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    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 episode "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.
  • In the episode "North by North Quahog", Peter discovered that Mel Gibson had made a "Passion of the Christ" sequel. In 2016, Mel Gibson stated that he is making a "Passion of the Christ" sequel.

    DCAU 
  • 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 The 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.
  • One episode of The Looney Tunes Show has a scene where Daffy is looking for a tiny license plate with his name on it and finds a plate with the name Darvin instead; he then proceeds to question why anyone would name their kid that. Funny enough, in the Looney Tunes fandom, fans who ship Daffy with Marvin the Martian typically call the ship Darvin.

    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.

    Disney 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Ursula (in her Vanessa guise) strangles Scuttle while shouting "Why you little!".
  • Enchanted has Idina Menzel play Nancy, a modern-day-woman who has her fiance stolen away from her by an over-the-top self-parody of a Disney princess. A few years later, and she's playing Elsa in Frozen, who rapidly became one of the most popular Disney princesses (queen, actually, but still).

    Other 
  • In Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, one of the Misfit Toys is a cowboy who rides an ostrich.
  • In the American Dad! episode "Daddy Queerest", a drunken Stan mistakes Nelson Mandela for Morgan Freeman. While it is somewhat funny due to Mandela's and Freeman's similarities in appearance, it becomes Hilarious in Hindsight thanks to the movie Invictus and Freeman's role as Nelson Mandela.
  • The Cleveland Show:
    • In an early episode, there's a cutaway gag of Uncle Thomas the Tank Engine. A few years later there were accusations of subtle racism in the children's show.
    • Another episode features a cutaway in which a man on the street asks one of the Wachowski siblings "So you have a vagina?" "No that's my brother." This becomes funny now that both Wachowskis have become women.
  • In the 1949 Droopy cartoon Out-Foxed, Droopy and other dogs go fox hunting. The fox is first seen at home, reading a newspaper titled Fox News — the similarly named television network didn't exist until 1996.
  • In Futurama season 1's "When Aliens Attack," Fry accidentally spills soda on a TV switchboard and scrambles an airing of the Ally McBeal Expy Single Female Lawyer. Cut to Omicron Persei 8, where Single Female Lawyer gets cut off due to technical difficulties and an announcer says, "We now bring you eight animated shows in a row" (which would be impossible, if the signal from Earth's FOX station is out), causing an alien to get frustrated and shoot his television. Now that it's over a decade later and FOX now has a Sunday-night lineup called "Animation Domination"note , this joke still plays quite well today. However, in November 1999, when the episode first aired, this would have counted as more of a joke about FOX airing animated shows because there were just three cartoons total on FOX Sunday nights: Futurama, The Simpsons and King of the Hill.
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, at the end of an episode, a button is pressed that would blow up the planet. It ends up blowing up Pluto, but it's okay because "no one cares about Pluto." In 2006, Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet, much to the shock and disappointment of people who grew up being taught that Pluto is a planet just like Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
  • The Grand Finale for Avatar: The Last Airbender premiered a day after The Dark Knight. In The Dark Knight, Alfred tells Bruce "Some men just want to watch the world burn." (though this line featured prominently in a teaser trailer a year prior). The very next day audiences got to see Fire Lord Ozai trying to burn the entire Earth Kingdom to the ground. It was like they knew the movie would be premiering on the same weekend!
  • Way back in the early 1990s, Dante Basco played Peter Pan's replacement Rufio in Hook. In 2003, Jason Isaacs played Captain Hook in Peter Pan. Years later, Rufio and Hook became rivals again as Prince Zuko and Admiral Zhao. Although Basco's character lived this time, while Isaac's bit the dust.
    • In the same vein of the first post, The Boiling Rock was leaked in the last week of April, for people in Latin America, that meant to see Azula using the Repulsive Fire to fly THE VERY SAME day that Tony Stark did it with repulsive rays in the Iron Man movie.
    • Go Devil Dante's Flash Zuko Dance is even funnier in the wake of the Earthbender Pebble Dance in the Live-Action Adaptation.
    • A tie-in video game featured the Gaang fighting anti-bending revolutionaries with a thing for Steampunk. Due to a number of gameplay issues, the game isn't remembered very fondly. Cue The Legend of Korra, where the main antagonists are anti-bending revolutionaries with a thing for Steampunk.
    • In "The Warriors of Kyoshi", Sokka has to wear the Kyoshi Warriors' usual apparel to get training from them, and Aang mocks him for it ("nice dress"). About a season later Aang himself has to wear almost the same thing as part when he's trying to channel Kyoshi's spirit.
    • For those of you who succeeded in repressing all memory of How I Became Yours (or just have never seen it), remember how Katara bloodbends in broad daylight, something supposedly impossible in-universe? Two (actually 3)of Korra's villains do the exact same thing.
    • For much of the series we were told that Earthbenders are useless around metal, then Toph comes around and proves us all wrong by bending metalnote .
  • An episode of The Backyardigans had Uniqua as a flower seller who turned into a pink-clad superheroine with flower-themed powers. Later, HeartCatch Pretty Cure! comes along with a protagonist who had those exact traits.
  • In the year 2002, Nickelodeon aired, during the Kids Choice Awards, a commercial where some of Nicktoon's biggest stars at the time would duke it out against each other anime-style. Five years later, a show called Avatar: The Last Airbender came along. And five more years later, this happens.
  • On October 9, 2010, an episode of The Penguins of Madagascar had Private be offended that Kowalski would mock his favorite show about unicorns. It was meant to be a joke that Private was weird in the fact he liked something for girls. Only a day later, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic happened.
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From The Future", at one point, Shake mentions, "Have you seen that the interest rates for mortgages are really low right now?" This was in 2002, years before "Credit Default Swap" became a household name (and later, one of the reasons why the current economy is in the tank).
  • The Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "It's Way Ed, in which the Eds try to come up with some wacky fashion trends with random everyday objects these days wouldn't be out of place in Lady Gaga's wardrobe.
  • In-Universe example in The Powerpuff Girls: Early on in the episode "You Snooze, You Lose", Mojo Jojo considers using fly paper as a means of preventing the Girls from flying away from his latest Death Trap, only to dismiss it almost immediately as "too stupid". Two seasons later, in "Stray Bullet", Mojo has the floor of his Evil Lair covered in fly paper when the Girls arrive to bust up his latest plan and it works.
    • There's those "theories" that Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls universes are connected, at one point one of the Cartoon Network bumper's narrator mentioning whether Samurai Jack is Professor Utonium in disguise and the fact that there are Talking Dogs in Jack's universe in the future while the PPG universe has its Talking Dog. But those are not what are hilarious in hindsight. What made the punchline is Tara Strong who voiced Bubbles in PPG is currently voicing Ashi in Samurai Jack's season 5.
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show understandably has a lot of it, being a cartoon based on such a long-running video game franchise. In the episode "Two Plumbers and a Baby", Peach is accidentally transformed into a baby after falling in the Fountain of Youth, and Koopa ends up suffering the same fate later on. This was years before Baby Peach and Baby Bowser's canon debuts, respectively in Mario & Luigi: Partners in Time and Super Mario World 2: Yoshi's Island. Two episodes, "Stars in your Eyes" and "Star Koopa", have the Mario bros. travel through space to save Peach and the galaxy from Bowser, just like Super Mario Galaxy. Mario finally goes into space for the first time on the Moon Zone stages in Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins.
  • The Duckman episode "Dammit, Hollywood" had No Celebrities Were Harmed versions of Sylvester Stallone, Bruce Willis, and Arnold Schwarzenegger team up together to kill Duckman. Then along comes The Expendables and its sequels to make this collaboration a reality, along with many other action stars.
  • The 1990's X-Men cartoon featured a number of Foe Yay, occasionally bordering on regular Ho Yay, moments between Magneto and Xavier, especially in the series finale. A few years later, openly gay actor Ian McKellen was cast as Magneto in the live-action films.
    • The series' fifth season included a two-parter entitled "Storm Front," wherein Storm becomes engaged to Arkon, a seemingly affable alien ruler. Beast and Wolverine consider her acceptance too quick; when Storm refers to Arkon as the man she loves, Wolverine quips, "who you just met." The series' DVD releases were licensed by Disney, who later released a movie with a very similar message and quote, and which also featured a main character with Elemental Powers.
    • In X-Men: Evolution when the Brotherhood is first introduced to Wanda, Lance sarcastically asks if she's Pietro's old girlfriend when in fact she is his sister. Later, in the Ultimate Avengers universe, they would be boyfriend and girlfriend, as well as brother and sister!
  • In the Fantastic Four episode "Prey of the Black Panther," the Thing jokingly calls Black Panther "The Lion King" and "Shere Khan." Marvel eventually ended up being bought out by Disney, who would go on to release the Black Panther movie.
  • This clip from Fritz the Cat for a multitude of reasons:
    • The girls ask why James Earl Jones always plays black characters - some of his most famous roles after this movie were The Lion King and Darth Vader.
    • To anyone who uses Tumblr or LiveJournal, that entire scene will either make you roll on the floor laughing, or cringe uncomfortably for the same reason: You've seen that conversation take place, maybe even word for word.
  • An episode of The Critic had Jay preparing to review Home Alone 5 with Kevin as an adult. Fast forward to 2012, and a real Home Alone 5 was made, though with a different kid instead.
  • The 2014 FIFA World Cup was accompanied by a German parody show called Hoeggschde Konzentration. The episode right before the match against Brazil had the Germans completely ridicule their opponents, expecting to win 6-0. They went on to win 7-1 in Real Life.
  • The Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog episode "Slowwww Going" had Scratch and Grounder try to distract Sonic with an inflatable schoolhouse complete with inflatable schoolchildren so they can zap him with their slow-mo ray to slow him down. Eventually, Sonic would become the teacher of his own schoolhouse.
  • In Season 4 of Courage the Cowardly Dog, Muriel makes a deal with a Scottish Rumpelstiltskin.
  • The Legend of Korra: Korra's jealousy and resentment of Asami for dating Mako is hilarious after watching the Grand Finale since Korra and Asami have a Relationship Upgrade and start dating.
  • The 90's children's series Magic Adventures of Mumfie had two queens who are sisters in it: The Queen of Night and The Queen of Light, whose outfits closely resemble those of Anna and Elsa, whom are also royal sisters, but only one of them is queen. Their statuses are also reminiscent of those of the royal sisters Celestia and Luna from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.
  • The short-lived Canadian cartoon Ultimate Book of Spells had an episode with a giantess called Ilsa. Funnily enough, Frozen would have the slightly similar Elsa. Video here, for those interested.
  • Captain N: The Game Master featured Princess Lana, who was good friends with Zelda and ruled Videoland, but didn't come from any particular game. Fast-forward to September 2014, one of the new playable characters in Hyrule Warriors is a heroine named Lana, though she's completely different from the cartoon character.
  • Fourth grade class president Jimmy Nixon McGarfield's infatuation with Lizzie Devine in Codename: Kids Next Door, when you consider the recent revelation in the GKND teaser video that Lizzie was actually a botanical alien operative of the Galactic Kids Next Door disguised as a human. Her affection for Numbuh 1, who Jimmy viewed as a rival, probably wasn't even sincere. It's a good thing that Jimmy's assistant Anna revealed her love for him and he subsequently returned her feelings, abandoning his fixation on Lizzie.
  • Ben McKenzie provided the voice of Batman in Batman: Year One, which also prominently featured a young Gordon. The 2014 Batman prequel TV series Gotham stars McKenzie as a young James Gordon, before he became the Commissioner.
  • Beware the Batman:
    • Many fans have noticed Sumalee Montano's voice for Katana on sounds similar to Kelly Hu. Guess who actually voices Katana in Infinite Crisis?
    • In what turned out to be the final episode, Harvey Dent, having finally become Two-Face, tells Gordon that if the position of mayor is so important to him, then he can just go and be mayor himself. Batman: Arkham Knight's best ending features Gordon becoming mayor of Gotham after 100% Completion.
  • The Batman has a few:
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  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: A Running Gag in "Nigel Planter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets" has bad luck occurring whenever someone says Lord Moldybutt's name. Then came Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where Voldemort actually put a jinx on his own name.
  • The Secret of Anastasia (a Mockbuster of Anastasia) has a plot point where Anastasia has two men interested in her, and is unaware that one of them is a Prince Charmless who's only using her to get the throne. Sounds familiar, doesn't it?
  • The PS2 game Franklin: A Birthday Surprise has Franklin finding things to throw a surprise party for his best friend Bear. This sounds very similar to a previous Licensed Game of a children's cartoon that involved the protagonist exploring the world to find things to throw a surprise party for his best friend.
  • Daria had a section on 'Sick Sad World' featuring a story involving a princess turning into a frog after kissing an enchanted prince.
  • An episode of Garfield and Friends had Orson Pig play a parody version of Detective Joe Friday in one of the U.S. Acres segments. Then along comes Cornfed Pig from Duckman, who was also voiced by Berger with the exact same impression.
  • Like what we've said earlier about The Simpsons, the My Life as a Teenage Robot epsidoe "This Time With Feeling", in which Fembot Jenny upgrades herself with a nevous system that allows her to be tickled and feel pain, predatesthe creation of a real nervous system for robots.
  • During its earlier years, Cartoon Network had a series called Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, a show about a non-human characternote  living in a world with an '80s aesthetic. It didn't last long. A little later, CN would give us the series Regular Show... a show about non-human charactersnote  living in a world with an '80s aesthetic. But unlike Robot Jones, Regular Show became wildly successful.
  • The 1941 Woody Woodpecker short, "Pantry Panic":
  • Tex Avery's 1955 short, Shhhhhh: The main character exclaims "D'oh!" twice.
  • The elections in the Littlest Pet Shop (2012) episode "Inside Job" (which aired in 2013) echoes some opinions about the 2016 U.S. Presidential Elections, with one candidate focused on spending money and making verbal jabs while the other one initially plays nice but decides to play dirty later on. The school collectively settling on a third student mirrors some sentiments of voting for a third-party candidate.
  • The Life With Loopy short "Loopy And The Snow-Lady", which aired in 1998, had Loopy try to bring the "snow lady" she made in the winter to a winter-themed indoor theme park during the summer so she doesn't melt. Unfortunately, Snow-Lady is absolutely fascinated by summer, especially the beach.
    • The title character of the shorts is known for being a Weirdness Magnet for all the things going on in the episodes. Eighteen years later, she ended up sharing a voice actress with Naru Osaka, who's was such a common weirdness magnet that it was lampshaded.
  • A Robot Chicken sketch parodying Sesame Street features Oscar noting that Sesame Street is the only New York neighborhood that hasn't yet been gentrified, and Grover saying that will change thanks to Hannah from HBO's Girls joining the cast. Two years later, the show moved to HBO, and the set was changed to what could only be described as a cleaner, gentrified street.
  • On December 17, 1988, Alvin and the Chipmunks had an episode titled "The Wall" focusing on the Chipmunks performing in Berlin and meeting a young girl whose brother was trapped on the other side of the Berlin Wall. During that episode, a song titled "The Wall" is performed, complete with said wall crumbling down. While the episode proved All Just a Dream, not quite one year later... the wall begins to come down for real.
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Super Zeroes" features the girls wanting to be like other fictional superheroes. Bubbles dresses up as "Harmony Bunny" similar to a Japanese comic she read at the beginning (which is not a superhero comic, but a cutesy manga about a little white bunny and her friends), and she even tries to fight the giant monster destroying Townsville with stickers. Some of the elements may have inspired this anime, whose protagonist is a little white bunny who uses stickers in battle.
  • The 2002 Arthur special It's Only Rock 'n' Roll has D.W. drawing trading cards based on members of U-Stink, and she writes their names wrong; Fern's card calls her Ferb.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius the season 2 finale "Win, Lose and Kaboom!" the episode parodies hit reality television show Survivor. During that spoof Bolbi voted himself off and is sent to the Cell of Indignity (in there he spent the rest of the game being pampered and waited on by two beautiful alien women providing him food from home). Two years later on Survivor: Micronesia, contestant Cirie Fields asked contestant Erik Reichenbach to give her the immunity necklace he won in the Immunity Challenge thus voting himself out of the game. On Survivor Heroes vs Villains, Tyson Apostol switched his vote from Russell Hantz to Parvati Shallow at the last minute in the tribal council. Hantz used an immunity idol for Shallow thus resulting in Apostol being voted off instead of sticking to the split vote plan. In the most recent season Survivor Game Changers, during the tribe switch contestant Debbie Wanner became the only castaway without a buff and is sent to Exile Island. When Debbie got there the "island" was a yacht which was loaded with food from home and advice from former contestant John Cochran. On another CBS show Big Brother 19 there was a memory competition for the POV. Each houseguest had to get a question right in order to advance to the next round if a houseguest got a question wrong they would have to complete a challenge one of the challenges was an eating challenge which houseguets Elena Davies, Josh Martinez and Matthew Clines did after they got a specific question wrong. They were forced to eat something gross which is the exact same challenge Carl Wheezer did in "Win, Lose and Kaboom!"
  • During the first season Stickin' Around episode "Buttnochio", the kids see a movie called Megamind, which is much different to the real movie.


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