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-> '''Marta:''' Somebody stole her SHIRT?! What the f--\\
'''Todd''' '''''and''''' '''Antoine:''' Marta! Swear jar!\\
'''Marta:''' ...fudge. Fudge ripple.
-->-- ''Webcomic/{{Selkie}}''

One (or more) of the characters has a [[SirSwearsALot particularly foul mouth]], so another character decides to institute the Swear Jar so that they have to pay up every time they use rude language. HilarityEnsues as the character who used to [[SirSwearsalot swear like a sailor]] either drops an unfathomable amount of cash into the jar or ends up having to censor everything he says. Also expect the character who instigated the jar to end up falling foul of his own rules and having to put money in as well. May also appear as a more generic Forfeit Jar if any character is particularly prone to specific words, phrases or acts.

TruthInTelevision in many households (such as American and English-speaking ones), with varying degrees of effectiveness and longevity.

Don't expect it to last beyond an episode.



* There's a Canadian Tire commercial for an autohammer where, because of numerous uses of manual hammers in places they clearly weren't designed for, a man's swear jar ends up paying for about half the tool being advertised.
* There was one Budweiser commercial involving the profanity jar, with proceeds going to the next case of beer -- profanity ensues. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJJL5dxgVaM]]
* A Progressive commercial features a variation where an employee has to pay up every time he makes a bad "bundle" joke. Good thing, too, because the jokes keep getting worse.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* An issue of ComicBook/{{Nightwing}} has Alfred reminding Nightwing not to swear while on the radio with him. Dick responds with how much he owes.
* In ''Comicbook/TeenTitans'' at the beginning of ''[[TimeSkip One Year Later]]'' (which took place after ''ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis''), Ravager and Kid Devil are living under the authority of one of these.
-->'''Kid Devil:''' HOLY #$@*! Cyborg's awake!\\
'''Ravager:''' Your turn to feed the swear jar.
* A ''ComicBook/RichieRich'' comic book story had Mrs. Rich set up such a jar for her family, though most of the swearing only got as far as SymbolSwearing. And yes, Mrs. Rich also fell victim to it.
* In ''ComicBook/ScarletSpider'' #12, Kaine's KidSidekick[=/=]MoralityPet Aracely insists that he owes the swear jar two dollars. Quite loudly.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* In ''ComicStrip/KnightsOfTheDinnerTable'', Patty, a kindergarten teacher, maintains one for her gaming group Patty's Perps. Extreme cases have to go sit in the corner.
* ''ComicStrip/BabyBlues'' has this, with Darryl having to put money into the Swearing Jar numerous times. He eventually comments that he has more money in the swear jar than he has in his retirement fund.
* In ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'', due to an excess of SymbolSwearing, Sgt. Snorkel finds himself contributing.
* A ''ComicStrip/{{Crankshaft}}'' arc had Ed instate a coffee can for the kids on his bus to fill with pennies when they used bad words. The first one was full by the end of the week.
* One ''ComicStrip/PearlsBeforeSwine'' is about swear jars. Rat imagines that if he used them, he would quickly pay for his (hypothetical) son's college tuition.

[[folder:Fan Works]]
* In ''[[FanFic/SovereignGFCOrigins Origins]]'', a ''Franchise/MassEffect''[=/=]''Franchise/StarWars''[[spoiler:[=/=]''[=Borderlands=]''[=/=]''[=Halo=]'']] MassiveMultiplayerCrossover, Jack is repeatedly taunted by the existence of a swear jar that not only has she [[SirSwearsALot filled up many times]] but as further encouragement it is used to buy meals for Brick who makes a deliberate point of purchasing things Jack enjoys...before eating it in front of her.
* In the ''Fanfic/SorrowfulAndImmaculateHearts'' series, Marty Kent is a CoolOldLady who knows a lot of words you wouldn't expect to hear from Clark Kent's ma. In "Christmas in Kansas", Jonathan recalls that when Clark was little he instituted a swear jar for her -- only instead of putting money in, she had to take out a slip of paper and do whatever task was written on it. (Judging by the reminiscent look they both get at this point, the tasks weren't just things like "Do the washing up" or "Take the trash out"...)
* ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5786099/18/Cold-blood Cold Blood]]'':
-->'''[=McGonagall=]:''' Dinner is well under way, shall the elves deliver food to your dorm?\\
'''Harry:''' No, we both have eaten, already, and to be frank, after that killing curse, I feel dead on my feet.\\
'''Tonks:''' That's a galleon for the bad pun jar, Mister Potter.
* In ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/5099637/ President for a Day]]'', the Briefs household has one. Vegeta has to put twenty zeni in it after he calls the Quantum Dynamic executives "greedy pricks".

* One story about Myth/PaulBunyan tells about an idea he had during the worst winter in history, which was so cold that spoken words froze in mid-air. Thinking it would cure his men of foul language, every time a cuss-word was frozen, he had it picked up and labeled with the owner's name; when spring finally came and words started to thaw out, his men all had to listen to their own cussing. It actually worked on some of the ones with the dirtiest language.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/HotFuzz'':
** Each swear is given various rates, while some letters are replaced by SymbolSwearing. ''Except'' the word with the ''highest'' rate, Cunt. Nicolas Angel and Andy Wainright have a heated argument, and both turn aside to politely thank their respective guy for paying in. The argument started with Nicholas paying in advance for his first swear.
--->'''Nicholas:''' ''[clink]'' Leslie Tiller was ''fucking'' murdered!\\
'''Andy:''' And George Merchant?\\
'''Nicholas:''' Yes!\\
'''Andy:''' Eve Draper?\\
'''Nicholas:''' Yes!\\
'''Andy:''' Tim Messenger?\\
'''Nicholas:''' YES!\\
'''Andy:''' Martin Blower?\\
'''Nicholas:''' No actually.\\
'''Andy:''' Really?\\
'''Nicholas:''' ''Of course he fucking was!'' ''[clink]'' Thank you, Danny.\\
'''Andy:''' Murder, murder, murder... change the ''fucking'' record! ''[clink]'' Thank you, Andy.
** There's also a somewhat stealthy BrickJoke in all of this. The proceeds of the swear jar are meant to go toward repairs of the church roof. Later, a character is murdered via a plummeting piece of said roof, thus demonstrating the dire need for repairs.
* The Richard Pryor movie ''Moving'' had one. It is shown used normally to punish his daughter for swearing. She then pays in advance at one point so she can cuss him out. Later, when the "move" goes very badly we see Pryor prepare to let loose... instead the movie cuts to the jar totally stuffed with cash. When he ''announces'' the move, his wife calmly gets up from the table, gets her purse, and starts feeding bills into the jar, then tells the youngest children to leave the room.
* Legally enforced by the Verbal Morality Statute in ''Film/DemolitionMan'', as you are fined every time you swear. [[ExploitedTrope Exploited]] by John Spartan when he finds out there's no toilet paper in future, with people instead using a seashell-looking object that Spartan can't work out. After getting his first fine, he swears at the machine (which issues the offender a ticket) to get the paper he needs.
* In the Australian bowls film ''Crackerjack'' a swear jar is implemented at the local bowls club.
-->'''Gwen:''' ''Swear jar, Mr. Simpson.\\
'''Jack Simpson:''' 'wear jar? What's that?\\
'''Mrs. Jenkins:''' It's a jar you put money in if you say the word "fuck".
%%* ''Film/KickAss2'': Mindy (Hit Girl) has one. It's pretty full. Later she has ''two''.

* In Creator/AnneMcCaffrey's ''[[Literature/AcornaSeries Acorna]]'', after the miners take in a little alien girl they institute this, just because they don't want her learning those particular words.
* In ''[[Literature/MatthewReilly Seven Ancient Wonders]]'', part of the plot is about an oracle's daughter being brought up by a team of commandos, so they implement a swear jar, but only when they swear around her - so she starts following them around, yelling out "Swear jar!" when they curse. The jar is almost always full.
* In ''I Was a Non-Blonde Cheerleader'', Annisa's father has initiated a "like" jar--her dad's an English professor and the jar is for when Annisa uses "like" in a grammatically incorrect way. She says that she could have a much better wardrobe if she would stop using the word so much.
* Greg's mom in ''Literature/DiaryOfAWimpyKid'' has one for him and Roderick. Greg explains that the jar was started for Manny because when he first started learning how to talk and was picking up new words, she didn't want him learning any swear words--but, according to Greg, Mrs. Heffley decided to "up the ante" by also banning words like "stupid" and "jerk" (which, while mean at times, are obviously swear words). To keep from going broke, Greg and Roderick came up with a bunch of code words that mean the same thing as the banned words--unfortunately, this sometimes leads to Greg forgetting to switch to the non-code words at schools.
* Variant in Literature/TheBerenstainBears book "The Berenstain Bears and the Bad Habit": to help Sister Bear break her bad habit of nail biting, she ''gets'' ten pennies a week and has to ''give one back'' for every nail she bit. By the time she broke the habit for good, she'd accumulated quite an impressive amount of wealth.
* ''Overused,'' a lot, in the ''Psychic Eye'' series. Abby uses words like "shih tzu" and "feck" constantly while trying to weasel out of paying up. There is one very funny scene in ''Deadly Forecast'' when she gets furious at her fiance and starts swearing and throwing quarters at him, following up by dumping the contents of the entire change purse in his lap.
* ''Literature/TheSalvationWar'' has a variation on this: Any time one of the researchers looking for a gateway to Heaven wishes aloud for [[UsefulNotes/AlbertEinstein Einstein]] / [[UsefulNotes/RichardFeynman Feynman]]/insert-Nobel-Prize-winner-here to magically appear and help them solve a particular problem, they cough up a couple of bucks. Last Friday of the month, everyone goes out drinking with the cash. This being the Salvation War, having such people around eventually will be possible, although Norman notes that even then they'll start out knowing less about the newly discovered dimensional physics than the scientists they already have.
-->'''Norman:''' That was $20 he put in? He must've been wishing for a Nobel Prize winner. Those guys are expensive.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/NewTricks'' has the detectives install one, which eventually allows them to go out for a nice meal on the town. Gerry's a bit aggrieved that he didn't get to chose, since he "put most of the bloody money in."
* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'', the people at Alexandro's Restaurant had initiated a "shouting jar," pretty much solely for Monica.
-->'''Monica:''' I did not yell! I am not putting a dollar in the jar.
* Not for swearing, but an episode of ''Series/PowerRangersNinjaStorm'' has Lothor demand that every time MonsterOfTheWeek Boxing Bop-A-Roo says [[PerfectlyCromulentWord a made-up word]], he is to put a dollar in a jar. When Bop-A-Roo's vocabulary starts catching on, it extends to the rest of Lothor's minions. (Funnily enough, [[SesquipedalianLoquaciousness the words weren't made-up]], [[EskimosArentReal Lothor just thought they were]].)
* Once on ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' when Cheri Oteri inadvertently said "shit" during the show, at the end, host David Schwimmer made her put a dollar into the SNL swear jar.
* In ''Series/TopGear'', when road testing a new Alfa Romeo, presenter James May has a swear box for every time he uses a word like "soul" or "passion". He uses a lot of money. Excerpt [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MOv4A_NFswY here]].
* In an episode of ''Series/TwoAndAHalfMen'', Jake points out that Charlie needs to put a dollar into the jar because he swore earlier. Charlie pulls out a $20 bill: "That oughtta cover me till lunch."
* In ''Series/PawnStars'', "[[http://www.history.com/content/pawn-stars/meet-the-pawn-stars/the-appraiser the old man]]" institutes a swear jar. It quickly fills, and while counting the money, he swears himself.
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ZK_w1bUpYA Thoroughly explored]] by ''Series/TheTwoRonnies''.
--> '''Ronnie Barker''': A swear-box? That's a [[SoundEffectBleep *bleep!*]]ing good idea!
* In ''Series/{{Californication}}'', Hank Moody has this arrangement with his daughter - both ways. She gets most of the money.
* In the episode "A Very Series/{{Supernatural}} Christmas" Sam and Dean get captured by two pagan gods who have been living as a folksy, Stepfordish married couple. When Dean blurts out an expletive after they take some of his blood for a sacrifice, the wife rebukes him and says, "Someone owes a nickel to the swear jar!"
* ''Series/SteptoeAndSon'': It's revealed in the final episode that they had been operating a Swear Box at the rate of 10p per swear. The total amassed wealth of the Steptoes is divided thus:
-->'''BANK BALANCE: '''£3·00
-->'''SWEARBOX: '''[[spoiler:£79·80]]
* In ''Series/KitchenNightmares'', the UK version, there was an episode, Gordon Ramsay challenged a chef to avoid drinking alcohol and smoking during service. Ramsay also set a challenge for himself by not swearing during a service. If either did that, they have to put a pound into a piggy bank. Ramsay had to put in quite a few pounds into the jar.
* In the Easter episode of ''Series/TheVicarOfDibley'', everyone on the parish council gives up a common habit of theirs, or else put a pound in the "Lent Fines Box" (used to raise money for a movie club) every time they succumb to it. In Owen's case, this means giving up swearing. As soon as Lent is over, he launches into a ClusterFBomb to make up for lost time.
* In ''Series/MenBehavingBadly'', George and Marjorie have a "lewd thoughts" jar. This gives rise to the associated joke: George admits to putting around 50p in over the last twenty years (he "came over all funny" in the Post Office once in about 1982). However, Marjorie has contributed something in the region of £2,000. George admits he ought to say something, but the money has paid for five caravanning holidays.
* The ''Series/DropTheDeadDonkey'' office had a ''Nessun Dorma'' box for anyone humming the catchy opera tune that became the unofficial theme of the Italia '90 World Cup Tournament. Following the death of Robert Maxwell, they also had a Bad Maxwell Joke box.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' has an "[[UsefulNotes/BarackObama Obama]]/[[UsefulNotes/OsamaBinLaden Osama]] Flub Jar", and also a "Biden/Bin Laden Flub Jar".
** There's also a jar you have to put money in every time you quote Creator/GeorgeCarlin. Which probably makes it function as a regular swear jar as well.
* In the Australian variety show ''Series/{{Rove}}'' the host, Creator/RoveMcManus, implemented the "Creator/HarrisonFord Commemorative Swear Jar" in remembrance of an interview with the actor that was mildly profane. Rove himself added fifty dollars after swearing in front of then-twelve year old Creator/FreddieHighmore. He later raided this same fifty dollars to get a lap dance from Music/MeatLoaf.
* A Swear Jar appears in a ''Series/SisterSister'' episode. Unlike most examples, though, it actually serves no purpose other than a means for Ray, who was currently having financial problems, to nick some money somehow. He does have to place a penny in the jar to save face to Lisa when she walks in on him doing it.
* ''Series/MrShow'':
** An episode opens with Bob and David introducing their swear jar:
---> '''Bob Odenkirk''': We're going to have a great show tonight.\\
'''David Cross''': A great '''''fucking''''' show tonight! (slips a nickel into jar)
** Later on in the episode, there's a sketch about evil mastermind Dr. X, who threatens to destroy Earth with an orbital laser if he doesn't earn enough money from his telethon. The telethon comes up short by a few thousand dollars, but then, to complete the BrickJoke, Bob (actually Bob's brother Bill, since Bob plays Dr. X) and David show up with their swear jar, which almost covers the shortfall--they're still a nickel short.
---> '''Dr. X''': I'm sorry, gentlemen, but it appears you're up shit's creek.\\
'''David''': AH HAH!\\
''(Dr. X, dejected, slips a nickel into the swear jar)''\\
'''Dr. X''': Well, we did it!
* The recap episode of Cycle 16 of ''Series/AmericasNextTopModel'' showed Jaclyn putting out a swear jar... and promptly getting a huge payoff.
* The guys of ''Series/NewGirl'' have a "douchebag jar". Whenever one of them (generally only Schmidt) does something douchey, they have to put money in the jar. One cold open gag shows Jess with her one version, an "annoying jar", that she has to pay into whenever she's being irritatingly cheerful.
* Used in an episode of ''Series/CornerGas''. Lacey (of all people) ends up putting $20 in after a long rant blocked out by a SoundEffectBleep.
* In ''Series/WimziesHouse'', Yaya institutes this with the word [[InnocentSwearing "stupid"]] with one cent going into a "charity cup" each time it's said. Only Wimzie's little brother Bo is exempt because A.) He's only 1 1/2 and B.) He doesn't have any money.
* On ''{{Series/Deadwood}}'' Calamity Jane says "owe you a penny" any time she swears in front of Sophia. Naturally this amounts to quite a lot of pennies.
* One episode of PanelShow ''Series/TheyThinkItsAllOver'' opened with host Nick Hancock declaring that, in a crackdown on the programme's foul language, Creator/TheBBC had instituted a swear jar, with all money collected to be donated to Series/ChildrenInNeed. He then set the tone for the rest of the episode by declaring this "a ''[[SoundEffectBleep (bleep)]]''ing good idea" and promptly making the first donation (of many). Panellist Rory [=McGrath=] emptied a large handful of change onto the desk in preparation, while Jonathan Ross went one better by producing two wads of banknotes (as he explained, one for F-bombs, one for CountryMatters), and eventually handed Nick Hancock his bank card.
* The equivalent appeared in the "Fingers and Fumbs" episode of ''{{Series/QI}}'' as a double-or-nothing wager by playing RockPaperScissors with Creator/StephenFry - if the panellists used the [[TWordEuphemism "F-word"]] they'd lose points - in the event every game was lost by Fry or was tied.
* Late in ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' it's revealed that Tom, Donna, and April have a pool that they all pay into whenever resident ButtMonkey Jerry does something stupid, and use the money to have a nice dinner every Christmas. Ann's protests and the revelation that Jerry invites them to his family Christmas party every year (the trio only didn't know because they deliberately ignore Jerry's e-mails) leads to a collective HeelRealization that ends that tradition, however.
* In one episode of ''Series/AngieTribeca,'' DaChief reveals that he has one of these when the squad needs to come up with a large sum of money to buy into a high-stakes poker game. They count the money and realize they're a few dollars short. Angie says "Shit!" in frustration and then they have enough. Tanner and Hoffman later exploit this by swearing up a storm to raise more money. Where it magically comes from before they put it in the jar is, of course, not explained -- nor the matter of how Hoffman (a '''dog''') swears.
* In the ''Series/MurdochMysteries'' episode "Bloody Hell", the fussy chief clerk of the central records office informs Brakenreid (who is working there during his TenMinuteRetirement) that "cussing is five cents". When Brakenreid sees the extent of the job he's employed to do and mutters the episode title, he's informed that he now owes ten cents; one per word. [[spoiler: Exactly the same thing happens with former Chief Constable Davies at the end.]]
* When Tommy was briefly transferred to a Long Island (i.e. much slower paced than Brooklyn) fire department in ''Series/RescueMe'', his abrasive "city" demeanor clashed with the suburban style of his new crew. The chief actually told him at one point that Tommy had, in the brief time he'd been there, put so much money in the swear jar that the firehouse was about to buy a new HDTV for the rec room (at the time, big-screen HDTV's were still going for about $2000 USD).
* ''Series/LukeCage2016'': Pop keeps a swear jar in his barbershop and everyone has to make a payment when they curse. After he's killed, Luke holds on to it for a while.
* ''Series/{{Lucifer}}''. Lucifer thinks a swear jar means Chloe pays her daughter Trixie every time the latter swears. When Chloe clarifies it, Lucifer is more impressed that she "extorts money from your own child." Lucifer then teaches Trixie some "loophole" swear words.
-->'''Lucifer:''' In my defense, she came up with "Motherflunker" on her own, sharp little minx.

* At the end of [[NinjaSexParty Ninja Sex Party's]] music video for "Three Minutes of Ecstasy", Ninja Brian has to put several quarters in a "murder jar" after killing a yacht full of people. They also appear to have a regular swear jar, a "stab jar", a [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking "watching dogs bone jar"]], and a [[StarWars Jar Jar.]]

[[folder:Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/MassEffect3'', after Joker learns that Jack has been prohibited from swearing around her students, he asks if she's instituted a swear jar and speculates that they could use it to buy a whole new cruiser. Jack replies with a PrecisionFStrike (after telling her students to cover their ears first).

[[folder:Web Animation]]
* In the Christmas episode of Weebl's ''WebAnimation/CatFace'' cartoon, Cat Face gives [[NoCelebritiesWereHarmed Mr. So-Called Gordon Ramsey]] a swear jar for Christmas. By Christmas morning it's already full.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Gabe from ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' tries something [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2002/06/24/ similar]] to save money.
* K from ''Webcomic/{{Blip}}'' starts policing her own potty-mouth, and [[http://blip.rampagenetwork.com/290/ only messes up a few times]]. However, it was her boyfriend's suggestion, so when K broke up with him, [[http://blip.rampagenetwork.com/626/ the jar went in the trash]].
* ''Webcomic/TheLastDaysOfFoxhound'' has a variation: Psycho Mantis has an [[http://gigaville.com/comic.php?id=58 "I Hate You"]] jar - for when anyone ''else'' says it to ''him.''
* The Commander in ''Webcomic/ManlyGuysDoingManlyThings'' [[http://thepunchlineismachismo.com/archives/comic/win-and-fail-are-also-prohibited keeps a jar]] for the words "epic", "win", and "fail". [[spoiler: At least one of them got emptied to buy Jared an Xbox 360.]]
* In ''Webcomic/OzyAndMillie'', Millie's house has an "unnecessary hyperbole" jar.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Panthera}}'', the titular team (who all have the power to turn into [[PantheraAwesome big cats]]) have a $5 jar for [[IncrediblyLamePun cat-related puns]]. It's a big jar and as Onca notes, it's ''very'' full. It says a lot that someone added a sticky note with 'Make that "Pardus opens his mouth jar". [[VisualPun :]][[CatSmile 3]]'
-->'''Pardus''': ''So'' unfair. These Nazis ''double'' the fine if I call it "the kitty".
* [[http://www.toothpastefordinner.com/101804/end-a-sentence-in-a-preposition.gif This strip]] of Toothpaste for Dinner features the [[GrammarNazi End-A-Sentence-With-A-Preposition Jar]].
* A comic from [[Webcomic/SaturdayMorningBreakfastCereal SMBC]] has a couple that says to their son that every time they swear, they will put a dollar in the jar and donate it to the charity. Years later he is asked why he couldn't go to college. He answers "because of my fucking parents".
* Walter, the GameMaster in ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'', has a swear jar, but it's more an easy way to gather for the group's pizza fund than for any prudish reasons.
* In ''Webcomic/{{Selkie}}'', Todd and his siblings apparently grew up with one of these. When his sister Marta almost drops a PrecisionFStrike, both he and his brother [[SpeakInUnison simultaneously interrupt her]] to remind her about the swear jar.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheFanFictionCritic has a swear jar named 'The Cube of Profanity'. In one review of a fan fiction ([[KingdomHearts If I]] [[HoYay Was]] [[ThoseWackyNazis Your Nazi]]), another fan fic reviewer posted a video response putting tons of money in the jar (well, not really obviously, but still).
* ''WebVideo/TheSpoonyExperiment'': The ''Film/DemolitionMan'' example was parodied by the Spoony One when he reviewed the video game based on that movie. His robot, Burton, was programmed to issue a fine every time he swore. By the end of the review he was so infuriated by the game (and had so many fines) that he throttled and beheaded the robot. The reason for the swearing fines is because Spoony ([[{{Kayfabe}} supposedly]]) got a sponsorship deal with Taco Bell and they want his show to be all-ages appropriate. [[PardonMyKlingon He tries to get around it by using curses from sci-fi shows]]. At the end of the review, all the Taco Bell food has given him [[PottyEmergency indigestion]], seemingly setting up a parody of the ''Demolition Man'' scene...[[BaitAndSwitch except that Spoony chooses the game's instruction manual over the pile of fines]].
* Seen quite a bit on ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'', where anyone who breaks the show's tenuous PG-13 rating has to put a dollar in the swear jar for each profane instance, the net result of which usually goes towards buying food for the cast and guests. Poink often has to pony up a five or so.
* On the ''Website/{{WrestleCrap}} Radio'' podcast, reference is occasionally made to this, as every now and then co-host Blade Braxton resolves to clean up his language ([[SnapBack it never lasts]]).
* During the ''Isle of Rangoon'' episode "As the Wheels Turn", Starchibald makes a Communist joke, only for Sunny Jim to tell him he owes money to the Communist joke jar.
** In the "Don't Touch" episode, Starchibald tells Sunny Jim to put a quarter in the dirty joke jar... even though he didn't say anything, Starchibald ''knew'' he was thinking it.
* While playing ''VideoGame/SuperMarioMaker'', LetsPlay/{{Markiplier}} decided to donate $100 to charity every time he swears. He ends up owing $3,800.
* ''WebVideo/OutsideXbox'' has two:
** One is an ''VideoGame/AliensColonialMarines'' Jar, which supposedly gets money [[{{Unperson}} every time they admit it existed]].
** There is another jar host Ellen must place money in every time she [[DistractedByTheSexy gets lost in the]] [[VideoGame/{{Dishonored}} Outsider's]] beautiful eyes. It happened so much they changed the jar to a bucket.
* While reviewing ''Film/GhostRider'', WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic says "Sometimes, there's a man" during Creator/SamElliott's opening monologue, then dejectedly puts a quarter in a jar labelled "''Film/TheBigLebowski'' References".

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AmericanDad'': In fact, the family has dozens of jars, one for each word. [[ShoutOut Including]] [[Series/DeadLikeMe "moist"]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Chowder}}'': For a rock monster who was only capable of saying [[PokemonSpeak Radda Radda]], [[TheUnintelligible Shnitzel]] is shown to have one that is filled to the brim with money - One of his more endearing qualities when he was missed after quitting his job.
* In ''WesternAnimation/HomeMovies'', Brendon's mom assigns him one after he films a movie with his friends containing gratuitous profanity.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** In an early episode, when Ned and Marge point out Homer's swearing-tendencies (after Ned's youngest son, Todd, picks up Homer's foul language), Marge comes up with the idea for this trope, and explains that she got the idea for it from her mom, who put up a swear jar after her dad developed a swearing-streak after her got out of the navy. Homer ends up putting money in the jar for accidentally putting a $20 bill in the church collection plate ("Da--"), cursing out a lone bowling pin after nearly getting a strike ("Oh, You Sunnuva--"), calling Flanders a "dirty bast--" after Flanders (who shaved his mustache off in exchange for Homer curbing his foul language) gets checks for starring in commercials, after [[EpicFail forgetting to build a door for Santa's Little Helper's doghouse]], and after a beehive falls on him while sleeping on a hammock (and was implied to have been stung by many of them off-screen), and becomes so programmed not to curse that he says, "Oh, fudge!" and "Fiddle-dee-dee" before breaking down into {{Angrish}} as he kicks down the doghouse. The good news is that the money in Homer's swear jar was enough for Marge and Lisa to [[PayingInCoins just go out and buy a doghouse for SLH]] (since the one Homer was building wasn't really that good to begin with) along with a case of beer for Homer.
** In a later episode, when low-flying planes are causing items to fall to the floor, Marge runs around trying to save them. Then she turns and sees:
--->'''Marge:''' No, not the swear jar! It's the only thing holding back the filth! ''(jar shatters)'' Nutty-fudgkins!
* In an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', Skarr asks [[WesternAnimation/EvilConCarne Hector Con Carne]] how he was able to restart his organization, considering it closed down because of bankruptcy--Hector claims that "borrowed the money from an old friend". Cut to see that Skarr's piggy bank has been shattered, causing him to cry "My swear money!"
* [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Yosemite Sam]] falls afoul of something similar when told by Bugs Bunny that he has inherited a large fortune, but will lose some of it every time he has an angry outburst. By the time he learns to stop being angry, he's already gone broke.
-->'''Bugs''': I haven't got the heart to tell him that he's used up all the money.
* ''WesternAnimation/KungFuPandaLegendsOfAwesomeness'' has Po taking a Vow of Silence, but has trouble resisting the urge of speak. Mantis gives him the idea to use a "talk jar" and has Po put a coin in the jar every time he talks.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/FatherOfThePride'' episode "Larry's Debut and Sweet Darryl Hannah, Too", Siegfried makes Roy pay a swear jar after hearing him mention Queen Nefertiti, most likely because part of her name sounds like "titty".
* ''WesternAnimation/MiloMurphysLaw'' episode ''Family Vacation'' includes an eye-roll jar, an "unnecessary use of 'grand'" jar, an "anthropomorphizing national monuments" jar, and [[RunningGag an "unnecessary wordplay during crisis" jar]] for the Brulee family. [[BrickJoke The final scene shows that Milo's family has a "sappy sentiment" jar.]]

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* Director Creator/RobertRodriguez didn't want the crew swearing in front of the young cast in ''Film/SpyKids'', so he instituted one of these. One of the crewmen slipped up, and went "Oh shit...ake mushrooms", in order to avoid the fine. Rodriguez liked this so much he had Alexa Vega say the line in the movie.
* Creator/ChrisColumbus instituted one of these to the adults in ''Film/HomeAlone''. Reportedly, Creator/JoePesci filled the jar in a single day.
* On the set of ''Film/HarryPotter'' the adult actors had a {{Corpsing}}-jar. Creator/EmmaThompson (Sybill Trelawney) was apparently the chief offender.
* During the shoot of 2005's ''Film/ChroniclesOfNarnia: Film/TheLionTheWitchAndTheWardrobe'' movie, according to the commentary, only eight-year-old Georgie Henley (playing Lucy) was doing the collecting herself. Her stringent enforcement was referred to with hilarity and fondness by the cast as "The Potty-Mouth Bucket." The biggest donor was James [=McAvoy=].
* The devoutly Catholic actress Creator/LorettaYoung kept a swear jar on the set of her movies. After shooting one movie with the high-maintenance actress, Creator/RobertMitchum dropped a $20 bill into the jar, saying, "This should just about cover everything I've been wanting to say to Loretta."
* They say that the Russian Empress UsefulNotes/CatherineTheGreat had once created a box for lying on banquets (the money was later used for charity). When the man responsible for handling the box complained that a certain person should be kept out of her palace to save him from going broke, Catherine the Great replied that she sometimes liked hearing lies. (He advised her to ''...visit the Senate more often''.)
* On occasion, language classes use these to enforce a "no-English" (or equivalent) rule. The success of these schemes is variable.
* Sometimes, when a company changes its name, it will use one of these to make sure employees don't say the old name.
* They were sold or given away as premiums in dime stores in the 1930s. "I'm just a little swear box/ But I'll cure you if I can/ From a naughty wicked cuss word/ to a tiny little damn!" And on the back: "If it's just a little 'cuss' word/ it's a NICKEL every time/ If it's just a little 'wuss' word/ that will cost a DIME/ For language strong and naughty/ That shocks you as it oughter/ We should really charge you FIFTY/ But will settle for a QUARTER."
* There is a Twitter Charity Swear Box that lets you donate to good causes for talking shit on line. Another such charity is called Fuck Cancer.
* Comic Relief 2006 briefly used one as a way to get more donations. Generous guys on stage dropped a ClusterFBomb, [[ClusterBleepBomb much to the chagrin of TBS]].
* There's a great story about Creator/EthelMerman, who, according to Music/StephenSondheim, "had the vocabulary of a truck driver." She was working with the abovementioned Loretta Young, who insisted that Ethel use the Swear Jar. After becoming more and more frustrated with this, Ethel turned to her, placed a hundred-dollar bill in the jar, and said," Loretta, here's a hundred dollars and [[PrecisionFStrike go fuck yourself.]]"
* According to Music/TomWaits on ''Creator/VH1 Storytellers'':
-->"We have a swear jar at home and y'know what a swear jar is? It's a jar in the middle of the kitchen and every time you say a bad word you have to put in a buck. And, uh... It helps. Y'know because we have a mortgage and everything. And, uh, I don't know how that ties in here. Oh! Here's what happened! We had the swear jar and the idea was overtime what you do was at the end of the month or whatever you go and check out the money in the swear jar and maybe get "40 bucks" or somethin'. You go buy a tree and you plant the tree and you get the picture. And we took all those bad words and we made something good out of it. I got into the habit of getting up in the morning and putting in a ten. Just taking out a little insurance. We were coming home one night and we had a really good month of no swearing and my wife said that the whole family been really good. So for the next five minutes you can say anything you want in the car. That was fun."
* According to Jennifer Lawrence, there was one on the set of ''Film/TheHungerGames'', which she filled up quickly.
* A joint interview with the PowerTrio of the ''Film/{{Twilight}}'' series reveals that there was one on the set of ''Breaking Dawn part 2''. According to them, the three of them (Creator/KristenStewart especially) contributed enough to put Mackenzie Foy (Renesmee) through college.
* The portion of the FCC's decency regulations regarding language could be viewed as doing this for broadcast television. [[RuleOfCautiousEditingJudgement Keep your views of its legitimacy and constitutionality on the discussion forums, please.]]
* On one episode of ''Hannity'', Bob Beckel (a Democratic consultant and FoxNewsLiberal) got into a heated argument with another guest during a commercial break. He was in the middle of a PrecisionFStrike when the show went live again, and the FBomb was broadcast. His next appearance was on the Creator/{{Fox News|Channel}} show ''TheFive'' (where he was one of the regular hosts). He carried with him for that appearance and for a few more a swear jar.
* In a blooper reel for ''Series/{{Castle}}'', Creator/NathanFillion lets out an F-bomb when he flubs a line in a scene with the young actress playing his daughter. He immediately adds, "I owe you a dollar." Somebody off-camera admonishes him with "she's a minor!", to which he replies, "I said I owe her a dollar!"
* Occasionally, some bars in UsefulNotes/SouthAfrica will try to put in a swear jar to increase the bartenders' tips. It almost invariably fails since the staff ends up putting in half the money.
* When Creator/RobertAHeinlein was working at the Philadelphia Navy Yard during WWII, he instituted not a Swear Jar, but what could be called a Complaint Jar: anyone who griped about the vile cafeteria food was fined a nickel, complaining being deemed "unpatriotic". Forbidden (by Heinleinian fiat) to bring a brown-bag lunch and eat at his desk, Creator/IsaacAsimov tried to get around the ban on complaints by using the question format ("Is there such a thing as tough fish?"), without success.
* In the wake of ''Film/TopGun'', the real-life Navy Fighter Weapons School instituted a $5 penalty for quoting the movie.
* In Massachusetts one Medflight team has instituted an "MVA Jar" due to the preferred terminology for referring to a car crash shifting from "Motor Vehicle Accident" to "Motor Vehicle Collision" and have to put a quarter in every time they say MVA. It's gathered quite a bit so far.
* During both World War I and World War II, once Germany took over [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alsace-Lorraine Alsace-Lorraine]] they passed laws making the official language of the province German and fining anyone who used French. A story (told of both wars) claims a lady walked into the occupation headquarters with a cheerful ''Bonjour'' and paid the fine twice "for the next time".
* [[Creator/GilbertAndSullivan Sir Arthur Sullivan]] once [[http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn90059523/1901-01-06/ed-1/seq-5.pdf told the story]] that ''Theatre/HMSPinafore'' was so popular in New York that polite society established a fine for gratuitously quoting it:
-->"My dear old friend Frederick Clay was in church one Sunday morning with the Barlows, one of the best known families in New York, and the preacher concluded a most eloquent sermon with the impressive words, 'For He himself hath said it.' Clay whispered into Sam Barlow's ear the continuing line: 'And it's greatly to his credit,' promptly took out half a dollar[[note]]quite a lot of money in 1880, the equivalent of $40 in 2010[[/note]] and silently placed it in Mr. Barlow's hand!"
* In Season 3 of ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'', Creator/ChloeBennet's character officially abandoned the alias "Skye" in favor of her birth name of "Daisy Johnson". When filming Season 3, the show's staff set up a "She's Daisy Now" jar, and everyone had to put a dollar in the jar whenever they said "Skye" instead of "Daisy".
* A description from 1674 of the rules of order in a [[LocalHangout coffee house]] lists "Let him forfeit Twelve-pence who shall Sweare." Of course, in the 17th century, the main concern would have been blasphemous oaths like "God's wounds!"