth Mac Farlane was attached to a reboot of The Flintstones.
  • "Holy Crap" sees Peter's uber-religious father Francis ultimately going to work for the Pope as a security guard (this was aired when John Paul II was still Pope). A few years later a guy is named Pope and takes the name of Francis.
  • In "Hell Comes to Quahog" there's a cutaway gag involving Ice Man visiting a gay movie theater. In 2015, Marvel Comics officially announced that Ice Man would come out as gay.
  • The episode "If I'm Dying, I'm Lying" is about Peter trying to get a cancelled TV show, Gumble2Gumble back on the air. Family Guy would later be cancelled twice just to be brought back.
  • "Boys Don't Cry" features a National Lampoon's Vacation parody where the girl in the car gets hit by a semi. This happens in the trailer for the 2015 reboot/sequel.
  • In the "We Love You, Conrad", Stewie calls Bruce Jenner "an elegant, beautiful Dutch woman", and Jenner's feminine side is implied again in the later episode "Lottery Fever". Almost four years after LF's premiere, Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman during a 20/20 special.

  • Batman Beyond had a scene in which Terry tried to remember all of the U.S. presidents. He recites them up until Clinton (the current president at the time of the show's production), and then draws a blank. All he can remember is that the president after Clinton was "the boring one" (implying that Al Gore was supposed to be President after him). This is either very funny or very depressing, since Gore never did become President as expected and Bush's presidency was exciting for all the wrong reasons.
  • Justice League:
    • An episode of "Fury" with Wonder Woman walking into the cosmetics section of a department store, and questioned a woman for wanting to cover up her "natural beauty" with makeup. Now, MAC cosmetics has a Wonder Woman collection, complete with large promotional displays of Wonder Woman fighting "Medusa's drab rays".
    • This dialogue between Speedy and Green Arrow, in light of Young Justice.
      Green Arrow: You wanted Superman? Now you've got—
      [pauses to let the two teleport in.]
      G.A.: [flat, disappointed] ...the Crimson Avenger and my ex-sidekick.
      Speedy: [annoyed] Ex-partner.
      G.A.: Speedy, we gotta do this now?
    • Also from that episode, many people noticed similarities with the heroes (and villain) featured and the cast of The Avengers (2012): STRIPE = Iron Man, Stargirl = Captain America, Vigilante = Black Widow, Shining Knight = The Mighty Thor, Green Arrow = Hawkeye and General Eiling = Hulk.
    • In "The Savage Time" Vandal Savage's plan to attack America with giant bombers is basically the same as Red Skull's plan in Captain America: The First Avenger.
    • In "The Enemy Below", both the human doctor trying to treat Aquaman and the doctor in Atlantis who gives him his hook hand sound suspiciously like Jeffrey Combs. Moreso after Combs actually joined the cast later on.
    • "Fearful Symmetry" and "Question Authority" feature two actors who have played Ratchet: Robert Foxworth and Jeffrey Combs.
    • Batman's disarming of the nuke in "The Doomsday Sanction" is extremely similar to the climax of The Dark Knight Rises, down to escaping by ejection, though in the former case everyone knew he lived.
    • The producers of the show said they tried to make Aquaman an "underwater Conan". Then in 2014, Jason Momoa was cast as the sea king in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
    • In the penultimate episode, Grodd dies vowing revenge on Luthor. In The Flash (2014), he gets his revenge on Clancy Brown, who plays General Eiling in that series.
    • In "In Blackest Night", Kurtwood Smith voiced the prosecutor and at one point, questions Kanjar Ro. In Green Lantern: First Flight, Smith voiced Kanjar Ro himself.
    • In "Flashpoint," Flash and Green Arrow are part of the League's disaster-response team after the Watchtower's satellite-cannon is hijacked and used to destroy a Cadmus base and the surrounding city; despite their relative lack of interaction with each other, the two are shown to work fairly well together, with Flash at one point giving encouragement to the demoralized Arrow. The episode aired in 2005; come 2014, their CW counterparts are shown to be staunch allies in their shared universe, with Oliver being the one to act as a mentor to Barry.
  • In Batman: Mask of the Phantasm, The Joker asks someone "Why so formal?". Replace "formal" with "serious" and you get the picture.
  • In one episode of Static Shock, Neil Patrick Harris played a washed-up child actor who was only known for one major role, which, at the time of airing, was pretty spot-on casting. These days, with his regular role on How I Met Your Mother and his appearances in the Harold & Kumar films as a Jerkass, womanizing version of himself, the irony of that role is amazing.
  • In the Superman: The Animated Series series "New Kids In Town", we find out that Jonathan Kent is a fan of the TV series Dukes Of Hazzard. Dukes of Hazzard star John Schneider would go on to play Jonathan Kent in Smallville.
  • In Batman Beyond: Return of the Joker, The Joker crashes a high-rise party, escaping while Batman has to save a guest from falling. Sound familiar?

    Looney Tunes and Other Warner Bros. Cartoons 
  • The 1938 short Porky in Wackyland has a weird dog and cat hybrid appear, and it has a startling resemblance to the lead characters of the Nickelodeon series CatDog.
  • In the 1938 "Daffy Duck in Hollywood", Daffy puts together footage from several different films to make a bizarre patchwork feature that heavily resembles today's Youtube Poop videos.
  • The 1943 Looney Tunes short "Tortoise Wins by a Hare" features the news headline "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide" (which would be a reality a mere two years later). Now, generally something like this would be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, but considering how Hitler was, it's safe to put it here.
  • In the 1943 short "Porky Pig's Feat", Daffy and Porky are imprisoned in their hotel room (for not paying their bill), and Porky wonders aloud what Bugs Bunny would do in a situation like this. Daffy eagerly chimes in, "Yeah, Bugs Bunny—my hero!" Later on, Daffy would be rewritten by Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng into being jealous of Bugs' success, so YMMV on whether this is funnier in hindsight or Harsher in Hindsight.
  • The 1966 short "A Taste of Catnip" involves Daffy believing that he's going crazy when he starts acting like a cat, doing things like hissing at dogs and wanting to eat mice. 50 years later, we get this report of a woman claiming that she's a cat in a human body.
  • Consider the lyrics of "The Presidents Song" from Animaniacs, the version on the Variety Pack album:
    "Now in Washington, D.C.
    There's Democrats and the GOP
    "But the one in charge is plain to see
    It's Clinton, first name Hillary!"
    • These lyrics were revised from the version of the song used in the show; as clearly audible (and visible) here, the lyrics are "But the ones in charge are plain to see/The Clintons, Bill and Hillary!" It still works, more or less.
      • There was also a MAD cover with the Clintons dressed up as The Flintstones, and these lyrics:
        "Clinstones! Meet the Clinstones!
        They're America's First Family!
        From the town of Li'l Rock -
        And the one in charge is Hillary!"
    • An episode of Animaniacs opened with Saddam Hussein speaking out to his subjects (who are all shown in silhouettes, waving plungers in the air) just before falling through a trap door and ending up in Hell. Well, they got the falling-through-a-trap-door-to-his-death part right. All they were missing was the noose.
      • Also at one point, Satan (voiced by Ron Perlman) gets his horns caught in the ceiling and mutters about how he should've gotten them trimmed. Ron would later go on to play Hellboy.
    • Another Animaniacs episode opened with the Warners running away from their watertower, which was about to explode. Yakko then says that he and his siblings would be back, rebuild, and make a brand new water tower that would be exactly like the old one. They are, they have, and they did!
    • And let's not forget THIS promo. Now that The Hub airs Tiny Toon Adventures AND Animaniacs, Dot must be furious!note 
    • At the beginning of this Animaniacs episode, the video rental store has on its door a poster for "X-Toons", supposedly a parody of X-Men, but eerily prescient of Loonatics Unleashed.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem) is seen criticizing Matthew Lillard for his portrayal of him in the Live-Action Adaptation of Scooby-Doo. Matthew Lillard would later replace Kasem as the voice of Shaggy on all latter-day Scooby Doo productions.
  • One Tiny Toon Adventures episode ("Animaniacs", no relation to the series) featured a film festival. Dizzy Devil's entry was a crudely drawn animation of him swallowing the entire planet titled "Dizzy Eat World". A few years later came the rock band Jimmy Eat World. Although considering how the band got their name, it's entirely possible the cartoon indirectly inspired it.
  • One episode of Duck Dodgers reveals that there's a spring on Mars (it's crucial to the plot of the episode). In 2015, in real life, liquid water was discovered on Mars.

    Transformers and Its Spinoffs 
  • Transformers Animated:
    • Bumblebee dressed as a vampire and said he "want[s] to drink your motor oil". Oil is later shown to be the Transformer equivalent of alcohol. That means he's supposed to be Dracula and he said, "I want some beer". Maybe he's a vampire, but not Dracula...
    • "Till All Are One": In Transformers Animated, Elita-1 has the power to download every Cybertronian's special ability, indeed.
    • In a later episode, the oil-guzzling Constructicons actually do ingest a bit of Bumblebee's motor oil after they find a trail made by his leaking tank. Apparently he tastes even better than their usual fare, so it's possible that Bumblebee just settled on the first blood-analogue he could find for his dramatic statement.
    • It also serves as a sort of retroactive Reverse Funny Aneurysm moment when you consider two things:
      1. Before this episode, Beast Wars introduced Tarantulas, who at least once tried to drain the mech fluids of a Maximal in a vampiric manner.
      and 2. During that same time, a cartoon called Vanpires aired, about - you guessed it - mechanoid vampire cars that drained the motor oil from helpless vehicles.
  • Beast Wars:
    • During the episode "Call of the Wild", the Maximals have been taken over by the primal instinct of their beast modes, and the Predacons are hunting them down. Now look at the following quote and try to not think about Sarah Palin. However, not all will find this as amusing, given that it involves "hunting/poaching" animals, shooting wild wolves from helicopters with rifles.
      Terrorsaur: Huntin' from the air with automatic weapons! Now that's a sport!
    • Also from Beast Wars, Blackarachnia once made an annoyed off-handed remark that almost seems to foreshadow a certain infamous director.
      Blackarachnia: What is it with guys and high explosives?
    • In "Double Jeopardy," Rattrap is suspected of being a spy and sent on a mission to prove his loyalty. When he gets attacked by Terrorsaur while his coms are open, Rhinox turns to Dinobot and says "I told you he wasn't a Predacon clone." At the time it's a throw-away line, but by the end of the series, there have been multiple Dinobot clones, and none of any other character, which makes it quite a bit funnier that he's the one who came up with that theory.
    • When the show started, detractors protested the show saying "TRUKK NOT MUNKY!", referring to Optimus Primal's gorilla form. In "Optimal Situation", as Primal shares the spark of Optimus Prime, he becomes a new transformer whose modes include truck and monkey (gorilla).
  • The Transformers:
    • The episode "Hoist Goes Hollywood" has the Autobots participating in a film. But the human cast overshadows them, there's a good deal of pyrotechnics and explosions in it, and the director initially lacks respect for the Autobots. And then it all actually happened.
    • The episode "Heavy Metal War" features Megatron taking the powers of the other Decepticons to use in battle. Three years later, a more benevolent robot with "Mega" in his name would do the same thing.
    • "Fire on the Mountain" uses the term "robot chicken". Then the identically named series came twenty years later, and frequently uses Transformers in its sketches.

  • Meta-example for the company itself: The two most recent CEOs for the company are Michael Eisner and Bob Iger. Why do those last names sound familiar?
  • The Brave Little Toaster's song "Cutting Edge" (sung by, among other things, a Tandy-style computer) was a satire of consumerism featuring modern technology singing their own praises. To a modern audience, it's hilarious when you consider that nearly every single one of those cutting-edge appliances is now severely obsolete.
  • Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs: "Jiminy Crickets!" especially since Pinocchio was the next film to come in the Disney Animated Canon.
  • The Red Lobster restaurant was actually named after the Coachman's tavern from Pinocchio.
  • At the very beginning of Thru the Mirror, an Alice in Wonderland novel can be seen on Mickey Mouse's nightstand. When Mickey climbs out of the mirror and enters the mirror world for the first time, among the objects he encounters is a footstool who acted like a dog.
  • In the Aladdin: The Series episode "To Cure a Thief", Iago comes in and shouts that Abu has become "the king of thieves". This came before Aladdin and the King of Thieves.
  • "The Lion King" had Timon and Pumbaa sing a song to distract the hyenas. It gets lampshaded by Timon in "The Lion King 1 1/2," and we see what happens after they get chased off the stage.
  • One scene of Lilo & Stitch has Stitch build a model of San Fransico out of random stuff lying around in Lilo's room. He then proceeds to knock it all down like a kaiju. Sound familiar?
  • Although both games came out around the same time, the Garfield game "Garfield's Defense" and Disney World's interactive card game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom have some amusing similarities. In the Garfield and Friends segment "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarves", Snow Wade's dress,red bow and black hair was similar to the Disney version. In the now iPod/iPhone/iPad game "Garfield's Defense" the U.S. Acres characters help Garfield fight the enemies. Wade's weapon to fight off the enemies is a broom. In "Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom", Snow White has a spell card to attack the enemies, "Snow White�s Housecleaning". What weapon is she holding/using? A broom.
  • In the Kim Possible episode "Grudge Match", Ron worries about Zita, a girl that he's trying to impress, seeing him and Kim coming out of a movie theater together, because she might think they're on a date, a notion that Kim finds ridiculous. note . Two seasons later and they're an Official Couple, and going to the movies on a date is probably the norm for them.
  • Gravity Falls:
    • In "The Love God", Mabel is revealed to have had a crush on the "guy from the ten-dollar bill". A few months after that episode aired, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton came out, and soon thousands of other people were falling in love with Alexander Hamilton.
    • "The Stanchurian Candidate" has Stan's mayoral campaign becoming unpopular with the public due to his controversial opinions and outrageous ideas for solving problems, basically saying whatever crazy rhetoric pops into his head. Sound familiar? There's even a bird ("mayor pickin' eagle") that picks the mayor & Stan gets attacked by a few eagles at one point, eerily prescient of the "Birdie Sanders" meme and the video of Donald Trump provoking a bald eagle.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Ursula (in her Vanessa guise) strangles Scuttle while shouting "Why you little!".