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21st Apr '17 6:46:42 PM thecarolinabull01
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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', when Rabbit disappears in one of Gopher's many dynamite explosions, the others look all over to see where (if anywhere) he landed and come up empty. Tigger's line: "We're just gonna have to face it. Bunny-Boy's gone." (Turned out he had grabbed onto a tree branch and was still hanging from it.)

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* In ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'', when *''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh''
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Rabbit disappears in one of Gopher's many dynamite explosions, the others look all over to see where (if anywhere) he landed and come up empty. Tigger's line: "We're just gonna have to face it. Bunny-Boy's gone." (Turned out he had grabbed onto a tree branch and was still hanging from it.))
** Averted in "Donkey for a Day".
-->'''Eeyore''': I'm grateful to ya' all, even if ya' almost killed me.
15th Apr '17 12:51:03 PM Monolaf317
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* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Averted famously in the "Goodbye, Mr. Hooper" episode that opened the 16th season. Will Lee, who played longtime "Grandpa" figure and curmudgeonly storekeeper Harold Hooper, had died in December 1982, while filming for the 1982-1983 season was still ongoing. The remainder of his episodes were aired in early 1983, after which his character is absent and no mention is made of either that or why he is missing... the subject not dealt with until that fall. Several options on how to explain why Mr. Hooper was missing were debated, including him having retire and leave Sesame Street, before the definitive episode on explaining death to a child became the final product. [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim The producers decided to make it part of the show that Mr. Hooper died]] and, on the advice of child psychologists, they pulled no punches. Big Bird is told that Mr. Hooper died (not "passed away," not "moved on") and will not be coming back. Big Bird is confused and angry, and the adults (with actors not attempting in the least to hide their tears - many holding hands throughout) tell Big Bird that it's okay to be sad and to miss him. One of the best moments in the history of TV.
** Also a [[Awesome/SesameStreet Crowning Moment Of Awesome]] for the Children's Television Workshop and PBS, and a [[Heartwarming/SesameStreet Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] for the show, [[TearJerker despite the sadness of the moment.]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxlj4Tk83xQ See it yourself]]

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* ''Series/SesameStreet'': Averted famously in the "Goodbye, Mr. Hooper" episode that opened the 16th season. Will Lee, who played longtime "Grandpa" figure and curmudgeonly storekeeper Harold Hooper, had died in December 1982, while filming for the 1982-1983 season was still ongoing. The remainder of his episodes were aired in early 1983, after which his character is absent and no mention is made of either that or why he is missing... the subject not dealt with until that fall. Several options on how to explain why Mr. Hooper was missing were debated, including him having retire and leave Sesame Street, before the definitive episode on explaining death to a child became the final product. [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim The producers decided to make it part of the show that Mr. Hooper died]] and, on the advice of child psychologists, they pulled no punches. Big Bird is told that Mr. Hooper died (not "passed away," not "moved on") and will not be coming back. Big Bird is confused and angry, and the adults (with actors not attempting in the least to hide their tears - many holding hands throughout) tell Big Bird that it's okay to be sad and to miss him. One of the best moments in the history of TV.
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TV. Also a [[Awesome/SesameStreet Crowning Moment Of Awesome]] for the Children's Television Workshop and PBS, and a [[Heartwarming/SesameStreet Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming]] for the show, [[TearJerker despite the sadness of the moment.]]
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]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gxlj4Tk83xQ See it yourself]]
15th Apr '17 12:48:03 AM RandomnessUnlimited
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* Usually averted on ''WesternAnimation/{{Kaeloo}}'', where words like "die" and "kill" are used regularly.
14th Apr '17 6:34:53 PM Monolaf317
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-> '''Nurse Joy''': It's not ill or injured, just...(door slams shut before she can finish her sentence)
-->-- '''Pokémon Sun and Moon, Episode 21, talking to Ash about a very aged and weak Stoutland.'''

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-> '''Nurse Joy''': It's not ill or injured, just...(door slams shut before she can finish her sentence)
-->-- '''Pokémon Sun and Moon, Episode 21, talking
->'''Nurse Joy:''' ''(talking to Ash about a very aged and weak Stoutland.'''
'') It's not ill or injured, just... ''(door slams shut before she can finish her sentence)''
-->-- ''Anime/{{Pokemon}} Sun and Moon'', Episode 21



7th Apr '17 5:07:05 PM Tropetastic1995
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->''"Nobody ever ''dies'' in Nintendo! They're either "defeated" or they turn into an item and float away."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''' plays ''VideoGame/FridayThe13th'' (NES)

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->''"Nobody ever ''dies'' in Nintendo! They're either "defeated" -> '''Nurse Joy''': It's not ill or they turn into an item and float away."''
injured, just...(door slams shut before she can finish her sentence)
-->-- '''WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd''' plays ''VideoGame/FridayThe13th'' (NES)
'''Pokémon Sun and Moon, Episode 21, talking to Ash about a very aged and weak Stoutland.'''
7th Apr '17 12:21:34 PM mariofan1000
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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' is oddly fine with using the word "die" (it is, after all, Y-7), but creatures that are obviously intended to be "slaves" are only ever called "prisoners" by the script.

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* ''WesternAnimation/VoltronLegendaryDefender'' is oddly fine with using the word "die" (it is, after all, Y-7), but in season 1 creatures that are obviously intended to be "slaves" are only ever called "prisoners" by the script.script. Season 2 averts this, thankfully.
2nd Apr '17 5:38:13 PM DustSnitch
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* The entire ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Gee-whiz" makes fun of this trope. A billboard for a gun show appears to show the face of [[{{Jesus}} Gee-whiz]] in the woodgrain of the gun stock. Frylock plays an informative video from "Standards and Practices" outlining what is and isn't allowed on the show so that Meatwad will understand why Frylock has to say "Gee-whiz." (Although in the end, it's not Gee-whiz, but [[spoiler: Music/TedNugent.]])

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* The entire ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' episode "Gee-whiz" makes fun of this trope. A billboard for a gun show appears to show the face of [[{{Jesus}} [[UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} Gee-whiz]] in the woodgrain of the gun stock. Frylock plays an informative video from "Standards and Practices" outlining what is and isn't allowed on the show so that Meatwad will understand why Frylock has to say "Gee-whiz." (Although in the end, it's not Gee-whiz, but [[spoiler: Music/TedNugent.]])
30th Mar '17 8:23:07 AM frogpatrol
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* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]]: Billy Bones' death after getting the Black Spot (a) is totally overblown for comedic effect, and (b) gets a reaction of "He's dead!? [[BreakingTheFourthWall But this is supposed to be a kids' movie!]]" along with, "Guys... we are standing in a room with a dead guy!" There's also a "character" (just a skeleton wearing a pirate hat) named Dead Tom (introduced in succession after Old Tom and Really Old Tom). This was taken further when a pirate is crying over a recently shot Dead Tom until another pirate patiently explains he was already dead. That's why he's called Dead Tom. The bereaved pirate unceremoniously drops the skeleton and moves on.
* This is spoofed in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', where the villainous Acme Chairman orders one of his henchmen to "Destroy the duck! And when I say destroy the duck, I mean KILL HIM! Messily and painfully!"

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* ''Film/MuppetTreasureIsland'' [[PlayingWithATrope plays with the trope]]: Billy Bones' death after getting the Black Spot (a) is totally overblown for comedic effect, and (b) gets a reaction of "He's dead!? [[BreakingTheFourthWall But this is supposed to be a kids' movie!]]" along with, "Guys... we are standing in a room with a dead guy!" There's also a "character" (just a (a skeleton wearing a pirate hat) named Dead Tom (introduced Tom, introduced in succession after Old Tom and Really Old Tom). This was taken Tom. Taken further when a pirate is crying over a the recently shot Dead Tom until another pirate patiently explains he was already dead. That's why he's called Dead Tom. The bereaved pirate unceremoniously drops the skeleton and moves on.
* This is spoofed Spoofed in ''Film/LooneyTunesBackInAction'', where the villainous Acme Chairman orders one of his henchmen to "Destroy the duck! And when I say destroy the duck, I mean KILL HIM! Messily and painfully!"



* In ''Film/TheWarriors'', the slang terms "waste" or "wasted" are always used instead of "kill" or "dead." This was probably done to make the violence seem casual to the characters, rather than soften it for the audience.
* Censors forced ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'' to replace the word 'penetration' with 'violation', even though 'penetration' is the word actually used in Michigan state law's definition of rape.
* An unusual in-universe example in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. When Wolverine is questioning Jean about [[spoiler:what happened to Cyclops]], she refuses to actually say he died. How much of this is guilt or foreshadowing is up to interpretation.

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* In ''Film/TheWarriors'', the slang terms "waste" or "wasted" are always used instead of "kill" or "dead." This was probably done to make the violence seem casual to the characters, rather than soften it for the audience.
* Censors forced ''Film/AnatomyOfAMurder'' to replace the word 'penetration' "penetration" with 'violation', even though 'penetration' "violation". "Penetration" is the word actually used in Michigan state law's definition of rape.
* An unusual in-universe example in ''Film/XMenTheLastStand''. When Wolverine is questioning Jean about [[spoiler:what happened to Cyclops]], she refuses to actually say he has died. How much of this is guilt or foreshadowing is up to interpretation.



** After the earthquake Paddington is desperately looking for his Uncle Pastuzo and all he can find is his hat. Cue bearhug between Paddington and Aunt Lucy.

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** After the earthquake earthquake, Paddington is desperately looking for his Uncle Pastuzo and all he can find is his hat. Cue bearhug between Paddington and Aunt Lucy.



* At the end of ''Disney/MaryPoppins'', when everyone's flying kites, the younger Mr. Dawes tells Mr. Banks that his father "died laughing". He rejects grief because it was the best way to go; his father hadn't had so much fun in many years.
30th Mar '17 8:18:25 AM frogpatrol
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* ''Series/TheATeam''. Since it was classified as a children's show, you have the ridiculous premise in which the A Team amasses a massive arsenal of machine guns and weaponry, faces off against a similarly armed force, exchange thousands of retorts of gunfire - '''and no one dies'''. [[ATeamFiring Man, their aim sucked]]. Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter and company, dressed as the A-Team, attempt to stop a construction crew from demolishing a park using guns and ramming into things with their vans. The main characters are surprised when the construction crew assumes Peter and friends are trying to kill them.

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* ''Series/TheATeam''. Since it was classified as As a de facto children's show, you have the ridiculous premise in which it, the A Team amasses amass a massive arsenal of machine guns and other weaponry, faces off against a similarly armed force, exchange thousands of retorts of gunfire - '''and ''and no one dies'''. dies''. [[ATeamFiring Man, their aim sucked]]. sucked.]] Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' when Peter and company, dressed as the A-Team, attempt try to stop a construction crew from demolishing a park using guns and ramming into things with their vans. The main characters They are surprised when the construction crew assumes Peter and friends assume that they are trying to kill them.



* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' goes overboard with this, sometimes to [[{{Narm}} (unintentionally)]] comic effect, speaking of people as having been "destroyed." In one particularly comic example, a well-known proverb becomes, "Those who live by the sword shall come to their end by the sword." Which made it all the more surprising when the Pink Ranger in ''Time Force'' screams that she would "not let [her fiance's] death be in vain," (though at other times, she says that he was "destroyed"). Of course, it turns out that he's {{Not Quite De|ad}}stroyed.
** An example was the episode of ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' in which the impostor Master Org gloats about how he killed Cole's parents. He manages to refer to it with the ''most'' contrived death-word-aversions, never using the same one twice and making what would've been a much more intense scene if they'd only stuck with the usual "destroy" into not quite {{Narm}}, but it does sorta break the flow of the scene. You forgive it because, after all, they have this unbreakable rule that decrees they must absolutely, positively ''never'' utter any die-related word come Shadow Realm or high water, and then the new villain, in the ''very next scene,'' says "The real Master Org died three thousand years ago and is never coming back!" before announcing himself the new BigBad and tossing "Master Org" to his {{Not Quite Dea|d}}th, er, destruction. If they can use death words a ''few'' times, why not make one of them during the scene that needed it most?

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* ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' goes overboard with this, sometimes to [[{{Narm}} (unintentionally)]] comic effect, speaking of people as having been "destroyed." In one particularly comic comedic example, a well-known proverb becomes, "Those who live by the sword shall come to their end by the sword." Which made it all the more surprising when the Pink Ranger in ''Time Force'' screams that she would "not let [her fiance's] death be in vain," (though at other times, she says that he was "destroyed"). Of course, it turns out that he's {{Not Quite De|ad}}stroyed.
** An example was the episode of In ''[[Series/PowerRangersWildForce Wild Force]]'' in which Force]]'', the impostor Master Org gloats about how he killed Cole's parents. He manages to refer to it with parents using the ''most'' contrived death-word-aversions, never using the same one twice and making what would've been a much far more intense scene if they'd only stuck with the usual "destroy" into not quite {{Narm}}, but it does sorta break the flow of the scene. You forgive it because, after all, they have this unbreakable rule that decrees they must absolutely, positively ''never'' utter any die-related word come Shadow Realm or high water, and then the new villain, in the ''very next scene,'' says "The that "[t]he real Master Org died three thousand years ago and is never coming back!" before announcing himself the new BigBad and tossing "Master Org" to his {{Not Quite Dea|d}}th, er, destruction. If they can use death words a ''few'' times, why not make one of them during the scene that needed it most?



** In an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', a monster goes so far as to announce "I hate empty buildings!" before smashing one to pieces, assuring the audience that [[NoEndorHolocaust no one was inside to be hurt]]. There are also occasional references to various battles taking place in the "AbandonedWarehouse district", which just smacks of poor urban planning.

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** In an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersSPD'', a monster goes so far as to announce "I hate empty buildings!" before smashing one to pieces, assuring the audience that [[NoEndorHolocaust no one was inside to be hurt]]. There are also occasional references to various battles taking place in the "AbandonedWarehouse district", which just smacks of poor urban planning.



** This actually becomes quite an impressive accomplishment in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', where they manage to ''kill off 99% of humanity'' without using the "d" word. ''Ranger Blue'' uses "die" ''twice,'' though... a record for actual life-threatening circumstances. When Ziggy becomes a target of several mob cartels, he fears being 'Ghosted', a term the mobsters also threaten him with; as the d-word was used elsewhere in the series - maybe it's gangster FutureSlang? (We did get repeated death words way back in ''Space,'' when Zhane was MistakenForDying). And two of the Ranger characters had backstories involving the deaths of people close to them, both of which were ''shown on-camera'' in flashbacks. (If you count a plane blowing up with its pilot not visible to be "on-camera.") And yet nobody actually ''says'' they're dead or were killed.
** It also extends to some forms of weaponry. ''Power Rangers'' villains almost never use "bombs." Rita and Zedd have used "implosion devices" that sure seemed to ''explode,'' Divatox used "detonators," and a MonsterOfTheWeek used "charges."

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** This actually becomes quite an impressive accomplishment in ''Series/PowerRangersRPM'', where they manage to ''kill off 99% of humanity'' without using the "d" word. ''Ranger Blue'' uses "die" ''twice,'' though... a record for actual life-threatening circumstances. When Ziggy becomes a target of several mob cartels, he fears being 'Ghosted', "ghosted", a FutureSlang term the mobsters also threaten him with; as the d-word was used elsewhere in the series - maybe it's gangster FutureSlang? selfaame mob and other criminals. (We did get repeated death words way back in ''Space,'' when Zhane was MistakenForDying). And two of the Ranger characters had backstories involving the deaths of people close to them, both of which were ''shown on-camera'' in flashbacks. (If you count a plane blowing up with its pilot not visible shown to be "on-camera.") And yet nobody actually ''says'' they're dead or were killed.
** It also extends to some forms of weaponry. ''Power Rangers'' villains almost never use "bombs." Rita and Zedd have used "implosion devices" that sure seemed to ''explode,'' ''explode'', Divatox used "detonators," and a MonsterOfTheWeek used "charges."



** Averted in The Green Candle two-parter. When Zach goes into Goldar's dimension to retrieve Jason, Jason argues that Tommy will lose his powers, and Zach had to tell Jason that if he doesn't leave to help Tommy, Tommy would lose his life. Fortunately, this is enough to get Jason to leave.

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** Averted in The "The Green Candle Candle" two-parter. When Zach goes into Goldar's dimension to retrieve Jason, Jason argues that Tommy will lose his powers, and Zach had to tell Jason that if he doesn't leave to help Tommy, Tommy would lose his life. Fortunately, this is enough to get Jason to leave.



** You know how trailers sometimes have "clean" alternate takes of dirty dialogue? Well, in the trailer for ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', Billy says that Zordon is "aging at an accelerated rate", instead of what he says in the actual movie: "He's dying."
* Soap Operas are notorious for having couples "make love" instead of "have sex"; perhaps the most baffling example was when ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Laura Webber recalled her ''rape'' by Luke Spencer as "the first time we made love". Pregnant women also seem to be fond of referring to themselves not as "pregnant" but as "carrying [baby's father's name]'s child," although this is starting to change.

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** You know how trailers sometimes have "clean" alternate takes of dirty dialogue? Well, in the trailer for ''Film/MightyMorphinPowerRangersTheMovie'', Billy says that Zordon is "aging at an accelerated rate", instead of what he says in rate". In the actual movie: movie he says, "He's dying."
* Soap Operas are notorious for having couples "make love" instead of rather than "have sex"; perhaps the most baffling example was when ''Series/GeneralHospital'''s Laura Webber recalled her ''rape'' by Luke Spencer as "the first time we made love". Pregnant women also seem to be fond of referring to themselves not as "pregnant" but as "carrying [baby's father's name]'s child," although this is starting to change.



-->'''Cassidy''': I like her's better.
* Australian soap opera ''Series/HomeAndAway'' was notorious for doing rape storylines without actually being allowed to use the word "raped", resorting to euphemisms like "attacked" or "assaulted" (or, on one occasion, "violated") which left some viewers thinking the girl had just been mugged or sexually assaulted but not actually raped.
** One of the worst was in late 2007 with the return of Michael, the adopted son of an insane cult leader who had brainwashed him with drugs and ([[RetCon apparently]]) forced him to rape Tasha, with the intention of getting her pregnant. Belle described his crime to Annie with the words "she had a baby with him when she didn't want to." Things have now relaxed somewhat, with the word being used during the storylines with Joey and Charlie in 2009 and Bianca in 2011. However, viewers still have to sit through scenes of it being described as an "attack", one of the worst examples being when Bianca discussed her rape with a counsellor without either of them once using the word.

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-->'''Cassidy''': I like her's hers better.
* Australian soap opera ''Series/HomeAndAway'' was notorious for doing rape storylines without actually being allowed to use the word "raped", resorting to euphemisms like "attacked" or "assaulted" (or, on one occasion, "violated") which left some viewers thinking the girl had just been mugged or sexually assaulted but not actually raped.
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raped. One of the worst instances was in late 2007 with the return of Michael, the adopted son of an insane cult leader who had brainwashed him with drugs and ([[RetCon apparently]]) forced him to rape Tasha, with the intention of getting her pregnant. Belle described his crime to Annie with the words "she had a baby with him when she didn't want to." Things have now relaxed somewhat, with the word being used during the storylines with Joey and Charlie in 2009 and Bianca in 2011. However, viewers still have to sit through scenes of it being described as an "attack", one of the worst examples being when Bianca discussed her rape with a counsellor without either of them once using the word.
26th Mar '17 8:14:04 PM Wkenneth334
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* While most [[Creator/CartoonNetwork]] shows often [[InvertedTrope/invert]] this, the same cannot be said with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':

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* While most [[Creator/CartoonNetwork]] Cartoon Network shows often [[InvertedTrope/invert]] [[InvertedTrope invert]] this, the same cannot be said with ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirls'':
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