->''"This building will stand forever."''
-->-- '''Lewis Schiliro''', Head of the [[UsefulNotes/AmericanLawEnforcement FBI]]'s New York Office, after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Trade_Center_bombing 1993 World Trade Center Bombing]].

Harsher in Hindsight is a serious event, plotline, or comment where a later event (in the story or {{real life}}) comes up and only serves to amplify the already bitter-tasting effect. It can lead to episodes or issues being pulled or held from re-running if it's perceived as TooSoon.

This leads to a rather heart-wrenching moment and makes some people feel uneasy when they view the event in the original work.

It is different from DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything, which is for works released shortly after the tragic event, and where the similarity in the plot is intentional. Note, however, that there is usually a delay between the creation of a work and the day when it finally becomes available to the public, and sometimes a tragic event similar to a point from the plot takes place in the meantime. Sometimes the work is slightly modified to avoid this effect, but sometimes doing so would change it so much, or would demand so many resources, that the work is released anyway as it was initially conceived.

Compare FunnyAneurysmMoment, TooSoon, LifeImitatesArt, CerebusRetcon (elements that were originally comedic are later deconstructed and played as tragic).

Note that if the event in question is something inevitable, such as an actor dying, that's not necessarily this. We all have to go at some point. It would only be this trope if the death was somehow similar to how they died onscreen.

Contrast HilariousInHindsight, HeartwarmingInHindsight.



!!!Keep in mind, this is for stuff that was already dramatic/serious to begin with, but is now worse due to history. For stuff that started out funny and now isn't because of history, the correct page is FunnyAneurysmMoment.

* HarsherInHindsight/{{Advertising}}
* HarsherInHindsight/AnimeAndManga
* HarsherInHindsight/ComicBooks
* HarsherInHindsight/FanFic
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Film}}
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Literature}}
* HarsherInHindsight/LiveActionTV
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Music}}
* HarsherInHindsight/NewspaperComics
* HarsherInHindsight/ProfessionalWrestling
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Radio}}
* HarsherInHindsight/TabletopGames
* HarsherInHindsight/{{Theatre}}
* HarsherInHindsight/VideoGames
* HarsherInHindsight/WebComics
* HarsherInHindsight/WebOriginal
* HarsherInHindsight/WesternAnimation
* HarsherInHindsight/RealLife

* [[http://vallejo.ural.net/1997/show.php?008 This work]] (warning, NSFW) by BorisVallejo, painted in 1997, is supposed to depict the ruins of New York City a thousand years in the future (as Vallejo himself commented on after the 9/11 attacks), but the Twin Towers are still standing.