Created By: Discar on May 10, 2011 Last Edited By: Discar on December 6, 2012

Gag Censor

In which a picture is used to obscure certain parts deemed not suitable for public consumption.

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It sprung from this discussion, I was reminded of this form of censorship when someone posted this picture. Looked up to the Censorship Tropes list but couldn't find a relevant one. Asked in the thread, and people also couldn't locate it as of yet.

Rolling Updates. Needs a Better Title. Needs More Examples.

Even the KCL guys would not be happy to see a cat this time.

At times, even the lack of subtlety provided by the ugly Censor Boxes is just not enough. Why not put something amusing in the place of some aesthetically repulsive black bars and boxes? Why not, say, a picture of a squirrel?

Or anything, really. Gag Censors are when faces, amusing pictures, logos, or any image is used to obscure certain parts deemed not suitable for public consumption. This ranks the lowest in the sliding scale of censorship subtleties—it doesn't attempt to shoehorn elements in to somehow obscure the sight like the Censor Steam, Censor Shadow, or Censor Suds; nor does it try to cover these parts with meta visual elements like Censor Bars or Pixellations. It instead puts there an image.

It should go without saying that this is almost always Played for Laughs, and particularly common in anime. Expect these things to disappear when the DVD version comes out.


Anime and Manga

Live-Action TV
  • Mancow Muller's eponymous TV show: they had illustrations of Mancow's face over any and all naughty bits.

Nonfiction Series
  • X-Play: For a brief period they would cover up extremely gory game scenes with pictures of kittens.

Sketch Comedy
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus: In one of Terry Gilliam's animations, after a fig leaf covering a statue's genitals was snatched away, underneath was a man's head.

Video Games

Web Originals

Western Animation
Community Feedback Replies: 5
  • May 10, 2011
    Some jackass launched a bunch of YKTTW (including this one) without actually making the tropes or doing anything other than pulling them off the page. Here's the old YKTTW, with comments and examples.
  • May 13, 2011
    On a sidenote, the use of KCL seems awkward in the caption, even though I am the one who suggested it earlier. Try something like "Even a guy who likes cats wouldn't be happy to see one THIS time..."
  • May 13, 2011
  • May 13, 2011
    Any ideas on where this will be indexed in?
  • December 6, 2012
    This one have been