Hilarious in Hindsight
aka: Reverse Funny Aneurysm Moment
"Everything is funnier in retrospect, funnier and prettier and cooler. You can laugh at anything from far enough away."
"Funny Aneurysm" Moment
is when events, either external or within a series, turn a joke into something disturbing, upsetting, or at the very least really
uncomfortable. Harsher in Hindsight
is when a tragic and serious event is even worse later.
This is the opposite. It's when a later event, such as a current event or something that happened in the series, contrives to make something funnier
than it originally was. This is what your literature teacher would call "Life imitating Art
". There's a decent list in this College Humor
feature and another one in this Cracked.com
Note this is not
merely something that seemingly predicts something else. For example, black US presidents in fictions are not this trope. A black US president in fiction who has an Embarrassing Middle Name
Also note that some examples that might not seem funny to one, might seem funny to another. It depends on attitudes towards Black Comedy
and Gallows Humor
Additionally, "hilarious" doesn't just mean "BLAH-HAH-HAH! gut-busting," either. If you go by the word's original definition
, it can mean "amusing" or "charming" as well. So any
belated lighthearted coincidence would fit under this trope.
Almost all examples of Have a Gay Old Time
are an example of this trope.
Compare Fridge Brilliance
, Heartwarming In Hindsight
Contrast "Funny Aneurysm" Moment
(when something that was once amusing or awesome is now tinged with tragedy thanks to a Real Life
or in-story tragedy), Dude, Not Funny!
(when something is considered in bad taste to mock or even mention, no matter what the circumstance), and Harsher in Hindsight
(when something dramatic or depressing is now worse due to a Real Life
or in-story tragedy).