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[[caption-width-right:280: Damn your exclamations, Rito.]]

A subtrope of SceneryCensor specific to comic style formats. Simply, a character's nudity is covered by a speech, thought, or sound effect bubble. It's usually used to imply that characters within the work are getting a full eyeful, while still preventing the audience from seeing anything.

See also CensorSteam, SpeechBubblesInterruption. Not to be confused with SymbolSwearing, where the text ''within'' the speech bubble is censored.
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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' provides the current page image. Yui's panties were accidentally ''cut off'' at the beginning of the chapter, so only Rito's exclamation prevents readers from seeing ''everything''. And as for Rito, on the next page he gets hit on the head by a [[ItMakesSenseInContext flying teapot]] and [[LaserGuidedAmnesia forgets about it]].
* A rather disturbing instance in ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' with [[MonsterClown Hisoka]]. While naked and chatting with two twelve-year-old boys, his speech bubble shifts upwards as he becomes... excited.
* The published English language version of ''Manga/TenjhoTenge'' has a lot of this artificially inserted for censorship purposes.
* Used in the ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]'' manga once or twice.
* Non-nudity related example: In the manga of ''Manga/DeathNote'', the Third Kira of Yotsuba Group ([[spoiler: Higuchi]]), whose identity is meant to be a surprise in the manga, thinks that he should use his Death Note to kill Matsuda, but can't because if he went home alone, the others would suspect him, and his thought balloon obscures his face, preventing the reader from finding out who it is. By contrast, the anime does not attempt to hide that [[spoiler:Higuchi]] is Kira.
* Another non-nudity related example in ''Manga/OnePiece'': the perpetually-hidden left eye of Sanji was once blocked by a word balloon when he was hanging upside down, and thus could not hide it with his hair as he usually does.
** And an unfortunate nudity example is in one chapter, Nami's cleavage which is usually not blocked, was this time blocked by a speech bubble.
* At the end of the ''Manga/FairyTail Special'' chapter "Welcome to Fairy Hills", when Lucy's cat costume disappears, a narration box is placed in front of her butt.
** in chapter 355, when [[spoiler: Erza is held captive and stripped naked]], sound effects are used to hide her nipples.
* In the [[Manga/HetaliaBloodbath2010 2010 Christmas episode]] of ''Manga/AxisPowersHetalia'', when the characters all have to strip to check their bodies for a special mark, copious amounts of speech bubbles are used to cover up all "vital regions".
* In the ''HeartNoKuniNoAlice'' manga, there's a point where Blood, Elliot and the twins are having an [[{{Fanservice}} obligatory bathhouse scene]] and the twins make a few smart remarks. After Elliot stands up to reprimand them, a speech bubble repeatedly manages to show up to cover up his bare butt (he's only shown from the waist up in front views).
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/DCComics' ''Harley and Ivy'' miniseries shows us the women's shower at Arkham Asylum. What isn't concealed by CensorSteam is covered by dialogue... [[http://www.charlesatnc.com/images/Idiot.jpg or slapstick violence.]]
* America's Best Comics' ''[[ComicBook/TomStrong The Many Worlds of Tesla Strong]]'' features an alternate reality with No Nudity Taboo. Discomfort ensues. For [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ts.jpg Tesla]] [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/ts2.jpg anyway]].
* The final page of ''{{ComicBook/X-Factor}}'' #47 (current volume) where Monet is nude and her butt is covered up by a word balloon.
* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' #14: a scene of {{ComicBook/Spider-Woman}} I (Jessica Drew) on an operating table nude, surrounded by doctors. Her right breast is hidden by a utensil tray held up by one of the doctors. Her left is covered up by a word baloon. Recreated in #42.
* ''MightyAvengers'' #12 features a scene with NickFury in bed with Countess [=DeFontaine=], where her bare behind is hidden by one of these.
* ''SecretSix'' #11: A rear end view of Jeanette blocked by a word balloon. [[http://asylums.insanejournal.com/scans_daily/606004.html Writer Gail Simone was disappointed when she found out]].
* Done in ''{{ComicBook/Empowered}}'' when Emp demonstrates her suit's ability to turn invisible. Her pubic region is obscured by Ninjette's exclamation of surprise. Another time when the Caged Demonwolf discovers that Ninjette is shaved "down there", his exclamation of surprise obscures the visual proof.
* ''World's Finest'' #253 uses an ''[[http://pics.livejournal.com/greenygal/pic/00098sf2 editorial footnote]]'' for the purpose.
* In ''TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', The "News in the Nude" anchorwoman is naked with only word balloons covering her regions.
* ''Son of M'' #1 gives {{Quicksilver}} a ShowerScene. His butt is partially covered by a narration box.
* Used with Domino in ''ComicBook/{{Incredible Hulk}}s'' #608, during the Red She-Hulk backup story.
* An issue of ''ComicBook/TheDandy'' has a single speech bubble covering up Winker Watson and a schoolfriend's bits during a shower scene (and a sign being held up by an off-screen character, saying "Not a pretty sight", over another schoolboy).
* Joker actually evades this in ''ComicBook/TheKillingJoke'', but his word bubble did probably take your eye off an unconscious Barbara's chest sitting right next to it.
* Lampshaded in [[http://Loopydave.deviantart.com/art/Old-Amnesia-IX-spoof-page-two-216429484 this parody]] of ''Aphrodite IX''.
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[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In 1954, The Providence Bulletin complained about the ''{{ComicStrip/Pogo}}'' character Simple J. Malarkey (a caricature of [=Joseph McCarthy=]), saying that they would drop the strip if Malarkey "ever showed his face again." Walt Kelly continued to use Malarkey, but [[ExactWords covered his face in every panel]], including a sequence in which his face was always behind his own speech bubble.
* Used as a gag in [[http://beetlebailey.com/comics/august-12-2009/ this]] ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' strip.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the Matt Helm film ''The Silencers'', a stripper's breasts are covered up by the title.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Creator/ScottMcCloud does this in ''[[ComicBook/UnderstandingComics Making Comics]]'' when he talks about talk bubbles. When he mentions the placement of talk bubbles, the panel shows him as Michelangelo's David with his hair and NerdGlasses, and his speech is covering where the statue's penis would be.
* Rare non-comic-book example: in the ''Series/SesameStreet'' picture book "Do You Want to Play Hide-and-Seek with Lovable, Furry Old Grover?" Grover tries (unsuccessfully) to hide behind his own word balloons.
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[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
** Used on Nanase during the birthday party arc, and more so in a filler artwork drawn soon after.
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/?date=2010-02-19 No topless Lisa either]] for you, folk.
* ''Webcomic/TurnSignalsOnALandRaider'' did this with daemonettes. [[TheyChangedItNowItSucks They wouldn't have had to bother if daemons had appeared in the comic after]] [[BarbieDollAnatomy their recent set of models were released.]]
* Jane [[http://www.webcomicsnation.com/eddurd/everydayheroes/series.php?view=single&ID=132973 taking a shower]] in ''Webcomic/EverydayHeroes''.
* In a non-censorship example, ''Webcomic/SomethingPositive'' uses this to obscure a revelation by covering other speech bubbles [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp11252008.shtml here]] and [[http://www.somethingpositive.net/sp03112009.shtml here]]. The first one is even part of a conversation {{lampshading}} its purpose.
* ''Webcomic/LastRes0rt'' takes an entire page of Jigsaw ''and'' Daisy in the buff (for a clothing scan) and [[http://www.lastres0rt.com/2008/05/always-turn-down-the-embassy-tour/ obscures it with their conversation]].
* Used once with an unusually oblong bubble in ''Webcomic/TheClassMenagerie''.
* ''Webcomic/MenageA3'' employs this for comedy on occasion:
** See strip #750 (June 4, 2013; nonetheless NSFW) for one example. It's maybe doubly necessary and doubly funny here because Senna is a {{transsexual}}, and casual readers may not realise exactly what they're not seeing.
** Strip #756 (June 20, 2013, probably NSFW) also uses this. The added twist here is that Yuki may be able see the thing which is covered by the speech bubble -- angles are hard to judge -- but it will be better for everyone if she can't.
* ''Mynarski Forest'' managed with mere large text, no bubble.
* Used in ''{{Webcomic/Fite}}'' after Guz's FullFrontalAssault. Made stranger by the [[http://home.comcast.net/~x8099/thomasblue/fite1to4.html#26 bubble in question]] being VisibleSilence.
* [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/5006745/ Done here]] in ''Webcomic/TheKamics''.
* Happens in a panel of the ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' when Roy and Durkon yelling NO briefly covers Elan's Genitals.
* ''Webcomic/DanAndMabsFurryAdventures'': In [[http://www.missmab.com/Comics/Vol_690.php this strip]], Abel demonstrates his shapeshifting abilities to Dan by changing into a [[GenderBender female form]]... without putting on a shirt first. Guess where one of his speech bubbles is located.
* In ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'', for the "Years of Yarncraft" arc, [[http://sluggy.com/comics/archives/daily/080812 Zoe's speech bubble covers the assets of a Rose Elf]], while explaining why at the same time.
-->'''Zoe:''' Her outfit is totally see-through and she's not wearing any underwear!
* [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/Crossoverkill/5367109/ A shower scene]] in ''{{Webcomic/Crossoverkill}}'' uses this to hide {{Webcomic/Mindmistress}} and Hoodoo's assets. Poor [[Webcomic/SparklingGenerationValkyrieYuuki Yuuki]].
* Very common in ''{{Webcomic/Exiern}}''. [[http://www.exiern.com/?p=1484 Just one prominent example.]]
* ''{{Webcomic/Blip}}'' has [[http://www.blipcomic.com/188/ Bishop's roommate naked.]]
* Thanks to this trope ''Webcomic/{{Sunstone}}'' manages to be tasteful despite it's status as an erotic character study of a BDSM relationship.
* Seen in ''Webcomic/BlasterNation'' -- e.g. [[http://www.blasternation.com/index.php?id=358 here.]]
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