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  • In the Honest Game Trailer for Grand Theft Auto V, Trevor is referred to as "Breaking Bad." Later on, Steven Ogg, Trevor's voice actor, appeared in an episode of Breaking Bad's Spin-Off, Better Call Saul.
  • Game of Thrones:
    • In the first Honest Trailer for the show (covering seasons 1-3), it is described as "a show that has people on the edge of their seats wondering what will happen next, while the people that have read the books act all smug 'cause they already know". Pretty funny seeing as the show is now diverging from the books, meaning those people aren't so smug anymore.
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    • In the first Honest Trailer, the narrator gets mad with Joffrey Baratheon, saying Joffrey better die in Season 4. In the second episode of season 4, Joffrey is Killed Off for Real. In the second Honest Trailer (covering seasons 4-5), he remembers this and invokes it again, saying that it worked last time, against Ramsey Bolton, saying Ramsay better die in Season 6. And then in the ninth episode of Season 6, Ramsay is Killed Off for Real.
    • When their 2016 Emmys video summed up Season 6 of Game of Thrones, Epic Voice Guy expressed surprise that some of the good guys actually won in that season for a change, and predicted that the writers would make Season 7 even more depressing to make up for it ("Oh man... Next season is gonna be brutal.") If anything, Season 7 ended on an even more triumphant note than the previous season, with the Stark children reunited, Jon and Daenerys joining forces, Jaime joining Jon's side, and the death of Littlefinger.
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  • Their trailer for The Avengers described Captain America as "no one's favorite character, who just kinda has to be there," a sentiment that was repeated in their trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger. Then Captain America: The Winter Soldier came out and the vast majority of reviews praised the movie, and in particular agreed that Cap himself Took a Level in Badass. This was acknowledged when they did The Winter Soldier.
  • The "Starring" portion of The Wolf of Wall Street has Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) getting referred to as "Leonardo NoOscaro". DiCaprio would finally win an Oscar for his next movie, The Revenant.
  • In the Honest Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road, Imperator Furiosa is credited as "Fast & Furiosa." Later on, Charlize Theron, Furiosa's actor, was cast in the eighth Fast and Furious film.
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  • The Honest Trailer for Captain America: Civil War claims of the ending, "What, you thought there'd be lasting stakes? Come on, this is Marvel we're talking about." And then the end of Season 1 of Luke Cage (2016) sees the MCU putting out its first full-on Downer Ending.
  • A lot of remarks about Ghostbusters (2016) across a couple of Honest Trailers before its release were in defense of the movie, and complained about everybody's eagerness to hate the movie in spite of it not being out. When the Honest Trailer for the 2016 movie came out, they admitted that the film was "pretty bad" (even if not as much as everybody said it was gonna be), though they did ask viewers to not harass the cast just because they were in a mediocre movie (indirectly referring to the racist Twitter attacks on star Leslie Jones following the movie's release), and insisted that it wasn't worth getting that worked up over.
  • In the Honest Trailer for Terminator Genisys:
    • At one point the narrator shouted at it for "trying to make Jai Courtney happen," and besides Shailene Woodley's performance, the only good thing the narrator has to say about The Divergent Series: Insurgent in its Honest Trailer is that Jai Courtney's character is killed off. In the Suicide Squad (2016) Honest Trailer that was released the next year, he admitted to being pleasantly surprised by Courtney's performance as Captain Boomerang.
    • The narrator ends his description of the cast with Emilia Clarke, saying "...and Daenerys Targaryen as Sarah Connor. Come on, Khaleesi, you're so much better than this!" Around a year after Genisys was released, Clarke said that she would not return for any sequels. While it can be Harsher in Hindsight for those who liked her in the movie, just the idea that she somehow heard the narrator and took his advice is hilarious.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Starcraft 2 nicknaming Mengsk "President Donald Trump".
  • The Honest Trailer for Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory credits Uncle Joe as "Joe Biden His Time", and spends a beat criticizing how he can walk just fine but continues to squat in his bed while Charlie busts his ass trying to help provide for the family. Shortly after the video's release, the Kristen Stewart episode of Saturday Night Live had a sketch mocking this as well.
  • The Honest Trailer for X-Men Origins: Wolverine points out that it's the "shoutiest movie ever". Fast forward to Logan, and the Honest Credits actually include "Yelling".
  • Both the "CinemaSins" video made by Honest Trailersnote  and the actual Honest Trailer for The Amazing Spider Man 2 jokingly credit the kid dressed up as Spider-Man from the ending as Tobey Maguire. Around the time the latter video was released, Tom Holland (Spider-Man's actor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) and Kevin Feige announced that the kid dressed up as Iron Man that appears in the climax of Iron Man 2 was revisited into being actually Peter Parker doing an Early-Bird Cameo in the MCU.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Pokémon Black and White calls Purrloin "Dark Meowth". In Pokémon Sun and Moon, Meowth's Alolan Form is a dark-type.
  • The Honest Game Trailer for Tekken has the narrator struggling to pronounce Hwoarang's name, and settling on "Howard". And then Tekken got a Howard, Geese Howard, that is.
  • The Honest Trailer for Transformers: Age of Extinction mocked the movie relentlessly for its obvious pandering to Chinese audiences, suggesting that American viewers had caught on to Michael Bay's tricks and that he would start making movies mainly for China instead. This makes it a bit hilarious (and a little bit satisfying for those who are fed up with the movies) that the next Transformers movie, Transformers: The Last Knight, not only was panned by American and Chinese audiences alike, but also dropped an astonishing 82% in grosses from its first Friday to its second on the Chinese market.
  • In the Split Honest Trailer, after learning the movie is actually a Stealth Sequel to Unbreakable, the narrator jokes that all of M. Night Shyamalan movies are part of a shared Cinematic Universe. Universal and Disney have announced they are making more movies set in the Unbreakable universe.
  • In the Beauty and the Beast (the animated film) Honest Trailer, during the "Be Our Guest" parody, Lumiére comments about how his friend, the toilet, has only seen the Beast's ass for the ten years passed. In the live-action remake, there are scenes (albeit deleted) that reveal a servant has been enchanted into a toilet.
  • The Mario Party 10 Honest Trailer gripes that the Wii U went at least three years without next-gen Super Mario, Zelda, or Metroid games, and begins its stinger with the narrator hoping, "Maybe Nintendo will get it right with the next console." The Wii U's successor, the Nintendo Switch, had a new Zelda game among its launch titles, received a Super Mario title before the end of the year, and had a new Metroid game announced at that year's E3. Additionally, the Switch sold more units within its first year than the Wii U did in its entire lifetime.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts Honest Trailer, the narrator complains about the series rehashing too many classic Disney worlds, and wonders aloud why it hasn't featured any levels from Pixar movies yet ("Hold on, doesn't Disney own Pixar?! Where's Finding Nemo world? Monsters, Inc.? Anything new? Come on!"). A few years after that video was released, it was confirmed that the long-awaited Kingdom Hearts III would feature a Toy Story level and a Monsters, Inc. level, complete with Sora and co. getting plastic toy forms and monster forms.
  • Ant-Man includes a clip from Behind the Candelabra pointing out the amusing coincidence that in that film Michael Douglas has an affair with a younger man named Scott. A few years later, Peyton Reed was brought in to provide commentary on the trailer, and revealed that the crew actually did realize this connection early in the production and were "haunted" by it, including several incidents where Paul Rudd pranked everyone by acting like the other Scott.
  • The Honest Trailer for the 2018 Academy Awards ends with the narrator deliberately naming a bunch of superhero movies for random nonsense awards. Afterwards, the actual Academy decided to create the Outstanding Popular Movie award, which was seen as created to be given to superhero movies, and people were so revolted at the concept the Academy turned around. On the other hand, Black Panther did get nominated for Best Picture the following year, meaning it had a spot in the Oscars Honest Trailer.
  • In the Honest Trailer for The Greatest Showman, Lettie Lutz (the Bearded Lady) appears in the Honest Credits as "Hairy Elsa". After the acquisition of Fox's entertainment media by Disney, one of the dozens of jokes that arose was about making Lettie an official Disney Princess, alongside the real Elsa.
  • There was an Honest Trailer parody of Luigi's Mansion before an official Honest Trailer for the game was made.
  • In The Stinger for Moana, the narrator speculates that Disney is building up Avengers-like movie with their princesses. Over a year later came Ralph Breaks the Internet, where the princesses team up and use their talents to save Ralph.
  • Their trailer for Street Fighter refers to Evil Ryu as "Evil-er Ryu" in comparison to Akuma being "Evil Ryu". Now with Street Fighter V, there is a canonical "Evil-er Ryu" in the form of Kage.
  • The combined trailer for Tomb Raider and Pacific Rim: Uprising, the similarities include "end[ing] with a tease for a sequel that'll probably never come." At least for the former, the sequel was greenlit.
  • In the Honest Trailer for Robin Hood (2018), the narrator points out how actor Ben Mendelsohn always seems to play villains, including this movie. A week after that trailer, Captain Marvel, in which Mendelsohn also stars in, was released, which reveals that his character, Talos, this time is not the Big Bad, but is a heroic character.
  • In the Honest Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy, the narrator says that this movie has Thanos in it and he does nothing. This becomes hilarious because this version of Thanos that the narrator is mocking, ends up becoming the Final Boss of Avengers: Endgame, by travelling to the future and he is arguably more threatening than his future self (given that this version does not have access to the infinity stones and shows just how much of a threat he is) and ultimately Tony Stark is forced to used the Infinity Stones and a Badass Fingersnap of his own at the cost of his own life just to slow him down. Given that The Russo Brothers are fans of the show, one has to think if they did it intentionally.
  • The Honest Trailer for the Nintendo Switch has the console referred to as "Wii 3: $300 PSP". Come July 2019, and there's an announcement for the Nintendo Switch Lite, which hovers close to the PlayStation Portable in terms of portability and is $100 cheaper.
  • In the trailer for The Little Mermaid, Sebastian is described as "the closest thing this movie has to a black person". This was a few years before Halle Bailey was cast as Ariel for the live-action remake.
  • The Super Smash Bros. Ultimate trailer calls Wolf "Fatal Furry". Fatal Fury's own protagonist, Terry Bogard, was announced as DLC for the game on September 4, 2019.
  • When they did their trailer for Frozen in 2014, they threw a shot at Tangled, saying it was three years since the last Disney musical, and eighteen years since the last good Disney musical. When they finally did a trailer for Tangled proper in 2019, they open on saying it's better than Frozen (albeit admitting that Tangled doesn't have much memorable music).

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