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  • While Bearquarter's Toy Story trilogy is faithful to the movie franchise, even with some minor differences, The fan-casting of the toys are nice references to the actors and actresses previous shows.
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  • In Chapter 77 of Hottie 3: The Best Fan Fic in the World, which involved fusion, all three Crystal Gems fused into one being. A few months later, the Steven Universe episode "Giant Woman" aired on TV and established that Gems have the ability to fuse with others. Even better, they all eventually did fuse together in a later episode.
  • All in the Family has a character named Acacia Castro-Avila whose Famous Ancestor is supposedly Fidel Castro himself. This is Hilarious in Hindsight when you realize that a year after the fanfic was published, Fidel Castro was revealed to have had many lovers.
  • The Child of Love: The title of chapter 8 is "You Are Not Alone". Keep in mind that chapter was published at least seven years before the first "Rebuild Of Evangelion" movie was a thing.
  • The Supergirl story Hellsister Trilogy provides several moments of this kind:
    • Kara Zor-El and Dev-Em become lovers. Flash-forward several years and Dev-Em is one of her enemies in the main universe and the DCEU.
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    • An alternate universe Saturn Girl is brunette, right like Supergirl (2015)'s Imra Ardeen.
    • Kara having a Legionnaire lover who wants her to move to the 31st century with him, several years before the Justice League Unlimited episode where Kara fell in love with Brainiac 5 and moved to the Legion of Super-Heroes future.
    • Satan Girl planning to force entire worlds to worship her like a goddess several years before Supergirl's Sterling Gates' run reimagined the character like a death and love alien goddess.
    • A Kryptonian doppelganger of a hero of the House of El plus Mordru plus the Legion of Super-Villains come together to destroy the Legion? And the Supergirl of Earth-One gets to do some fighting? It kind of sounds like Final Crisis: Legion of Three Worlds which came out nine years later, isn't it? Compounded by the fact Darkseid was the next Big Bad.
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    • Kara isn't sure what she wants to join the League. A few years later, Supergirl would join the Justice League in the comics.
  • HERZ: In chapter 4 Asuka calls her daughter Akiko Aki-chan. Several years later, when Jimmy Wolk was writting The Second Try he named Shinji and Asuka's daughter "Aki-chan".
  • Rhythmic Pretty Cure happens to have at least a couple of unintentional similarities with Happiness Charge Pretty Cure (per Word of God, it's actually more similar in style to Yes! Pretty Cure 5 and Smile Pretty Cure!).
    • When the author started developing the series just over a full year before it premiered, he named the Mentor Mascot Ribbon. Then Happiness Charge Pretty Cure came along...
    • Rhythmic has half-Australian Cure Clubs as one of the main Cures. When the International Cures were introduced in HaCha, one of them was Cure Southern Cross, an Australian Cure.
  • During his Journey to the Center of the Mind in And Another Thing I Hate About You, Xander and Cordelia had to travel through and experience events that had a major impact on him (though out of sync with each other). Xander made a habit of grabbing whichever Cordelia he came across and kissing her stupid. He and Cordelia would also at times help out, thinking everything was a memory so they weren't actually affecting anything. Once they're back in the real world, Buffy mentions that for the past few years Xander would show up in places he shouldn't be or places he already was.
  • In Letter 55 of Zelda12343's Dear Fanfiction Writers TOS Style!, Khan speaks out against the Kirk/Khan pairing, even though the author herself acknowledges she'd never seen this pairing on FFN. After Star Trek Into Darkness came out, Kirk/Khan became a popular pairing over at the Star Trek (2009) on FFN.
  • Dakari-King Mykan always wanted to make a more action-oriented story than Friendship Is Magic, to no real avail. Come the season 4 finale, suddenly the show he hates actually gets an amazing action sequence that blows any he could make out of the water (not like that's particularly hard). Irony at its finest.
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic The Stalking Zuko Series has tension growing between the Northern and Southern Water Tribes, with North viewing the South as uneducated yokels and the South view the North as stuck-up busybodies who didn't lift a finger to help them when they facing genocide from the Fire Nation. Then Season 2 of The Legend of Korra comes out...
  • The Glee Gender Flip story, A Different Direction, has Faith (female!Finn) complaining about Lebron James leaving the Cavaliers in 2010; a few months later, Lebron would return to Cleveland.
  • This fanmade Death Battle has Link use his strength enhancing gauntlets to use a pillar as a club. Come Hyrule Warriors, he now has this as an attack.
  • Speaking of Death Battle, this fan-made battle between Roronoa Zoro and Erza Scarlet at the climax has Erza summoning 200 swords at once via Heaven's Wheel, at which point it becomes clear that Zoro is way in over his head. When Ben and Chad did the actual battle, it was determined that despite this ability of Erza's she really had nothing in her arsenal that could bring down Zoro's superior speed and destructive capability.
  • In Chapter 7 of Necessary To Win, Yukari infiltrates Anzio, which, instead of Saunders, is Oarai's first opponent. In the Anzio OVA, she ends up infiltrating Anzio as well, but unlike in the fic, doesn't get caught.
  • Dakari-King Mykan's reasons for creating The End of Ends become extremely laughable when the finale to another one of his stories, Cyborg Davis, has an ending that's exactly like the ending to Things Change. Beat. For. Beat.
  • Tara Gilespie, author of the most infamous Harry Potter fanfic of all time, predicted in an author's note before Deathly Hallows came out that Harry would have to let himself die in order to defeat Voldemort, because he himself is a Horcrux. Fast forwards to when the book came out, and she was right! A lot of people had the same idea, to be fair, but the fact that Tara of all people figured it out is hilarious.
  • In the Fairly Oddparents fanfiction, Never Had A Friend Like Me, the idea of using a volcano as a way to destroy magical objects and Timmy almost dying by an anti-fairy dropping him into lava both showed up in this story a few months before the premiere of A Fairly Odd Summer...
  • The Vampire Diaries Gender Flip story, 'The Sara Diaries', features Stefan as a girl named Sara Salvatore. In Season Six, it was revealed that there actually was a Sarah Salvatore, Zach's long lost daughter.
    • Said story also predicted that Stefan and Damon's mother is still alive.
  • In Super Sentai vs. Power Rangers: The Liveblog, part of the reason why the writer chose Sean in the first act of the arc was that she wanted to have him take part in a Gokaiger-related arc, especially when Alex and Jason would have their own episodes in Power Rangers Super Megaforce later on. About a week after covering Kaizoku Sentai Gokaiger vs. Power Rangers Samurai, there was an announcement that confirmed Sean's appearance in the final episode of Super Megaforce.
  • Weiss Reacts: The fic featured the Humongous Mecha Gurren Lagann as a regular plot element, had Jaune crossdressing for a Saber cosplay and Cinder joining the school as a teacher. Months later, the Atlesian Paladin is unveiled as a regular plot element of Volume 2, Jaune ends up crossdressing to cheer Pyrrha up, and Cinder ends up in Beacon as a student.
    • Similarly, plushies of Weiss are a Running Gag- and one Ensemble Dark Horse, Vivi, is an animated Weiss plushie. Now that Rooster Teeth have actually started selling Weiss plushies....
  • Fallout: Equestria: Snowfall introduces us to crystal pony unicorns. Crystal pony unicorns appear in Fiendship is Magic #1.
  • "Cutie Mark Crusaders Dream Warriors" had Princess Luna help the CMC fight back against their nightmares. As of season 5, all three of them have received aid from the night princess within their dreams.
  • Back in 2001, an author named Kanius did Digimon Fusion (Digimon characters play the roles of DBZ) and is doing a remake called Digimon Fusion Kai around 2010. Comes 2013, that the english version of Digimon Xros Wars is titled 'Digimon Fusion'.
  • An artist on DeviantArt made a StarCraft image involving Zergified!Kerrigan and Terran!Kerrigan in a Screw Yourself scene. A certain Starcraft II Heart Of The Swarm cinematic does have the two in a rather tight embrace, if for slightly different reasons.
  • Somewhat an inversion of ascended fanon. The English dub version of Guilty Crown in the final episode's epilogue, the casts last words are "To the New Year!", then co-authors are doing a mega crossover fanfic based on New Years Eve.
    • Then plays straight in other parts. In Chapter 8, Captain Ginyu mentions his thanks of Freeza getting back his own body back. I wonder what happened officially in Dragon Ball Super?
    • Chapter 1 has Kirito mention himself being Samurai Jack, alongside the Minions of Set appears and Arago's super form looks like Aku. Then, Adult Swim renews the cartoon for 2016.
    • Chapter 32 shows the The Powerpuff Girls (2016 versions) siding with the Green Lanterns (John Stewart, Razer, and Aya). Promos of the PPG reboot shows the girls creating similar constructs.
  • This piece of fanart for The Legend of Korra depicts several characters discussing their reactions to fan pairings involving them. Panel 4, where Asami is trying to convince her father that there's nothing going on between her and Korra is hilarious if you've seen the show's finale. It even gets lampshaded in the last panel for the follow up fanart of Book 4.
  • Pretty Cure Perfume Preppy:
    • In episode 32, a Spaniard Pretty Cure explains that there are other Pretty Cure teams around the world. A few years later, that would become canon.
    • The main character of this fan fic is named Chloe. As of 2015, Smile Pretty Cure! is being dubbed as Glitter Force, and one of the dub names revealed is Chloe (but the Chloe in question is Reika/Cure Beauty).
  • The first completed Naruto fic on was a Naruto/Sasuke fic (in fact, many early fics were). It ends with an author note that says "More Naruto fics, I think, are needed". Within six years Naruto would be one of the biggest manga fandoms and is only behind Harry Potter as the fandom with the most fanfics on the site.
  • This fanfic crossover has Ben Tennyson and Yang Xiao Long as a couple and they get along pretty well. Volume 3 of RWBY arrives and Ben's (post-timeskip) voice actor, Yuri Lowenthal, is now the voice of Mercury Black and he and Yang are enemies. What makes it hilarious?
  • Avatar: The Last Airbender/Mobile Suit Gundam Wing Fusion Fic Tears of Revelry was (by the author's admission towards the bottom) written prior to The Legend of Korra airing, and was first posted some months prior to Season 3. The prologue narrative briefly mentions that the Air Nomads "had regrown in strength" over a period of 150 years post-A:TLA, but not how. Then LoK Season 3 hit and it turns out that Harmonic Convergence caused a number of non-benders to become Airbenders...
  • The first popular ship from The Legend of Korra was shipping Korra with Yue (from Avatar: The Last Airbender). A lot of fanart existed for the pair prior to the release of the series, despite (or because of) it being a crack ship. The actress that played Yue in the Live-Action Adaptation The Last Airbender voices Asami in The Legend Of Korra. The two were initially stuck in a love triangle involving the same boy, but the triangle broke up by the end of Book 2. At the end of the series Korra and Asami end up the Official Couple.
  • The Bridge: Multiple times.
    • Its version of "Ghost Godzilla" from All Monsters Attack was illustrated using a purple atomic breath. This ended up being the case in Shin Godzilla.
    • Early on in the story, Mothra Lea's changeling form is called a "rainbow changeling" as a joke descriptor because of how unlikely it seemed given the species is dark colored. Three years later in Season Six of the show and we ended up getting actual rainbow colored changelings.
    • The Bridge's King Sombra is an abnormal unicorn composed of dark magic, having a direct hoof in the "death" of Princess Amore, being able to hide in crystals; and coming back to life via dark magic and his surviving horn. IDW Comic's King Sombra released months later had all of these traits.
  • In The (Edit) War for Ash's Freedom to not be Betrayed, Arceus briefly ponders introducing an Alolan form for Golem. About a week after the fic's publication, Alolan Golem was revealed.
  • Before his death, Jim Bader was going to make Ranma and Nabiki’s next child in A Very Scary Thought be an Expy of Erza, this time with Nabiki as the Fama and Ranma as the Ouma. When Erza’s mother Irene Belserion is finally revealed, she is a voluptuous redhead who used to be known as the Dragon Empress. To be more specific, Ranma’s ability comes from forming a pact with five Elemental Dragons.
  • A fancomic for The Loud House featured the Loud siblings, over the course of the comic, cosplaying as various different Nickelodeon cartoon stars (Lincoln as several male leads and Leni as Patrick Star for example) but the one that's this trope is Luna. Her cosplay is being stylized to look like Sam Manson, who turns out to share the name and gender of Luna's ultimate crush.
  • The training Ranma gave Vegeta in Human Saiyajin is pretty much the same training given to him by Whis is Dragon Ball Super. I.e showing him how to overcome the DBZ universe’s Unskilled, but Strong approach to martial arts by training him how to better control his ki and body.
  • A fan-meme of Lucky Star involves "Kurokona", a pale, black haired version of Konata who plays her character more realistically than her canonical Otaku Surrogate version. She's a bored, depressed loner. This sounds like a less Cringe Comedy-focused version of Tomoko from No Matter How I Look at It, It's You Guys' Fault I'm Not Popular!.
  • In the House fanfic "I Am Not The Walrus" Chase inadvertently admits furries make him nervous, which House finds hilarious, sarcastically asking him if he was "ravaged by a herd of My Little Ponies". This was written before My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic existed.
  • The title for the Steven Universe fanfic Diamonds are Forever became this when it was revealed in the Season 5 episode A Single Pale Rose that Rose Quartz was actually Pink Diamond all along.
  • The Rival Prefects Trilogy begins with the protagonist attempting to find the statue of Boris the Bewildered. By the end of the trilogy, he himself has become a statue.
  • In the That's So Raven fanfic Support, Chelsea ends up pregnant by her abusive boyfriend and turns to her old friend Raven for support. Raven's Home later features an adult Chelsea and her child (a boy, not a girl like in Support) living together with Raven, and her twins, after Chelsea divorces her implied-abusive husband.
  • The New Adventures of Invader Zim has a couple of examples:
    • The first chapter, written prior to the release of the first issue of the Invader Zim continuation comic, features Dib almost getting into a dogfight with Zim with Tak's ship, only to realize that he doesn't know how to operate the ship's weapons, leading to Zim curb-stomping him. In Issue 2 of the comic, Dib is facing down Zim in a spaceship dogfight, and realizes he doesn't know how to use the weapons... and Zim tells him how, leading to Zim being curb-stomped.
    • Episode 4 has, as one of MIMI's hallucinations, a Shout-Out to The Shining in the form of a pair of meat children asking her to come play with them forever. This was published in 2015; flash-forward to 2017, and the comic series has a similar joke, wherein Dib (in GIR's body) imagines a bunch of copies of GIR asking him to come play forever.
  • From the Halloween Unspectacular series:
    • In the first chapter of the first collection, Danny, Sam, and Tucker express their belief that E350 is going to fail to complete his self-imposed Halloween challenge (to do one chapter every day of October). Considering that (as of this writing) there's eight collections in the Halloween Unspectacular series so far, this comes off as extra hilarious.
    • One of the "Twenty Terrible Theories" in HU6 is that Rose Quartz was Pink Diamond, with E350 being exasperated by it. Two years later, this theory was confirmed by canon.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Supergirl crossover fic The Vampire of Steel was written in 2002. Thirteen years later, Buffy actress Emma Caulfield stars in the live action series.
  • Written four years prior to Superman: Red Son, Superman and Man has the Man of Steel wonder aloud: "What if Superman landed on a Communist country?"
  • Child of the Storm:
    • In this story, Black Widow and Hawkeye aren't a couple because their jobs are too dangerous. In the movies? He's got a wife and kids and names the latest after her.
    • In the fancast the author made, he put Benedict Cumberbatch as Mister Sinister. Several months later, Benedict Cumberbatch was cast as Doctor Strange, who in this fic views Sinister as his Arch-Enemy.
    • During the first book's Final Battle, Thor casually shows that he can still throw around lightning even without his hammer. Then along comes Thor: Ragnarok, and he has to go through a whole movie and an epiphany before he can figure out how to do that.
    • The first book's final battle also features Hulk smashing Chthon the same way he did to Loki, with the latter commenting on how gratifying it is to see it happen to someone else. Then Ragnarok comes along, and Hulk does that to Thor, with Loki being ecstatic about it.
    • Yet another from the same film is Thor's statement to Strange that "So Earth has... wizards now, huh?" Given that he used to be a wizard on Earth, that's definitely worth a chuckle from any viewer who's also a fan of this 'verse (though Strange's penchant for Trolling Thor and Loki is absolutely unchanged).
    • In Child of the Storm chapter 75, Strange tells Carol that her willpower is without equal, and she snarks that unless being really stubborn is going to make her bulletproof, she doesn't see how that'll help much. Guess which magical device he gives her? The Green Lantern ring, which works on willpower and can, in fact, deflect bullets (or do a lot of other stuff).
    • Seeing how Steve hooks up with Sharon Carter in the Marvel Cinematic Universe can be a bit awkward when you realize that she's his great-granddaughter in this fanfic.
    • When Harry and Carol first meet, they insist that they are Just Friends, and are set up to become Platonic Life-Partners with no Ship Tease whatsoever. One book and a Relationship Writing Fumble later (the author having apparently just shrugged and decided to go with it), they're still insisting that they're Just Friends, but literally no one, in-universe or out, is buying it.
    • Carol starts calling Harry "Luke Skywalker" in the finale of Child of the Storm for his kind and gentle nature, rags to riches story, Psychic Powers, and fighting skills. Pretty much the only thing missing is the lightsaber and the mechanical hand. Come Ghosts of the Past, he briefly gains a mechanical arm (albeit on the wrong side), and a glowing sword.
    • It's revealed in the final chapter of the first book - which came out before Doctor Strange (2016) was released - that Strange's ultimate goal is to guide the world into a timeline that results in the defeat of Thanos and that his time travel and manipulations are all to that end. And if that were not enough, in chapter 20 of the sequel, released in 2017, it's revealed that Strange is intimately connected to the Time Stone, which is closely tied into said plan to defeat Thanos, and his manipulation of people to that end. In other words, just like MCU Strange in Infinity War and Endgame. This did not go unnoticed, and the author was apparently deeply smug.
  • The Raven's Plan:
    • Sansa's friendly attitude towards Dany comes off as this considering the tension between the two in Season 8.
    • That a Peggy Sue was needed to stop the Long Night in this fic is this after Arya single-handedly averting the Long Night by killing the Night King in canon. Maybe the fact that Arya died fighting Euron in the backstory of the fic had something to do with the difference in outcomes between canon and the fic?
    • Repeatedly throughout the story, people react with disgust to finding out that Jon and Dany are in a relationship despite being related, until others point out that they're Targaryens, so that makes it okay. When this big Internal Reveal comes about in canon, no one other than Varys even acknowledges the incest aspect, and it's quickly brushed off when he brings it up.
    • Jon accepting the throne considering his adamant refusal in the show.
    • There is something darkly amusing about Jaime's angst over killing Cersei considering he died with his arms wrapped lovingly around her in the show.
    • Also amusing is that, in The Raven's Plan, Jaime killed the Mountain before killing Cersei, and the Hound went down fighting Euron, whereas in the show, it was Jaime who was killed by Euron and the Hound who killed the Mountain.
    • Bran's adamant acknowledgement that Jon is their King considering in the end of the TV series, he became the King of Westeros.
    • Edmure Tully is presented as having become much more dangerous and embittered after everything he went through. His final appearance in canon shows that even after everything, he's still as much an idiot and wimp as he ever was.
    • Yara and Theon's reunion sees her welcoming him back warmly, then kicking him in the balls to remind him what he's regained. In canon, their reunion when he rescues her from Euron involves her headbutting him before embracing him.
  • Ranma ½/Pokémon crossover "Fist of the Pikachu" has Ranma catch a Sandslash, and when he reaches Goldenrod City, his training causes it to evolve into a Steel-type new species. Its physical description is glaringly similar to Sandslash's Alolan form in Pokémon Sun and Moon, which also happens to be part Steel-type.
  • In X Men 1970, Jean Grey leaves the Xavier's Mansion and looks for a teacher job. In the comics, the Xavier's Mansion became a real school one year later.
  • In Superman of 2499: The Great Confrontation, Supergirl has a descendant called "Katherine", long before Catherine Grant became a personal nemesis in the comics.
  • In early 00's fanfiction A Force of Four, Power Girl tells her father fitted her ship with a simulation because they didn't know enough about suspended animation... a technology which has played a role in every Kara's canon origin written since.
  • Kara Of Rokyn: During a scene, Superman's uncle mutters he'd look stupid in a pair of trunks, years before the "Trunks: Yay or Nay?" arguments among Superman fans.
  • X-Men: The Early Years: The next paragraph was written over one decade before Jean Grey encouraged Iceman to come out.
    Bobby Drake was currently in the library, too, thinking and plotting. He owed Hank, and it was going to be the prank of a lifetime. He'd just finished a session with Professor Xavier, who'd explained that the reoccurring dream that Bobby had been having was "a classic fear of abandonment," and not what Hank had told him it symbolized. Now that he actually thought about it, how many ways could you interpret a dream of getting launched into space alone? Hank had told him it symbolized his wanting to explore new frontiers, and the rocket ship had represented a certain part of the male anatomy. He'd then suggested that maybe Bobby should go talk to Jean, because she could introduce him to some nice guys, and then his dream would go away.
  • In so you were never a saint, a James Bond fanfic set during Skyfall, Eve comments (several times) on Q's inability to take care of any pets when he suggests getting a cat for himself. Come Spectre, in which Q mentions owning two cats.
  • In The Great Starship Battle, Chewbacca dies and is later resurrected. In 2014, the year after the story was written, the Star Wars Expanded Universe was rebranded as Star Wars Legends and declared to be non-canon. This meant that Chewbacca's death in the novel Vector Prime was essentially undone and he subsequently appeared alive and well in the Sequel Trilogy.


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