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->''"Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)."''
-->-- '''Standard content warnings on ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' comic pages'''

Sometimes, producers or distributors feel the need to warn the viewers of what they are about to see. This serves to help viewers who might not like what they're about to see stop looking at it before things get unpleasant; for others, it's [[ForbiddenFruit an invitation to watch]].

Content warnings are often given in conjunction with a [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications ratings system]] as an explanation of why a given work has the rating it does. In most cases, these are selected from a list of stock warnings (''e.g.'' "strong language", "violence", "imitable behavior", or the very general "viewer discretion advised") -- these don't really provide much of an explanation. A warning specific to the work shows that the work itself is fairly controversial or otherwise unusual.

Like most other content rating systems, this only serves as an aid to the viewer's decision of whether or not to keep watching; what viewers actually decide is up to them. This hasn't stopped MoralGuardians from insisting on content warnings as a sort of deterrent from imitating harmful things, not realizing that [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing most viewers tend to ignore such warnings]] or even [[ForbiddenFruit consider them an indicator of the really good stuff]]. Works which try to capitalize on the latter phenomenon are often RatedMForMoney.

See also UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications and UsefulNotes/{{Trigger}}, as well as OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope, DontTryThisAtHome, DoNotAttempt, ThisIsAWorkOfFiction, and {{NSFW}}. Compare RRatedOpening.

Wiki/TVTropes has its own content warnings; see Administrivia/TheGoogleIncident for how this shakes out.


[[folder:General Examples]]
* "The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the network's views", often done before programs expressing particularly controversial opinions.
* "The following is a paid commercial program; the network assumes no responsibility for its content" is commonly seen before {{infomercial}}s.
* "All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" is commonly seen on {{Cop Show}}s where real people are arrested on screen.
* "This program has been pre-recorded and does not reflect recent events" is a way to prevent TooSoon. If the program in question was recorded especially recently, the phrase "previously recorded" might be used instead.
* "The recipes contained here are to be followed exactly as written. The publisher is not responsible for your specific health or allergy needs that require medical supervision." Common in cookbooks, and even other books on food.
* One you might see [[UsefulNotes/AustralianMedia in Australia]] from time to time: "This programme may contain the image and voice recordings of people who are now dead." UsefulNotes/AustralianAborigines consider it taboo to directly discuss the dead or mention them by name, so this warning is especially common for works that are marketed to them.
* In Japan, anime and toku broadcasts usually have this: "When watching this program, please make sure the room is well lit, and do not sit too close to the screen." This is largely a response to ''Anime/{{Pokemon}}''[='=]s infamous episode "Electric Soldier Porygon", which had a strobe effect that triggered seizures in some viewers.[[note]]Said incident raised awareness in photosensitive epilepsy which gave rise to the warnings.[[/note]] For similar reasons, other countries will include warnings for shows or news reports that contain flashing images or flash photography, and some video games will warn people not to play them if they have epilepsy because these games are likely to flash the screen.
* The Australian OFLC has a category for "Infrequent Coarse Language", which means the work contains no swearing apart from a PrecisionFStrike or two.
* Some music [=CDs=] come with warnings about digital sound effects recorded at a very high level and recommend playback at lower levels to avoid damaging the speakers.
* [=CD-ROMs=] with Redbook music tracks often have labels warning you not to play Track 1 on an audio CD player, as this track contains program code rather than music. Some have the warning message read aloud at the beginning of the track itself.
* Some really NintendoHard games will warn you in advance how hard the highest difficulty setting is, telling you to "play at your own risk". Part of that is posturing, but it also has the effect of warning the player in advance to prevent {{Rage Quit}}ting when they realize that it's HarderThanHard.
* Pay cable channels such as Creator/{{HBO}} and Creator/{{Cinemax}} show screens before any films they air that show the film's MPAA rating and what it means (until at least 2006, on HBO, and 2000 on Cinemax, these content warnings were also read aloud by announcers). Notably, a slightly modified version preceded ''Film/{{Excalibur}}'', a film that was originally rated R but was cut into PG.
* By law, any programming in the UsefulNotes/{{Philippines}} not considered safe for young children must post a "[=PG=]" or "Parental Guidance" watermark on the screen while the program is running. For even stronger content, the watermark must show "[=SPG=]" or "Strong Parental Guidance." Both cases are bilingual and shown together (with the warning advisory airing before the start of a show or movie aired on TV), but for the latter rating, it will run like it's the equivalent of TV-14, with Themes, Language, Violence, Sex, Horror and Drugs content descriptors depending on what show or movie is aired on TV, and the content warning for it will show twice, the second time when a show is midway through the show (mostly after the CM break).

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Many manga published in the West in its original (unmirrored) format make sure to reserve the back page (what would be the front page for a traditional Western book) for a notice saying something like, "Start from the other end of the book/magazine." as a friendly notice to anyone unfamiliar with the format that Japanese literature is read right-to-left.
* Creator/VizMedia seems to make a habit of putting unusual content warnings on its English-language M-rated manga.
** The English version of the ''Manga/BlackLagoon'' manga has the following:
--->''Manga/BlackLagoon'' is rated M for Mature and is recommended for mature readers. This volume contains graphic violence, strong language, nudity, adult situations, drinkin', smokin', ass-kickin', law breakin', gun-love, running with scissors and just about everything your mother ever told you not to do.
** ''Manga/{{Biomega}}'' contains "motorcycle violence, mind-blowing cinematic stunts, and [[BearsAreBadNews extreme grizzly bear.]]"
* ''Manga/DailyLivesOfHighSchoolBoys'', despite being a plain SliceOfLife work, has two examples of this:
** In ''High School Boys and Mochi Soup'', there is an on-screen advisory each time a character chokes on mochi. It happens often enough to annoy whoever's doing the advising:
-->"This might seem annoying, but please eat mochi slowly by carefully chewing small portions."
** In ''High School Boys and UFO Catchers'', this advisory appears when the main trio tries to shake a UFO Catcher machine to get a teddy bear plush which narrowly missed the hole, and again when Tadakuni's little sister [[SuperStrength succeeds in shaking it out]]:
-->"[[DoNotDoThisCoolThing Good boys and girls mustn't do this]]."
* ''Anime/MobileSuitGundam00'' and ''[[Anime/YoKaiWatch Yo-Kai Watch]]'' are the only anime that have ever aired on Cartoon Network Philippines with a parental guidance warning. ''Gundam'' got it due to its violent nature (though some edits were still made), while Yo-Kai Watch got it due to innuendos being present in some of its' episodes. [[note]]Unlike most countries, the Philippines got a dub that was a straight translation of the original, meaning that any scenes of that matter were left in.[[/note]]
* Later episodes of the anime of ''Anime/{{Rainbow}}'' say "After careful consideration of [[{{Watershed}} the times]], we feel that intense scenes in this show are important to the story." The show's violence is rarely gruesome and never exaggerated, but it's often committed by adults against minors.
* The second DVD of ''Anime/LastExile'' is rated 12 by the BBFC for "a firebreathing scene".
* The anime adaptation of ''Minna Atsumare! Falcom Gakuen'' warns at the end of most episodes for, of all things, out of character moments (in red text no less) compared to the video games they hail from.
* Both original North American airings of the ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' episode "[[Recap/GhostInTheShellSACS1Episode10 Jungle Cruise]]" (TheOneWith the SerialKiller who skins his victims and plugs his eyes into them so they can watch themselves get killed) began with them:
** Creator/{{YTV}} in Canada initially skipped over the episode because of the violent content, but thanks to complaints from viewers, they were compelled to air it with a special disclaimer stating that the violence was above what the network would allow.
** Creator/AdultSwim introduced their "In case the last disclaimer wasn't enough..." warning (see below) when they premiered this episode. They've used it several times since then.
* A warning before certain features on [[Creator/{{Syfy}} Sci-Fi's]] former Saturday Anime block: "This film includes graphic special effects (or some violent content). Parental discretion is advised." Mostly this was due to violence, even after editing down.
* Many anime releases on videocassette feature warnings on the box to warn people of content in the program. If the content was particularly extreme (like any release on Creator/CentralParkMedia's Anime 18 label), then usually after the standard FBI warning a warning was displayed warning the viewer about the content they're about to see and to not watch the tape while minors are around.
* ''Anime/PuniPuniPoemi''[='=]s North American DVD has Hitomi on the bottom of the back cover looking disturbed, with a text bubble in big letters reading "THIS PERVERSITY IS 17+."
* Creator/{{YTV}}'s former Bionix block had a variety of content warnings that were used for different anime:
** "The following program is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Perhaps the rarest of the disclaimers, which only appeared at random on some episodes of ''Manga/{{Naruto}}''.)
** "The following program contains mature situations/themes and is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Used for ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', ''Anime/EurekaSeven'', ''Anime/MobileSuitGundamSEED'', ''Manga/InuYasha'' and ''Anime/WitchHunterRobin'', as well as some non-anime on the Bionix block such as ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''.)
** "The following program contains mature content, coarse language and is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Used before ''Anime/DotHackSign'' and some episodes of ''Naruto''.)
** "The following program contains scenes of violence and is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Used before ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''.)
** "This program contains scenes of violence, coarse language and is intended for an older teen audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Notably contains a harsher-sounding music track then the "older youth" disclaimer. Used before ''Manga/DeathNote'', ''Manga/DetectiveConan'' and ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex''.)
* The third movie of ''Manga/{{Berserk}}'' is about the Eclipse and contains 3 warnings on the DVD that it is rated for adults only. A typical TV-MA rating, stating that Parental Advisory is needed and a last one in small writing stating 18+. It's extremely necessary due to the portrayal of rape in the work.
* On the North American subtitled VHS release of ''Princess Minerva'':

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* All issues of ''ComicBook/{{Viz}}'' bear the warning "not to be sold to children" due to the art styles of the covers and most strips being more associated with traditional British children's comics.

[[folder:Fan Fic]]
* ''Fanfic/MyImmortal'' infamously opened one chapter with "WARNING: SUM OF DIS CHAPTA IS XTREMLY SCRAY. VIOWER EXCRETION ADVISD." (The use of the term "excretion" in this context is HilariousInHindsight, considering [[CrackFic the]] [[TrollFic nature]] of this fanfic.) It's often used intentionally by Creator/MonicaGilbeyBieber to warn his readers about mature content, as a form of AffectionateParody. ParodyFic ''Fanfic/XtremlyScray'' also takes its title from this warning.
* ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/5389450/1/The_Finale_of_the_Ultimate_Meta_Mega_Crossover The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover]]'' began with the following warning:
-->Concepts contained in this story may cause [[TabletopGame/CallOfCthulhu SAN Checking]] in any [[GoMadFromTheRevelation mind not inherently stable]] at the third level of stress. Story may cause extreme existential confusion. [[MindScrew Story is insane]]. The author recommends that anyone reading this story sign up [[HumanPopsicle with Alcor or the Cryonics Institute]] to have their brain [[MyDeathIsJustTheBeginning preserved after death]] for [[UnexplainedRecovery later revival under controlled conditions]]. Readers not already familiar with [[Creator/EliezerYudkowsky this author]] should be warned that he is not bluffing.
* ''FanFic/AlvanAnTheChipmunks3TheSecondSqueakuel'' opens with the following:
-->WARNING: This is an ANTI-RAPE piece, speaking out against erotic rape scenes in fanfictions. In no way is this meant to be "hot" or anything, it's supposed to be disturbing to show how horrible an criminal rape is. But there are a buncha funny parts an it's not all depressing. I just wanna get a message across to my readers that RAPE IS NOT GOOD.
* The [[http://www.wcnews.com/fiction/intro.html introduction]] for ''[[http://www.wcnews.com/articles/art10.shtml Wing Commander 4.123106: The Price of Entertainment]]'' has a warning about adult language, graphic violence, gratuitous nudity, sexual content, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "EWSH Extremely Warped Sense of Humor"]].
* Chapter 14 of ''[[http://www.fanfiction.net/s/4020072/1/The_Land_Before_Time_Revenge Land Before Time: Revenge]]'' has this warning: "Warning: THIS SCENE CONTAINS SOME INTENSE VIOLENCE!"
* The disclaimer at the beginning of the ''WesternAnimation/{{WITCH}}'' fic ''Redemption's Flame'' reads: "This is a work of fan fiction. Any resemblance to actual persons living, dead, living dead, or un-dead is, like, totally on purpose."
* Parodied in ''Fanfic/CalvinAndHobbesTheSeries'', where a brief lecture on the mechanics of ''VideoGame/{{Minesweeper}}'' is headed with '''WARNING! EDUCATIONAL CONTENT!'''
* The version of ''Fanfic/BaitAndSwitchSTO'' posted on the ''VideoGame/StarTrekOnline'' forums has a warning of minor sexual content above chapter four. It's Eleya mentioning [[MaleGaze feeling her nipples hardening]] from [[FemaleGaze seeing Gaarra working out]].
* ''Yu-Gi-Oh: Tilting the Balance'' has a warning before the chapter "Hell's Own", informing the reader of the greatly increased gore compared to other chapters. This being the chapter where [[spoiler:one of the main characters has a chain shot through her ribcage and out her back]], it's not ill-used. A similar warning can be found before the chapters featuring [[DeadlyDoctor Reston]].

[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsonsMovie'':
** If anyone wants conclusive proof that the MPAA are being paid off, the movie was rated PG-13 for "irreverent humor throughout." The producers and marketers likely wanted the inclusion of [[spoiler:Bart's willie]] to stay a secret.
** From the beginning of the DVD:
--->''The Environmental Protection Agency wishes to strenuously object to its depiction in this film. We are a competent, well-meaning government bureaucracy, and if we were ever granted any real power we would never, ever abuse it, we promise.\\
-- [[BigBad Russ Cargill]], Acting Head''
* More MPAA evidence: On ''WesternAnimation/ThePowerpuffGirlsMovie'', they warn of "non-stop frenetic animated action".
* ''WesternAnimation/HappyFeetTwo'' is rated G in Australia, but they still saw fit to give it a particularly nonsensical content warning: "Very mild sense of threat", without which there is basically no plot.
* In a similar manner to their airings of ''Tiger Cruise'', ''Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior'' and ''Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory'' (mentioned below), Creator/DisneyChannel's premiere of ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'' had [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3JP0z4zCzk a warning at the beginning of the movie]] that said "The following film contains some scenes that deal with all kinds of emotions and may be intense for younger viewers. Parental guidance is recommended!" alongside clips of the emotions.
* Before certain films and specials on Disney Junior such as ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror'', ''Disney/{{Hercules}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/InsideOut'', [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us3vYTq8pMg a warning]] appears that has the channel's narrator stating that "some scenes[...] may be a little bit scary for some of our younger Disney Junior viewers" and recommending that said viewers watch with a grownup, closing with a transition of pixie dust into the feature program.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* "Contains irresponsible behaviour" -- ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'' UK poster
* "Contains strong action violence and ''sexualised posing''" -- ''Film/TheFastAndTheFurious 4'''s UK content advisory.
* The video and DVD releases of ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' start with a disclaimer that states that the movie is a work of comedy and not intended to offend or be taken seriously, before going off into a long meandering rant about the platypus representing the fact that {{God}} does, in fact, have a sense of humor, even if some viewers don't. What ''else'' could explain the platypus, really? He then makes a disclaimer apologizing to all lovers of platypuses.
* The BBFC caution that ''Film/HarryPotterAndTheChamberOfSecrets'' contains "fantasy spiders", an oddly specific warning. At least it's a real fear, which Ron displays prominently in the film itself.
* ''Film/AliensInTheAttic'' contains a specific content warning about misuse of fireworks, which can be a real safety concern.
* The ''Film/FightClub'' DVD has another warning after the FBI/copyright notices that only flashes up for 7 seconds before segueing into a freaky animated sequence. If you [[FreezeFrameBonus freeze it]], it tells you you're wasting your life freeze-framing [=DVDs=] to read it.
* The first two ''Film/TheLordOfTheRings'' [=DVDs=] were rated PG-13 for "violence and scary images."
-->A capsule review for ''Fellowship of the Ring'' cautioned that it contained "epic battles, scary monsters, body-piercing swords, and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking smoking]]."
* The DVD case for ''Film/XXx'' warns that it's rated PG-13 for, among other things, "Non-Stop Action Sequences". So, how much did the producers pay the MPAA to insert those first two words?
* ''Film/TeamAmericaWorldPolice'' has the ever-amusing MPAA warning of "graphic crude and sexual humor, violent images and strong language -- all involving puppets". The BBFC's warning is similar.
* After the credits of ''Film/CannibalTheMusical'', there is a message reading: "Due to the graphic nature of this film, it should not have been watched by small children".
* At the end of the theatrical release of ''Film/{{Borat}}'', before the MPAA rating card at the end, the film announces its approval from the Kazakh board of censors. ("Just antisemitic enough," as noted by the title character on his ''Series/TheDailyShow'' appearance.)
* During the first several years of the 1930s, when UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode was not yet being strictly enforced but still had to be taken seriously, movies would often be preceded by what many film historians have come to call an "exculpatory preface." This was basically a disclaimer that appeared at the beginning of, for example, gangster films, the sociopolitical melodrama ''Cabin in the Cotton'', and (perhaps most famously of all) the horror film ''Film/{{Freaks}}''. Generally speaking, the basic message of the exculpatory preface was something like this: "This film depicts a political or sociological point of view that we, the filmmakers, do not endorse -- or maybe we ''do'' endorse, but [[BlatantLies we're denying we're doing so in order to avoid controversy]]." The Hays Office generally tolerated these, but the prefaces weren't fooling anybody.
* James Whale's 1931 ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' begins with a classic "friendly warning" by actor Edward Van Sloan:
-->We are about to unfold the story of Frankenstein, a man of science who sought to create a man after his own image without reckoning upon God. It is one of the strangest tales ever told. It deals with the two great mysteries of creation -- life and death. I think it will thrill you. It may shock you. It might even... horrify you. So if any of you feel that you do not care to subject your nerves to such a strain, now's your chance to... uh, well, we warned you.
* One of the reasons ''Film/{{Twister}}'' was given a PG-13 by the MPAA was "intense depiction of very bad weather".
* ''Film/PublicEnemies'' has "Gangster Violence" as a descriptor.
* The film ''Film/{{North}}'' was rated PG for "a few words".
* Prior to airing the infamous nuclear war film ''Film/{{Threads}}'', some [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pfFa-jlN22U Canadian]] [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdI_TYAT0z4 broadcasters]] aired extended disclaimers telling viewers that the film is incredibly disturbing, but that the decision to air it was ultimately made due to [[SomeAnvilsNeedToBeDropped the importance of its message.]]
* ''Film/{{Superbad}}'' is rated R for: "Pervasive crude and sexual content, strong language, drinking, some drug use, and a fantasy/comic violent image -- all involving teens."
* Disney added a disclaimer on old VHS boxes of ''Film/ReturnToOz'', warning about the frightening content. They also added a warning on many advertisements for ''Film/TheWatcherInTheWoods''.
--> As proud as we are of ''The Watcher in the Woods'', Walt Disney Productions strongly recommends that parents pre-screen this picture for pre-teens. It is not for small children!
* Original posters for the 1971 film ''Film/TheAndromedaStrain'' carried this warning: "Rated G but may be too intense for younger children."
* One of the reasons ''Film/NakedLunch'' is rated R by the MPAA is "bizarre eroticism".
* The 2012 version of ''Film/TheThreeStooges'' has an epilogue following the movie by the Farelly Brothers showing how the tools used by the stooges in the film were made out of rubber and the pokes in the eye just barely missed the eye poking the eyelid below, and that children who saw the film should not attempt any of the Stooges' antics themselves.
* ''Caligula'' had the warning printed in large letters directly under the title on the poster of the 20th Anniversary edition (not submitted to the MPAA to avoid the dreaded NC-17 rating):
-->"Consider yourself warned. Extremely graphic sex and violence."
* The Creator/DisneyChannel original movies ''Film/TigerCruise'' and ''Film/WendyWuHomecomingWarrior'' were the only two to have such warnings preceding them. The former (according to Website/{{IMDb}}) also recommended "family viewing", so families could talk about its DarkerAndEdgier subject matter.
* Parodied before the opening credits of the rap {{Mockumentary}} ''Fear of a Black Hat'':
--> '''ANNOUNCER:''' The producers of this film would like to express that they in no manner wish to support or condone the words, phrases and images -- such as "ass", "booty", "yo bitch", "Bush is a dickhead", and "big-butt women in tiny bikinis" -- which are used in this film. However, in an effort to maintain accuracy and journalistic integrity, words, phrases and images -- such as ''[with more emphasis]'' "ass", "booty", "yo bitch", "Bush is a dickhead", and "big-butt women in tiny bikinis" -- are necessary. ''[Louder]'' But rest assured, the words, phrases and images -- such as "ASS!", "BOOTY!", "YO BITCH!", "BUSH IS A DICKHEAD!", and "BIG-BUTT WOMEN IN TINY BIKINIS!" -- will not be used without warrant, or in any gratuitous manner."
* Sometime in TheNineties, Creator/DisneyChannel had ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' in their rotation. They showed it in its near-entirety -- unlike modern airings, the [[BigLippedAlligatorMoment boat scene]] was almost entirely left in (aside from a small cut). This alone might have spurred them to put a warning in front of it declaring that it might be too scary for kids, but they were also likely concerned about a few other minor things, namely the [[MemeticMutation infamous "You get nothing!" scene]] (since Creator/GeneWilder's uncharacteristic anger would catch kids off-guard) and Violet becoming a blueberry. In all, this was the only Disney-run film back then to run a warning for something ''not'' rated PG-13.
** A custom warning was shown before airings of ''Film/TheBear''.
--->''The follows wildlife adventure had been edited for television. However, some scenes may be too graphic and intense for young children. Parental discretion is advised.''
* ''Film/GodzillaVsBiollante'' has quite possibly one of the coolest MPAA descriptions ever: rated PG "for traditional Godzilla violence."
* ''Film/DawnOfTheDead'' and its "sequel" ''Film/{{Zombi 2}}'' were both rated X by the MPAA; however, in lieu of the display of an X rating on any materials whatsoever, the following warning is shown:
-->''There is no explicit sex in this picture. However, there are scenes of violence which may be considered shocking. No one under 17 will be admitted.''
* The ultra-obscure NoBudget Canadian zombie film ''Corpse Eaters'' opens with the following disclaimer:
--> '''ANNOUNCER:''' Attention please: the motion picture you are about to see contains certain very stomach-upsetting scenes. The producers feel they have a moral obligation to warn each and every ticket buyer of this fact. Although most people have the ability to cope with the sudden nausea and shock, there are some people who cannot handle it. Test audiences, after watching this motion picture, suggested that a warning of some sort be included before each scene they found to be upsetting. Therefore, the producers have inserted a special warning buzzer and picture of a patron reacting to the scene. When you see the man turning green and the buzzer sounding, those of you who feel you cannot take it, please do not look at the screen. Here is what to look for: ''[cue shot of man gagging into handkerchief accompanied by the buzzer]'' It is your only warning of the scene coming up. Thank you for your co-operation.
* The 1976 Mexican exploitation film ''Survive!'', based on the [[NoPartyLikeADonnerParty Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 disaster]][[note]]The same incident would later serve as the basis for the far less exploitive film ''Film/{{Alive}}''[[/note]], carried the following warning in advertisements and on the poster:
--> Caution: The re-creation of the plane crash and the survival scenes may be too intense for young teenagers.
* The poster for the 1967 FilmOfTheBook of ''Literature/ReflectionsInAGoldenEye'' says "Suggested for Mature Audiences". At the end of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Cw5kVOT_oI the trailer]], the announcer not only repeats this phrase, but sternly advises the viewers to ''"Leave the children home."''
* The film adaptation of ''Theatre/WhosAfraidOfVirginiaWoolf'' was released in 1966, two years before the MPAA created the film ratings system. The poster's TagLine ("You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games*") was followed by this footnote: "*Important Exception: No one under 18 will be admitted unless accompanied by his parent." According to Website/IMDb, the film has a rating equivalent to PG-13 or R in most countries.
* A 1984 NBC showing of ''Film/MadMax2TheRoadWarrior'' had the following disclaimer.
--> ''This film is set in the future. Although it has been edited for television, certain scenes of suspense and violence have been retained in order to preserve its artistic integrity. Parental guidance is suggested.''
* ''Film/CSATheConfederateStatesOfAmerica'' is presented as a documentary airing on on Confederate television. As it's produced by a rival country with some (for them) controversial views on slavery, it prefaces with this disclaimer:
-->The following program is of foreign origin. The content does not reflect the views of this station and may be unsuitable for children and servants. Viewer Discretion is advised.
* Before NBC's uncut, uninterrupted showing of ''Film/SchindlersList'' (also the first ever program to be rated TV-MA), director Creator/StevenSpielberg introduced the film with a warning that the film is not recommended for very young children.
* ABC's premiere of ''Film/SavingPrivateRyan'' was preceded by a warning disclaimer, as well as abridged warnings whenever the film returned from a commercial break. In addition, the film was also preceded by an introduction by Bob Iger (then-President of The Walt Disney Company) recommending that children not see it, especially since the 9/11 attacks had occurred just two months earlier.
-->''This film contains prolonged depictions of graphic, realistic UsefulNotes/WorldWarII violence as well as intense adult language. The original content of the film has not been altered for this television broadcast. Parental and viewer discretion is strongly advised.''
* Similar to ''Ryan'' above, Creator/{{FX}} aired the uncut version of ''Film/StraightOuttaCompton'' with the following disclaimer at the beginning, plus abridged disclaimers coming out of every break. [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DpfYPX3Cjns Check out the warnings to see for yourself.]]
-->''The following film is presented in its complete theatrical version. It was rated R by the MPAA and may not be appropriate for children under 17. It is rated TV-MA-LSV and contains strong language, sexual situations, violence and nudity. It is intended only for mature audiences. Viewer Discretion Advised.''
* When ''Film/TheGodfather'' premiered on Creator/{{NBC}} in 1975, Creator/FrancisFordCoppola introduced the film with a warning recommending that children not watch it and that the story and characters are not meant to perpetuate any negative stereotypes. When it and ''Part II'' were repackaged and aired as a miniseries in 1977, his sister Talia Shire (who also played Connie in both films) introduced the first episode with a similar warning, with the subsequent episodes using a written warning.
-->''THE GODFATHER is a fictional account of the activities of a small group of ruthless criminals. It would be erroneous and unfair to suggest that they are representative of any particular ethnic group. This motion picture classic is graphic in depicting the destructive effects of crime and violence. Although it has been edited for television, parental discretion is advised.''

* The ''Series/SpittingImage'' parody of UsefulNotes/MargaretThatcher's memoirs bore a sticker on the front that said "'''WARNING!''' This book carries a salacious warning on the front that is an '''OBSCENE''' attempt to sell more copies".
* OlderThanPrint: Creator/GeoffreyChaucer uses a content warning in the "Miller's Prologue" from ''Literature/TheCanterburyTales''.
* Creator/DaveBarry:
** ''Literature/BigTrouble'' comes with a warning at the beginning saying that the book contains bad words and is not for children. His next novel, ''Literature/TrickyBusiness'', had a similar warning in a larger [[UsefulNotes/{{Fonts}} typeface]], because apparently not enough readers of ''Big Trouble'' got the warning.
** "The Unkindest Cut of All" begins with a warning that the column's topic (circumcision) "involves an extremely mature subject matter that might offend your community standards, if your community has any."
* Creator/TerryPratchett's ''Literature/{{Nation}}'' has a couple of author's notes at the back where he explains some of the science used (with DontTryThisAtHome warnings). He then subverts it with his final note:
-->This book contains some. Whether you try it at home is up to you.
* ''Literature/ASeriesOfUnfortunateEvents'' uses this often, to the point where such warnings [[SnicketWarningLabel have a page all to themselves]].
* The first page of ''Helter Skelter'', prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s recounting of the UsefulNotes/MansonFamily murders, is blank save for the statement "The story you are about to read will SCARE THE HELL OUT OF YOU."
* ''Someone is Eating the Sun'' portrays various farm animals reacting to a solar eclipse, sometimes looking directly at the sun. At the beginning of the book, the author warns people not to do this.
* ''Literature/EdenGreen'' begins with a warning that the novel contains everything from [[DrivenToSuicide suicide attempts]] to [[SpidersAreScary spiders]].
* Creator/NeilGaiman released an audio book collection of short stories titled ''Warning: Contains Language'', which caused considerable confusion to record stores and buyers who didn't get the joke.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/TwentyFour'':
** The series had a content warning for graphic violence, but hilariously in the first two seasons this was only used four times. This was pithily pointed out by one writer who stated, "Because the other episodes didn't have any violence in them, did they?"
** One episode from the final season of the original run was strong enough to bear ''two'' content warnings, the latter appearing right before one of Jack's [[JackBauerInterrogationTechnique more brutal torture sessions]] (and also one of the few where he failed to break the victim into talking).
* ''Series/The90sAreAllThat'' has this notice at the start of the block:
-->The following block may not be suitable for people who did not grow up on '90s Nick.
* ''Series/The700Club'' always airs with a disclaimer that "the opinions expressed in this show do not reflect the views of ABC Family" (now known as Creator/{{Freeform}}). Notice that there is no "necessarily" -- the network is outright stating that it disagrees with the show's viewpoint. It's essentially the personal show of Pat Robertson, a controversial [[TheFundamentalist fundamentalist Christian televangelist]]; he used to own the network[[note]]its first name was CBN Cable; they mostly disowned the network because it was too profitable for the nonprofit CBN to keep around[[/note]], and the contract with Disney/ABC requires that the network airs his show.
** As of November 2017, a new disclaimer is airing before The 700 Club: "If you're looking for us, [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere we'll be over at]] [[ProductPlacement Freeform On Demand or the Freeform App]] for a little while." That's not a joke. It's as if Freeform is saying "Don't come complaining to us about the content of this show. We have nothing to do with it."
* ''Series/AllInTheFamily'' had this before the first episode:
-->"The program you are about to see is ''All In The Family''. It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns. By making them a source of laughter we hope to show, in a mature fashion, just how absurd they are." ''[sound of toilet flushing]''
* ''Series/{{Angel}}'' normally didn't have warnings, but the season five episode "Hell Bound" involving serial killer Pavayne notably had one due to the unsettling torture scenes.
* ''Series/AnimalCops'' usually has two viewer discretion warnings for graphic content, specifically animal abuse -- one at the start and another somewhere in the middle of the episode.
* ''Series/{{Arrow}}'' had this before the 14th episode of season 5, which depicted a mass shooting.
* ''Creator/BettyWhite's Off Their Rockers'':
** This hilarious warning in the first season:
-->"The following contains senior citizens pranking real unsuspecting young people. If you find this offensive...too bad."
** And in the second season:
-->"The following contains graphic images of seniors pranking innocent youngsters. None of the names or identifying characteristics have been changed to protect the innocent, because their reactions are just too dang funny..."
* Both parts of ''Series/TheBlacklist'' episode "Anslo Garrick" aired with warnings about the violent content.
* The Animal Planet series ''The Vet Life'' begins thusly: "Due to the occasional graphic nature of veterinary surgical procedures featured in this series, viewer discretion is advised.
* ''Series/BrainGames'': "Parents should not watch this except at their children's discretion".
* On ''Series/{{Brainiac}}'', particularly dangerous experiments (or anything involving microwaves) are preceded by Richard Hammond popping up and saying "Do not try this at home." Then, a few seconds later, popping up again: "No, ''really''. Don't." When Vic Reeves took over, he changed it to the more thoughtful "Do not try this at home...or indeed anywhere else."
* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' was the first series on The WB to have such a content warning, due to its violence.
* The "Camp Kiki-slasher" and "Fog'd In" episode of ''Series/{{Bunkd}}'' had a warning that the episode would be scarier than usual and should be watched with an adult. The first episode involves, well, a slasher, and the second episode involves a brain altering neurotoxin [[spoiler: though it ends up having been a prank]].
* ''A Chef's Life'' had the opening scene of one episode preceded by a parental advisory. The scene in question depicts [[spoiler:a seminar on trying to make the art of butchering as humane as possible, which manages to still include enough gore to bump the rating a bit higher up than usual]].
* Creator/ComedyCentral has two of these, in harmony with warnings from their other shows:
** "This program is rated TV-MA and is [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment intended for mature audiences.]]" - Reserved for programs that are predominantly mature in nature. ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' doesn't run with this intro, as they likely assume [[YouShouldKnowThisAlready you know that]], but acquired off-network programs such as ''{{WesternAnimation/Archer}}'' and ''LiveActionTV/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' do.
** "This program is uncut, and contains [[PrecisionFStrike strong language]] and adult situations. Viewer discretion is advised." - Reserved for uncensored showings of CC programs, uncut movies and comedy specials, and certain late-night programs such as ''The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail'' that are always shown uncensored. Most TV-MA programs that are aired after midnight, especially on Fridays and Saturdays, will carry this warning. Oddly, ''It's Always Sunny'' will often air in uncut form at later hours of the night despite having the first warning.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' is often aired outside the United States on networks that may have real news reporting or other serious content, or in countries with legal requirements for the impartiality and moderation of all news broadcasts. As such, these airings get the following warning:
-->The show you are about to see is a NewsParody. Its stories are not fact checked. Its reporters are not journalists. And its opinions are not fully thought through.
* ''Series/TheCosbyShow'' has a subversion. One early episode is about a SlumberParty, and mostly has to do with Cliff spending time with Rudy and some other kids of her age, so it opens with a voiceover from Rudy's actress telling us that the episode is especially for kids.
* ''Series/ADifferentWorld'' had the following warning for two episodes: "Tonight's episode deals with a subject that is sensitive in nature. Viewer discretion is advised." One was for Freddie's DateRapeAverted episode, and the other was for the one where Tisha Campbell's character disclosed that she had AIDS.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'':
** The DVD of Series 5, Volume 1 warns that it contains "smoking scenes." Most of them involve UsefulNotes/WinstonChurchill.
** "[[Recap/DoctorWhoS5E5TheWebOfFear The Web of Fear]]" was originally broadcast with a warning from the Doctor, in character, talking to children at home to warn them that the Yeti is returning and that they're scarier than last time, so "if Mummy and Daddy are scared, you just get them to hold your hand." While the episode is unusually scary, this was also the child-friendly equivalent of RatedMForMoney, since the Yeti were very popular monsters at the time. Only the audio has survived, but you can watch a fanmade reconstruction [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HRBWOTFNotM here]].
* When ''Series/ForensicFiles'' still aired on Court TV, several different episodes had content warnings on them, which included references to or ''images of'' sexual assault, [[{{Gorn}} graphic violence]] or even the occasional [[NightmareFuel decedent's body/autopsy photo.]] Unfortunately, these warnings do not appear on their current airings on Creator/{{HLN}}.
* On ''Series/{{Ellen}}'', from "The Puppy Episode" (when Ellen [=Degeneres=] came out as a lesbian) onwards, Creator/{{ABC}} placed warnings for [[SocietyMarchesOn "adult content"]] before each episode.
* The Creator/{{PBS}} series ''Frontline'' did a special episode on the porn industry entitled "American Porn", which began with a warning very uncommon to see on a PBS show. Not only that, but a red box with the words "Adult Material" appeared on-screen in the top left corner for the entire length of the program.
--> ''Tonight's program contains explicit sexual images, explicit descriptions of sexual acts, strong language, and violence. Viewer discretion is advised.''
** The episode "The Merchants of Cool," which discusses how marketers appeal to teenagers, included some clips from MTV (notably ''The Tom Green Show'', ''Jackass'' and ''Undressed''), ''LiveActionTV/DawsonsCreek'', Howard Stern's film ''Film/PrivateParts,'' ''Film/CruelIntentions'', and even an unbleeped ClusterFBomb courtesy of the infamous Music/InsaneClownPosse. Thus, it has a similarly unusual warning for a PBS show preceding it:
--> ''Tonight's program contains graphic language and graphic and sexually suggestive imagery. Viewer discretion is advised.''
* "''Series/{{Goosebumps}}'' is rated GB-7: may be too spooky for children under 7".
* ''Series/TheHoganFamily'': The second-season episode "Bad Timing," where a frank discussion between David and his [[GirlOfTheWeek girlfriend]] involves the use of the word "condom", was one of the first DomCom episodes to address safe sex; as such, it had one of these read before the episode, as well as commercials for birth-control products and safe-sex [=PSAs=] that aired during the night. The pre-episode disclaimer was kept in syndicated airings of the episode[[note]]which, curiously, is the only one to retain the show's original title, ''Valerie'' - after the character of Valerie was McLeaned, the show's title was changed to ''Valerie's Family'' and then ''The Hogan Family''. Every other ''Valerie'' and ''Valerie's Family'' episode was retrofitted with the ''Hogan Family'' title when the show went into syndication[[/note]]. (And yes, David and his girlfriend decided to "wait.")
* ''Series/{{Jackass}}'' originally had this:
--> Jackass ''features stunts performed by professionals and/or total idiots. In either case, Creator/{{MTV}} insists that neither you nor any of your dumb little buddies attempt the dangerous crap in this show.''
** On the second season, after [[TooDumbToLive a couple of kids failed to get the hint]], and thanks to complaints from people like Joe Lieberman, they switched to a straighter, narrated message:
--> ''Warning: The following show features stunts performed either by professionals or under the supervision of professionals. Accordingly, MTV and the producers must insist that no one attempt to recreate or re-enact any stunt or activity performed on this show.''
** In a similar vein, "home video" shows tend to stipulate, essentially, "Don't do anything stupid" or the submission will be rejected.
* ''Series/JurassicFightClub'' on Creator/TheHistoryChannel has this:
-->''The following is a graphic depiction of a violent prehistoric battle. Viewer discretion is advised.''
* ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie'': Several episodes dealing with racism were not shy about using the word "nigger", and each of them had a discretionary message alerting viewers beforehand that characters were going to use the word. Michael Landon's scripts reflected the harsh realities of the 1800s, where men who hated African-Americans regularly used the word in reference to them.
* The DVD of ''Series/LookAroundYou'' is rated 12 for, among other things, "dangerous experiments". While its experiments are of course completely nonsensical, some (such as fishing an egg out of boiling water with your bare hands, or connecting a big chunk of metal to the mains) would be legitimately dangerous if attempted in real life, and "dangerous if attempted in real life" has always been a massive red flag for the BBFC.
* ''Series/MajisukaGakuen'':
--> '''Season 1''': This show is an extension of a school drama, therefore the acting may be poor at times. We ask for the viewer's understanding.\\
'''Season 2''': Like season 1, but adds "However, some of the acting have improved."\\
'''Season 3''': Like season 1, but adds "As we enter the third season, some of the acting may be even worse."
* Parodied by Hugh Dennis on ''Series/MockTheWeek'':
-->And now the ''Series/AntiquesRoadshow''. This programme contains scenes of tedious dullness right from the start.
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'' made fun of this:
-->'''Eric Idle:''' There are scenes of violence, people's heads being ripped off, and their toenails being pulled out in slow motion. Then there's a scene where you can see ''everything'', but my friend says it's just all in the way he's holding the spear.
* ''Series/TheMuppetShow'' had a segment that opened with Kermit warning the audience, "some scenes may not be suitable for adults".
* ''Series/{{Mythbusters}}'' both parodies and plays this trope straight. At several intervals before and during the show, members of the Mythbusters team will appear and warn viewers not to try any of their experiments at home. However, they will also playfully put up a screen saying WARNING: SCIENCE CONTENT! before some of the more detailed explanations. Adam Savage has stated he hates the disclaimers, because there are a lot of things he ''does'' want people to try at home (as such, they do on occasion make it clear when an experiment is indeed safe to replicate).
* Parodied in one episode of ''Series/NightAndDay'' with messages overlaid on-screen during scenes in which Natalie Harper behaves entirely out-of-character. They progress from "Warning: smoking kills", to "Warning: Drinking may cause a downward spiral into the abyss", to "Shagging your daughter's ex-boyfriend can seriously damage your health" (particularly fitting since the ex-boyfriend in question has apparently become possessed by a demon).
* The fifth-season ''Series/{{NUMB3RS}}'' episode "Thirty-Six Hours" deals with a train derailment. It was written and filmed [[TooSoon before the Chatsworth Metrolink crash but was shown after]]. At the start of the episode, David Krumholtz gives a content warning that establishes the episode was written and filmed before the tragedy and gives a warning so those who might find the story disturbing can make an informed decision.
* In 1977, an independent station that was rerunning ''Series/TheOuterLimits1963'' gave it [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xgLxfJuD9t0 this warning]] that the content might not be suitable for young children.
* ''Pulp Sport'': At the beginning of the penultimate season, this content warning appeared.
-->Warning: The new series of ''Pulp Sport'' contains offensive language and full frontal nudity. [[OverlyLongGag And cross-dressing, male-assisted hand jobs, fat-o-grams, masturbating with scissors, mascot suicide, excessive homo-eroticism, bondage, bestiality, vandalism, theft, repeated vomiting, copyright infringement, drug use, rectal enemas, facial urination, exploitation of women, guy-on-guy porn, excessive violence, prostitution, Jordan Luck, swimming in other people's pools, Arabian goggles, more theft, animal masturbation, homophobic reference, binge drinking]], and... [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking Rodney Hide.]] You have been warned.
* ''Series/QuatermassII'': "Before we begin the fourth episode of ''Quatermass II'', we'd like to say that in our opinion it is not suitable for children, or those of you who may have a nervous disposition." -- {{Retraux}} content warnings, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIFjU8BpOok 1955 style]].
* The ''Series/RedDwarf'' episode "Polymorph" has a "built-in" content warning at the beginning of the episode.
* The ''Series/{{Revolution}}'' episode "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E11TheStand The Stand]]" (which had lots of blood, gore, and graphic war scenes) used a menacing red splash-screen to display a content warning. Curiously, no episode since then has used the warning, not even "[[Recap/RevolutionS1E19ChildrenOfMen Children of Men]]", which also featured heavy war violence.
* At the end of each episode of ''Series/RobotWars'' (at least the Nick Creator/{{GAS}} airings), the announcer warns viewers at home that [[DontTryThisAtHome building a robot is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted without great care]].
* An episode of ''Series/{{Roundhouse}}'' had David Nicoll getting a painful wedgie. The scene is interrupted by Lisa informing viewers not to try it at home, and that ''Roundhouse'' does not condone wedgies, before resuming the show.
* Before early broadcasts of Creator/TheWB's ''Series/{{Savannah}}'', the channel had their mascot [[WesternAnimation/OneFroggyEvening Michigan J. Frog]] ''singing'' the advisory warning.
-->''There's more comedy for the family Wednesday night'' [[note]]At the time, The WB only had primetime programming on Wednesdays and Sundays.[[/note]]
-->''Stick around, you drama fans,'' Savannah'''s on tonight''[[note]]An alternate version of this line goes "So send your tadpoles off to bed...".
* ''Series/ScareTactics'': "You know how some shows say 'DontTryThisAtHome'? Well, this is one of those." You have to hear it in Tracy Morgan's voice to get the full effect, though.
* The late-1980s Creator/{{CBC}} series ''Series/SeeingThings'' had a respectful disclaimer when it was rebroadcast only a few years later, warning viewers that the depiction of women on television "[[ValuesDissonance was not always the same as it is now]]". However, after being ridiculed by Canadian media for presumably falling afoul of PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad, the network abandoned the disclaimer.
* ''Series/SesameStreet'' used to post its resource kit videos on subjects such as incarceration, long-term medical treatment, and the effects of military service on families on the Internet in wholesale form. Each such video opens with a recommendation that adults screen said video before entire families watch it together.
* ''Series/{{Soap}}'' began each episode with a "parental discretion advised" warning, primarily because it was one of the first ongoing TV series to feature an openly gay character.
* ''Series/SquareOneTV'' partly spoofed this at the beginning of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tqIki33mTgs its "Angle Dance" music video]], which [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar actually does have mildly suggestive lyrics]]:
-->The following song includes graphic descriptions of obtuse and acute angles. Viewers who might be offended by this subject matter should not view this program.
* Steve Coogan did a parody of this on one of his [=DVDs=] which warned that the show contained [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=42UCpOzTbNU bad language]], almost all of it in the warning itself.
* ''Series/TooCute'' has this:
-->The following program contains material that is just [[HeartwarmingMoments too]] [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin cute]]. [[{{Parody}} Viewer discretion is advised]].
* ''Series/TopGear'' parodied this with a sign warning live audiences that they ''don't'' have potentially seizure-inducing strobe lights, because they ran out of budget.
* Creator/{{PBS}} broadcasts of ''Series/TheTunnel'' begin with this warning:
-->The following program contains content[[labelnote:*]]rendered as "graphic violence" in a couple of episodes where the violent content was much more intense than usual[[/labelnote]] which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
* When the [[UsefulNotes/UltimateFightingChampionship UFC]] is broadcast on FOX, a rather boastful disclaimer airs reading
--> ''The following might be the most exciting live sporting event in the history of television, and it's our duty to say: VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED.''
* Parodied on ''Weird Warfare'', which has a warning before each segment that describes the bizarre military concepts it will explore: "The following program features a [[UsefulNotes/AdolfHitler Hitler]] [[GenderBender sex change]] and [[LethalChef exploding pancakes]]. Viewer discretion is advised."
* When ''Series/{{Spooks}}'' aired in the United States on Creator/{{PBS}} as ''MI-5'', it came with a warning for "content some viewers may find objectionable".
* "''[[Series/{{Tosh0}} Tosh.0]]'' features videos from the internet and is intended for a mature audience. Creator/ComedyCentral does not condone the activities performed [[DontTryThisAtHome and discourages anyone from attempting them.]] Enjoy."
* From the original ''Series/UnsolvedMysteries'': "This program is about unsolved mysteries. Whenever possible, the actual family members and police officials have participated in recreating the events. What you are about to see is not a news broadcast." Cue that ''catchy yet terrifying'' theme tune and Robert Stack's "Join me! Perhaps ''you'' may be able to help solve a mystery."
* When [[Creator/{{Freeform}} ABC Family]] first picked up ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'', they placed it in a 10p.m. weeknight timeslot. When the time came, they used bumpers with stick figure animation and voiceover to humorously tell everyone that ''Whose Line?'' is for grownups, and the kids should go to bed.
* ''Series/WonderShowzen''. Though the theme song claimed it to be a "kid's show, kid's show. Oh, Good Lord, it's a kid's show," viewers were warned in no uncertain terms by a disclaimer shown in the beginning and after commercials:
** Showings on [=MTV2=] had a yellow box defining the TV-MA rating in the lower lefthand corner of the screen while the theme song was playing.
** The DVD sets have a "Not for children" disclaimer on their covers.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': The episodes "Home" and "Via Negativa" were the only two episodes to be preceded by viewer discretion warnings.
* ''Series/YouCantDoThatOnTelevision'': The episode "Inequality" replaces its CouchGag pre-emption bumper with one of these, that reads "The following program contains certain scenes which may not be suitable for mature audiences. Juvenile discretion is advised."
* ''Series/BetweenTheLions'' on PBS had a promo for the show that warned "The following may not be appropriate for grown-ups. This program contains extreme silliness."

[[folder:Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}}'s programs in the late '90s Attitude Era often had a content warning about violence and sexual situations -- delivered by one of the resident Divas, who would [[TheVamp vamp]] it up through the entire announcement.
* On WWE [=DVDs=], all of the trailers before the main menu are skippable -- [[UserOperationProhibitFlag except]] for the mildly graphic one that shows the end result of any number of in-ring injuries, with the stern request to "Please ''do not'' try this at home".
* After his double murder-suicide, Wrestling/ChrisBenoit matches on the WWE Network are preceded by the following: "The following program is presented in its original form. It may contain some content that does not reflect WWE's corporate views and may not be suitable for all viewers. WWE characters are fictitious and do not reflect the personal lives of the actors portraying them. Viewer discretion is advised."[[note]]To avoid further "promotion" of Benoit, none of the events -- even the ones he headlined -- mention him in the program descriptors, and his matches lack a chapter select on every show.[[/note]] This warning now also follows any archived or content programming that is rated TV-14 or TV-MA, as it runs counter to the current company image of "family-friendly sports-entertainment".
* Briscoe Brothers promos are occasionally preceded by "a mature audiences only" warning, especially in Wrestling/RingOfHonor, who tried and failed to "tune them down" across two television deals. As time went on ROH had to add [[SerialEscalation more and more words]] to the disclaimers and once had "trained professionals" in quotes on the disclaimer itself in relation to the "stunts" being performed.
* When Truth Martini took over a bar in UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} and used it run an unauthorized "Night of Hoopla", it was preceded by the disclaimer: "The views of Truth Martini do not represent the views of Wrestling/{{R|ingOfHonor}}OH Wrestling, its management, or its subsidiaries."
* Before Vendetta Pro Wrestling 2014 anniversary show, Sunami read the "the view expressed may not reflect" disclaimer himself before he and Kadin Anthony explained their four-year feud with the Ballard brothers and their intention to end the Ballards' careers for good.

[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
Parodied by ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'':
-->'''Calvin:''' The TV listings say this movie has "adult situations." What are adult situations?\\
'''Hobbes:''' Probably things like going to work, paying bills and taxes, taking responsibilities...\\
'''Calvin:''' [[ComicallyMissingThePoint Wow, they don't kid around when they say "for mature audiences."]]

* PARENTAL ADVISORY stickers were the controversial brainchild of Tipper Gore (hence the nickname, "Tipper Sticker") and her [[MoralGuardians Parents Music Resource Center]], spurred mostly by Tipper catching one of her daughters listening to a Music/{{Prince}} album that mentioned the word "masturbation". The 1985 [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d65BxvSNa2o Senate Labor and Commerce Committee hearings]] saw Music/FrankZappa, Dee Snyder of Music/TwistedSister and Music/JohnDenver testify about their responsibilities as musicians and the fact that the stickers, a seemingly innocuous choice-enabling tool, were a form of censorship. Starting in the 1990's, however, Parental Advisory stickers became a selling point for hardcore rappers/rock bands, as well as pop and R&B singers proving how edgy they were. In many cases, the sticker would be comically oversized to drive home that yes, the artists is that risque.
** Perhaps owing to internet streaming making the whole thing somewhat moot, it's become more common for albums to lack an "explicit lyrics" sticker despite containing profanity, such as Music/{{Lorde}}'s ''Melodrama''.
* The Music/{{Danzig}} song "Mother" is written from the perspective of the Parental Advisory sticker ("Mother, tell your children not to walk my way"), though the album itself does not carry one.
* A sticker on the cover of some Music/GunsNRoses albums reads, "This album contains language which some listeners may find objectionable. They can F?!* OFF and buy something from the New Age section."
* From the back cover of Music/LiquidTensionExperiment's first album:
-->Caution: "Three Minute Warning" is not for the musically faint-hearted, impatient, or critics of extreme self-indulgence. If you fall into any of the above categories, please hit the stop button on your CD player after track #8.
* Music/QueensOfTheStoneAge's ''Music/EraVulgaris'' has a sticker that reads: "Rental Advisory: Freedom Not for Purchase".
* The cover for the Music/PDQBach album ''Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities'' bears this humorous sticker:
-->Warning! Contains "Classical Rap"\\
Pathetic Advisory: Inane Lyrics
* Music/{{Metallica}}'s ''Music/MasterOfPuppets''
-->''The only track you probably won't want to play is "Damage, Inc." due to the multiple use of the infamous "F" word. Otherwise, there aren't any "Shits", "Fucks", "Pisses", "Cunts", "Motherfuckers" or "Cocksuckers" anywhere on this record.''
* In the music video for "Inside the Fire" by Music/{{Disturbed}}, just before the video starts, the lead singer warns the audience that the following song contains themes of suicide, advertising the national suicide prevention hotline as well. He probably did this by choice, especially considering that his girlfriend did kill herself.
* Capitol Steps recordings: "Warning: this CD contains parodies!"
* Music/TheOffspring has a long content warning on its ''Ixnay on the Hombre'' album which is better suited to [[Quotes/ContentWarnings the Quotes Wiki]], so you can read it there.
* Music/MindlessSelfIndulgence had an inversion. The radio-friendly version of "Frankenstein Girls Will Seem Strangely Sexy" had a sticker with the following disclaimer: "This recording has been carefully wiped clean and has absolutely no filthy words like FUCK so that you can play it at your radio facility. Now hurry the fuck up and play the fucking thing." Also, all vowels in the song titles on the back cover were *'d out.
* Music/SteelPanther, an AffectionateParody of the hair metal genre, has two warning stickers on its album ''Feel The Steel''. The one on the front is a standard Parental Advisory label, while the one on the back has this to say:
-->"The CD/LP you are about to listen to contains parodies that feature foul language, adult content, satanic imagery and depictions of sexually deviant fantasies that may offend the religious right, the unreligious left, fat girls, skinny girls, metrosexuals, animal lovers, animal haters, hippies, skinheads, the current presidential administration and people with ears. The record label and its parent companies do not endorse or support the opinions of Steel Panther. They just think they f--king rock."
* Music/IggyPop's ''Music/AmericanCaesar'' bears the sticker "Parental Advisory: THIS IS AN IGGY POP RECORD."
* The cover of Music/RunningWild's ''Under Jolly Roger'' features a sticker that warns about loud effects that might damage the stereo, which refers to the cannon fire in the opening track.
* While the uncensored version of Music/BloodhoundGang's ''Music/HoorayForBoobies'' carried a sticker warning about "Extremely Offensive Material," the notoriously bastardized edited version (retitled ''Hooray'') revises this to the odd "WARNING: Extremely Funny Material." Very few of the tracks are meant to be laugh-out-loud funny, just cleverly written; and others ("Along Comes Mary" in particular) aren't meant to be funny at all. The only big laugh-out-loud moment, really, is the hidden track -- which, of course, is butchered.
* Music/ElvisCostello, an artist who even in the early [[TheEighties 1980s]] was known for GenreAdultery, infamously placed a parody warning sticker on the front of his 1981 ''Music/AlmostBlue'' album reading, "WARNING: This album contains [[CountryMusic country & western music]] and may cause offence to narrow minded listeners."
* Music/NeilYoung wrote and recorded a song called "Fuckin' Up" (actually written "F*!#in' Up") so that he could ''get'' a warning sticker. [[SpringtimeForHitler He didn't.]]
* Sire Records' ''Just Say...'' compilation series had an album entitled ''Just Say Anything'' which carried a parental advisory sticker. It also opens with the song "Warning Parental Advisory" by John Wesley Harding and Steve Wynn, which [[BitingTheHandHumor pretty much deconstructs the trope]] through and through.
-->''Warning, this is a parental advisory\\
The words on this disc are in no way offensive\\
They're just going to say what you already know''
* The [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs somewhat erratic]] liner notes for Music/LouReed's SensoryAbuse album ''Music/MetalMachineMusic'' end with this:
--> ''As way of disclaimer, I am forced to say that, due to stimulation of various centers (remember OOOHHHMMM, etc.), the possible negative contraindications must be pointed out. A record has to, of all things. Anyway, hypertense people, etc., possibility of epilepsy (petite mal) psychic motor disorder etc., etc., etc. [[BadassBoast My week beats your year.]]'' -- Music/LouReed
* Music/FrankZappa
** He stuck a disclaimer sticker on his album ''Music/FrankZappaMeetsTheMothersOfPrevention'':
--> ''WARNING/GUARANTEE: This album contains material which a truly free society would neither fear nor suppress. In some socially retarded areas, religious fanatics and ultra-conservative political organizations violate your First Ammendment Rights by attempting to censor rock & roll albums. We feel that this is un-Constitutional and un-American. As an alternative to these government-supported programs (designed to keep you docile and ignorant). Barking Pumpkin is pleased to provide stimulating digital audio entertainment for those of you who have outgrown the ordinary. The language and concepts contained herein are GUARANTEED NOT TO CAUSE ETERNAL TORMENT IN THE PLACE WHERE THE GUY WITH THE HORNS AND POINTED STICK CONDUCTS HIS BUSINESS. This guarantee is as real as the threats of ther video fundamentalists who use attacks on rock music in their attempt to transform America into a nation of check-mailing nincompoops (in the name of Jesus Christ). If there is a hell, its fires wait for them, not us.''
** Zappa has an album called ''Music/JazzFromHell'', which was the only instrumental album to ever warrant a Parental Advisory sticker. Why? Because one of the songs is called "G Spot Tornado".
* The Music/{{Styx}} album ''Music/KilroyWasHere'' was originally issued with a sticker whose text began: "By order of the [[CulturePolice Majority for Musical Morality]], this album contains secret backwards messages and the songs..."
* ''Music/DosGringos'' fourth album, rather obviously titled "El Cuatro", had ''the entire cover'' given over to one.
--> Contents: Wildly varying musical styles, simple melodies, kick-ass guitar solos, off-key singing, foul language, extreme sarcasm, total defilement of the Queen's English, bathroom humor, political incorrectness, disregard for authority, juvenile behavior, excessive references to genitalia, occasional wit.
-->Contains 1% or less of the following: Intelligence, class, subtlety, good judgment, concern.
-->Warning: Produced in places that routinely process pure filth and garbage.
* The Aristocrats' first album (not unlike Zappa's ''Jazz from Hell'' listed above) gained them a parental advisory sticker... for an instrumental. Its title? [[PrecisionFStrike Blues Fuckers]].
* Some copies of Music/TheBeautifulSouth’s album ''Blue is the Colour'' carry a sticker on the front cover reading “WARNING - Track one contains some possibly offensive blue language”. This is referring to the song “Don’t Marry Her”, which drops an F-bomb in the chorus.

* ''Radio/TheHitchhikersGuideToTheGalaxy'':
** One episode of the third series finishes with the warning: "The preceding program contains scenes of extreme violence which may be disturbing to some viewers. Time travellers of a nervous disposition may wish to consider listening to something else for the previous half-hour."
** A straight example was when the episode featuring the destruction of the Guide offices was broadcast on [[Creator/TheBBC Radio 4]] [[TooSoon shortly after 9/11]].
* ''Radio/TheArchers'': An episode where Owen rapes Kathy was preceded by such a warning, and immediately followed by a hotline number.
* The 1940s horror series ''Lights Out'' routinely opened with one of these:
-->"''Lights Out'' brings you stories of the supernatural and the supernormal, dramatizing the fantasies and mysteries of the unknown. We tell you this frankly, so if you wish to avoid the excitement and tension of these imaginative plays, we urge you calmly -- but sincerely -- to turn off your radio now."
* Comically exaggerated in an episode of ''Radio/HelloCheeky'':
-->"Is it suitable for children?\\
"It's not even suitable for ''people''!"
* [[ParodiedTrope Parodied]] at the top of each hour of [[Radio/MichaelSavage Michael Savage]]'s ''Savage Nation'' talk show as such.
-->"Warning: The Michael Savage Show contains adult language, adult content, psychological nudity. Listener discretion is advised."
* Creator/MontyPython spoofed this in the "executive intro" for one of their records:
-->''There is little or no offensive material [on this record] apart from four [[CountryMatters cunts]], one clitoris, and a foreskin. And, as they only occur in this opening introduction, you're past them now.''
* Ken Hamblin's show would sometimes go into a commercial break with this parody warning:
-->"Caution! This radio show could prove hazardous to your victimizations and should be avoided at all costs if you are a white liberal, a quota black or brown, and trust in the merits of affirmative action forever. Should you fit into the above categories, the host and your radio station assume no responsibility for your predictable discomfort."

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The box for ''TabletopGame/ChezGeek'', as well as its spinoffs, contains the tongue-in-cheek warning "For adult audiences only. Actual maturity not required."
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''' ''Book of Vile Darkness'', a splatbook devoted to evil-aligned abilities, got a mature content warning that was somewhat out of proportion to the level of sex and violence actually present in it. Then ''Book of Exalted Deeds'', a good-themed splatbook, got one too -- but it contained things like saints, martyrs, and a feat that gave the character stigmata, and thus could conceivably offend certain groups. According to the designers, though, the warnings were there to deter the temptation to abuse [[GameBreaker the overpowered abilities present in both books]].
* All Creator/PalladiumBooks products feature some form of warning on their first page (most infamously ''TabletopGame/{{Rifts}}'''s "WARNING: Violence and the supernatural"), along with a blurb about "parental discretion" and the company and writers [[CaptainObvious not condoning magic, drug use, or violence]] in RealLife.

* ''Theatre/AvenueQ'' has warnings such as "PARENTAL ADVISORY: 60% adult situations and 40% foam rubber" and "Not appropriate for children due to language and adult content such as full puppet nudity".
* ''Theatre/JerseyBoys'' has this disclaimer: "This musical contains smoke, loud gunshots, strobe lights, and authentic, offensive Jersey vocabulary".

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Games which allow players to send each other content were given the ESRB warning "Game experience may change during online play". This is even true for certain games outside the ESRB's region. It was later replaced by "Online interactions not rated by the ESRB". There is a similar one for music games with downloadable songs: "Music downloads not rated by the ESRB".
* "Some parts of this game may be considered violent or cruel", from the ''Franchise/SilentHill'' series, usually shown over a picture of the protagonist beating the snot out of a monster. (These warnings are not included in the HD re-releases.) Beating the snot out of monsters is rarely the most disturbing, violent, or cruel things about the games.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHillOrigins'' has a screen which says that parts of the game may be "disturbing". The idea that someone could buy a video game with disturbing images plastered all over the back cover without knowing that it could disturbing is disturbing in and of itself.
** ''VideoGame/SilentHillShatteredMemories'' starts with a warning that the game uses psychological profiling to gather information about the player, that the game world changes in response to the player's choices to make it more personally terrifying, and concludes that [[PlayingThePlayer the game plays you as much as you play it]].
* ''VideoGame/{{Eversion}}'' contains the following: "Not suitable for children or those of a nervous disposition." It's on the screen right before the title screen -- right underneath an Creator/HPLovecraft quote. The warning is quite appropriate, as the game is noted for making nervous players slightly paranoid.
* ''VideoGame/ModernWarfare 2'' goes beyond having a content warning; it allows you to skip the "No Russian" level, which it warns might be considered offensive. The warning is entirely justified, as the level has you [[spoiler:participating in a simulated terrorist attack, striding through an airport and gunning down civilians]]. This level was the sole reason for the game getting an 18 rating from the BBFC in the UK - without it, the game would have been a 15.
* ''VideoGame/DevilMayCry'' always opens with a warning about the violence in the game.
* Despite being entirely bloodless and its violence nearly entirely slapstick, ''VideoGame/GodHand'' gets a violence warning in the US (over a picture of Gene [[GroinAttack nailing someone in the crotch]]) -- just because of the "Head Slicer" God Reel.
* ''VideoGame/EuropaUniversalis III'' has "alcohol and tobacco references" (''i.e.'' the presence of wine and tobacco as tradable goods) contributing to its 12+ rating, alongside (very) "mild violence" consisting of sprites bloodlessly shooting at each other.
* ''VideoGame/SoulBubbles'' has an amusing one, warning the player of the ''absence'' of orcs, wizards, and soldiers, and assures that "everything will be hunky-dory".
* ''VideoGame/StepMania'' has a typical warning not to play the game in a small room, although [[http://www.stepmania.com/forums/showthread.php?t=8563&file=SM3.0_Announcer_SchizKitty.smzip this announcer pack]] includes the girl saying, "Who reads this crap anyway?"
* ''[[VideoGame/StarSoldier Star Soldier R]]'' has an unusual warning concerning its length -- its longest game mode can be finished in five minutes, and the point of the game is to [[ScoringPoints beat your best score]]. Lest people complain that ItsShortSoItSucks, the Wii Shop Channel has a warning (in red text no less) about how short the game is.
* ''[[VideoGame/{{Deception}} Tecmo's Deception]]'' has this little blurb on the back of the jewel case:
-->"WARNING: This game contains satanic references and may be inappropriate for some individuals."
* Creator/{{Sega}} created a special "Deep Water" rating for games with a definitive adult theme. Only three games ever got this rating, in addition to the normal ESRB rating: ''VideoGame/EternalChampions: Challenge from the Dark Side'', ''VideoGame/XPerts'', and the UsefulNotes/SegaSaturn port of ''VideoGame/DukeNukem3D''.
* The ''VideoGame/JetSetRadio'' series features this example:
-->"Graffiti is art. However, graffiti as an act of vandalism is a crime. Every state/province has vandalism laws that apply to graffiti, and local entities such as cities and counties have anti-graffiti ordinances. Violation of these laws can result in a fine, probation and a jail sentence. Creator/{{SEGA}}, this document, and its author do not condone the act of real life vandalism in any form."
* The classic warning from ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil'': "This game contains scenes of explicit violence and gore". Strong language was added in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
* ''VideoGame/VegetableGame'' opens with an ominous screen which cryptically states: "WARNING -- Do not play Vegetable Game."
* In ''VideoGame/HyperdimensionNeptuniaMk2'', Meijin Takahashi (famous for ''VideoGame/AdventureIsland'') will warn players ''personally'' to not play the game in a dark room.
* ''[[VideoGame/HouseOfTheDead Typing of the Dead]]'' actually integrates the content warning into the game, by making it one of the paragraphs the player has to type during the boss fight with Strength.
-->Warning: This game contains depictions of gore and violence. If you are of 17 years or younger, please play with your eyes closed.
* In ''VideoGame/CookieClicker'', the flavor text for the One Mind upgrade gives you red warning text, and attempting to purchase it gives you a dialog box warning you of potentially unexpected and undesirable results and asking if you ''really'' want to purchase it. Because if you click OK, you trigger the [[WhamEpisode Grandma]][[SurpriseCreepy pocalypse]].
* ''VideoGame/ConkersBadFurDay'' includes a warning on the game's box (and it also has the ESRB rating of M much bigger than normal), on the Instruction Booklet, and at the start of the game, ''and'' when launching the game in ''[[CompilationRerelease Rare Replay]]''.[[note]]In which the two ''VideoGame/PerfectDark'' games on ''Rare Replay'', both also rated M, do not have such a warning.[[/note]] But it's all justified because of the strong language, sexual references, gory violence, use of alcohol and tobacco, ToiletHumor, and the in-game elements of war, survival horror, and bank theft -- all in a kid-friendly art style.
* ''VideoGame/{{Outlast}}'' has this message when you start the game:
--> Outlast ''contains intense violence, gore, graphic sexual content, and strong language. [[{{Subversion}} Please enjoy]].''
* ''VideoGame/TheIrritatingMaze'' warns that "persons with cardiac disorder and/or pregnancy" should not attempt to play the game, though it doesn't give players actual electric shocks like the GameShow it was based on.
* ''VideoGame/{{Mushihimesama}}'' asks the player for confirmation with an ominous red "DANGER" screen if they attempt to play [[HarderThanHard Ultra Mode]]. Its sequel ''Mushihimesama Futari'' does the same.
--> ''"Are you prepared to battle sheer despair?" [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere (NO)]] [[ChallengeGamer (BRING IT)]]''
* ''[[VideoGame/DonPachi DoDonPachi]] Daifukkatsu Black Label'' comes with descriptions of Bomb Style, Power Style, and Strong Style on the Style select screen. Strong Style's description is juxtaposed with a difficulty warning every few seconds:
--> ''"'''DANGER''' -- This style is customized for '''[[ChallengeGamer advanced players]]'''. Proceed only if you have '''prepared yourself'''."''
* ''VideoGame/BarkleyShutUpAndJamGaiden'' has "'''[=/!\\WARNING/!\\=]''' May be erotic for child" spin onto the screen at the start of the DatingSim minigame (see the start of [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_clWTSBUA2Y this]] video). The minigame contains absolutely nothing erotic beyond a full-screen image of Cyberdwarf and Ivory Latta kissing (not show in the linked video).
* ''VideoGame/TheCrookedMan'' says right after the start "This game contains [[{{Jumpscare}} sudden surprises and harsh images.]] The weak of heart and those poor with horror should not play. The author takes no responsibility for any trouble that arises from playing the game."
* ''VideoGame/DreamingMary'' has the radio voice during the sound test say that some areas of the dream "may not be suitable for children or those of a nervous disposition." And they mean it.
* {{Racing Game}}s with licensed or realistic vehicles, such as the ''VideoGame/GranTurismo'' and ''VideoGame/ForzaMotorsport'' series, will have a disclaimer that the cars featured in the game may differ from their real-life counterparts in design or performance (and also [[DontTryThisAtHome to be a safe driver]]). This is partly because OurLawyersAdvisedThisTrope; although these games use authenticity as a selling point, they could open themselves up to lawsuits if a car behaves worse in the game than it does in real life. ''VideoGame/TokyoXtremeRacer Drift 2'' went further and added that some cars included in the game may "not be available in certain parts of the world".
* ''VideoGame/YandereSimulator'' had a more humorous one for its debug builds for some while, though it was eventually removed for being a bit too {{narm}}y.
-->"WARNING: This game contains bullying, kidnapping, torture, murder, suicide, graphic violence, partial nudity, kittens, raw sewage, cooked sewage, microwave-ready sewage, true nightmares, [[EldritchAbomination eldritch monstrosities]], [[VideoGame/{{Hitman}} bald assassins]], [[VideoGame/GoldenEye1997 DK Mode]], fake tans, [[Anime/AttackOnTitan Titans]], [[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} murderous ice fairies]], [[Webcomic/OnePunchMan impossibly-strong punches]], [[VideoGame/{{Hatred}} genocide crusades]], [[http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/spooky-scary-skeletons spooky scary skeletons]], [[VideoGame/MetalGearSolidVThePhantomPain STANDING ON THE EDGE]], zombies, vampires, succubi, [[{{Ecchi}} lewd]] [[{{Hentai}} manga]], busty pink-haired schoolgirls, [[GameBreakingBug game-breaking bugs]], [[SelfDeprecation an over-worked programmer]], and much worse."
* ''VideoGame/MafiaIII'' has one, explaining its use of DeliberateValuesDissonance:
-->"Mafia 3 takes place in a fictionalised version of the American South in 1968. We sought to create an authentic and immersive experience that captures this very turbulent time and place, including depictions of racism. We find the racist beliefs, language, and behaviours of some characters in the game abhorrent, but believe it is vital to include these depictions in order to tell Lincoln Clay's story. Most importantly, we felt that to not include this very real and shameful part of our past would have been offensive to the millions who faced - and still face - bigotry, discrimination, prejudice, and racism in all its forms."
* Creator/{{Interplay}}'s release of ''Literature/TheLordOfTheRings: The Fellowship of the Ring'' PC game included a content disclaimer in the manual regarding some dated tropes in Tolkein's works. Notably the depiction of wolves, smoking, and the usage of the term "black". The disclaimer mentioned that the game was simply being faithful to the era in which the source material was written when wolves were misunderstood animals, smoking wasn't seen as a harmful addiction, and to describe someone or something as "dark" or "black" simply meant evil as opposed to a racial description.
* ''VideoGame/PokemonGo'' has a safety warning that displays each time you launch the game: "Remember to be alert at all times. Stay aware of your surroundings." This is usually accompanied by a humorous picture of a trainer walking with their cell phone out [[UnusuallyUninterestingSight while a dangerous Pokemon is right in front of them]] (such as a Gyarados, Gengar, or Steelix). Since the game involves walking around while looking at your phone, the safety warning is definitely needed.
* ''VideoGame/WolfensteinTheNewOrder'' has a pre-menu disclaimer saying that the depiction of the 'CrapsackWorld' as run by the Nazis in the 'AlternateHistory' setting is in no way supportive of their actions, as it goes:
-->"Wolfenstein® : The New Order™ is a fictional story set in an alternate universe in the 1960’s. Names, characters, organisations, locations and events are either imaginary or depicted in a fictionalised manner. The story and contents of this game are not intended to and should not be construed in any way to condone, glorify or endorse the beliefs, ideologies, events, actions, persons or behaviour of the Nazi regime or to trivialise its war crimes, genocide, and other crimes against humanity."
* When you launch ''VisualNovel/DokiDokiLiteratureClub'', the game opens with a warning that it contains disturbing content and is not suitable for children or those not good with such material. It even provides a link to a webpage that elaborates that the game [[SurpriseCreepy is not what it seems]], and contains themes like [[spoiler:depression, suicide, self harm, and abuse]]. It doesn't just go straight to the main menu, either, but instead requires you to press a button to say you understand. [[spoiler: The content warning turns out to be a sort-of BaitAndSwitch; It's a genuine content warning, but the game leads you to believe it's only to do with the rather heavy issues the DysfunctionJunction cast of girls are facing, rather than the metafictional existential horror that eventually ensues.]]
* In recent times one content warning or {{Trigger}} for certain games is referred to "Allusions to sexual violence" where it may hint at or depict rape. Older games such as ''VideoGame/DragonAgeOrigins'' which had depictions of rape, allusions to it and the game addressing it as such had not been reclassified and has only thus affected several recent games.
** ''VideoGame/MetroLastLight'' contains a scene where two soldiers attempt to rape a woman, before she dies.
** One scene in ''VideoGame/BeyondTwoSouls'' again has the AttemptedRape of the main character, this time by two bar flies, before her ghost guardian intervenes violently.
** For ''VideoGame/WatchDogs'' one of the big missions involves shutting down a sex slave operation, and instead of a simple allusion like, say, ''VideoGame/ThePunisher'' it goes into enough detail to provide context that this is abuse, rape, sexual violence.

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* Parodied at the beginning of "WebAnimation/{{Siblings}} [[http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/489365 Untitled 01]]".
-->"'''WARNING!''' The clip you are about to see is FAKE. All the places, characters, and events are more or less fictitious in their presentation and you are expected to know it never happened. It ain't a biography, people, it's an internet cartoon. Expect nothing but lies. LIES! P.S. You cannot refund time, so if I end up wasting yours, then do us both a favor and get over it. Using levitation! Using levitation! P.S. You cannot refund time, so if I end up wasting yours, then do us both of a favor...then do us both a favor and get over it. Using levitation! Using LEVITATION!...''[=PSYoucannotrefundtimesoifIendupwastingyoursthendousbothafavorandgetoverit=] Using LEVITATION! LEVITATION! LEVITATION! Using LEVITATION!'' Ti revo teg dna rovaf a htob su od neht, sruoy gnitsaw pu dne I fi os, emit dnufer tonnac uoy S.P. P.S. You cannot refund time, so if I end up wasting yours, then do us both a favor and get over it. Using levitation! ''Peeeeeeeee.Eeessssssssss. Yooooouuuuuuu canooooooooott refuuuuuuuuuuuuund tiiiiiiiiiiime soooooo, if Iiiiiiiiiiii eeeeeeennd uuuuuup waaaaaaaaaasting yoooooooooouuuuuuuurs, theeeen doooo uuuusssssss booooooooth a favooooor annnnnnd get ooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooveeeeeer iiiiiit.''"
* The beginning of ''WebVideo/AMVHell 0'' (which is made almost entirely of {{Hentai}} clips) warns the viewer that the contents should not be viewed by ''anyone'' and that they should close their browser window ''right now''.
* ''WebAnimation/{{RWBY}}'': Under episode 7 of Volume 3, Rooster Teeth posted a warning to the PeripheryDemographic of little kids that [[CerebusSyndrome the show would get darker from here on out]]. And they weren't kidding: [[spoiler:a main character gets shot in the chest by an arrow and whimpers desperately before being burned to ash by the end of the Volume.]]
* The first episode of ''GoGoParodyRangers'' contains the following warning.
-->Warning: The following flash cartoon contains coarse language, sexual references, bleeding, retarded stereotypes, stolen human, bad 90's synth music, monsters, orgasming robots and may cause seizures and the death of your childhood memories. Enjoy.
** The orgasming robots reference refers to how the robots "come" together to make a bigger robot. Lampshaded in a future episode where the later robots don't make orgasm noises, the Red Ranger lampshades that "It's not the same as season one."
* The WebAnimation/StrongBadEmail [[Recap/StrongBadEmailE207TooCool "Too Cool"]] ends with an ad for Senor Cardgage's character video, which contains the following disclaimer, read by Homestar:
--> Rated F for Folds. May contain graphic images of vague skin folds, references to Family Might/Coulds, and scenes of strong foldulence

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* "''Webcomic/VenusEnvy'' is Rated WEB-14 and probably isn't suitable for younger viewers or those who find the following things offensive: Homosexuality, Bisexuality, Transsexuality, Jews, Slapstick, Mixed-Religion Marriages, Women in the Workplace, Women in Pants, Plot, Girls' Soccer, or Chickens teaching Hard Science. If you find any of the above offensive, please go [[http://www.simiansociety.org/ here]]."
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has the message "Warning: this comic occasionally contains strong language (which may be unsuitable for children), unusual humor (which may be unsuitable for adults), and [[HardOnSoftScience advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)]]."
* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' has this warning at the start of the "K I T T E N I I" arc:
-->The following story contains graphic violence not suitable for anyone. Parental guidance is suggested. Or you can just staple the kid's eyelids shut. That's not ''suggested'', the parental guidance thingy is ''suggested'', but we can't deny that staples are a timesaver.
** They also had a number of similar labels at the bottom of particularly gory strips during the original "K I T T E N". These started out as fairly straight warning labels and grew increasingly satirical throughout.
* Referenced and parodied in ''Webcomic/LeastICouldDo'', when the main character is asked what he hears when the ''Series/MythBusters'' give their famous warning "Don't try what you're about to see at Home." "''Ever.''". The answer?
-->"Do it. Do it at home." "Do it ''bigger''."
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''
** The side-comic ''Abel's Story'' opens with [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Abel_02.php a warning]] that it contains "some swearing and maybe a bit more violence."
** The author created a handful of "[[http://www.mabsland.com/Adoption.html Censorship Pandas]]", which are basically [[UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications furry-themed age rating icons]].
* ''Webcomic/BrawlInTheFamily'' makes sure to warn you, [[OverlyLongGag at great length]], that its "[[http://brawlinthefamily.keenspot.com/2010/05/31/249-nasty/ Nasty]]" strip contains "excess gore, racism, foul language, public indecency, [and] frightening imagery" before you get to the actual comic. [[spoiler: Which it does -- in the form of several work-safe {{VisualPun}}s.]]
* ''Webcomic/KhaosKomix'':
-->''This is an LGBTWTFBBQ comic about "the gays". It comes with all the trigger warnings and nothing is safe for work. This comic may upset you, anger you, or [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking cause you to become hopelessly addicted to my updates]].''
* The footer of ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'' states that it "is a comic about a group of teenagers who face both real life and bizarre, supernatural situations. It is a comedy mixed with drama and is recommended for audiences thirteen and older."
* There's an in-story example in ''Webcomic/AlienHandSyndrome'' that may double as BlindIdiotTranslation. A porn comic has a tiny warning label reading "For exciting adult only!"
* The ''Webcomic/DumbingOfAge'' strip for May 25th, 2016 came with a content warning bigger than the strip itself. It involved [[spoiler:a flashback to Becky finding out her mother had committed suicide.]]
* Due to the focus of ''Webcomic/ForestHill'' becoming increasingly about child sexual abuse and getting more explicit, the author has added a warning to the website that the comic should not be read by children without permission from a parent.
* ''Webcomic/TheBongcheonDongGhost'' opens with a warning that "reader discretion is advised for pregnant women, the elderly, and those suffering from serious medical conditions." Not surprising, given the [[spoiler:jump-scares...]]

[[folder:Web Original]]
* In ''Roleplay/SurvivalOfTheFittest'', topics containing either extreme violence or graphic sex are expected to be given content warnings. This usually just results in more people reading it.
* [[http://chromagic.blogspot.com/2011/01/101-kickass-things.html This Chromagic post]] contains a parody of this at the very start.
* ''WebSite/SFDebris'' threw one of these into his review of the ''[[Series/StarTrekVoyager Voyager]]'' episode "Elogim", mainly to warn viewers that he's going to be using a lot of profanity to describe how terrible the episode is.
* LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}}'s ''VideoGame/BrutalDoom'' Let's Play has this at the start of the video. "Warning: this video contains scenes of extreme violence WHICH IS AWESOME!!!" [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-smFIxVqBA]]
* ''WebVideo/DragonBallAbridged'':
** Creator/TeamFourStar parodies content warnings on their bloopers or alternate ideas videos. Most notably, the first one opens with one of the members warning that the video will contain strong language not suitable for minors. He then adds "So if you're under the age of 18 and have never heard the word "fuck" before... well, you have now!"
** In episode 54, Cell uses this trope as a PreMortemOneLiner before he performs a NeckSnap on a newscaster.
* ''WebVideo/TheCinemaSnob'' opened his review of ''Gross Out'' (a movie made to be as disgusting and offensive as humanly possible) by warning the viewer to turn the episode off immediately. He gave this warning for good reason.
* ''WebVideo/OddityArchive'':
** Ben Minnotte warns male viewers with girlfriends on the episode "American [=EXXXtacy=] (and Other C-Band Nastiness)" not to watch it, before noting that his viewers don't ''have'' girlfriends and saying there will be [[FemaleGaze eye candy to female viewers]].
** Ben issues a more serious one at the beginning of the "Protect and Survive" episode due to its discussion of [[AtomicHate nuclear war]] and its use of GallowsHumor. Warnings are also occasionally inserted into the middle of episodes to advise viewers with sensitivities to certain topics to skip a particular segment.
* The ''Creator/RoosterTeeth'' show ''Immersion'' had a content warning before some of their more dangerous experiments. They were serious, although some ended in a joke.
-->'''Jack:''' And you would be forever known as the person who died trying to imitate something from the internet. DontTryThisAtHome.
* The ''WebAnimation/DeathBattle'' between Music/JustinBieber and Music/RebeccaBlack opens with the following disclaimer (which may or may not have been inspired by the one from ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark''):
-->"The following is made for satirical, parody, and entertainment purposes. All characters and events, [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed even those based on real people]], are fictional. This is meant to be enjoyed and not promote [[YouMakeMeSic direspect]]. The opinions expressed in this program do not reflect those of [=Revision3=] or [=ScrewAttack=] Entertainment LLC. The following program contains crude language and jokes. Due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone who may take an offense to anything."
* Several WebAnimation/YouTubePoop collabs immediately start with this trope, warning viewers that some of the entries contain [[SensoryAbuse flashing colors and ear-rape]] (and occasionally [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic cartoon horses]]).
* Several reviews by [[https://www.youtube.com/user/TheNSCL TheNSCL]] feature these, though they do seem a bit strict at times. For example, the ''Manga/OnePunchMan'' review opens on a large 18+ advisory for violence, despite the show itself carrying a TV-PG rating.
* One Youtuber, LetsPlay/RetroChallengeGamer, even puts up the actual ESRB rating logos for any games with a T rating or higher as a warning to potentially family unfriendly content contained within the video.
* ''WebVideo/CinematicExcrement'''s videos begin with this warning:
-->"Warning: The following video may contain language that some people may find crude, vulgar, or objectionable. The author makes no apologies for this. In fact, he is quite proud of it. This video is intended for mature audiences only. If you are uptight, puritanical, easily offended, or lacking a sense of humor, please stop reading and leave the Internet. Now."
* Parodied in [[https://www.gamefaqs.com/nes/579574-don-doko-don/faqs/51839 this]] walkthrough for ''Don Doko Don'':
-->''Don Doko Don'' is rated "C" for "Cow King." It contains scenes of giant pumpkins and chef bears getting hit with hammers. Player discretion is advised.
* ''WebVideo/JonathanPie'' gets one on [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBack7EN1i0 this]] environmentally-themed video.
-->CAUTION! This video contains explicit language and dangerous doses of truth!
* While ''WebVideo/CinemaWins'' is usually an all-ages channel that'll censor swearing, there is no getting around some of the more violent content on certain movies, so the video for such movies will open with a warning about the violence.
* ''WebVideo/CinemaSins'' opened their ''Film/BasicInstinct'' and ''Film/{{Showgirls}}'' videos with warnings about the sexual content in both films.
* ''WebVideo/TheMysteriousMrEnter'': For the ''Animated Atrocities'' series, reviews for episodes that contain graphic or psychologically messed-up content would open with a British voice announcing "Some viewers may find this disturbing, viewer discretion is advised."
** The review for [[WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon "Ren Seeks Help"]] has a more severe warning, which really sells how messed up the episode is.
-->'''Announcer:''' Some viewers may find this disturbing.
-->'''Mr. Enter:''' ''[[CatchphraseInterruptus Stop!]]'' Right...[[SarcasmMode "some viewers"]]. I want you all to listen to me very carefully. First of all, if you don't know what a placenta is, you're too young to watch the review of this episode. As for the episode itself, I don't think that ''I'm'' old enough to watch the actual episode. But, here we are.
* Aside from the usual "Spoilers Ahead" in every ''WebVideo/WisecrackEdition'' video, Jared did a particular trigger warning in ''[[http://www.wisecrack.co/shows/wisecrackedition/philosophy-of-attack-on-titan/ The Philosophy of Attack on Titan]]'', stating that while they would be analyzing the anime through the intellectual lens of [[spoiler:infamous Nazi jurist and political theorist Carl Schmitt]], neither the anime, nor the various collaborators of Wisecrack condone [[spoiler:Carl Schmitt's war crimes and fascist ideology]], flat-out referring to him as "a piece of shit," and simply seeing the anime as a hypothetical to his political philosophy.

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* ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' gives us the following: "All characters and events in this show -- [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed even those based on real people]] -- are entirely fictional. All celebrity voices are impersonated... poorly. The following program contains coarse language and due to its content it should not be viewed by anyone."
* Creator/AdultSwim has a general disclaimer that it's not for younger viewers, but for the really bloody episodes, it adds: "Just in case that last disclaimer wasn't enough, this episode contains extreme violence. We would rather run this than cut the violence from the episode because we are American Cowboys." They started doing this after the particularly graphic ''Anime/GhostInTheShellStandAloneComplex'' episode "Jungle Cruise".
* ''WesternAnimation/CodeMonkeys'' contains a different gag disclaimer at the beginning of each episode, such as this one from "Super Prison Breakout":
-->This Show...\\
A) Contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences.\\
B) Might use the word (beep) a lot.\\
C) Rocks.\\
Viewer Discretion is advised.
** There was also an episode of the show which focused on this. "The Story of 420" poked fun at this backfiring with video games. First Lady [[DrugsAreBad Nancy]] [[UsefulNotes/RonaldReagan Reagan]] forces Game-a-Vision to put warning labels on all of their games stating "[[DoNotDoThisCoolThing Playing this game increases the likelihood that you will engage in drug use and deviant sex]]". While Larrity objects at first, he's happy to discover that [[NoSuchThingAsBadPublicity the labels cause their game sales to skyrocket]] to the point where Reagan then has to ban them from having the labels on their games.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/BeanyAndCecil'' episode ''So What, And The Seven [=WhatKnots=]'', Liverache (a parody of Music/{{Liberace}}) uses his blow torch to burn Dishonest John's butt. He gets electrocuted on search lights, then pauses the pain to tell kids that they've been watching too much violence on television. [[HypocriticalHumor Then he continues the pain.]]
* ''WesternAnimation/BeavisAndButthead'' had, not one, but two different Content Warnings during its run; apparently the first one wasn't quite serious enough, so they changed it up a bit without sacrificing the funny:
** ''Beavis and Butt-head are not real. They are stupid cartoon people completely made up by [[Creator/MikeJudge this Texas guy]] who we hardly even know. Beavis and Butt-Head are dumb, crude, ugly, thoughtless, sexist, self-destructive fools. Some of the things they do will cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested...possibly deported. But for some reason the little wiener heads make us laugh.''
** ''Beavis and Butt-head are not role models. They're not even human; they're cartoons. Some of the things they do could cause a person to get hurt, expelled, arrested... possibly deported. To put it another way, DontTryThisAtHome.''
** They even had to put in content warnings ''during'' the episodes "Stewart's House" (the gas stove sniffing one) and "Way Down Mexico Way" (the drug-filled condom swallowing one). Sadly, not even this bold act saved those episodes from being [[MissingEpisode removed from circulation]], then returning to the airwaves [[{{Bowdlerization}} with edits]].
* The [=DVDs=] of ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}'' has content and copyright warnings in several languages, including alien script.
** On Creator/ComedyCentral, season five airs with a content warning bumper and a "viewer discretion advised" voiceover from any of various characters; those episodes are cut from direct-to-video films with more mature content, which garnered TV-14 ratings, rather than Futurama's usual TV-PG.
** In "Bender Should Not Be Allowed on Television," a scene of Bender setting himself on fire was given the disclaimer "Don't try this at home, kids", while Bender himself said "Try this, kids at home!" Later, when Dwight says that watching TV gave him the idea to rob Bender, there's a ''Futurama'' screen with Bender announcing: "You're watching ''Futurama'', the show that [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing does not promote the cool crime of robbery!]]"
* ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'':
-->'''TV announcer:''' We'd like to warn our viewers that the following footage may be disturbing to young children.\\
'''Young boy:''' Turn it up!
* Music/RobZombie's ''WesternAnimation/TheHauntedWorldOfElSuperbeasto'' begins with a very straight-faced rendition of the ''Frankenstein'' "friendly warning."
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons''[='=] first few ''WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror'' {{Halloween Episode}}s had these. The first one was a direct parody of the ''Frankenstein'' warning.
** InUniverse, an [[ShowWithinAShow ''Itchy & Scratchy'' cartoon]] had one -- ''after'' the cartoon ended.
** In another episode, a film is rated PG-13 for mild rudeness, explosions, [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and scenes with]] Creator/GarryShandling.
* In 1997, when the TV ratings were introduced, Nickelodeon put a special content warning at the beginning of ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', as it was the first Nicktoon to be given a TV-Y7 rating:
-->'''Nickelodeon announcer:''' Sometimes on ''WesternAnimation/KaBlam'', things go Kablam!, And that's why it's rated Y7 (''cue to Henry holding up a (heavy) TV-Y7 logo'')
* While ''[=KaBlam!=]'' was the first Nicktoon to get the rating, it wasn't the oldest. That honor belongs to ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpy'', but by 1997 the show was off the air and it wasn't officially rated until later, when it was rerun On Demand.
* When ''WesternAnimation/ActionLeagueNow'' had its own short-lived spin-off, it had an example that was PlayedForLaughs at the beginning of the episode, "In the Whine of Fire":
-->'''Narrator''': "Warning! The following {{very special|Episode}} ''Action League Now'' special contains scenes of Action Mayhem (AMH), Action Love (ALV), and Action Action (AA). It may be too intense for older viewers. Oh, and did we mention, [[NakedPeopleAreFunny somebody's naked (NKD) for the whole show]]?"
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'' occasionally features a disclaimer, most notably before its episode focusing on closeted rapper [[{{Gayngster}} Gangstalicious]], assuring its audience that no, Gangstalicious was not based on any real artists, ''no'', not even the one you're thinking of, and we'd really prefer to avoid the requisite hate mail and death threats, thank you.
* When ''WesternAnimation/TotalDramaIsland'' and ''WesternAnimation/{{Sixteen}}'' first started airing on Creator/CartoonNetwork they had a warning message before each episode that stated they were rated TV-PG (at the time, shows with that rating usually aired on Adult Swim). As TV-PG programming became the norm for CN, the warnings became utterly pointless, so they were dropped. Many episodes of ''Total Drama'' also had the following built-in warning or some variation, read by Chris: "This episode of Total Drama contains scenes of extreme stunts performed by animated teens. [[DontTryThisAtHome Do not try any of what you see here at home]]. Seriously, you could get really messed up."
* ''WesternAnimation/ClerksTheAnimatedSeries'' has some great ones, especially when the narrator (Creator/KevinMichaelRichardson) wonders aloud "Is anyone still watching after all that?" or talks about how the first episode is supposedly awful: "Tune in next week for a much better episode! For now, though -- courage."
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' at the beginning of ''Homicide: Life on the Street'': "This show contains adult content and is [[Series/SesameStreet brought to you by the letter H]]."
* The ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' episode "The Monster of Doctor Phineasnferbenstein" opens with one, as a parody of the ''Frankenstein'' example above.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Shrek}} the Third'' had a special MPAA content descriptor for "Swashbuckling Action".
* When TNN[=/=]Creator/SpikeTV had its short-lived adult animation block (including ''WesternAnimation/GaryTheRat'', ''WesternAnimation/{{Stripperella}}'' and ''WesternAnimation/RenAndStimpyAdultPartyCartoon''), a fake rating screen would come up before the show with the announcement, "The following program is rated CFFA: Cartoons for [[BleepDammit f(bleep)kin']] adults. [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids Hide the kids]]."
* ''Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius'', a spinoff of ''WesternAnimation/FetchWithRuffRuffman'', is rated "HMG: Humble Media Genius - Humor featuring cats, dogs, mice, selfies and some cheese. Strong media literacy throughout."
* Parodied by one of the {{Couch Gag}}s in ''WesternAnimation/GarfieldAndFriends'':
-->'''Garfield''': This program is "K" rated: no adults unless accompanied by a kid.
* Also parodied in ''WesternAnimation/TinyToonAdventuresHowISpentMyVacation'' when Fowlmouth and Fifi la Fume are watching a movie, which is advertised as being rated "F" (Not suitable for Fowlmouth).

* The Anime Boston FanConvention has an extended warning segment before the AMV contest with clips from anime series showing what the warning represents, usually humorously. One year, the {{Fanservice}} warning featured a clip from ''Manga/GoldenBoy'' and a character in a {{Stripperiffic}} costume that had the audience rolling on the floor laughing.
* For many years the [[CanadaEh British Columbia Film Classification Office]] used a cougar to signify films that were not for kids. It became so beloved that even after the cougar was retired in 1997 in favor of a generic "18A" rating, the BCFCO resurrected it in TheNewTens to classify indie films that would have gotten an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. Website/PlatypusComix [[http://www.platypuscomix.net/hollywood/restrictedcougar.html has the whole story.]] You can also check out the BCFCO's [[https://www.consumerprotectionbc.ca/consumers-film-and-video-homepage/the-restricted-cougar official page]] on the "Restricted Cougar".
* Back in 1999, when Animax Latin America was still called Locomotion, the series would start with a content warning featuring Playmobil-like figures doing a slapstick version of what the warning was about. Shortly before the name change, the figures were replaced with actual footage from anime series (for example, ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' for violence or ''Anime/AgentAika'' for sexual content) representing the warning.
* In the early days of the UK's Creator/{{Channel 4}}, programmes of a sexual nature were marked with a 'red triangle'. This was dropped after realizing that this essentially [[ForbiddenFruit marked out the good bits for everyone to find]].
* Certain channels in Britain may have a content warning prior to a show with mature content such as nudity or violence. If the show is ''really'' bad about it or has at least one scene that cranks it UpToEleven there will be a content warning after the commercial break.
* For many years Mexican TV networks would superimpose a capital "A" (for "adultos") in the corner of the screen on more mature shows.
* While it is very rare, if Creator/{{NBC}} feels the need to preface its shows with such a warning, it does so with [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbr6uYwxp0Y a blood-red splash-screen]] and the deep-voiced NBC announcer reading the caption, "Due to violent content, viewer discretion advised." If it is especially violent (for example, every episode of ''Series/{{Hannibal}}''), a tiny "Viewer Discretion Advised" caption pops up on the bottom of the screen at the start of each and every act.
* Creator/{{Fox}} has a tendency to pick up the more risqué shows on American broadcast TV. As a result, much of its library is rated TV-14 and up, and gets a content warning bumper just before the beginning of each broadcast.
* Creator/{{PBS}} has its own generic warning screen which mainly appears on British programs (particularly ''Series/CallTheMidwife'', with the exception of the Christmas specials), though ''POV'' has used a silent (read: without voiceover) variant before at least one episode:
-->'''Female British Announcer''': The following program contains mature content which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
* In UsefulNotes/{{Argentina}} (and some other South American countries), any program (or block of programs) meant for older audiences would typically begin with this (or a variation of it):
** "A partir de este momento / Aquí finaliza el horario de protección al menor. La permanencia de los niños frente al televisor queda la exclusiva / sola responsibilidad de los (señores) padres."[[note]]Very loosely: "The child protection block will now end at this time / here. Any children still watching the television remain the sole responsibility of their parents."[[/note]]
* It's not uncommon to see posts on social networking sites with frightening subject matter, such as rape, abuse, murder, be prefaced with either CW ("content warning") or TW ("trigger warning").
* When they were a pay cable channel, Creator/DisneyChannel had this before any PG-13 films and anything that could potentially frighten young children. They notably ran it in front of ''Film/WillyWonkaAndTheChocolateFactory'' (see the Film tab), almost entirely on the strength of the infamous boat scene (which was included in its near-entirety in Disney's showings) - other than that, [[AvoidTheDreadedGRating the rest of the film is rather tame]].
** Nowadays, if their sister network Creator/DisneyJunior is running a movie or special that has scenes that could potentially scare or upset their target audience, they will precede it with one of these, insisting that younger viewers watch with their parents. Examples of programs that have done this include certain Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon or Creator/{{Pixar}} films, and ''WesternAnimation/ToyStoryOfTerror''.
* French television used to warn viewers about possibly-inappropriate content with a white square in the corner of the screen. These days a circle with the minimum age is used instead.