"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)."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 an invitation to watch. Content warnings are often given in conjunction with a 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 Moral Guardians from insisting on content warnings as a sort of deterrent from imitating harmful things, not realizing that most viewers tend to ignore such warnings or even consider them an indicator of the really good stuff. Works which try to capitalize on the latter phenomenon are often Rated M For Money. See also Media Classifications and Trigger, as well as Our Lawyers Advised This Trope, Don't Try This at Home, Do Not Attempt, This Is a Work of Fiction, and NSFW. Compare R Rated Opening. TV Tropes has its own content warnings; see The Google Incident for how this shakes out.
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- "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 infomercials.
- "All suspects are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law" is commonly seen on Cop Shows where real people are arrested on screen.
- "This program has been pre-recorded and does not reflect recent events" is a way to prevent Too Soon.
- "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 in Australia from time to time: "This programme may contain the image and voice recordings of people who are now dead." Australian Aborigines 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 Pokémon's infamous episode "Electric Soldier Porygon", which had a strobe effect that triggered seizures in some viewers.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 Precision F-Strike 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 Nintendo Hard 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 Quitting when they realize that it's Harder Than Hard.
- Pay cable channels such as HBO and Cinemax show screens before any films they air that show the film's MPAA rating and what it means (until at least the mid-'90s, these content warnings were also read aloud by announcers). Notably, a slightly modified version preceded Excalibur, a film that was originally rated R but was cut into PG.
- By law, any programming in the 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).
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.
- Viz Media seems to make a habit of putting unusual content warnings on its English-language M-rated manga.
- The English version of the Black Lagoon manga has the following:
Black Lagoon 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.
- Biomega contains "motorcycle violence, mind-blowing cinematic stunts, and extreme grizzly bear."
- The English version of the Black Lagoon manga has the following:
- Daily Lives of High School Boys, despite being a plain Slice of Life work, has two examples of this:
"This might seem annoying, but please eat mochi slowly by carefully chewing small portions."
- 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:
- 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 succeeds in shaking it out:
- Mobile Suit Gundam 00 is one of the only anime that have ever aired on Cartoon Network Philippines with a parental guidance warning due to its violent nature (though some edits were still made).
- Later episodes of the anime of Rainbow say "After careful consideration of 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 Last Exile 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 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex episode "Jungle Cruise" (the one with the serial killer who skins his victims and plugs his eyes into them so they can watch themselves get killed) began with them:
- YTV in Canada skipped over the episode originally 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.
- [adult swim] 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 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 Central Park Media'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.
- Puni Puni Poemi'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+."
- 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 Naruto.)
- "The following program contains mature situations/themes and is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Used for Bleach, Eureka Seven, Mobile Suit Gundam SEED, InuYasha and Witch Hunter Robin, as well as some non-anime on the Bionix block such as Futurama.)
- "The following program contains mature content, coarse language and is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." (Used before .hack//SIGN 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 Fullmetal Alchemist.)
- "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 Death Note, Detective Conan and Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex.)
- My Immortal 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 Hilarious in Hindsight, considering the nature of this fanfic.) It's often used intentionally by Monica Gilbey Bieber to warn his readers about mature content, as a form of Affectionate Parody. Parody Fic Xtremly Scray also takes its title from this warning.
- The Finale of the Ultimate Meta Mega Crossover began with the following warning:
Concepts contained in this story may cause SAN Checking in any mind not inherently stable at the third level of stress. Story may cause extreme existential confusion. Story is insane. The author recommends that anyone reading this story sign up with Alcor or the Cryonics Institute to have their brain preserved after death for later revival under controlled conditions. Readers not already familiar with this author should be warned that he is not bluffing.
- Alvan An The Chipmunks 3 The Second Squeakuel 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 introduction for Wing Commander 4.123106: The Price of Entertainment has a warning about adult language, graphic violence, gratuitous nudity, sexual content, and "EWSH Extremely Warped Sense of Humor".
- Chapter 14 of Land Before Time: Revenge has this warning: "Warning: THIS SCENE CONTAINS SOME INTENSE VIOLENCE!"
- The disclaimer at the beginning of the W.I.T.C.H. 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 Calvin and Hobbes: The Series, where a brief lecture on the mechanics of Minesweeper is headed with WARNING! EDUCATIONAL CONTENT!
- The version of Bait and Switch (STO) posted on the Star Trek Online forums has a warning of minor sexual content above chapter four. It's Eleya mentioning feeling her nipples hardening from 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 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 Reston.
Films — Animated
- The Simpsons Movie:
- 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 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.
— Russ Cargill, Acting Head
- More MPAA evidence: On The Powerpuff Girls Movie, they warn of "non-stop frenetic animated action".
- Happy Feet Two 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.
Films — Live-Action
- "Contains irresponsible behaviour" — Mr. Bean's Holiday UK poster
- "Contains strong action violence and sexualised posing" — The Fast and the Furious 4's UK content advisory.
- The video and DVD releases of 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 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets contains "fantasy spiders", an oddly specific warning. At least it's a real fear, which Ron displays prominently in the film itself.
- Aliens in the Attic contains a specific content warning about misuse of fireworks, which can be a real safety concern.
- The Fight Club 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 freeze it, it tells you you're wasting your life freeze-framing DVDs to read it.
- The first two The Lord of the Rings 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 smoking."
- The DVD case for 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?
- Team America: World Police 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 Cannibal! The Musical, 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 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 The Daily Show appearance.)
- During the first several years of the 1930s, when The Hays Code 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 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 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 Frankenstein 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 Twister was given a PG-13 by the MPAA was "intense depiction of very bad weather".
- Public Enemies has "Gangster Violence" as a descriptor.
- The film North was rated PG for "a few words".
- Prior to airing the infamous nuclear war film Threads, some Canadian broadcasters aired extended disclaimers telling viewers that the film is incredibly disturbing, but that the decision to air it was ultimately made due to the importance of its message.
- 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 Return to Oz, warning about the frightening content. They also added a warning on many advertisements for The Watcher in the Woods.
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 The Andromeda Strain carried this warning: "Rated G but may be too intense for younger children."
- One of the reasons Naked Lunch is rated R by the MPAA is "bizarre eroticism".
- The 2012 version of The Three Stooges 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 Disney Channel original movies Tiger Cruise and Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior were the only two to have such warnings preceding them. The former (according to IMDb) also recommended "family viewing", so families could talk about its Darker and Edgier 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."
- The Disney Channel once ran Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory almost in its entirety — unlike modern airings, the boat scene was almost entirely left in. 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 the infamous scene where Wonka declares that Charlie would "get nothing" for violating the contract, believing it is too intense for young children to face adult arguments. In all, this was the only Disney-run film back then to run a warning for something not rated PG-13.
- Godzilla vs. Biollante has quite possibly one of the coolest MPAA descriptions ever: rated PG "for traditional Godzilla violence."
- Dawn of the Dead and its "sequel" 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 No Budget 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 Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 disasternote , 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 Film of the Book of Reflections In A Golden Eye says "Suggested for Mature Audiences". At the end of the trailer, the announcer not only repeats this phrase, but sternly advises the viewers to "Leave the children home."
- The film adaptation of Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? was released in 1966, two years before the MPAA created the film ratings system. The poster's Tag Line ("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 IMDb, the film has a rating equivalent to PG-13 or R in most countries.
- The Spitting Image parody of Margaret Thatcher'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".
- Older Than Print: Geoffrey Chaucer uses a content warning in the "Miller's Prologue" from The Canterbury Tales.
- Dave Barry's novel Big Trouble comes with a warning at the beginning saying that the book contains bad words and is not for children. His next novel, Tricky Business, had a similar warning in a larger typeface, because apparently not enough readers of Big Trouble got the warning.
- Terry Pratchett's Nation has a couple of author's notes at the back where he explains some of the science used (with Don't Try This at Home warnings). He then subverts it with his final note:
ThinkingThis book contains some. Whether you try it at home is up to you.
- A Series of Unfortunate Events uses this often, to the point where such warnings have a page all to themselves.
- The first page of Helter Skelter, prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi’s recounting of the Manson Family 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.
- Eden Green begins with a warning that the novel contains everything from suicide attempts to spiders.
- 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 more brutal torture sessions (and also one of the few where he failed to break the victim into talking).
- The '90s Are All That 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.
- The 700 Club always airs with a disclaimer that "the opinions expressed in this show do not reflect the views of ABC Family" (now known as 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 fundamentalist Christian televangelist; he used to own the networknote , and the contract with Disney/ABC requires that the network airs his show.
- All in the Family 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]
- 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.
- Animal Cops 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.
- Arrow had this before the 14th episode of season 5, which depicted a mass shooting.
- Betty White's Off Their Rockers:
"The following contains senior citizens pranking real unsuspecting young people. If you find this offensive...too bad."
- This hilarious warning in the first 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..."
- And in the second season:
- Both parts of The Blacklist episode "Anslo Garrick" aired with warnings about the violent content.
- Brain Games: "Parents should not watch this except at their children's discretion".
- On 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."
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer 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 Bunk'd 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 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 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.
- Comedy Central has two of these, in harmony with warnings from their other shows:
- "This program is rated TV-MA and is intended for mature audiences." - Reserved for programs that are predominantly mature in nature. South Park doesn't run with this intro, as they likely assume you know that, but acquired off-network programs such as Archer and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia do.
- "This program is uncut, and contains 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.
- The Daily Show 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 News Parody. Its stories are not fact checked. Its reporters are not journalists. And its opinions are not fully thought through.
- A Different World 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 Date Rape Averted episode, and the other was for the one where Tisha Campbell's character disclosed that she had AIDS.
- Doctor Who:
- The DVD of Series 5, Volume 1 warns that it contains "smoking scenes." Most of them involve Winston Churchill.
- "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 Rated M For Money, since the Yeti were very popular monsters at the time. Only the audio has survived, but you can watch a fanmade reconstruction here.
- The 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.
Tonight's program contains graphic language and graphic and sexually suggestive imagery. 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), Dawson's Creek, Howard Stern's film Private Parts, Cruel Intentions, and even an unbleeped Cluster F-Bomb courtesy of the infamous Insane Clown Posse. Thus, it has a similarly unusual warning for a PBS show preceding it:
- "Goosebumps is rated GB-7: may be too spooky for children under 7".
- Aired with a similar warning when broadcast in America.
- The Hogan Family: The second-season episode "Bad Timing," where a frank discussion between David and his girlfriend involves the use of the word "condom", was one of the first Dom Com 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 episodenote . (And yes, David and his girlfriend decided to "wait.")
- Jackass originally had this:
Jackass features stunts performed by professionals and/or total idiots. In either case, MTV insists that neither you nor any of your dumb little buddies attempt the dangerous crap in this show.
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.
- On the second season, after 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:
- Jurassic Fight Club on The History Channel has this:
The following is a graphic depiction of a violent prehistoric battle. Viewer discretion is advised.
- Little House on the Prairie: 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 Look Around You 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.
- Parodied by Hugh Dennis on Mock the Week:
And now the Antiques Roadshow. This programme contains scenes of tedious dullness right from the start.
- Monty Python's Flying Circus 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.
- The Muppet Show had a segment that opened with Kermit warning the audience, "some scenes may not be suitable for adults".
- 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 Night and Day 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 NUMB3RS episode "Thirty-Six Hours" deals with a train derailment. It was written and filmed 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 The Outer Limits (1963) gave it 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. 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... Rodney Hide. You have been warned.
- Quatermass II: "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, 1955 style.
- The Red Dwarf episode "Polymorph" has a "built-in" content warning at the beginning of the episode.
- The Revolution episode "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 "Children of Men", which also featured heavy war violence.
- At the end of each episode of Robot Wars (at least the Nick GAS airings), the announcer warns viewers at home that building a robot is extremely dangerous and should not be attempted without great care.
- An episode of 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.
- Scare Tactics: "You know how some shows say 'Don't Try This at Home'? 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 series Seeing Things ran into a politically correct disclaimer when it was rebroadcast only a few years later, warning viewers that the depiction of women on television "was not always the same as it is now". After being ridiculed by Canadian media for political correctness, the network abandoned the disclaimer.
- 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.
- Square One TV partly spoofed this at the beginning of its "Angle Dance" music video, which 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 bad language, almost all of it in the warning itself.
- Too Cute has this:
- Top Gear parodied this with a sign warning live audiences that they don't have potentially seizure-inducing strobe lights, because they ran out of budget.
- PBS broadcasts of The Tunnel begin with this warning:
The following program contains content* which may not be suitable for all audiences. Viewer discretion is advised.
- When the Ultimate Fighting Championship 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 Hitler sex change and exploding pancakes. Viewer discretion is advised."
- When Spooks aired in the United States on PBS as MI-5, it came with a warning for "content some viewers may find objectionable".
- "Tosh.0 features videos from the internet and is intended for a mature audience. Comedy Central does not condone the activities performed and discourages anyone from attempting them. Enjoy."
- From the original Unsolved Mysteries: "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 ABC Family first picked up Whose Line Is It Anyway, 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.
- Wonder Showzen. 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:
WARNING:WONDER SHOWZEN CONTAINS OFFENSIVE, DESPICABLE CONTENT THAT IS TOO CONTROVERSIAL AND TOO AWESOME FOR ACTUAL CHILDREN. THE STARK, UGLY, PROFOUND TRUTHS WONDER SHOWZEN EXPOSES MAY BE SOUL CRUSHING TO THE WEAK OF SPIRIT. IF YOU ALLOW A CHILD TO WATCH THIS SHOW, YOU ARE A BAD PARENT OR GUARDIAN.
- You Can't Do That on Television: The episode "Inequality" replaces its Couch Gag 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."
- Between the Lions on PBS had a promo for the show that warned "The following may not be appropriate for grown-ups. This program contains extreme silliness."
- 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 vamp it up through the entire announcement.
- On WWE DVDs, all of the trailers before the main menu are skippable — 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, Chris Benoit 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 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 Ring of Honor, who tried and failed to "tune them down" across two television deals. As time went on ROH had to add 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 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 ROH 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.
Parodied by Calvin and Hobbes:
- 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: 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 Parents Music Resource Center, spurred mostly by Tipper catching one of her daughters listening to a Prince album that mentioned the word "masturbation". The 1985 Senate Labor and Commerce Committee hearings saw Frank Zappa, Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister and John Denver 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.
- The 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 Guns N' Roses 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 Liquid Tension Experiment'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.
- Queens of the Stone Age's Era Vulgaris has a sticker that reads: "Rental Advisory: Freedom Not for Purchase".
- The cover for the P.D.Q. Bach album Oedipus Tex & Other Choral Calamities bears this humorous sticker:
Warning! Contains "Classical Rap"
Pathetic Advisory: Inane Lyrics
- Metallica's Master of Puppets
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 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!"
- The Offspring has a long content warning on its Ixnay on the Hombre album which is better suited to the Quotes Wiki, so you can read it there.
- Mindless Self Indulgence 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.
- Steel Panther, an Affectionate Parody 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."
- Iggy Pop's American Caesar bears the sticker "Parental Advisory: THIS IS AN IGGY POP RECORD."
- The cover of Running Wild'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 Bloodhound Gang's Hooray For Boobies 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.
- Elvis Costello, an artist who even in the early 1980s was known for Genre Adultery, infamously placed a parody warning sticker on the front of his 1981 Almost Blue album reading, "WARNING: This album contains country & western music and may cause offence to narrow minded listeners."
- Neil Young wrote and recorded a song called "Fuckin' Up" (actually written "F*!#in' Up") so that he could get a warning sticker. 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 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 somewhat erratic liner notes for Lou Reed's Sensory Abuse album Metal Machine Music 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. My week beats your year. — Lou Reed
- Frank Zappa stuck a disclaimer sticker on his album Frank Zappa Meets the Mothers of Prevention:
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.
- The Styx album Kilroy Was Here was originally issued with a sticker whose text began: "By order of the Majority for Musical Morality, this album contains secret backwards messages and the songs..."
- Dos Gringos 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 Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy:
- 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 Radio 4 shortly after 9/11.
- The Archers: 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 Hello Cheeky:
"Is it suitable for children?
"It's not even suitable for people!"
- Parodied at the top of each hour of 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."
- Monty Python spoofed this in the "executive intro" for one of their records:
There is little or no offensive material [on this record] apart from four 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."
- The box for Chez Geek, as well as its spinoffs, contains the tongue-in-cheek warning "For adult audiences only. Actual maturity not required."
- Dungeons & Dragons' 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 the overpowered abilities present in both books.
- All Palladium Books products feature some form of warning on their first page (most infamously Rifts's "WARNING: Violence and the supernatural"), along with a blurb about "parental discretion" and the company and writers not condoning magic, drug use, or violence in Real Life.
- Avenue Q 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".
- Jersey Boys has this disclaimer: "This musical contains smoke, loud gunshots, strobe lights, and authentic, offensive Jersey vocabulary".
- 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 Silent Hill 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.
- Silent Hill: Origins 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.
- Silent Hill: Shattered Memories 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 the game plays you as much as you play it.
- Eversion contains the following: "Not indicated for children or those of a nervous disposition." It's on the screen right before the title screen — right underneath an H.P. Lovecraft quote. The warning is quite appropriate, as the game is noted for making nervous players slightly paranoid.
- Modern Warfare 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 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.
- Devil May Cry always opens with a warning about the violence in the game.
- Despite being entirely bloodless and its violence nearly entirely slapstick, God Hand gets a violence warning in the US (over a picture of Gene nailing someone in the crotch) — just because of the "Head Slicer" God Reel.
- Europa Universalis 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.
- Soul Bubbles has an amusing one, warning the player of the absence of orcs, wizards, and soldiers, and assures that "everything will be hunky-dory".
- StepMania has a typical warning not to play the game in a small room, although this announcer pack includes the girl saying, "Who reads this crap anyway?"
- 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 beat your best score. Lest people complain that It's Short, so It Sucks, the Wii Shop Channel has a warning (in red text no less) about how short the game is.
- 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."
- 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: Eternal Champions: Challenge from the Dark Side, X-Perts, and the Sega Saturn port of Duke Nukem 3D.
- The Jet Set Radio 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. SEGA, this document, and its author do not condone the act of real life vandalism in any form."
- The classic warning from Resident Evil: "This game contains scenes of explicit violence and gore". Strong language was added in Resident Evil 4.
- Vegetable Game opens with an ominous screen which cryptically states: "WARNING — Do not play Vegetable Game."
- In Hyperdimension Neptunia mk2, Meijin Takahashi (famous for Adventure Island) will warn players personally to not play the game in a dark room.
- 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 Cookie Clicker, 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 Grandmapocalypse.
- Conker's Bad Fur Day 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 Rare Replay.note But it's all justified because of the strong language, sexual references, gory violence, use of alcohol and tobacco, Toilet Humor, and the in-game elements of war, survival horror, and bank theft — all in a kid-friendly art style.
- Outlast has this message when you start the game:
Outlast contains intense violence, gore, graphic sexual content, and strong language. Please enjoy.
- The Irritating Maze 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 Game Show it was based on.
- Mushihime-sama asks the player for confirmation with an ominous red "DANGER" screen if they attempt to play Ultra Mode. Its sequel Mushihimesama Futari does the same.
- 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 advanced players. Proceed only if you have prepared yourself."
- Barkley, Shut Up and Jam: Gaiden has "/!\\WARNING/!\\ May be erotic for child" spin onto the screen at the start of the Dating Sim minigame (see the start of 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).
- The Crooked Man says right after the start "This game contains 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."
- Dreaming Mary 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 Games with licensed or realistic vehicles, such as the Gran Turismo and Forza Motorsport 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 to be a safe driver). This is partly because Our Lawyers Advised This Trope; 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. Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift 2 went further and added that some cars included in the game may "not be available in certain parts of the world".
- Yandere Simulator had a more humorous one for its debug builds for some while, though it was eventually removed for being a bit too narmy.
"WARNING: This game contains bullying, kidnapping, torture, murder, suicide, graphic violence, partial nudity, kittens, raw sewage, cooked sewage, microwave-ready sewage, true nightmares, eldritch monstrosities, bald assassins, DK Mode, fake tans, Titans, murderous ice fairies, impossibly-strong punches, genocide crusades, spooky scary skeletons, STANDING ON THE EDGE, zombies, vampires, succubi, lewd manga, busty pink-haired schoolgirls, game-breaking bugs, an over-worked programmer, and much worse."
- Mafia III has one, explaining its use of Deliberate Values Dissonance:
"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."
- Parodied at the beginning of "Siblings 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 AMV Hell 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.
- RWBY: Under episode 7 of Volume 3, Rooster Teeth posted a warning to the Periphery Demographic of little kids that the show would get darker from here on out. And they weren't kidding: 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.
- "Venus Envy 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 here."
- 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 advanced mathematics (which may be unsuitable for liberal-arts majors)."
- Sluggy Freelance 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 Least I Could Do, when the main character is asked what he hears when the 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."
- Brawl in the Family makes sure to warn you, at great length, that its "Nasty" strip contains "excess gore, racism, foul language, public indecency, [and] frightening imagery" before you get to the actual comic. Which it does — in the form of several work-safe VisualPuns.
- Khaos Komix:
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 cause you to become hopelessly addicted to my updates.
- The footer of El Goonish Shive 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 Alien Hand Syndrome that may double as "Blind Idiot" Translation. A porn comic has a tiny warning label reading "For exciting adult only!"
- The Dumbing of Age strip for May 25th, 2016 came with a content warning bigger than the strip itself. It involved a flashback to Becky finding out her mother had committed suicide.
- Due to the focus of Forest Hill 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.
- In Survival of the Fittest, topics containing either extreme violence or graphic sex are expected to be given content warnings. This usually just results in more people reading it.
- This Chromagic post contains a parody of this at the very start.
- SF Debris threw one of these into his review of the 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.
- Markiplier's Brutal Doom Let's Play has this at the start of the video. "Warning: this video contains scenes of extreme violence WHICH IS AWESOME!!!" 
- Dragon Ball Abridged:
- Team Four Star 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 Pre-Mortem One-Liner before he performs a Neck Snap on a newscaster.
- The Cinema Snob 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.
- Oddity Archive:
- 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 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 nuclear war and its use of Gallows Humor. Warnings are also occasionally inserted into the middle of episodes to advise viewers with sensitivities to certain topics to skip a particular segment.
- The Rooster Teeth 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. Don't Try This at Home.
- The Death Battle between Justin Bieber and Rebecca Black opens with the following disclaimer (which may or may not have been inspired by the one from South Park):
"The following is made for satirical, parody, and entertainment purposes. All characters and events, even those based on real people, are fictional. This is meant to be enjoyed and not promote 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 YouTube Poop collabs immediately start with this trope, warning viewers that some of the entries contain flashing colors and ear-rape (and occasionally cartoon horses).
- Several reviews by TheNSCL feature these, though they do seem a bit strict at times. For example, the One-Punch Man review opens on a large 18+ advisory for violence, despite the show itself carrying a TV-PG rating.
- One Youtuber, Retro Challenge Gamer, 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.
- Cinematic Excrement'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 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.
- Jonathan Pie gets one on this environmentally-themed video.
CAUTION! This video contains explicit language and dangerous doses of truth!
- While Cinema Wins is usually an all-ages channel that'll censor swearing, there was no getting around the Bloodier and Gorier nature of Logan, so the video for the movie opened with a warning about the violence.
- CinemaSins opened their Basic Instinct and Showgirls videos with warnings about the sexual content in both films.
- The Mysterious Mr. Enter: 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."
Announcer: Some viewers may find this disturbing.Mr. Enter: Stop! Right..."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.
- The review for "Ren Seeks Help" has a more severe warning, which really sells how messed up the episode is.
- South Park gives us the following: "All characters and events in this show — 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."
- [adult swim] 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 Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex episode "Jungle Cruise".
- Code Monkeys contains a different gag disclaimer at the beginning of each episode, such as this one from "Super Prison Breakout":
A) Contains content that may not be suitable for all audiences.
B) Might use the word (beep) a lot.
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 Nancy Reagan forces Game-a-Vision to put warning labels on all of their games stating "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 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 Beany and Cecil episode So What, And The Seven WhatKnots, Liverache (a parody of 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. Then he continues the pain.
- Beavis And Butthead 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 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, Don't Try This at Home.
- As the image at the top of the article shows, 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 can save those episodes from being removed from circulation and returned to circulation with edits.
- The DVDs of Futurama has content and copyright warnings in several languages, including alien script.
- Season five airs with a content warning bumper and a "viewer discretion advised" voiceover from any of various characters, as those episodes are cut from direct-to-video films with more mature content.
- In the episode where Bender becomes a TV star, a scene of him setting himself on fire was given the disclaimer "Don't try this at home, kids", while Bender himself said "Try this, kids at home!"
- When Dwight says that watching TV gave them the idea to rob Bender, there's a Futurama screen with Bender announcing: "You're watching Futurama, the show that does not promote the cool crime of robbery!"
- Batman Beyond:
TV announcer: We'd like to warn our viewers that the following footage may be disturbing to young children.
Young boy: Turn it up!
- Rob Zombie's The Haunted World of El Superbeasto begins with a very straight-faced rendition of the Frankenstein "friendly warning."
- The Simpsons’ first few Treehouse of Horror Halloween Episodes had these. The first one was a direct parody of the Frankenstein warning.
- In 1997, when the TV ratings were introduced, Nickelodeon put a special content warning at the begining of KaBlam!, as it was the first Nicktoon to be given a TV-Y7 rating:
Nickelodeon announcer: Sometimes on KaBlam!, things go Kablam!, And that's why it's rated Y7 (cue to Henry holding up a (heavy) TV-Y7 logo)
- When Action League Now had its own short-lived spin-off, it had an example that was Played for Laughs at the beginning of the episode, "In the Whine of Fire":
- The Boondocks occasionally features a disclaimer, most notably before its episode focusing on closeted rapper 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 Total Drama Island and 6teen first started airing on Cartoon Network 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. Do not try any of what you see here at home. Seriously, you could get really messed up."
- Clerks: The Animated Series has some great ones, especially when the narrator (Kevin Michael Richardson) 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."
- Made fun of on Family Guy at the beginning of Homicide: Life on Sesame Street: "This show contains adult content and is brought to you by the letter H."
- The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Monster of Doctor Phineasnferbenstein" opens with one, as a parody of the Frankenstein example above.
- Shrek the Third had a special MPAA content descriptor for "Swashbuckling Action".
- When TNN/Spike TV had its short-lived adult animation block (including Gary the Rat, Stripperella and Ren & Stimpy Adult Party Cartoon), a fake rating screen would come up before the show with the announcement, "The following program is rated CFFA: Cartoons for f(bleep)kin' adults. Hide the kids."
- Ruff Ruffman: Humble Media Genius, a spinoff of FETCH! with Ruff Ruffman, 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 Gags in Garfield and Friends:
Garfield: This program is "K" rated: no adults unless accompanied by a kid.
- Also parodied in Tiny Toon Adventures: How I Spent My Vacation when Fowlmouth and Fifi la Fume are watching a movie, which is advertised as being rated "F" (Not suitable for Fowlmouth).
- The Anime Boston convention 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 Golden Boy and a character in a Stripperiffic costume that had the audience rolling on the floor laughing.
- For many years the 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 The New '10s to classify indie films that would have gotten an NC-17 rating from the MPAA. Platypus Comix has the whole story. You can also check out the BCFCO's 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, Neon Genesis Evangelion for violence or Agent Aika for sexual content) representing the warning.
- YTV's old Bionix block had the exact same warning throughout, even before really aren't that violent. That said, the more violent shows usually got modified warnings. Usually, your standard shounen anime and so on had "This program contains mature themes and is intended for an older youth audience. Viewer discretion is advised." There are several cases where "older youth audience" was changed to "older teen audience" (for things like Ghost in the Shell and Death Note)... sandwiched between two "older youth audience" shows.
- When YTV had to deal with the Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex episode "Jungle Cruise", it was initially skipped over due to the graphic content, but angry emails from fans led YTV to premiere it eventually, taking the [adult swim] route of throwing up an extra disclaimer saying this is beyond what they'd normally air.
- In the early days of the UK's Channel 4, programmes of a sexual nature were marked with a 'red triangle'. This was dropped after realizing that this essentially 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 Up to Eleven 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 NBC feels the need to preface its shows with such a warning, it does so with 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 Hannibal), a tiny "Viewer Discretion Advised" caption pops up on the bottom of the screen at the start of each and every act.
- PBS has its own generic warning screen which mainly appears on British programs (particularly Call the Midwife, 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 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
- 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").