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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.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'': 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/MagicalShoppingArcadeAbenobashi'' 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.
* 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, which is a bit weird since it isn't censored in a later chapter [[ItMakesSenseInContext where she flies naked around the country's capital]], but then again, the series continually goes HotterAndSexier.
** in chapter 365, when [[spoiler: Erza is held captive and stripped naked]], the censoring of her nipples alternates between sound effects, speech bubbles, [[GodivaHair her hair]], and occasionally, her captor.
* 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 ''VideoGame/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).
* In chapter 78 of ''Manga/BlueExorcist'', speech bubbles are used to cover Shura's nipples in several panels.
* In one chapter of ''Manga/MyHeroAcademia'', Momo destroys her top with her [[ThePowerOfCreation creation power]], and her modesty is only preserved by her dialogue. Jirou gets an eyeful, though.
* In the first chapter of ''Minimum'', as the miniature girl takes care of her PottyEmergency in the sink, her genitals are covered up by her speech bubble at one point.

[[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://comicsmakemehappy.blogspot.de/2010/09/something-i-bet-you-never-thought-youd.html 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/XFactor'' #47 (current volume) where Monet is nude and her butt is covered up by a word balloon.
* ''ComicBook/NewAvengers'' #14: a scene of ComicBook/SpiderWoman 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 balloon. Recreated in #42.
* ''ComicBook/MightyAvengers'' #12 features a scene with ComicBook/NickFury in bed with Countess [=DeFontaine=], where her bare behind is hidden by one of these.
* ''ComicBook/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 ''[[https://theragingfanboy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/worldsfinestcomics253-dinahlancecensored001.jpg editorial footnote]]'' for the purpose.
* In ''ComicBook/TheDarkKnightStrikesAgain'', The "News in the Nude" anchorwoman is naked with only word balloons covering her regions.
* ''Son of M'' #1 gives ComicBook/{{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''.
* ''ComicBook/LokiAgentOfAsgard'' starts with a ShowerOfAwkward - and once Loki's out of the shower there's a ''very'' strategically placed speech bubble, just barely in place.
* The 24th issue of ''What The--?!'' had a segment called "Misprints in the Comics", which had humorous situations and premises happening to Creator/MarvelComics characters because of a single word in the series' title being changed. The panel for ''ComicBook/NewWarriors'' had the team become the Nude Warriors and forced to go home naked except for their masks after a stay in Las Vegas. Nova's crotch is covered up by his speech balloon, [[LampshadeHanging pointing out how handy it is to have it censoring his naughty bits]].
* When ComicBook/RedRobin breaks into Promise's hideout to confront her only to discover she's showering and then she spots him and starts a fight before he has a chance to decide how to deal with a surprisingly naked criminal the architecture and speech bubbles manage to maintain her decency for the reader.

[[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, where Miss Buxley tore her skirt and is covered up by a speech bubble from another character who [[LampshadeHanging acknowledges that she's talking so that Miss Buxley is covered up until she can repair her skirt]].

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In the Matt Helm film ''The Silencers'', a stripper's breasts are covered up by the title.
* Same effect, but more (in)famous: Film/{{Barbarella}}.

* Creator/ScottMcCloud does this in ''ComicBook/MakingComics'' when he talks about talk bubbles. When he mentions the placement of talk bubbles, the panel shows him as Michelangelo's ''Art/{{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.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/{{Ayuri}}'': Accidentally used in one strip due to poor planning, for which the author apologizes in TheRant.
-->This was supposed to be the first instance of full frontal (well, lateral) nudity in the comic. But then there wasnít enough room at the top of the image for a text box. So now it looks like Ayuri is censored. Oh well, Iíll plan these out better in the future.
* ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive''
** [[http://www.egscomics.com/index.php?id=720 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://eheroes.smackjeeves.com/comics/1990848/paul-janes/ 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 {{Transgender}}, 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://rakugakiwall.com/blip/archive/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.]]
* ''Webcomic/ParadoxSpace'' uses this in the ''Summerteen Romance'' arc; at one point Tavros has a BizarreAlienBiology response when someone flirts with him. The imagery [[note]]Specifically, his head peels like a banana and sprouts a mushroom that sprays goo everywhere[[/note]] squicked out so many people that the authors covered it up with a bunch of speech bubbles of Dave humorously describing what was going on.
* ''Webcomic/QuestionableContent'': Dora gets one for [[http://questionablecontent.net/view.php?comic=2584 one breast only]], the other one is behind [[SceneryCensor Taiís arm]].
* ''Webcomic/{{Misfile}}'' performs a variant, stretching one nude body (Ash's) across three panels following a ShowerOfAngst. [[http://www.misfile.com/?date=2008-11-02 The naughty bits are hidden behind the panel breaks.]]
* ''Webcomic/GrrlPower'' has Dabbler, [[HornyDevils a succubus]], [[http://grrlpowercomic.com/archives/2542 pulls off a non-nude variant]] while sporting some SensualSpandex poolside.
* In the ''Webcomic/TeamFortress2'' comic, when [[ItMakesSenseInContext Soldier is nude and covered in honey]] [[NoodleIncident again]], his crotch is covered by a text panel referring readers to the nonexistent comic ''Naked Tales of Valor''.