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    Cartoon Network 
  • In the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "The Cybernetic Ghost of Christmas Past From The Future", at one point, Shake mentions, "Have you seen that the interest rates for mortgages are really low right now?" This was in 2002, a few years before "Credit Default Swap" became a household name (and later, one of the reasons why the economy ended up in the tank).
  • The Ed, Edd n Eddy episode "It's Way Ed, in which the Eds try to come up with some wacky fashion trends with random everyday objects these days wouldn't be out of place in Lady Gaga's wardrobe.
  • In-Universe example in The Powerpuff Girls: Early on in the episode "You Snooze, You Lose", Mojo Jojo considers using fly paper as a means of preventing the Girls from flying away from his latest Death Trap, only to dismiss it almost immediately as "too stupid". Two seasons later, in "Stray Bullet", Mojo has the floor of his Evil Lair covered in fly paper when the Girls arrive to bust up his latest plan and it works.
    • There's those "theories" that Samurai Jack and Powerpuff Girls universes are connected, at one point one of the Cartoon Network bumper's narrator mentioning whether Samurai Jack is Professor Utonium in disguise and the fact that there are Talking Dogs in Jack's universe in the future while the PPG universe has its Talking Dog. But those are not what are hilarious in hindsight. What made the punchline is Tara Strong who voiced Bubbles in PPG is currently voicing Ashi in Samurai Jack's season 5.
    • Another example involving Tara Strong. In this show, she voiced Bubbles, a character who can talk to squirels. One of her future roles is Omi from Xiaolin Showdown, who is afraid of squirels.
    • In the Christmas Special "The Fight Before Christmas", The Mayor asks Santa for a "My Little Horsie Doll". Not only did Lauren Faust work on both The Powerpuff Girls and My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, but also the Mayor was a fan of ponies long before the latter show started having a huge following of grown-up men.
    • The episode "Super Zeroes" features the girls wanting to be like other fictional superheroes. Bubbles dresses up as "Harmony Bunny" similar to a Japanese comic she read at the beginning (which is not a superhero comic, but a cutesy manga about a little white bunny and her friends), and she even tries to fight the giant monster destroying Townsville with stickers. Some of the elements may have inspired this anime, whose protagonist is a little white bunny who uses stickers in battle.
    • Overlapping with Ace becoming a temporary member of Gorillaz in 2018 (see the Music page for more info on that): the banned episode "See Me Feel Me Gnomey" was supposed to guest star Jack Black as the evil gnome. Now, in 2018, we have Gorillaz's "Humility" music video, which features a Powerpuff Girls character (Ace) and Jack Black.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: A Running Gag in "Nigel Planter and the Chamber Pot of Secrets" has bad luck occurring whenever someone says Lord Moldybutt's name. Then came Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, where Voldemort actually put a jinx on his own name.
  • During its earlier years, Cartoon Network had a series called Whatever Happened to... Robot Jones?, a show about a non-human characternote  living in a world with an '80s aesthetic. It didn't last long. A little later, CN would give us the series Regular Show... a show about non-human charactersnote  living in a world with an '80s aesthetic. But unlike Robot Jones, Regular Show became wildly successful.
  • A Robot Chicken sketch parodying Sesame Street features Oscar noting that Sesame Street is the only New York neighborhood that hasn't yet been gentrified, and Grover saying that will change thanks to Hannah from HBO's Girls joining the cast. Two years later, the show moved to HBO, and the set was changed to what could only be described as a cleaner, gentrified street.
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    Disney 
  • One scene of Lilo & Stitch has Stitch build a model of San Francisco out of random stuff lying around in Lilo's room. He then proceeds to knock it all down like a kaiju. Sound familiar?
  • In Hercules, Hades pointing to Pain's Hercules shoes and asking "What are those?"
  • Although both games came out around the same time, the Garfield game "Garfield's Defense" and Disney World's interactive card game, Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom have some amusing similarities. In the Garfield and Friends segment "Snow Wade and the 77 Dwarves", Snow Wade's dress,red bow and black hair was similar to the Disney version. In the now iPod/iPhone/iPad game "Garfield's Defense" the U.S. Acres characters help Garfield fight the enemies. Wade's weapon to fight off the enemies is a broom. In "Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom", Snow White has a spell card to attack the enemies, "Snow White's Housecleaning". What weapon is she holding/using? A broom.
  • Kim Possible: In "Grudge Match", Ron worries about Zita, a girl that he's trying to impress, seeing him and Kim coming out of a movie theater together, because she might think they're on a date, a notion that Kim finds ridiculous. note . Two seasons later and they're an Official Couple, and going to the movies on a date is probably the norm for them.
  • In The Little Mermaid, Ursula (in her Vanessa guise) strangles Scuttle while shouting "Why you little!".
  • Enchanted has Idina Menzel play Nancy, a modern-day-woman who has her fiance stolen away from her by an over-the-top self-parody of a Disney princess. A few years later, and she's playing Elsa in Frozen, who rapidly became one of the most popular Disney princesses (queen, actually, but still).
  • The Lion King: When Mufasa is wondering what he's going to do with Scar, Zazu jokes that Scar would make a very handsome throw rug. In Hercules, Scar makes a cameo appearance... as a throw rug.
  • An article released before Big Hero 6 compared Wasabi to Cyborg from Teen Titans. Cut three years to the cartoon, and he's voiced by Khary Payton, who's often considered the definitive voice for him.

    Family Guy 
  • In "Peterotica", one of Peter's many erotic stories is, in the tradition of porn parodies, "Harry Potter and the Half-Black Chick". Three years later, the film version of Half-Blood Prince featured a scene not from the book in which Harry flirts with a light-skinned African girl.
    • Then there's the fact that the episode centered on Peter writing erotica in his style (with very clunky and unsubtle prose) and becoming popular for it, despite the quality. Like the South Park example above, this is funnier thanks to the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy (and all the praise and criticism attached to the series).
  • The first banned episode "When You Wish Upon a Weinstein" (the episode where Peter takes in a Jewish man who helps him manage the family's money, and Peter taking Chris to Vegas to get a quickie bar mitzvah) becomes laden in Fridge Logic now that "Family Goy" revealed that Lois' mother was Jewish, not Protestant, and had to hide her true religion so Carter could join a country club that doesn't allow Jewish people.
  • In "Jungle Love", Peter is demoted following an inebriation that caused damages in his brewery. He is placed under the authority of Opie, a mentally challenged man who only talks in gibberish and asks Peter to put his finger in his mouth and then bites it. This gets absolutely hilarious when it is revealed 11 seasons later that Opie was not retarded: he was only drunk all this time!
  • The Thanksgiving episode in which Joe's long-lost son comes back from the Iraq War (and most of the episode consists of the characters arguing about the moral and ethical stance of why America had any business in the country) goes from being "We're Still Relevant, Dammit!" to an Unintentional Period Piece thanks to the Iraq War ending a month after the episode's premiere.
  • "Lois Kills Stewie" predicted Katie Holmes' escape from Tom Cruise.
  • "Don't Make Me Over" is a double whammy. Not only did the show predict that Jimmy Fallon would come back and host an episode of Saturday Night Live, but Seth MacFarlane, for all the times he's made fun of Saturday Night Live and the stars who became famous because of SNL, hosted an episode (the first episode of season 38) and showed off his vocal and musical talents in the monologue (doing an entire conversation with himself as Peter, Stewie, Brian, and Quagmire, and singing about his many voices).
  • "Road to Rhode Island", pre-9/11 episode, had one scene where Osama bin Laden attempts to board an airplane by distracting security by singing "I Hope I Get It" from A Chorus Line. This one's kind of a cross between a Hilarious in Hindsight moment and a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment. On the one hand, the scene isn't all that funny thanks to 9/11, the fact that security is tighter because of 9/11 and other terrorist attacks at airports (the shoe-bomber incident), and the fact that Seth MacFarlane would have died on the plane that crashed into the Twin Towers had he not missed the flight entirely due to a hangover and bad information he got from his travel agent. On the other hand, Osama bin Laden singing "God, I Hope I Get It" takes on a new, more darkly hilarious context now that bin Laden has been caught and killed.
  • In "To Love and Die In Dixie" Chris gets a girl Elizabeth Taylor perfume and says it'll make her smell like bourbon and Vicodin. Twelve years later there would be a tea and whiskey flavored perfume.
  • In "Back to the Pilot", one of the things Brian and Stewie see in the (CGI) future is that Cleveland Brown is back, with Stewie noting that things didn't work out in Virginia. This is even funnier now that The Cleveland Show has been cancelled and Cleveland will be returning to Quahog.
  • A scene from "Airport '07" features an "edited-for-rednecks" version of Cosmos: A Personal Voyage where Carl Sagan's words are covered up with religious references. It either becomes this or a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment after a Fox affiliate in Oklahoma "accidentally" covered up a mention of evolution on Seth MacFarlane's reboot, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey.
  • The opening from from "I Take Thee Quagmire" where Peter correctly guesses a Wheel of Fortune puzzle despite little help from the "letters" he picked becomes this after a real Wheel contestant made a correct guess with only two letters to help him in March 2014.
  • In "Road to the Multiverse", Brian and Stewie go to a universe that's based off of The Flintstones, during which they take several pot shots at the show. This gets funnier when at one point later Seth MacFarlane was attached to a reboot of The Flintstones.
    • The visit to the Disney-esque universe in the same episode may become this in light of Disney's acquisition of much of the Fox conglomerate, including 20th Television.
    • Likewise, all those jokes about Walt Disney being a Jew hater? Disney now owns every single scene like that, including the above Disneyverse scene where the characters beat up Mort simply for being Jewish. For those of you offended by that scene, watch it again with the knowledge that Disney now has the rights to Walt-bashing.
    • The Star Wars parodies that the show did are much funnier now that Disney owns both Star Wars and Family Guy.
    • On a slightly different Disney-related note, the episode "Lois Kills Stewie" has Stewie (in a simulation) becoming the president of the United States and banning all straight-to-video Disney sequels. Come later that following year, The Little Mermaid: Ariel's Beginning turned out to be the last produced of these sequels (that isn't Disney Fairies or an official sequel like Toy Story 3 onward). Does that mean Stewie succeeded in taking over the world in this timeline?
  • "Holy Crap" sees Peter's uber-religious father Francis ultimately going to work for the Pope as a security guard (this was aired when John Paul II was still Pope). A few years later a guy is named Pope and takes the name of Francis.
  • In "Hell Comes to Quahog" there's a cutaway gag involving Ice Man visiting a gay movie theater. In 2015, Marvel Comics officially announced that Ice Man would come out as gay.
  • The episode "If I'm Dying, I'm Lying" is about Peter trying to get a cancelled TV show, Gumble2Gumble back on the air. Family Guy would later be cancelled twice just to be brought back.
  • "Boys Don't Cry" features a National Lampoon's Vacation parody where the girl in the car gets hit by a semi. This happens in the trailer for the 2015 reboot/sequel.
  • In the episode "We Love You, Conrad", Stewie calls Bruce Jenner "an elegant, beautiful Dutch woman", and Jenner's feminine side is implied again in the later episode "Lottery Fever". Almost four years after the latter episode's premiere, Bruce Jenner came out as a transgender woman during a 20/20 special.
  • In the episode "North by North Quahog", Peter discovered that Mel Gibson had made a "Passion of the Christ" sequel. In 2016, Mel Gibson stated that he is making a "Passion of the Christ" sequel.
  • In the early episode “Lethal Weapons”, Lois practices a martial art called “Tae-Jitsu”. It’s more amusing nowadays, when Naruto is pretty well-known: there, the style of martial art is called “taijutsu”.
  • "April in Quahog" has a cutaway gag where Mayor West punches the Orion constellation for no reason. It then turns into the Orion Pictures logo, causing him to say "That's right. All you are is a failed production company." Come 2013 and Orion began it's rise from the ashes with the relaunch of Orion Television and then in 2014 the main Orion movie label was relaunched.

    Looney Tunes and Other Warner Bros. Cartoons 
  • The 1938 short Porky in Wackyland has a weird dog and cat hybrid appear, and it has a startling resemblance to the lead characters of the Nickelodeon series CatDog.
  • In the 1938 short Daffy Duck in Hollywood, Daffy puts together footage from several different films to make a bizarre patchwork feature that heavily resembles today's YouTube Poop videos.
  • The 1943 Looney Tunes short Tortoise Wins by a Hare features the news headline "Adolph Hitler Commits Suicide", which would be a reality a mere two years later. Now, generally something like this would be a "Funny Aneurysm" Moment, but considering we're talking about Hitler, it's safe to put it here.
  • In the 1943 short Porky Pig's Feat, Daffy and Porky are imprisoned in their hotel room (for not paying their bill), and Porky wonders aloud what Bugs Bunny would do in a situation like this. Daffy eagerly chimes in, "Yeah, Bugs Bunny—my hero!" Later on, Daffy would be rewritten by Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng into being jealous of Bugs' success, so YMMV on whether this is funnier in hindsight or Harsher in Hindsight.
  • The 1944 short The Old Grey Hare has a newspaper in 2000 that mentions that "Smell-O-Vision" has replaced television. An aroma-releasing system for movies with the same name was used in 1960 for a movie, although it did not see further use.
  • The 1966 short A Taste of Catnip involves Daffy believing that he's going crazy when he starts acting like a cat, doing things like hissing at dogs and wanting to eat mice. 50 years later, we get this report of a woman claiming that she's a cat in a human body.
  • Consider the lyrics of "The Presidents Song" from Animaniacs, the version on the Variety Pack album:
    "Now in Washington, D.C.
    There's Democrats and the GOP
    "But the one in charge is plain to see
    It's Clinton, first name Hillary!"
    • These lyrics were revised from the version of the song used in the show; as clearly audible (and visible) here, the lyrics are "But the ones in charge are plain to see/The Clintons, Bill and Hillary!" It still works, more or less.
      • There was also a MAD cover with the Clintons dressed up as The Flintstones, and these lyrics:
        "Clinstones! Meet the Clinstones!
        They're America's First Family!
        From the town of Li'l Rock -
        And the one in charge is Hillary!"
    • An episode of Animaniacs opened with Saddam Hussein speaking out to his subjects (who are all shown in silhouettes, waving plungers in the air) just before falling through a trap door and ending up in Hell. Well, they got the falling-through-a-trap-door-to-his-death part right. All they were missing was the noose.
      • Also at one point, Satan (voiced by Ron Perlman) gets his horns caught in the ceiling and mutters about how he should've gotten them trimmed. Ron would later go on to play Hellboy.
    • Another Animaniacs episode opened with the Warners running away from their watertower, which was about to explode. Yakko then says that he and his siblings would be back, rebuild, and make a brand new water tower that would be exactly like the old one. They are, they have, and they did!
    • And let's not forget THIS promo. Now that The Hub airs Tiny Toon Adventures AND Animaniacs, Dot must be furious!note 
    • At the beginning of this Animaniacs episode, the video rental store has on its door a poster for "X-Toons", supposedly a parody of X-Men, but eerily prescient of Loonatics Unleashed.
    • The episode "Jokahontas" had a song about how Disney movies make tons of money off movies about female heroines with the same formulas, which has Dot transform into Ariel, Belle and Jasmine. Four years later, Disney made a franchise starring these three and Pochahontas alongside other female heroines called Disney Princess which was based on the popularity of these kinds of movies among young girls.
  • In Looney Tunes: Back in Action Shaggy (voiced by Casey Kasem) is seen criticizing Matthew Lillard for his portrayal of him in the Live-Action Adaptation of Scooby-Doo. Matthew Lillard would later replace Kasem as the voice of Shaggy on all latter-day Scooby Doo productions.
  • One Tiny Toon Adventures episode ("Animaniacs", no relation to the series) featured a film festival. Dizzy Devil's entry was a crudely drawn animation of him swallowing the entire planet titled "Dizzy Eat World". A few years later came the rock band Jimmy Eat World. Although considering how the band got their name, it's entirely possible the cartoon indirectly inspired it.
    • The episodes "Field of Honey" and "Two-Tone Toons" in which The Tiny Toons helped some washed up 1930s characters become famous again. Bosko and Honey's updated designs and personalities in the first one may have inspired the Animaniacs characters. In the latter one, which was made near the end of series' run, the 1930s characters audition for a new show being produced by Warner Brothers and end up becoming the main characters (and more famous than the Tiny Toons).
  • Duck Dodgers :
    • One episode reveals that there's a spring on Mars (it's crucial to the plot of the episode). In 2015, in real life, liquid water was discovered on Mars.
    • "The Green Loontern" has Katma Tui, a purple skinned Green Lantern voiced by Tara Strong, go up against Sinestro , who's voiced by John de Lancie. This would not be the only time it happens.
  • One episode of The Looney Tunes Show has a scene where Daffy is looking for a tiny license plate with his name on it and finds a plate with the name Darvin instead; he then proceeds to question why anyone would name their kid that. Funny enough, in the Looney Tunes fandom, fans who ship Daffy with Marvin the Martian typically call the ship Darvin.

    Nicktoons 
  • Until late in The '90s, Doug was the only Nicktoon that wasn't a Grossout Show, and would later double as the one that got sold to Disney (although Nickelodeon would still keep it under the brand and air everything prior to that point in reruns). Eventually, The Atlantic would write this article, about how Nick, once the "splattery" opposite of the squeaky-clean Disney, had come to be more or less a clone thereof.
  • In The Fairly OddParents!, at the end of an episode, a button is pressed that would blow up the planet. It ends up blowing up Pluto, but it's okay because "no one cares about Pluto." In 2006, Pluto was demoted to a dwarf planet, much to the shock and disappointment of people who grew up being taught that Pluto is a planet just like Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.
  • The Life With Loopy short "Loopy And The Snow-Lady", which aired in 1998, had Loopy try to bring the "snow lady" she made in the winter to a winter-themed indoor theme park during the summer so she doesn't melt. Unfortunately, Snow-Lady is absolutely fascinated by summer, especially the beach.
    • The title character of the shorts is known for being a Weirdness Magnet for all the things going on in the episodes. Eighteen years later, she ended up sharing a voice actress with Naru Osaka, who's was such a common weirdness magnet that it was lampshaded.
  • The Avatar: The Last Airbender episode "The Ember Island Players" features a play based on the Gaang's adventures which isn't exactly accurate. In light of the live-action film, this exchange seems almost prophetic.
    Zuko: That wasn't a good play.
    Aang: I'll say.
    Katara: No kidding.
    Suki: Horrible.
    Toph: You said it.
    Sokka: But the effects were decent!
    • Amusingly, many people found the effects to be decisively lacking.
    • Yes, lacking giant fish monsters.
    • The Boiling Rock was leaked in the last week of April, for people in Latin America, that meant to see Azula using the Repulsive Fire to fly THE VERY SAME day that Tony Stark did it with repulsive rays in the Iron Man movie.
    • In "The Warriors of Kyoshi", Sokka has to wear the Kyoshi Warriors' usual apparel to get training from them, and Aang mocks him for it ("nice dress"). About a season later Aang himself has to wear almost the same thing as part when he's trying to channel Kyoshi's spirit.
    • For those of you who succeeded in repressing all memory of How I Became Yours (or just have never seen it), remember how Katara bloodbends in broad daylight, something supposedly impossible in-universe? Two (actually 3)of Korra's villains do the exact same thing.
    • For much of the series we were told that Earthbenders are useless around metal, then Toph comes around and proves us all wrong by bending metalnote .
  • The Legend of Korra: Korra's jealousy and resentment of Asami for dating Mako is hilarious after watching the Grand Finale since Korra and Asami have a Relationship Upgrade and start dating. This also makes Hiroshi's disapproval of associating with benders all the more hilarious.
  • The Rocko's Modern Life episode "Rinse & Spit" closes with a segment where Gordon, a foot parody of Johnny Carson, talks about the importance of visiting the dentist. Five years after the episode aired, a children's show called The Noddy Shop had an episode called "The Tooth Fairy" in which a spoof of Johnny Carson called Johnny Crawfish sings a song about the Tooth Fairy which has Johnny confess he has a cavity and ends with him wishing the Tooth Fairy could visit him at the dentist.
  • In The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius the season 2 finale "Win, Lose and Kaboom!" the episode parodies hit reality television show Survivor. During that spoof Bolbi voted himself off and is sent to the Cell of Indignity (in there he spent the rest of the game being pampered and waited on by two beautiful alien women providing him food from home). Two years later on Survivor: Micronesia, contestant Cirie Fields asked contestant Erik Reichenbach to give her the immunity necklace he won in the Immunity Challenge thus voting himself out of the game. On Survivor Heroes vs Villains, Tyson Apostol switched his vote from Russell Hantz to Parvati Shallow at the last minute in the tribal council. Hantz used an immunity idol for Shallow thus resulting in Apostol being voted off instead of sticking to the split vote plan. In the most recent season Survivor Game Changers, during the tribe switch contestant Debbie Wanner became the only castaway without a buff and is sent to Exile Island. When Debbie got there the "island" was a yacht which was loaded with food from home and advice from former contestant John Cochran. On another CBS show Big Brother 19 there was a memory competition for the POV. Each houseguest had to get a question right in order to advance to the next round if a houseguest got a question wrong they would have to complete a challenge one of the challenges was an eating challenge which houseguets Elena Davies, Josh Martinez and Matthew Clines did after they got a specific question wrong. They were forced to eat something gross which is the exact same challenge Carl Wheezer did in "Win, Lose and Kaboom!"
  • The My Life as a Teenage Robot episode "This Time With Feeling", in which Fembot Jenny upgrades herself with a nevous system that allows her to be tickled and feel pain, predatesthe creation of a real nervous system for robots.
  • The episode of Rugrats where the kids find a stork egg and think it will hatch a baby brother for Tommy becomes ironic when Dylan is born much later in the series.
  • Invader Zim:
    • In one episode, Zim catches Dib sneaking around his house in a squirrel disguise. After Dib runs off, Zim yells a parting insult to him, calling him "Squirrel boy!" Several years later, Zim's voice actor would go on to voice the titular character in the series Squirrel Boy.
    • This, when you consider the internet meme involving trollface and "u jelly?"
      Dib: You're just jealous...
      Zim: This has nothing to do with jelly!
    • Pretty much everything, if you've played Psychonauts. A short, goggle-wearing character voiced by Richard Steven Horvitz, dealing with a paranoid security guard, wearing goggles, enjoys setting things on fire, and screaming about meat? There's also Zim trying to justify his green skin with "a skin condition" and Psychonauts' cast featuring several green, blue, and purple-skinned characters.
    • Almighty Tallest Purple was voiced by Kevin McDonald. A year later, he would be voicing another wacky alien in a science fiction story.
    • Zim's species' skin seems to be burned by water. One year later, Signs comes out.
    • One of the most common Fandom Specific Plots among Invader Zim fanfics is Zim finding out the truth about his mission being fake and becoming depressed over it. If the preview synopsis for the upcoming special Enter the Florpus is correct, then that exact plot is being used in the movie.

    Transformers and Its Spin-Offs 
  • Transformers Animated:
    • Bumblebee dressed as a vampire and said he "want[s] to drink your motor oil". Oil is later shown to be the Transformer equivalent of alcohol. That means he's supposed to be Dracula and he said, "I want some beer". Maybe he's a vampire, but not Dracula...
    • "Till All Are One": In Transformers Animated, Elita-1 has the power to download every Cybertronian's special ability, indeed.
    • In a later episode, the oil-guzzling Constructicons actually do ingest a bit of Bumblebee's motor oil after they find a trail made by his leaking tank. Apparently he tastes even better than their usual fare, so it's possible that Bumblebee just settled on the first blood-analogue he could find for his dramatic statement.
    • It also serves as a sort of retroactive Reverse Funny Aneurysm moment when you consider two things:
      1. Before this episode, Beast Wars introduced Tarantulas, who at least once tried to drain the mech fluids of a Maximal in a vampiric manner.
      and 2. During that same time, a cartoon called Vanpires aired, about - you guessed it - mechanoid vampire cars that drained the motor oil from helpless vehicles.
  • Beast Wars:
    • During the episode "Call of the Wild", the Maximals have been taken over by the primal instinct of their beast modes, and the Predacons are hunting them down. Now look at the following quote and try to not think about Sarah Palin. However, not all will find this as amusing, given that it involves "hunting/poaching" animals, shooting wild wolves from helicopters with rifles.
      Terrorsaur: Huntin' from the air with automatic weapons! Now that's a sport!
    • Also from Beast Wars, Blackarachnia once made an annoyed off-handed remark that almost seems to foreshadow a certain infamous director.
      Blackarachnia: What is it with guys and high explosives?
    • In "Double Jeopardy," Rattrap is suspected of being a spy and sent on a mission to prove his loyalty. When he gets attacked by Terrorsaur while his coms are open, Rhinox turns to Dinobot and says "I told you he wasn't a Predacon clone." At the time it's a throw-away line, but by the end of the series, there have been multiple Dinobot clones, and none of any other character, which makes it quite a bit funnier that he's the one who came up with that theory.
    • When the show started, detractors protested the show saying "TRUKK NOT MUNKY!", referring to Optimus Primal's gorilla form. In "Optimal Situation", as Primal shares the spark of Optimus Prime, he becomes a new transformer whose modes include truck and monkey (gorilla).
  • The Transformers:
    • The episode "Hoist Goes Hollywood" has the Autobots participating in a film. But the human cast overshadows them, there's a good deal of pyrotechnics and explosions in it, and the director initially lacks respect for the Autobots. And then it all actually happened.
    • The episode "Heavy Metal War" features Megatron taking the powers of the other Decepticons to use in battle. Three years later, a more benevolent robot with "Mega" in his name would do the same thing.
    • "Fire on the Mountain" uses the term "robot chicken". Then the identically named series came twenty years later, and frequently uses Transformers in its sketches.
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