In which a picture is used to obscure certain parts deemed not suitable for public consumption.
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.
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.
Examples:Anime and Manga