Crafting a quality adaptation can be a tricky process, one that often brings with it many things to consider. Between media, there are not only different techniques, but also different standards about what is acceptable for certain audiences, especially when it comes to nudity or otherwise sexual content.
This is where Adaptational Modesty comes into play. It can involve things like making the revealing outfits of the resident Ms. Fanservice
slightly less revealing, or reducing what was a lengthy and detailed sex scene in the original work to a Sexy Discretion Shot
. Other times, it can be something as simple as putting clothes on a character in scenes where the character was actually naked in the original material.
This trope often comes into play with film or television adaptations of literature or comic books, since ideas about what is generally acceptable tends to differ among these media. This usually overlaps with Pragmatic Adaptation
, seeing as the human body cannot usually replicate the impossibly perfect shapes of a drawing
and physically wearing some outfits either are wildly impractical or would look silly if replicated exactly
Also expect this trope to be invoked when working with child actors, because of laws regarding minors in show business, and producers will want to take extra care to avoid landing in a sea of (legal) trouble.
, which is usually applied to the same product in a different market, and Bleached Underpants
. Related to Lighter and Softer
. Contrast Hotter and Sexier
Anime & Manga
Films - Live Action
- The anime adaptation of Basilisk censors some of the scenes where the manga which it was based on featured bare breasts. The most prominent example being a scene in which female ninja Akeginu covers her breasts with a scarf whereas she was topless in the manga. Strangely, a later ob, and a couple of scenes featuring a character naked are redesigned so that we see slightly less of them than was shown in the manga.
- The anime version of Bleach removed Harribel's Underboobs and made Nelliel's torn-up rags a little bit less torn up so that her breasts and undersides weren't as exposed as they are in the manga. Likewise, Yoruichi and Soi-Fon's Shunko outfits are given an undershirt so they don't show off sideboob, and a couple of scenes featuring a character naked are redesigned so that we see slightly less of them than was shown in the manga.
- Lupin Family All Stars: A 10-minute animation based on a story in the second Manga volumes.
- Goemon just slices Lupin's chair apart; in the original, he did both the chair and the sexy puppet show Lupin puts on.
- There was more Fanservice in the original manga story, especially on Fujiko and Goemon's part; Fujiko wasn't wearing any underwear when Jigen shot her disguise apart, and Goemon spent most of the story in his Fundoshi.
- In the Sgt. Frog manga, the platoon invents a gun to zap Natsumi with that leads to her wearing a skimpy outfit (it was some kind of thunder goddess outfit). In the anime, the outfit is still skimpy but the underpants part of the outfit is changed to shorts.
- An episode of the anime from season 1 shows Koyuki hanging upside-down, where the skirt part of her ninja uniform flips over and we see her wearing a black pair of shorts. Had this happened in the manga we would have had a view of her panties.
- In the manga chapter where Keroro believes he is dying, Angol Mois transforms into a different, more revealing outfit in order to destroy the Earth. In the anime, she stays in her regular outfit.
- The Soul Eater manga gives main character Maka Albarn many, many panty shots, all of which were removed for the anime. Although by the time the anime was made, the manga had basically stopped doing this.
- A scene in the manga where the main cast capture Sid and convince him to give Stein's location by pulling up Tsubaki's dress (and Maka's skirt, but that didn't work) was removed entirely.
- In the first book of the Light Novel version of Sword Art Online there is a scene where Kirito and Asuna have crazy sex after turning off their anti-molestation systems. This was left out of the anime, though it was vaguely implied that it happened via fade to black and modesty bedsheet.
- Amongst the changes to the Gor series for the films, the Beautiful Slave Girls go from naked (or very revealing clothes) to wearing bikinis.
- In the X-Men films the main team wear black leather costumes that, while maybe tight, are generally covering the entire body. Other mutants tend to wear either casual street clothes or punk attire. This is all in comparison to the spandex, leotards and/or stripperiffic outfits that many characters use. The exception is Mystique, who is actually less modest as they made her technically nude (naughty bits covered by her mutation) under the concept that she couldn't shapeshift her clothes, while her comic/cartoon counterparts typically wear something skimpy. (Interestingly, in the comics, her clothes even in her true form are shapeshifted.)
- In Sin City, exotic dancer Nancy Callahan does not dance topless as she does in the graphic novel, at the request of Jessica Alba, who plays her.
- In the John Carter of Mars novels, Mars has a nice climate and the inhabitants don't bother with clothes much; visual adaptations (including John Carter and The Asylum's Princess of Mars) always give them at least enough clothing to avoid trouble with the censors.
- In John Carter, Deja even feels the need to state that she feels that the skimpy wedding outfit she wears wasn't her idea and that she considers it vulgar.
- The cinema adaptation of Ian Fleming's James Bond story, Dr. No, had this problem in filming the iconic scene where Honey Ryder comes up out of the sea and walks up the beach. As generations of short-changed Bond fans have pointed out, in the novel she is stark buff naked. In the film, Ursula Andress has to wear a bikini to meet the social conventions of early 1960's movies.
- In 300, plenty of people found something to joke about with the Spartans wearing leather speedos, but that was a step up from the original graphic novel where often they were completely nude (reflecting Greek art in depicting warfare).
- The 1968 Planet of the Apes movie had the wild humans wearing loincloths, while they were nude in the book.
- The Big Sleep has Phillip Marlowe interrupting a porn shoot and finding a naked girl. Obviously this wouldn't fly on film in the 1940s, so the movie gets as daring as it could by putting her in a nightgown.
- Game of Thrones is no stranger to nudity; however, scenes in Qarth do not depict the custom of women wearing gowns that expose one breast, as described in the books, mainly because this would have been way too distracting.
- The scene where Bran witnesses Cersei and Jaime having sex in the first episode of the series is changed from both characters being naked to them being covered up, presumably out of consideration for Bran's underage actor.
- A scene where Catelyn and Ned Stark are naked and Talking in Bed is changed to them both being clothed.
- Due to laws about child nudity, a scene where Sansa Stark is stripped naked is changed to just having her dress ripped (with the implication that it would have gone further had Tyrion not intervened). Tyrion also spares her from having to undress on their wedding night; in the book, he doesn't back off from consummating the marriage until everyone's naked.
- In Power Rangers, though they're People in Rubber Suits and not very sexy to begin with, characters like Jellica from Power Rangers Jungle Fury often have more boob-coverage than their Super Sentai counterparts. Necrolai from Power Rangers Mystic Force almost always has her arm in front of her chest. However, human villain Nadira from Power Rangers Time Force has a more revealing outfit; mostly the same but with midriff bared, and bare legs instead of stockings, whereas her counterpart, Mirai Sentai Timeranger's Lila, was designed with an eye toward not being as Stripperific as recent past villainesses.
- Zigzagged on the Three Graces, on how they were portrayed over time. For instance, they were initially nude during the Classical Era, then they were covered with sheets in The Middle Ages, then Botticelli's Primavera portrayed them with transparent underwear, and finally nude again by the 17th century.
- Poked at with the mock Saturday Morning Cartoon of Watchmen, where Dr. Manhattan (typically nude in the graphic novel and movie) is given some briefs to wear. It's all part of the absurdity of trying to make a famously dark story Lighter and Softer.
- It's commonly believed among biblical scholars that Jesus was naked on the cross. But just try to find a painting that depicts him that way, even from the permissive Renaissance period that gave us Michaelangelo's David.
- Starfire's outfit in Teen Titans shows her midriff as well as some Zettai Ryouiki, which is fairly tame compared to the Stripperific outfits of her comic book counterpart. Raven, ironically, wears less than the comic version; a Leotard of Power.
- Poison Ivy in the comics is entirely nude with leaves or other types of plants covering her private parts, while any cartoon adaptation will usually have her wearing a one-piece leotard.
- An in-universe example in Kim Possible: An episode has a movie about Kim being made where Rufus is made to wear clothes on account of the movie being a family movie.