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Buffy the Vampire Slayer has its share of Funny Aneurysm Moments, having named the trope and all.

  • The Trope Namer: In season four's "The Freshman", Buffy is commenting on how her mother would react to the price of her text-books, stating flippantly, "I hope it's a funny aneurysm." Next season, her mother has a brain tumor removed, and later suddenly dies of a side-effect of surgery: an aneurysm.
  • "I Robot, You Jane" ends with Buffy, Willow, and Xander bemoaning how hard it is to have a nice, normal, happy relationship on the Hellmouth. It's fairly lighthearted as none of the character's failed relationships to date were actually that traumatic, but considering all that happens over the next seven seasons it's really painful. It also seems like a Lampshade Hanging when, just after the characters have finished saying how hard it is to have a happy relationship, the episode closes out to Joss Whedon's Executive Producer credit, but given that Whedon wasn't really known for putting characters through hell just yet, it's probably unintentional.
    • It wasn't known to the audience, but seeing as the executives had already shot down his plan to have Jesse's actor in the opening credits (later done with Tara instead) and he had planned to kill Joyce in Season One just to make Buffy's life harder, it's safe to say that the writing staff knew how cruel he was already.
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    • And that's not even considering the fact that that episode is Jenny Calendar's first appearance.
  • In another first season episode, Xander asks Willow to kindly stop beating a dead horse: "Will, yeah, that is the point. You don't have to drive it through my head like a railroad spike." Much later, we find out that this was Spike's preferred method of torture.
  • In the Cold Open to the second season episode "Bad Eggs", Joyce asks Buffy if she thinks of anything other than boys and clothes. Buffy responds that she thinks about saving the world from vampires. Then we get to season six, "Normal Again", where we learn that Buffy was once institutionalized for telling her parents about vampires. Joyce's exasperation in "Bad Eggs" takes on a much darker tone.
  • Way back in the Season 3 episode "Dead Man's Party", Buffy said to Xander, "Didn't anyone ever warn you about playing with pointy sticks? It's all fun and games until somebody loses an eye." This becomes this trope when in season seven, Caleb destroys Xander's left eye.
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  • The same for "Bad Girls", in which Xander covers his eye to keep Buffy from seeing his post-sex-with-Faith twitch.
  • Cordelia comments to Giles in the season 3 episode "Gingerbread" that he was going to "wake up in a coma" on account of all the head traumas he had received. At the end of season 4 of Angel, Cordelia was left in a coma; she died without ever waking up.
  • The Columbine High School massacre occurred one week before the original planned air-date of the season three episode "Earshot", which was about preventing a school shooting. It included this line by Xander:
    "Who hasn't idly thought about taking out the whole school with a semi-automatic?"
    • After Buffy glares at him, he adds, "I said idly."
    • Even The Stoic Oz would later have cringed over the comment about school shootings becoming trendy, since...well...they did.
  • Faith screwing Xander's brains out in "The Zeppo" where he singlehandedly stops a plot to blow open the hellmouth? Funny and awesome. When it's revealed men are less than nothing to her? It stops being awesome. When Willow finds out and is in the bathroom crying it stops being funny. And Faith later sexually assaulting then trying to kill Xander makes it this trope.
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  • Also all the sexual dysfunction and innuendo about past sexual violence with Faith becomes a real-life Funny Aneurysm Moment since it was revealed that Eliza Dushku was sexually assaulted at the age of twelve by a crew member on True Lies.
  • "Lovers Walk" where the viewer is made to believe Cordelia died. Compare that with the Angel episode "You're Welcome" where the viewer is made to believe Cordelia is alive.
  • In the fourth season episode "Something Blue", Xander asks to be blind along with Giles after watching Spike and Buffy kiss. Again, this becomes less funny in season seven.
    • Also, after Willows spell-gone-awry is broken, Buffy jokingly tells her that "we may be into a forgetting spell later". Loses its funny after season six, where Willow repeatedly uses magic to erase Tara's memories.
  • The season five episode "The Replacement", in which Xander is split into two versions of himself. At one point he says to Anya that "very soon you won't be worrying about growing old!" Roughly three years later, in season seven, Anya is killed in the Final Battle.
  • In the season 5 episode "Triangle", Anya makes Xander promise that if he ever leaves her she wants lots and lots of warning, including "big flashing red lights and one of those clocks that counts down like a bomb in the movies and there's a whole bunch of coloured wires and I'm not sure which is the right one to cut but I guess the green one and then at the last second no, the red one, and then click, it stops, with three tenths of a second left, and then you don't leave." Next season, he leaves her at the altar with basically no foreshadowing.
  • In "Family", when Tara asks Willow how she can make her feel the way she does, and Willow responds "Magic." In season 6, Willow erases Tara's memory to make her feel love instead of anger towards her with magic.
  • In the Season Five episode "I Was Made To Love You", when the Scoobies discover that Warren built himself a robot girlfriend, it is Willow and Tara that show the most sympathy for him, that he couldn't find a nice, normal person to have a relationship with. At the end of the next season Warren kills Tara, and a heartbroken Willow murders him in revenge. The DVD commentary by episode writer Jane Espenson suggests this foreshadowing was unintentional.
  • The season six episode "All The Way", in which Xander dresses as a pirate. Xander's first line after he loses his eye mentions that pirate costume.
  • For few episodes late in Season 6, Xander is shown drowning his sorrows a bit too much and later mentions "hitting bottom." Two years later, Nicholas Brendon revealed that he's an alcoholic.
  • The mostly-lighthearted song "I'll Never Tell" between Anya and Xander from "Once More, With Feeling", in which they sing about their fears for the future, becomes Harsher in Hindsight twice over: Anya's line "I know that come the day I'll want to run and hide" after Xander leaves Anya at the altar nine episodes later, and Anya's fears about growing older when she dies in the Series Finale. The lyric "Will I get so old and wrinkly/That I look like David Brinkley?" led to another example on its British terrestrial broadcast, as The BBC aired the final episode the very week Brinkley himself passed away.
  • In the season seven episode "Same Time, Same Place", Buffy kills a flesh-eating demon named Gnarl by poking his eyes out with her thumbs, a sight that Xander responds to with understandable and amusing disgust. (His exact words are "Eww, thumbs?") Several episodes later, psychotic preacher Caleb drives his thumb into Xander's left eye. Earlier in the same episode (overlapping with Foreshadowing), when describing the critical targets on a potentially unknown enemy:
    Xander: Go for the eyes. Everything has eyes.
    Xander: I'm the guy who sees everything
    Caleb: So I hear you're the guy who sees everything. Let's fix that
  • Anya in "Selfless" tells Buffy that it will take more than a sword through the chest to kill her. She is killed in the finale by a sword through the chest. Though, to be fair, swords didn't do as much permanent damage when she was a vengeance demon.
  • An in-universe example and lampshading occurs in "Conversations With Dead People":
    Holden: Hey, you remember Jason Wheeler, you know, "Crazy J"?
    Buffy: Oh, yeah.
    Holden: He always had that shtick of [waves hands around] "Yeah, I'm crazy, I'm crazy!"
    Buffy: How is he?
    Holden: Crazy. He's been in the chronic ward since graduation. (beat) Not really that funny, I guess.

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