History Main / SymbolSwearing

16th Mar '17 2:12:12 PM morenohijazo
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* A story of ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' has him asking Dilat Larat for a rope, when he was down a cliff. Dilat dropped the entire length of rope. Iznogoud began cursing, with bombs, bones, axes etc. Then a lot of these items began falling from above, seemingly dropped by Dilat who thought Iznogoud was asking for them.

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* A story of ''ComicBook/{{Iznogoud}}'' has had him asking Dilat Larat Wa'at Alahf for a rope, when he was down a cliff. Dilat Wa'at dropped the entire length of rope. Iznogoud began cursing, with bombs, bones, axes etc. Then a lot of these items began falling from above, seemingly dropped by Dilat Wa'at who thought Iznogoud was asking for them.
11th Mar '17 12:49:43 AM Sabrewing
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** Referenced in 'Sam & Max Hit the Road'', in a conversation with a foul-mouthed psychic who gets his words bleeped out, which leads to the following exchange:

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** Referenced in 'Sam & Max Hit the Road'', ''VideoGame/SamAndMaxHitTheRoad'', in a conversation with a foul-mouthed psychic who gets his words bleeped out, which leads to the following exchange:
19th Feb '17 5:48:57 PM StFan
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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' uses nasty-looking rebus symbols to represent "ancient Gaulish swear-words."

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* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' uses nasty-looking rebus symbols to represent "ancient Gaulish swear-words."" It's in fact very common in old comedic Franco-Belgian comics. The letterers tend to get creative and include Chinese ideograms, swastikas and drawings of volcanoes, explosions and skulls, or even WWI-Germany helmeted skulls blowing nuclear explosion mushrooms out of their orbital fenestrae.



** Even earlier in Asterix and the Goths, when the druid is captured and starts swearing this way (the footnote explains that these are ancient Gaulish swear words which they refuse to translate). The Goths runs into an ObstructiveBureaucrat and start swearing, and we get the vaguely-Germanic font symbols, with the footnote giving their translation: the same still-untranslated Gaul symbols.
* It's in fact very common in old comedic Franco-Belgian comics. The letterers tend to get creative and include Chinese ideograms, swastikas and drawings of volcanoes, explosions and skulls, or even WWI-Germany helmeted skulls blowing nuclear explosion mushrooms out of their orbital fenestrae.

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** Even earlier in Asterix ''Asterix and the Goths, Goths'', when the druid is captured and starts swearing this way (the footnote explains that these are ancient Gaulish swear words which they refuse to translate). The Goths runs into an ObstructiveBureaucrat and start swearing, and we get the vaguely-Germanic font symbols, with the footnote giving their translation: the same still-untranslated Gaul symbols.
* It's in fact very common in old comedic Franco-Belgian comics. The letterers tend to get creative and include Chinese ideograms, swastikas and drawings of volcanoes, explosions and skulls, or even WWI-Germany helmeted skulls blowing nuclear explosion mushrooms out of their orbital fenestrae.
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-->'''Spider-Man:''' You know why [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer people hate you]]? It's not [[FantasticRacism because you're mutants]]!! It's because you're all a bunch of [=@#$@#$ $@$%@ ##@$!! That's why!! You $^$%^ $%^$ $^$%^ $%#^% #$ $% ^#$%^ $%%^!!!=] AAAGGHHH! (''swings off'')\\

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-->'''Spider-Man:''' You know why [[AllOfTheOtherReindeer people hate you]]? It's not [[FantasticRacism because you're mutants]]!! It's because you're all a bunch of [=@#$@#$ $@$%@ ##@$!! That's why!! You $^$%^ $%^$ $^$%^ $%#^% #$ $% ^#$%^ $%%^!!!=] AAAGGHHH! (''swings off'')\\''[swings off]''\\



* You might be surprised but it happened all the time in the original ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comics by Peyo. Yep, the comic overall was much less childlike than its AnimatedAdaptation.
** It was even played with in one one-page gag story, where a random Smurf hits his foot with a hammer and begins SymbolSwearing up a storm until Papa Smurf tells him to wash his mouth out with soap. In the last panel, when the Smurf speaks again, his word balloon is completely clean, but now soap bubbles containing swear symbols are floating all around him.
** On the other hand, bad words were ''never'' "[[{{Smurfing}} smurfed out]]", except on one notable occasion in ''King Smurf'' referencing General Cambronne's last stand.

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* You might be surprised but it happened happens all the time in the original ''ComicBook/TheSmurfs'' comics by Peyo. Yep, the comic overall was much less childlike than its AnimatedAdaptation.
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AnimatedAdaptation. It was even played with in one one-page gag story, where a random Smurf hits his foot with a hammer and begins SymbolSwearing up a storm until Papa Smurf tells him to wash his mouth out with soap. In the last panel, when the Smurf speaks again, his word balloon is completely clean, but now soap bubbles containing swear symbols are floating all around him.
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him. On the other hand, bad words were ''never'' "[[{{Smurfing}} smurfed out]]", except on one notable occasion in ''King Smurf'' referencing General Cambronne's last stand.



* ''ABCDEF''. Yes, the one and only Creator/{{Gotlib}} brillianty inverted the trope in the fight between ComicBook/{{Superdupont}} and Creator/BruceLee. When they swear at each other, Superdupont uses a lot of grawlix and chinese characters, and Bruce Lee answers with the same grawlix (looking a bit more Chinese, font-wise), and instead of the chinese characters, "ABCDEF". Epic meta.

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* ''ABCDEF''. Yes, the one and only Creator/{{Gotlib}} brillianty brilliantly inverted the trope in the fight between ComicBook/{{Superdupont}} and Creator/BruceLee. When they swear at each other, Superdupont uses a lot of grawlix and chinese characters, and Bruce Lee answers with the same grawlix (looking a bit more Chinese, font-wise), and instead of the chinese characters, "ABCDEF". Epic meta.



* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'': In issue #2, once the Mane 6 have been set against each other, one panel shows them all shouting at each other, punctuated with a single fancy exclamation point with a dagger set in, which may or may not be this trope, depending on your interpretation.

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* ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'': In issue #2, once the Mane 6 Six have been set against each other, one panel shows them all shouting at each other, punctuated with a single fancy exclamation point with a dagger set in, which may or may not be this trope, depending on your interpretation.



* [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Kaine]] is [[SirSwearsALot particularly prone to this]], being Spidey's self-described 'evil clone', with the temper to match, and being a very ReluctantHero.

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* [[ComicBook/ScarletSpider Kaine]] is [[SirSwearsALot particularly prone to this]], being Spidey's self-described 'evil clone', "evil clone", with the temper to match, and being a very ReluctantHero.



-->'''Dirk''': "Bad?! You S#A*! humans!"

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-->'''Dirk''': "Bad?! -->'''Dirk:''' Bad?! You S#A*! humans!"humans!



* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''

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* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}''''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':



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* GettingCrapPastTheRadar variant, occasionally seen online: [[LeetSpeak $#!+]].
** Which [[OlderThanTheNES dates at least to]] ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly II'' on the ZX Spectrum (the very last screen is called ''Oh $#!+! The Central Cavern'', a backreference to the earlier ''ManicMiner'').
** The TotallyRadical brain injury prevention site [[http://www.ugotbrains.com/cant-make-this-up.htm U Got Brains]] uses this for the title of one of its sections, "Can't Make This S#!* Up", presumably to enhance its image. The title as seen on the actual page is written in a graffiti-style that tries to make it look as close to its obscene counterpart as possible. Interestingly, a different set of symbols are used before you mouse over the link, including the biohazard symbol.
* This may crop up in surprising places due to [[ScunthorpeProblem automatic profanity filters]], such as when discussing Philip K. D!ck on Delphi discussion boards. (If you just write it outright, it becomes Philip K. ####.)
** Comicbook boards with profanity filters can also be fun. I've enjoyed many a discussion of Batman's first Robin, *** Grayson.
** The filters themselves may replace the words with these symbols. The Steam forums replace swears with rows of pink hearts. This has been parodied from time to time, such as a homemade ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' map that featured a sign reading "ATTACK THAT [[color:deeppink:♥♥♥♥]]ING FORT", and a forum post where "Meet the Demoman" was quoted thus:
--->"I'm a black, Scottish cyclops. They got more [[color:deeppink:♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥]] than they got the likes o' me." (NOTE: The hearts correspond to a lengthy SoundEffectBleep at the exact same spot in the movie.)
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* ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}''

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* ''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}''''Webcomic/{{Yamara}}'';



* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare''

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* ''Webcomic/WapsiSquare''''Webcomic/WapsiSquare'':



-->'''Sarengal's cultist''':(To the other cultists trying to deter the protagonists) The *** [[ItMakesSenseInContext are you throwing sheep for?Kill them!]]

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-->'''Sarengal's cultist''':(To cultist:''' ''[to the other cultists trying to deter the protagonists) protagonists]'' The *** [[ItMakesSenseInContext are you throwing sheep for?Kill for? Kill them!]]



* GettingCrapPastTheRadar variant, occasionally seen online: [[LeetSpeak $#!+]].
** Which [[OlderThanTheNES dates at least to]] ''VideoGame/JetSetWilly II'' on the ZX Spectrum (the very last screen is called ''Oh $#!+! The Central Cavern'', a backreference to the earlier ''VideoGame/ManicMiner'').
** The TotallyRadical brain injury prevention site [[http://www.ugotbrains.com/cant-make-this-up.htm U Got Brains]] uses this for the title of one of its sections, "Can't Make This S#!* Up", presumably to enhance its image. The title as seen on the actual page is written in a graffiti-style that tries to make it look as close to its obscene counterpart as possible. Interestingly, a different set of symbols are used before you mouse over the link, including the biohazard symbol.
* This may crop up in surprising places due to [[ScunthorpeProblem automatic profanity filters]], such as when discussing Philip K. D!ck on Delphi discussion boards. (If you just write it outright, it becomes Philip K. ####.)
** Comicbook boards with profanity filters can also be fun. I've enjoyed many a discussion of Batman's first Robin, *** Grayson.
** The filters themselves may replace the words with these symbols. The Steam forums replace swears with rows of pink hearts. This has been parodied from time to time, such as a homemade ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'' map that featured a sign reading "ATTACK THAT [[color:deeppink:♥♥♥♥]]ING FORT", and a forum post where "Meet the Demoman" was quoted thus:
--->"I'm a black, Scottish cyclops. They got more [[color:deeppink:♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥]] than they got the likes o' me." (NOTE: The hearts correspond to a lengthy SoundEffectBleep at the exact same spot in the movie.)



--> “Come BACK here, you little @&&#*!$!” rang about through the night, shattering the quiet around Whitman Cottage.
--> “Slow down you little $#!*&@%$!” screeched the girl with the silver blaze in her black hair.

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--> “Come -->''"Come BACK here, you little @&&#*!$!” @&&#*!$!" rang about through the night, shattering the quiet around Whitman Cottage.
--> “Slow
Cottage.\\
"Slow
down you little $#!*&@%$!” $#!*&@%$!" screeched the girl with the silver blaze in her black hair.''



* Played with in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont "Daring Don't"]] episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': one of Caballeron's mook has grawlix as a cutie mark. The others, in the same vein, have different comic book effects for cutie marks.

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* Played with in the [[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont "Daring Don't"]] "[[Recap/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicS4E4DaringDont Daring Don't]]" episode of ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'': one of Caballeron's mook has grawlix as a cutie mark. The others, in the same vein, have different comic book effects for cutie marks.



* In the Disney movie ''Wreck It Ralph'' A character named Q-bert uses symbol swearing when Ralph bumps into him or when Fix it Felix talks to him by using symbol swearing. (This is, of course, homage to the video game ''VideoGame/QBert'' as mentioned above.)



23rd Jan '17 2:20:04 PM GeniusInTheLamp
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* Former baseball umpire Ron Luciano used symbols to replace cusswords in his books ''The Umpire Strikes Back'' and ''Strike Two''.
22nd Jan '17 1:06:24 PM Aggron9988
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* In ''Webcomic/ChampionsOfFaraus'' this is used in place of strong swears,but seem to have the same number of characters as the swear it's (presumably) replacing.
-->'''Sarengal's cultist''':(To the other cultists trying to deter the protagonists) The **** [[ItMakesSenseInContext are you throwing sheep for?Kill them!]]
13th Jan '17 11:23:53 AM Malady
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* ''Literature/WhateleyUniverse'': In [[http://whateleyacademy.net/index.php/original-timeline/371-the-three-little-witches The Three Little Witches]] when the Three Little Witches are being chased by the Whitman girls:
--> “Come BACK here, you little @&&#*!$!” rang about through the night, shattering the quiet around Whitman Cottage.
--> “Slow down you little $#!*&@%$!” screeched the girl with the silver blaze in her black hair.
7th Jan '17 10:05:43 AM nombretomado
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* In the Sierra PC game of ''{{Laura Bow}}'' If Larua Bow eavesdrops on Clarence Sparrow and Dr. Wilbur. Clarence says to Wilbur "It would've worked out Wilbur. It wasn't our fault that {$#@** horse broke his leg!"

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* In the Sierra PC game of ''{{Laura Bow}}'' If Larua ''VideoGame/LauraBow'', if Laura Bow eavesdrops on Clarence Sparrow and Dr. Wilbur. Clarence says to Wilbur "It would've worked out Wilbur. It wasn't our fault that {$#@** horse broke his leg!"
6th Jan '17 2:08:41 PM MrMediaGuy2
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* ''Calvin And Hobbes'' Calvin at one point in the Comic Strip is playing a board game when he says "2 points?! Is that @*#% all??" and Hobbes replies "My, This Game does teach new words!"

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* ''Calvin And Hobbes'' In ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', Calvin at one point in the Comic Strip is playing a board game Scrabble with Hobbes when he says "2 points?! Is that @*#% all??" and Hobbes replies "My, This Game does this game ''does'' teach new words!"
22nd Dec '16 11:39:48 PM GhostOfAGeek
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* Used by Iron Jane in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138013 an episode]] of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''. Subverted on the very next page when she fails to knock out Mr. Mighty, [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138691 swearing]], [[spoiler:"Oh, shinola."]]

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* Used by Iron Jane in [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138013 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990917/their-first-meeting/ an episode]] of ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''. Subverted on the very next page when she fails to knock out Mr. Mighty, [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=138691 [[http://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1991000/no-not-that-finger/ swearing]], [[spoiler:"Oh, shinola."]]
14th Dec '16 6:11:58 PM Prfnoff
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* In the original newspaper strip version of ''Popeye'', the sailor man himself can often be seen swearing like... well, like a sailor. But it's always shown in the talk balloons as SymbolSwearing.

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* In the original newspaper strip version of ''Popeye'', ''ComicStrip/{{Popeye}}'', the sailor man himself can often be seen swearing like... well, like a sailor. But it's always shown in the talk balloons as SymbolSwearing.



* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' from its 2015 revival onward has Steve Dallas and cast doing Emoji Swearing.

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* ''ComicStrip/BloomCounty'' from its 2015 revival onward has Steve Dallas and cast doing Emoji Swearing. The original strip also featured this frequently.
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