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Curse Cut Short

"It's not swearing if you don't enunciate the last phoneme. PRO TIP"

A character is part way through saying a rude word when they are abruptly interrupted, often for comic effect. Often, the interrupter will finish the curse with his/her first syllable. Likely began as a means of Getting Crap Past the Radar.

More common in post-watershed viewing, for obvious reasons, but family shows can also get away with it. Possibly related to the practice of censoring written swear words by blanking all but the first letter, the rationale being that the reader will understand the sentence without being offended.

This can happen in different ways:

Alternately, this may be enforced by a Narrative Profanity Filter. A character will get in "Oh—" and then the you will be informed that the narrator has neglected to transcribe the rest of what was said.

The phrase "son of a..." is such a widespread variant that it's practically become a valid expression in its own right. Similarly, "why you little…"

Compare Last-Second Word Swap, in which the expected curse is avoided by saying something else, rather than being cut off. For the non-cursing variety where important information is cut off instead, see Lost In Transmission. See also Catchphrase Interruptus. See also Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion, for the common case where a speaker sets up a rhyme to lead you to expect a bad word, then says something else.


Examples:

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Advertising
  • One commercial for Orbitz gum had 'reactions' to the gum, with each person beginning a curse (apparently because the gum was so good, but being cut off by the ever - perky Orbitz girl after the first letter, which is also the first letter in the name of the next person. The commercial ends with her cutting off a young boy with the word "fantastic!"

Anime and Manga
  • Slayers Try has Amelia comment that a mountain they were about to climb "looks like a pile of—" before Lina steps in with a reminder that she's a royal princess (and thus shouldn't be cussing).
  • The Samurai Pizza Cats Fan Club Oath:
    So hail to thee, O Pizza Cat
    Please ring your little bell
    Although you may be pen and ink
    We know you'll fight like—
    Pizza Cats: PIZZA CATS!
  • In Digimon's English dub, one character has his last word interrupted by another word that sounds like another word that has the same meaning.
    Davis: We're gonna kick your—
    Digimon Emperor: But! You didn't let me finish!

Comics
  • Hellboy usually only gets as far as "Son of a..." before getting struck by his opponent.
  • The second The Savage Dragon/TMNT crossover ends with a building falling on the heroes, while they exclaim: "Oh, sh-". The storyline continues in Savage Dragon #22, in which begins with them saying "-it!"
  • Happens to Ms. Marvel during the Avengers vs. X-Men crossover. She attempts to insult Magik, who promptly uses her powers to gag Ms. Marvel mid-sentence and dismissively comment on how "loud" she is.

Fan Fiction
  • One Good Omens fanfic combines this with Last-Second Word Swap:
    Crowley: You quite liked the fu—
    Aziraphale: Crowley!
    Crowley: Fur rug in front of the fireplace, I was going to say. Thought I was going somewhere else with that, didn't you?
  • This Axis Powers Hetalia fanfic plays around with this trope.
    Prussia: And by talking, I'm guessing you mean f-
    Canada: I mean talking!
    Prussia: I was going to say fighting, but your interpretation works too. *beat* So are they f-
    Canada: NO!
    Prussia: Sensitive much?
  • In The Tainted Grimoire, this has happened at least twice:
    • One time, Sasasha got interrupted when two members of the Targ Wood Police put a hand each over her mouth.
    • Another time, Luso got interrupted by an announcement.
  • From You Got HaruhiRolled!:
    Fujiwara: "That good for nothing upstart wouldn't even know goodness for all of humanity if it bit him right in the-"
    Kyouko: "Tut tut, Fujiwara! Remember your blood-pressure."
  • Friendship Is Magic: The Adventures of Spike: When the Elements of Harmony confront Chrysalis:
    Chrysalis: Ah, Twilight Sparkle. How did it feel, having all of your loved ones lose faith in you?
    Twilight: Not as bad as you're going to feel, you dirty, rotten bi-(dodges magic blast)
  • Expecting the Unexpected had the following exchange:
    Ron: Lucius really is a complete cu-
    Hermione: You finish that word, Ronald Weasley, and you'll be getting very acquainted with your right hand for the next month because you'll be coming nowhere near me.
  • In Harry Potter: What I See Sirius said "...You don't just happen to take your clothes off. You don't just happen to let him stick his co-" and Remus smacked him on the head for swearing in front of baby Teddy.
  • In the Superjail! fanfic Et Mundus Eos, this exchange ensues:
    "Hello, Eddie boy." Zora greeted the fifteen-going-on-sixteen-year-old boy. "It is very nice to meet you."

    "And it's nice to meet you, too, you courteous ni-" Eddie was about to say.

    "Edward." Mistress warned him as she was about to pull out her riding crop.

    "I mean, you courteous black woman." the boy instantly corrected himself. Zora smiled at his quickness.
  • Characters often interrupt someone else when they've realised the speaker is about to curse about two seconds ahead in Warriors of the World.
    Emeth: "I get that you're a dirty coward and an incompetent fool, but I didn't know you were also a contradictory di—"
    Iruna (hurriedly): "Let's just go."

Film
  • In the title song for Shaft:
    Isaac Hayes: They say this cat Shaft is a bad mother—
    Female Chorus: Shut your mouth!
    Isaac Hayes: But I'm talkin' 'bout Shaft!
    Female Chorus: And we can dig it.
  • Kung Pow! Enter the Fist:
    Chosen One: Well, I'm gonna count to three, and if I hear one more friggin' squeak, I'm gonna take his shoes, and shove em' up his...
    Chosen One's Friend: Chosen One, Master Pain's in town!
  • Finding Nemo:
    Gurgle: Don't you realize we are swimming in our own sh—
    Peach: Shh! Here he comes.
  • The Lion King
  • In The Great Escape, Hilts gets caught trying to test a blind spot near the prison fence and attempts to explain himself to a guard by saying he was retrieving his baseball. The head guard, Stratwitch, appears and the following exchange ensues.
    Stratwitch: What are you doing over here by the wire?
    Hilts: Well, like I told Max here, I was trying to get my god-d —
    [German soldier calls out as the commandant enters the scene.]
  • In The Matrix Reloaded, Link, returning after a long deployment, bursts into his quarters with the inquiry "Where's my puss—-" which is quickly strangled off at the sight of his sister-in-law, niece, and nephew with his wife. To her credit, though, sis shuffles the kids out post-haste. Hilariously mocked in that movie's RiffTrax: "But I wanna help Uncle Link find his cat!"
  • Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey: While chasing chickens, Chance encounters a turkey.
    Chance: Whoa! What the-
    Turkey: *angry gobble*
    Chance: AHHH! It's Birdzilla!
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
    • A comically drawn-out sequence of this, after various people all over the world noticed Dr. Evil's phallus-shaped spaceship returning to Earth.
      Radar Operator: Colonel, you better have a look at this radar.
      Colonel: What is it, son?
      Radar Operator: I don't know, sir, but it looks like a giant...
      Jet Pilot: Dick. Dick, take a look out of starboard.
      Co-Pilot: Oh my God, it looks like a huge...
      Bird-Watching Woman: Pecker.
      Bird-Watching Man: (raising binoculars) Ooh, where?
      Bird-Watching Woman: Over there. What sort of bird is that? Wait, it's not a woodpecker, it looks like someone's...
      Army Sergeant: Privates! We have reports of an unidentified flying object. It has a long, smooth shaft, complete with...
      Baseball Umpire: Two balls! (looking up from game) What is that? It looks just like an enormous...
      Chinese Teacher: Wang, pay attention.
      Wang: I was distracted by that giant flying...
      Musician: Willie.
      Willie: Yeah?
      Musician: What's that?
      Willie: (squints) Well, that looks like a huge...
      Colonel: Johnson.
      Radar Operator: Yes, sir?
      Colonel: Get on the horn to British Intelligence and let them know about this.
    • It goes on like that for a further 90 seconds.
    • At the end of the film:
      Basil: Did we get Dr. Evil?
      Radar Operator: No, sir, he got away in that big spaceship that looks like a huge...
      Teacher: Penis. The male reproductive organ. Also known as tallywhacker, schlong, or...
      Friendly Dad: Wiener? Any of your kids want another wiener?
      Friendly Son: Dad, what's that?
      Friendly Dad: I don't know, son, but it has great big...
      Peanut Vendor: Nuts. Hot, salty nuts. Who wants some?... Lord Almighty!
      Woman: That looks just like my husband's...
      Circus Barker: ONE-EYED MONSTER. Step right up and see the One-eyed Monster!
      Cyclops: RARRR. Hey, what's that? It looks like a...
      Fan: Woody. Woody Harrelson. Could I have your autograph?
      Woody: Sure. Oh, my Lord! Look at that thing!
      Fan: It's so big.
      Woody: No, I've seen bigger. That's...
      Dr. Evil: Just a little prick.
    • The exact same gag was used in the next film, Goldmember, with a satellite that looked like a certain part of the female anatomy, leading to this Lampshade Hanging:
      Ozzy Osborne: Boobs!
      Sharon Osborne Boobs, Ozzy?
      Ozzy Osborne: These filmmakers are just a bunch of f**cking boobs.
      Kelly Osborne: What do you mean, Dad?
      Ozzy Osborne: I mean, they're using the same f**cking jokes as they did in the last Austin Powers movie.
      Sharon Osborne: What f**cking joke?
      Jack Osborne: You know, the f**cking joke about the rocket that looks like some guy's—
      General Clark: Johnson!
    • Dominic Deegan does this same routine, only much shorter, in one comic to blot out the Atomic F-Bomb.
  • In Cats Don't Dance:
    Agent: ...who's going to fill in?
    Sawyer: (sarcastically) You?
    Agent: Nah, I only fill in for those dashing, Clark Gable types.
    Sawyer: Frankly, Clark, I don't give a d--
    Agent: Sawyer!
  • Amusingly played with in Predator 2, where the titular alien cuts Harrigan's assessment of its looks short by choking him, then finishes it off anyway.
  • Even Disney pulls this one, in A Goofy Movie:
    Max: My life's a living...
    Mascot: HELL-O, little buddy! Who's your favorite possum?
  • Disney does it again in The Hunchback of Notre Dame:
    Esmeralda: You sneaky son of a...
    Pheobus: Ah ah ah, watch it. You're in a church.
  • There's a really weird instance of this in some versions of the song Mark It Up from Repo! The Genetic Opera. In the film, IIRC, Pavi manages to quite clearly sing "My brother and sister should fuck!" before Luigi turns on him, but in one of the soundtrack versions, it's an example. The hilarity is that it's cut short by a phrase involving a Precision F-Strike: Pavi! Shut the FUCK UP!
  • During Top Hat when Dale and Jerry are discussing horses.
    Dale: "Who was his dam?"
    Jerry: "I don't know, Miss. He didn't give a d-" [Dale shuts the hatch]
  • In Avatar, as Grace is putting Jake into his link pod:
    Grace: Just relax and let your mind go blank. That shouldn't be hard for you.
    Jake: Kiss the darkest part of my lily white-
  • Several times in the theme song to I'm Gonna Git You Sucka:
    The Gap Band: I'm gonna git you, sucka/dirty mother—
    Female: Don't say that!
  • The A-Team film has "AMF" or "Alpha Mike Foxtrot".
    Face: Adios, Mother F... *B.A.'s van roars into the scene*
    • Later, he manages to get the whole thing out, without the last word being interrupted.
  • In Beavis and Butt-Head Do America:
    Pilot: Get the hell out of the cockpit!
    Butt-Head: Huh huh, you said c
    Pilot: [pulls Butt-Head out] NOW!
  • In Batman: Under the Red Hood:
    Black drug dealer/crime lord: I am the East Quarter drug trade, you stupid bags of— *gets a gun pointed at his head*
    • The Hungarian dub got a bit bolder with the line:
    I am the East Quarter drug trade, you wee-brained fucku
  • The Film of the Series for Leave It to Beaver:
    Wally: Oh don't worry dad, I'll do my homework without you and mom having to crawl up my...
    Ward: Yeah that's great Wally.
  • In Superman vs. the Elite when it appears that Superman has killed his teammates, Manchester Black exclaims "Holy sh—" before getting blown back by a burst of wind.
  • In The Muppet Movie the Muppets are pulled over by a motorcycle cop (who turns out to be Doc Hopper's lackey Max suffering a Heel Realization). As he walks up, Dr. Teeth starts listing slang and is about to get to a particularly rude word for them when...
    Dr. Teeth: Hey hey! It's the man with the badge, the police, the cops, the fuzz, the P-I-...
    Miss Piggy: Don't...you...dare!
    Dr. Teeth: Why, I wouldn't think of it.
  • In Hot Fuzz when we see that Angel is disrupted in chasing a shop lifter, he says mothers... turns out there is a group of actual mother (with babies in prams) blocking the way.

Literature
  • In Going Under, book three of the Quantum Gravity series, the imp repeatedly says "What the f..." before another character interrupts him. Or shoots him.
  • Harry Potter has quite a few of these considering they are children's books:
    • 'They make riding a broomstick a real pain in the-'
    • 'He'd pull up his robes and pull flowers out of his-'
    • 'YOU FILTHY, CHEATING B-'
    • 'Do you know what that-' ([Ron] called Snape something that made Hermione say Ron!)
    • 'Merlin's saggy left—'
  • In the Doctor Who Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Unnatural History, a Faction Paradox member taunts the Doctor with a parody of a Gallifreyan rhyme:
    "Sing the past to me, 'cause I'm the one who wrote the song
    I made it up next week so all the words will come out wrong
    The past won't keep you warm tonight, the future's blown to bits,
    And everything that you believe is really full of —"
    The door slammed behind him.
  • In the Politically Incorrect Guide to the Vietnam War, one of the entries to the Politically Incorrect Guide (PIG) series, there was an interview with Vietnam Veterans Gerald Gearhardt and Jack Armstrong. At the point where they are talking about the Paris Treaty Accord, this exchange is made:
    Gearhardt: Nixon told them [the North Vietnamese], and the South Vietnamese who were scared shi—
    Jack: Family book, Gearhardt.
    Gearhardt:—scared to death, that the U.S. would come back and bomb the crap out of them if they tried anything.
  • In the Dungeons & Dragons novel "The Savage Caves", Lidda and Jozan have such lovely and friendly conversations with each other.
    "See," Lidda said to the burgher's back. "I told you you can't just string me up you fat f—"
    "Hold your tongue!" Jozan commanded.
    • And then...
    "It's true," she said. "My first night there he approached me in the tavern. He put his hand on my thigh and whispered lewd suggestions in my ear."
    Naull giggled and asked, "Really? Like what?"
    Lidda scuttled closer to the young mage and said, "Well, first of all he told me that if I put his —"
    "Ladies," Jozan interrupted, "for the love of Pelor, remember yourselves."
    • And again...
    "Or," Lidda said, "Regular here can climb my—"
    "Lidda," Jozan interrupted.
    • Still going...
    "You're wounded," the priest said.
    "I know," Lidda answered, "and it hurts like a son of a—"
    "I was talking to Regdar," Jozan answered.
    • Regdar also takes over the job once:
    "Nice," the halfling said. "I wonder if Pelor will be able to get my foot out of your—"
    "Naull might be dying out there somewhere," Regdar interjected.
  • In A Brother's Price, Corelle tries to get Jerin to Be Scantily-Clad To Get Wives, which progresses into mocking him for his insistence on proper pronunciation.
    “No one is going to marry you for your diction. They’re going to marry you for your dic–”
    • He flicks her with a rolled-up towel.
  • Quoth Earl, in Gil's All Fright Diner: "Goddamn it, Duke, you stupid prick. You just ended the world, you stupid mother—", before being interrupted by the main villain going all One-Winged Angel.

Live-Action TV
  • In Suite Life on Deck, Zack finishes with his graduation speech, "Goodbye seniors. Goodbye class. High school, you can—", which is as far as he gets before Ms. Tutweiler interrupts hastily.
  • Webster: Webster and a friend are singing a spaceship song, and just before they sing the last word in the line "The spaceship went to hell," Katherine interrupts and sends them to bed.
  • The Hogan Family: Back when the series was called Valerie, the third episode "The Wrong Stuff" saw young Willie Hogan begin using (mild) profanity around the house. When Valerie confronts him and threatens to wash his mouth out with soap, Willie decides to test his mother and see if she actually would. Finally, after saying a mild explicitive ("crap") and getting ready to say another, Valerie made good on her promise!
  • Star Trek
    • In Star Trek: The Next Generation
      Data: There was a rather peculiar Limerick being delivered by someone in the shuttlecraft bay. I'm not sure I understand it. "There was a young lady from Venus, whose body was shaped like a—"
      Picard (cutting Data off): Captain to security! Come in!!
    • Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Miles O'Brien starts to tell a Bajoran shopkeeper where he can stick his Jumja stick, but is dragged away/yelled over by Keiko.
    • Used for Getting Crap Past the Radar in Star Trek: Voyager. The Emergency Medical Hologram is boasting to the next generation about how he's evolved over the past four years.
    EMH Mark One: I'm as close to a sentient life-form as any hologram could hope to be. I socialise with the crew, fraternise with aliens. I've even had sexual relations.
    EMH Mark Two: Sex! How's that possible? We're not equipped with a—
    EMH Mark One: (cutting in with a smug expression) Let's just say I made an addition to my program.
  • In Doctor Who: "New Earth":
    Rose: So you're talking out your a—
    Cassandra: Ask not!
  • In the Stargate Atlantis episode "The Return," when Jack O'Neill expresses disdain for McKay's proposed "Plan C:"
    O'Neill: Sounds more like a Plan F, doesn't it? As in, 'We are totally-'
    McKay: If we can fight our way back to the bay...
  • In an episode of My Family:
    Mr Casey: I think you're mistaking me for someone who gives a f—
    Michael (bursting into the room): FIRE!
  • During the I'm Wishing song in Morecambe and Wise:
    Ernie/Prince: "Tell me wishing well."
    Eric/Well: "Ask and I will tell."
    Ernie: "Will my wish come true?"
    Eric: "It's entirely up to you."
    Ernie: "With your magic spell."
    Eric: "Why don't you go to he-"
    Ernie: "Will you tell my love one what to do?"
  • Babylon 5:
    Sheridan: Well, you can tell Earth Central they can take a flying —
    Ivanova: It's only 30 credits a week, sir, it's not that much.
    • Not so much a curse word as it was a rude sentiment:
    Sheridan: Pick 'em up, bring 'em in, and throw them in the brig. And I want every one of those ships scanned for weapons. And tell Ambassadors G'kar and Londo that I want to see them in chambers now.
    Ivanova: And what if they refuse?
    Sheridan: Then you can throw them in the—
    Ivanova: Ahem! (Gestures her head to remind him a news crew is filming them)
  • In Monk, episode "Mr. Monk Gets Lotto Fever," when Natalie confronts Monk about mocking her job. In this case, the word is "bimbo":
    Adrian Monk: Oh, you are not making them rich! You're not giving them financial advice. You're just reading little numbers off little white ping pong balls! And if it wasn't you, they'd just hire some other bim-[stops himself]
    Natalie Teeger: Some other what?! "Bim" what?! [beat]
    Adrian Monk: Bimportant person.
    Natalie Teeger: Mr. Monk, do-do you think I'm a bimbo?! Look, I know what I do isn't the most bimportant job on the planet, but what do I do for you?! Hand you wipes all day long?! Pick up your laundry?! You know people admire me now, and I admit it, I am enjoying the attention! I guess I needed it!
    Adrian Monk: Yeah, uh, I'm sorry, but I can't work like this! So you're going to have to choose. [gestures to himself and Stottlemeyer, then to Natalie's fans]
  • NCIS has this in the season 3 episode "Bloodbath".
    Mikel: It's Mikel, Abby. Don't hang up.
    Abby: Oh great. My biggest fan.
    Mikel: Look, I know we got off on the wrong foot.
    Abby: The wrong foot? The only right foot is my foot up your a-
    Mikel: Abby. Abby, listen, I need to see you.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer
    Spike: "I knew the only thing better than killing a Slayer would be f—"
    Buffy: [enraged] "Is that what this is about? Doing a Slayer?"
    • In season 5, Glory gets out an "Oh, Sh—" twice. Once as a roof collapses on her head, and the second time when she's been teleported to an altitude of several thousand feet.
    • In season 3, Vampire!Willow returns to her world, is immediately impaled on a piece of wood by Oz, and says "Oh fu—" as she crumbles into dust.
  • Angel
    Wesley: I was your Watcher, Faith. I know the real you. And even if you kill me, there's just one thing I want you to remember.
    Faith: What's that, love?
    Wesley: You...are a piece of shi— (Faith stuffs a gag in his mouth)
    • While looking for clues in a vampire crackhouse in season 4, Faith is conveniently attacked by a vampire:
    Faith: What... the fu—
    Lilah: Isn't this what you like? Big brain and a tight little—-
    Wesley: (rolls eyes) Lilah...
  • From Full House, during Viper's guitarist audition for Jesse's band, Danny doesn't appreciate Viper's interest in tattooing D.J.'s name on his arm:
    Danny: "Hi, I'm D.J.'s father Mildew, and you can tattoo that name on your—"
    Jesse: "Hey ho ho ho! Mildew, take five."
  • Boy Meets World has Cory's younger sister make disparaging remarks about the dress Cory's fiance picked out for her, going so far as to say "I wouldn't use this dress to wipe my—" before being dragged away, with her mouth covered, by Cory's father.
  • A bit of poetry from the short-lived sitcom Whoopi
    Mavis: Here's something I just can't figger / Why a white girl wanna act like a—
    Courtney: Mavis!
  • Tom Servo's Canada Song on Mystery Science Theater 3000:
    Servo: Just where the hell does Canada get off sharing a border / With countries far superior to it?
    Servo: Why, you lousy, stinking, francophonic, bacon-loving bastards / Your country's just a giant piece of sh...
    Crow: Whoa, whoa, whoa!
  • In iCarly Spencer gets cut off just before he completes a line about a stinking gas being pumped into the torture chamber Carly has locked him in.
    Spencer: It smells like-
  • In the 1960s Batman TV episode "Penguin's Disastrous End," The Penguin barricades himself and his gang inside a Gotham City bank vault as the police and the Dynamic Duo try to break in. Someone asks how Penguin will keep from starving to death in there, prompting Batman to say: "I wish I knew." Then Robin asks: "And how would he be able to go to the - " and is cut off by Batman snapping: "I wish I knew, Robin!"
  • In Pat and Margaret, Pat is talking to someone about Margaret on the phone and says "She can take a flying yes, quite."
  • Several characters take turns at this in an episode of Home Improvement:
    Randy: Yeah, well it really doesn't matter what he thinks because he's a big piece of —
    Tim: Randy!
    Brad: Hey! Don't give me any more of your —
    Tim: Brad! You guys are becoming a major pain in the —
    Al: Tim. Okay, we'll be right back after these messages from- (Brad throws a football at Randy, but hits Al) ah! Would you just cut it out, you little —
    Tim: Al.
  • In Its Garry Shandlings Show, Garry's neighbor's son, Grant, comes to Garry for advice about sex. For some strange reason, the entire episode is accompanied by a group of men who perform the duties of a Greek Chorus. Garry tries to dissuade teenaged Grant from having sex until he's really ready, with the Greek Chorus performing color commentary in the background. At the episode's conclusion, Grant decides that he's not ready, and tells his girlfriend that he's decided to wait. This prompts the following exchange:
    Greek Chorus: Well now Grant has decided to wait! So from now until then he'll have to mastur--
    Garry: (Rushing in) HIS STUDIES! MASTER HIS STUDIES!
  • Criminal Minds:
    • From the episode "The Longest Night":
      JJ: The EAS is coordinated by the FCC, Thema, and the Nation Weather Service, it's a bureaucratic pile of steaming—-
      Reciever: Ma'am?
    • In the episode "Painless," Morgan gives out Reid's cellphone number to a bunch of reporters as a prank and Reid finally loses it after at least 500 calls and then manages to avert and play this trope straight in less than thirty seconds:
      Reid: (while giving the profile) Loner, invisible, outcast, boiling rage- (phone rings) SON OF A BITCH! (answers phone) Hi, this is Dr. Spencer Reid. Yes I can come to the phone right now with a very special message that your mother is a-
      Hotch: Reid!
  • From The West Wing episode "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen—Part I":
    Hoynes's staffer: It's what magicians call "misdirection."
    Josh: Really? 'Cause it's what the rest of us call bull—
    Hoynes: Knock it off!
  • Subverted in Arrested Development:
    GOB: No Al, I want to spill booze all over my fu-
    GOB (Five minutes and a few scenes later): -cking $6300 suit! Come ON!
  • From ''The Vicar of Dibley", Episode "Songs of Praise:"
    The Bible Alice is reading has been writen using a ‘long s’ (ſ) so ‘Ye ɑre the ſɑlt oƒ the Eɑrth ɑnd ſɑinted. God ſhɑll ſeɑl your endeɑvours until ye ſit on his right hɑnd. Thereƒore ƒight the good ƒight, ƒor his ſɑke, ɑnd he ſhɑll be thy ſuccor.’ comes out as⋯
    Alice: Ye are the fault of the earth and fainted⋯ sainted. God shall feel⋯ seal your endeavours until ye fit on his right hand. Therefore fight the good fight, for his⋯ fake, and he shall be thy f-
    Geraldine: SUCCOR!! And he shall be thy succor.
  • In some of the post episode vintagees of the game show version of The Perils of Penelope Pitstop, where H.C. is in jail, sometimes, he tries to call the host Bill Thompson a piece of shit (the game show itself uses bleeps) but Bill tells him to shut up before he can utter the word.
  • In the episode that marked both the 40th anniversary of the cartoon of the same name" & it's first episode (the peril of the day was the first one from the former), after H.C. kills Penelope, he says to Bill off camera (he doesn't appear on the set): "After 40 years of failure on my first peril, I have finally killed that mother….." which gives Bill a chance to say "Finally the first peril from 1969 was successful. Way to go, Butthead." (that was also the moment where Bill PWND H.C.)

Music
  • From Brad Paisley's "Cornography":
    Jimmy: That woman sure chaps my...
    George: Ask her out then!
  • From "Another Irish Drinking Song" by Da Vinci's Notebook:
    McNamara crossed the street and by a bus was hit
    But he was just a Scotsman, so nobody gave a (OCH)

Musical
  • Done in [title of show]:
    Hunter: Broadway.com can kneel down, open its online mouth, and suck my—
    Chorus (singing): Festival medley!'''
    • Subverted in the original Off-Broadway show, and its official cast album:
    Hunter (screaming over the others): IT CAN SUCK MY FUCKING COCK!

Newspaper Comics
  • In one Garfield comic:
    Jon: Bad date, Garfield. We went sailing. Ever had a mizzenmast stuck up your...
    Garfield: No, and let's talk about anything else right now.
  • In one Get Fuzzy strip, when Rob's pets have got hold of his freshman yearbook:
    Bucky: Were you voted Most Likely to Remain Chickless?
    Rob: Dude, I'm about to be voted Most Likely to Kick Your—
    Satchel: Assuredly, that's the skinniest leather tie I've ever seen!
  • In one Retail strip, where Marla finds out that Josh lied about getting a job offer from another store in order to get himself a raise
    Marla (pissed off): That son of a...
    Bradley: Maybe I should have hired him. He's smarter than I thought.

Video Games
  • Seems to be unintentionally subverted in The Suffering; in the opening cutscene a character gets cut off before they can swear (or barely even start the word), yet if you have subtitles on "cunt" is in full view.
  • Mass Effect 1:
    Ambassador Udina: I'm tired of this council and its anti-human bull—
    Asari Councillor: Ambassador!
    • The Convo system being what it is, there's a noticeable delay between the Curse Cut Short and the next line. Net result being that it comes off more like self censorship than actually being interrupted.
  • In StarCraft, when Mengsk and Raynor rescue Duke:
    Duke: What's your angle here, Mengsk?
    Raynor: Our angle? I'll give you angle, you slimy Confederate piece of sh-
    Mengsk: Jim! Enough! I'll handle this!
  • In Left 4 Dead 2, Coach will shout "MOTHERF—" while being choked by a smoker, only to be cut off by his own coughing.
  • Metal Wolf Chaos gets one when Michael gives his opinion on Richard's Spider Tank:
    Michael: You are a sick-
    Richard: Take a bite from its super energy wave phaser! It'll get you high enough to reach heaven!
  • Ratchet & Clank: Up Your Arsenal gave us this gem at Captain Qwark's funeral:
    Galactic President: (concludes heartfelt speech)
    Clank (actually Klunk): What a load of bull-
    Ratchet: Shh!
  • In Portal 2, Cave Johnson gets interrupted by his own assistant.
    Cave Johnson: Black Mesa can eat my bankrupt—
    Caroline: Sir, the testing?
  • Fear Effect. Deke tells Glas "You need a shave and a haircut, mate." Glas says "You mother-" before Hana interrupts him. It is likely that she did not interrupt Glas because of his cursing (Hana can curse, too), but because she needed to ask Deke questions and she could not do that if a fight broke out between Glas and Deke.
  • In Immortal Souls, John isn't sure tasing Raven successfully freed her from mind control, and wonders if he should try again, leading to:
    Raven: Touch me again and I'll shove that taser up your—
    John: YIKES! OK! I get the point.
  • In Psychonauts, just before facing down Coach Oleander, Razputin is ready to do a bit of trash-talking of his own. However, Raz is conveniently cut off right before he would have cursed, courtesy of Milla levitating both him and Lili out of the asylum tower and safely back to the ground level.
    Razputin: Back home I had to clean up after the elephants, so trust me; I can take care of this ugly pile of—
    Milla: (sending both Raz and Lili off) Let the grown-ups handle this!
  • During the intro to Rita James and the Race to Shangri La the title character's pilot said "I'm gettin' too old for this sh-" before being cut off by Marbles the one-eyed monkey impatiently blowing the plane's horn.

Web Animation
  • Played with in Girlchan in Paradise!!, before it's eventually subverted.
    Yusuke: FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF—
    Kenstar: Is this the episode where we say the F-word?
    Yusuke: You mean FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFuck?
  • Turnabout Storm: The courtroom's reaction when Phoenix makes a particularly astonishing claim.
    Trixie: What-!
    Judge: The-!
    Twilight: HELLO!?
  • In RWBY, Blake Belladonna holds Roman Torchwick hostage at sword point. Roman goes, "Oh for fu-" before Blake presses her sword against his neck.

Web Comics
  • In this issue of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja.
    Dr. McNinja:: Yo ho, motherf—
    Pirate mook: He said a bad word!
  • Done in Errant Story here, when Meji is calling out Sarine for a bit of hypocrisy.
    Meji: Well that seems like a mixed message, telling us not to kill anyone right after she kills the Queen Bi-
    Jon: Not the time Meji.
  • Mr. Mighty's Large Ham speech in Everyday Heroes gets rudely interrupted.
    Mr. Mighty: Wherever evil plots are sowed / They shall not come to pass!
    Summer: So take your lunch and hit the road / Before Mom kicks your -
    Jane: SUMMER!!
  • VG Cats does this numerous times. For example, in this comic.
    Leo: It's a p—
    Aeris: I KNOW.
  • Housepets!:
    • Spot interrupts Spo.
    • In a later strip, Pete's cursenote  interrupted by nearly getting a set of sharp teeth clamped onto his backside.
  • The Order of the Stick
    Laurin: You arrogant little sh-
    Tarquin: Laurin, please. try to stay professional.
  • From Hijinks Ensue, this:
    Josh: "Emma Frost didn't even sound British. That's her thing! She uses a fake British accent, she's mostly naked and she's a total cun..."
    Joel: "Cunning telepath! My point exactly!"
  • Done THRICE in this Schlock Mercenary strip. Made even funnier because what's being cut short is pretty tame compared to most others on this page.
  • In DM of the Rings, when Gimli tries to strike contact with the Rohirrim, but rolls a 1 for Diplomacy:
    Gimli: TELL ME YOUR NAME, HORSE-FU—
    Aragorn: Gimli!
    Gimli: And I'll tell ye mine.
  • Inverted in this page of Murphy's Law, with Lexington's ponytail covering the first half of Miles' speech balloon.
  • In the Doctor Who Fan Web Comic The Ten Doctors
    Sabalom Glitz: Personally I think it tastes like Nimon shi—
    The Second Doctor: Ahem-hem... that's enough of that.
  • Two in The Meek, including one where the curse is accidentally finished!
    Alamand: It's hotter than a donkey's buttho—
    Soli: Alamand.
    Alamand: —out there.
    • Earlier:
    Pinter: What the h-
    Angora: Hello!
  • Precocious:
    On-Cue Ball: All signs point to I don't give a—
    Shii-An Hu: KAITLYN!!

Web Original
  • On Good Game: Spawn Point, Bajo describes the 'Movie-Game Tie In' of Avatar thusly:
    Bajo: "Be careful with any movie-game tie-in, cause the chances are that it's going to be a big, steaming pile of sh-"
    Hex: "That's it for this week..."
  • In Potter Puppet Pals we have this in "Wizard Angst":
    Ron: "Maybe he's in love!
    Hermione: "Who'd fall in love with such an a—"
    Ron: "Maybe he needs a hug!"
    Harry: "I don't want a hug!"
  • Often used in I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC:
    Lex Luthor: "Wow, this is good sh-"
    (Superman appears)
    • Also Green Goblin after electrocuting Lex.
      Green Goblin: "I knew you'd try to pull something like this, you son of a -"
      (zapped by Lars)
  • Luminosity has a conversation including a distressed person, and a person with lightning powers.
    Tanya: Don't tell me you're competing with Carlisle for the title of most sanctimonious - [zap]
  • Whateley Universe "Ayla and the Great Shoulder Angel Conspiracy" when Kismet is trying to get her team to take a Team Tactics class:
    Lemure: I think you've mistaken me for someone who gives a rat's a- [Kismet interrupts]
  • From the The Nostalgia Critic/The Nostalgia Chick/Brental Floss musical combo review of Moulin Rouge!, this happens during the "El Tango De Pretense" musical number. They're not exactly concerned with limiting swearing over at TGWTG, especially given how many of their members typically default to Cluster F-Bomb, so it's probably due to the Rule of Funny.
    Phelous: So proud of the way they botch classic rock/Ugh! These creative thieves can all suck on my -
    Chick: There's no shame in liking something lame...
  • In Linkara's riff on the 1935 film version of Scrooge he sings, "This movie is a piece of—", at which point his co-riffers hastily break in, telling him that it's Christmas and he should keep it appropriate.

Western Animation
  • Teen Titans
    • A mild example: Cyborg says to Brother Blood, "You can take your offer and blow it out your—" "INSOLENT CHILD!"
    • And again with Johnny Rancid, who taunting Robin about his dog "kicking your a—" then he is knocked back with two hoofprints on his chest. Reverse angle to Beast Boy, who has turned into a donkey.
    • And in "Only Human", after Beast Boy has tried a complicated trick with shape-shifting and a cookie to try cheering Cyborg up:
      Beast Boy: You're supposed to laugh! What do I have to do? Make it fly out my-
      Raven: Let me try.
    • "Mother Mae-Eye"
      Robin: Let us go, you crazy—-
      Mother Mae-Eye: You didn't say "Mother Mae-Eye"!
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, "Curse of the Black Knight":
    Grim: Don't make me get medieval on your...
    Irwin: As I was saying...
Irwin holds the ''s'' for a bit too long.
  • Justice League used this now and then:
    Braniac: I am Krypton.
    Superman: You're a perversion, dishonoring the very memory of my father and all my people.
    Braniac: And this is your final decision?
    Superman: Read my lips. Go to-
    Braniac: Unfortunate, but predictable.
    • In "Hawk and Dove", a thug tells Dove, "Why don't you kiss my-" at which point Dove twists his arm, causing him to scream.
    • And from "The Balance", when Wonder Woman has just been told that Zeus has ordered her to stop Felix Faust, who has taken over Tartarus:
      Wonder Woman: So, he's telling me to go to-
      Hermes: Basically.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold - "The Battle of the Superheroes", which is a half-hour tribute to the concept of Superdickery, naturally had to sneak in a joke based on the actual term.
    Jimmy Olsen: Superman's turned into a real di-
    Lois Lane: -fferent person.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants has a few:
    • From "The Algae's Always Greener":
    Plankton: No more intrusions! I'd like to begin writing a "memoirs of my success" story, so everyone just stay the— *ground shakes*
    Pearl: Daddy! DADDY!
    • And one from "The Bully", after SpongeBob tries to ask for pencil-arranging help:
    Nancy: I think it goes stuck inside your—
    SpongeBob: Wait, I got it!
  • In The Shiny Show (which is aimed at three-year-olds!) this occurs. Obviously the cut-off word is not as strong as other cases.
  • In the Rocko's Modern Life episode "Kiss Me, I'm Foreign":
    Rocko & Filburt: (answering the door while shouting) What in the he...llo? (realizing the deportation guy keeping track of them is at the door)
  • Beast Wars: "Changing of the Guard"
    Rattrap: The next time that big ape asks me to do something for him, man, I am going to shove my blaster so far up his—
    Silverbolt: Target dead ahead. Prepare for drop.
  • Kim Possible
    • Subverted regarding Kim's Nana, and a callback to Shaft:
    Drakken: Your Nana is one bad grandmother—
    Kim: Shut your mouth!
    • Another example, when Ron is wearing half of a unicorn costume on Halloween:
    Kid: You're no unicorn, you're just a horse's...
    Duff Killigan (suddenly appearing): I've come to claim what's mine!
  • A similar example in Dexter's Laboratory, when Dexter grows a beard and is being gawked at by Dee Dee and her friends.
    Dee Dee: That is one rugged brother—
    Dee Dee's friends: Shut your mouth!
  • 6teen, "Khaki Girl":
    Caitlin: Tricia.
    Tricia: Caitlin. New loser friends of Caitlin.
    Nikki: Oh, you stuck up little bi—
    Jonesy: OKAY, who wants some chunklets, huh?
  • FromTotal Drama World Tour:
    Courtney: I'm a C.I.T.!
    Heather: More like a B-I-T-C-
    Gwen: Guys, let's get going.
  • Inverted in an episode of American Dad!, after Hayley sleeps with Stan's boss:
    Hayley: I know it's crazy, but I like him. He challenges me, and besides, he has a really huge-
    Stan: Penis! I mean, Hayley! Dammit! I was trying to cut you off before you said-
    Hayley: I was going to say "heart" but, well, you shined his shoes.
  • When The Fairly OddParents were interviewed by MTV's TRL
    Timmy: Well, Quddus, much like Christina, Vicky is an evil...
    Wanda: Timmy!
  • On Jimmy Two-Shoes, when Jimmy is hallucinating all his friends, including Heloise in a girly dress. After a few steps she growls "If I were awake, I'd kick your-" before hallucination Lucius picks her up.
  • In Codename: Kids Next Door the Spinach Inquisition (an army of Spaniards who have an odd obsession with Spinach) shows up to get kids to eat the green leafs. They capture the titular kids and attempt to force them to eat spinach, through song. Numbah 1 almost lets out a not-so-kid friendly word before being cut off.
    Numbah 1- “I said no once, I said no twice, you chained me here and that’s not nice. I will not eat it, not a scrap. I tried it once, it tastes like-”
  • Spider-Man uses his trademark webbing to do this in an episode of Ultimate Spider-Man.
    Thundra: You miserable little…
    Thundra (gagged): Mmmph!
    Spider-Man: Uh-uh! Language, Thundie! Kids are watching!
  • Ed, Edd n Eddy has this, too, in a combination of this and Sound Effect Bleep.
    Kevin: Beat it dorky, or I'll shove these moon rocks right up your - (Jonny's trumpet)
    • In Sir Ed A Lot:
      Ed: I am a horse!
      Eddy: You're a horse's-
      Sarah: HEY!! You'd better win!
  • In King of the Hill:
    Thatherton: M.F. Thatherton. Thatherton Fuels.
    Mr. Holloway: Dang glad to meet you, M.F.
    Hank: The M.F. stands for...
    Thatherton: My friend!
  • In one episode of Pepper Ann, Milo rants about the art teacher giving him a bad grade.
    Milo: That woman wouldn't know art if it bit her in the—
    Pepper Ann: Assignment, Milo, it was just an assignment.
  • Not exactly a curse, but in The Simpsons episode "Yokel Chords":
    Spunkler Kid: Ain't you one o' them funny, big-nosed, show-biz people?
    Krusty: Oh, you mean a clown?
    Spunkler Kid:: No, a J-
    Krusty: Joker! And I'm not a practicing joker, so I'm not offended. Heh-heh!
  • In Wolverine and the X-Men: Wolverine vs. The Hulk
    Wolverine: Oh, you gotta be kidding me, Fury. Mystical curse my a- * violently grabbed by Hulk*
  • In the pilot of Archer:
    Lana: It's Archer's fault.
    Cyril: It's fine.
    Lana: It's just with the lying, and the cheating, and that thing with the mayonnaise...
    Cyril: It's FINE.
    Lana: Not to mention how messed up he is about his mother! Did you know he once called her name while we were f-
    Cyril: FIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIINE!
  • In The Boondocks episode "Wingman" after Huey's former friend Cairo headbutts him and sends him flying across the deck:
    Riley: You got knocked the fu..(Granddad shushes him) never mind.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars has this:
    Anakin: If you ask me, that sounds like a load of s—
    Obi-Wan: Superstition?
    Anakin: That's one word for it.
  • In Futurama, one of the deleted scenes from "Parasites Lost" has Fry explaining that he was trying to stick up for Leela at the truck stop, leading to this exchange:
    Leela: Your heart was in the right place, but your brain must've been up your-
    Hermes: Moving on to item 0.002!
  • In the Beetlejuice episode "Robbin' Juice of Sherweird Forest", after BJ sets himself up as a Robin Hood knock-off, only to con the poor peasants out of having to give them any of the money he steals from the rich, Greek Chorus Alan Airdale starts singing a mocking song:
    Alan Airdale: Robbin' Hood, he can't be trusted
    Robbin' Hood, his heart is rusted
    Robbin' Hood, he's got not class
    Robbin' Hood is such an...
    (Beetlejuice clubs Alan over the head with his own lute)
  • Tex Avery did this at the end of "Blitz Wolf" when the Big Bad Hitler Wolf winds up in hell.
  • From the Superman: The Animated Series episode "Speed Demons":
    Superman: (Grabbing the Flash as he runs around him) Save it for the race
    Flash: Don't worry about me pal, I've got more than enough heat to burn your sorry a—
    Mayor: (clearing his throat) Thank you both for participating in this charity event

Real Life
  • Neil Patrick Harris got one when he appeared on Craig Ferguson's show in which he discussed his love of Silly Bandz. Possibly that it is scripted, funny either way.
    NPH: They all make shapes! So I have four of them. This one I am very excited by, it's a rabbit 'cause I'm a magician and I like magic. (shows a rabbit-shaped band)
    Craig: Oh yeah? You still hidin' rabbits down your pants and that kind of thing?
    NPH: Sometimes...
    Craig: Mmmkay.
    NPH: This one's a pineapple because I like piña coladas. (show a pineapple)
    Craig: And, uh, walks in the rain?
    NPH: Sometimes... This one's a dolphin because I like dolphins. (shows a dolphin)
    Craig: Oh really? (in a snooty voice) I don't care for dolphins, I prefer sharks!
    NPH: And this one's a rooster, because I love —
    Craig: Heeeeyy!! Neil Patrick Harris, everybody!

    Self interruption 

Comics
  • In X-Men, one of Nightcrawler's standard exclamations is "Ach du lieber..." (frequently misspelled: "Ach du leiber..."), which means "Oh you dear...". He never once finishes it, so we can only guess what word is cut off. "Gott"? "Augustin"? "Herr Gesangsverein"?

Fan Fic
  • Downplayed in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series (which imitates a children's show), where the narrator stops short of mentioning a Groin Attack.
  • In Children of Time, Beth Lestrade and Sherlock Holmes have an increasingly heated fight, and Holmes insults her pretty badly. Beth slaps him and says, "How dare you, you selfish, inconsiderate—-" The narrative says that she stops herself before she says what she knows she'll regret.
  • In Expecting the Unexpected Harry was giving an eight-month-old Teddy Lupin his bottle when the kid spit some out and Harry commented "Yeah, I'd spit it out too. This formula stuff tastes like cra- er, not nice." In its sequel, Gamma Draconis an adult Harry accidentally ran into the back of a teenage Teddy and commented "Fu- I mean, Merlin, are you OK?"
  • In Harry Potter and the Time Travel Hermione commented "Luna, I'm very sorry if I came across like a total bit- idiot."
  • In Liberi De Luna Fenrir Greyback blurted out " Aw, fu - I mean, fudge." in front of a five-year-old Harry.
  • In Never Fear the Shadows Sirius went in to get a thirteen-year-old Harry out of the bathroom and said "Holy sh—Merlin! Do you always enjoy showers in the sub-zero?"
  • In The Pride's Hatchling Harry was clowning around with a de-aged Draco Malfoy and Ron said "You know if you're trying to pull off the pureblood look it's not working, you have made it look like there's dragon shi—droppings beneath your nose!" Shortly afterward, a flustered Seamus Finnegan blurted out "Shi—atsu in a soup!"
  • In Boys Und Sensha-do, Akio says this to Miho after her mother, whom Akio and his family strongly dislike, disowns her.
    Akio: I'm upset that bi- um... bat did that to you.
  • In The Promise Sirius was hurt while trying to defend an eight-year-old Harry and said "Yeah...got me good, the little fu- fellow."
  • In Boys Do Tankary, Brent does this at one point.
    Brent: I'll give Ian hel...I mean a retraining course.
  • In The Wrong Reflection Eleya's mother scolds her for swearing about her wine glass being empty, leading to this line:
    “Sorry, Mother. Where’s that d”—I catch myself—“springwine bottle?”

Film
  • You see this done a lot with "tough guy" characters in old '30s and '40s films. "Why, you...!"
  • Aladdin:
    Iago: [on seeing that Aladdin survived a near-drowning] "How in the He— I mean, uh, AWKKK!"
  • Regina George in Mean Girls:
    "MOTHER—" * extended screaming*
  • In Dark Star the computer automatically censors obscenities in Sgt Pinback's diary entries, replacing them with silence and a caption reading "deleted", and in one case a full-screen caption reading "Gesture Deleted".
  • Spy Kids: "Oh, sh…iitake mushrooms."
  • The Producers: Max, looking through his gallery of little old ladies:
    Max: "Hold me touch me", where is "hold me touch me"? "Kiss me feel me", "Lick me bite me", "Yank me spank me", "Suck me fu—"... ah! "Hold me touch me"!
  • Part of the lyrics in My Fair Lady. In this case you know what the word should be by the rhyme scheme.
    Eliza: "You, dear friend who talk so well,
    You can go to ... Hertford, Hereford and Hampshire!"
  • In The Odd Couple, Oscar is watching a baseball game in the press box when he's summoned to the phone. While Felix is telling him not to eat any frankfurters at the ballpark because he's making franks and beans for dinner that night, Oscar misses a triple play. He turns back to the phone:
    Oscar: ARE YOU CRAZY?!! ARE YOU OUT OF YOUR MIND?!! TAKE YOUR FRANKFURTERS AND...! (*slams receiver down*)
  • In Blazing Saddles, Hedley presents the governor with his choice for Rock Ridge's new sheriff, a black man. Shocked, the governor pulls him aside for a private conservation:
    Gov. Le Petomane: Have you lost your mind? Can't you see that that man is a ni—
    The governor notices that he has accidentally pulled aside the new sheriff, not Hedley.
    • The movie takes the joke even further; even when talking to Hedley, he still says "ni" instead of the full word.
  • In Bruce Almighty, Bruce almost lets one slip before realizing that it's God in high person he's speaking to.
    Bruce: Holy sh- ...cow.
  • Lord Shen seems to make one (which could possibly just be a stutter) in Kung Fu Panda 2.
    Shen: FIRE! FIRE! Fire, for fu- ...FIRE!
  • In The Amazing Spider-Man, when Gwen Stacy tells Peter Parker (as Spider-Man) on the phone that she's going to wait in the Oscorp Tower for the antidote to finish "cooking" while The Lizard is on his way, much to Peter's horror, she then hangs up, leading to this:
    Peter/Spider-Man: Gwen! Gwen! You mother- Hubbard, are you serious?!
  • Iron Man 3 - Rhodey and Tony are arguing about Tony's PTSD from The Avengers, only to notice two kids.
    Rhodey: I'm not trying to be a dic...tator.
  • Played with in The Hobbit - Bilbo, accidentally setting off a small but noisy avalanche of treasure while Exploring the Evil Lair, says "Sh...shush" in a manner suggesting he was considering saying something rather different.

Literature
  • In The Truth, a Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, Mr Tulip is often heard to use "—ing". As in "that —ing rubbish". Near the end of the book, you discover that he only says the ing part of whichever curse he may have been thinking.
    • This is also a parody of the censorship used in early Discworld novels, where swearwords would be starred out in the same manner.
    • It's also Lampshaded in the book with people bemusedly wondering what is he saying. And near the end Sacharissa tries to start cursing by peppering her sentences with "ing" in appropriate places as well as saying, "'Ing.' I feel so much better for saying that, you know? 'Ing.' 'Inginginginging.' I wonder what it means."
    • Subverted in "Guards! Guards!" when a mugger gets out "Sh-" before being incenerated by a dragon only to finish the curse "-it" as a ghost. The same gag is reversed by Greebo later in the series, when his feline snarls of dismay as he transforms into a man end in "...it!", and his subsequent reversion to cat form is heralded by "Shi...{cat yowling}!"
    • Captain Carrot can apparently pronounce "d*mn." (But then, Rincewind can say "!")
    • Cohen in Interesting Times, claiming the Agatean Empire's bureaucracy requires you to fill out a form if you want to go to the privy. "Can't get married without a chit. Can't leave your village without a chit. Can't even have a ... Ah well, here we are."
  • German humorist Kurt Tucholsky used this in a poem, talking to a baby girl: "You / will become a great who-"
  • In Sheeps Clothing, Wolf Cowrie calls his nemesis a "son of a b—" before remembering that he is in a church and stopping himself. He still gets a disapproving look from the local pastor.
  • In an article about B Western movies, humorist Patrick McManus comments that all characters in such movies "curse" in this fashion, be they villains or heroes.

Live-Action TV
  • Arrested Development:
    Tobias: [arguing with Lindsay] Oh, great, and now you're mocking me?! You selfish cun- [realizing his daughter is listening] try-music loving lady!
  • Rose Tyler from Doctor Who:
    "[Something to the effect of "I was a kid once"] and we can be right little sh—. . . terrors."
  • In one of his infamous long-winded closings, Alan Shore did this:
    "We have mothers, bragging to their friends about being MILFs at their kids' high schools. M-I-L-F, Mother I'd Like to F...orgive me for speaking this way in court."
  • Keith Olbermann's "WHAT THE -" segment on Countdown. Usually Keith stops himself, sometimes he's cut off by a commercial break.
  • Legend of the Seeker, "Princess": Cara has to impersonate a princess to get into a castle, and a local law requires her to speak in rhyming couplets in the presence of the margrave. Later, when she's holding him at knifepoint to get the key to the dungeons:
    Cara: Dear Margrave, the sight of your face makes me sick
    You decadent, pompous, self-satisfied— (punches him in the face)
  • In the Chuck episode "Chuck versus the First Date", Chuck's reaction when he first sees the team's new underground spy base known as Castle is:
    "What the... HELL-O!"
  • In Charmed, after Phoebe's Fetus Terrible takes Phoebe over to push Paige out a window, her reaction is:
    Paige: But why me? I don't have anything against the little fu— uh, fetus.
  • Buffy working as a high school guidance councellor:
    Buffy: You have to stick up for yourself, Amanda. You need to show this bully that you're not gonna take any more of his sh... guff. Uh, any guff.
  • In Babylon 5, Londo stops in mid-thought:
    Londo: And you can kiss my plump Centauri a—aah, gentlemen, this is what I've been waiting for.
  • A Touch of Frost. DI Frost is insulting his superior (as usual) when the man in question enters the room.
    Frost: "Well Horn-rimmed Harry can go stick it up his ahhhh hello sir!"
  • In the Mexican Variety Show, La Caravana, this is the whole point of the sketch starring Victor Trujillo named El Charro Amarillo, when he sings offensive ranchero songs, but always changes the offensive parts at the last stanza.

Music
  • Panic! at the Disco's "There's A Good Reason These Tables Are Numbered, Honey, You Just Haven't Thought Of It Yet":
    I bet to them your name is "Cheap," I bet to them you look like shh...
    • Another one of their songs, "I Write Sins, Not Tragedies" contains the line "What a shame the poor groom's bride is a whore". Guess which word gets replaced with "Shh!" in the music video!
  • The Johnny Horton song "The Battle of New Orleans" has the following line: "Then we opened up with squirrel guns and really gave 'em ... well", then going into the chorus of the song.
  • The Who's "My Generation" has a classic usage:
    Why don't you all f-f-f-f-f-fade away?
  • In Primus' song "The Air Is Getting Slippery", each time it sounds like the singer is going to say "fuck" it's replaced by "Forgive me if I hesitate". He finally says it at the very end though.
  • Voltaire's "The Dirtiest Song That Ain't" is practically nothing but this every other line.
  • "Shaving Cream"; each verse seems like it's going to end in- "shaving cream, so nice and clean!"
  • While Fred Durst of Limp Bizkit is Sir Swears-a-Lot, "Nookie" has the infamous line "Take that cookie and stick it up your (Yeah!)".
  • Five Finger Death Punch: "Did you know I don't care? You can suck my..."
  • Joe South's "Games People Play":L
    Look around, tell me what you see
    What's happening to you and me?
    God grant me the serenity
    To remember who I am

    'Cause you're givin' up your sanity
    For your pride and your vanity
    Turn your back on humanity
    And you don't give a...na, na, na, da, dadadada...

Truth in Television
  • People who grew up with cartoons and kids' shows that use this trope may find them doing it themselves, saying "What the...?!" with no intention of actually saying anything after 'the'.
  • It's actually surprisingly more common for people to say just "what the", when they're shocked by something striking then most would imagine. The main reason for cutting short being that the person would would realize what caused their shock mid-setence and therefore cut themselves short in other to say another sentence [such as "What the-JOHN!!" if John just threw a prank on them]. Another reason is because the subject in question is so shocking that a simple "What..." or "What...the. What is this?!" is used because no cuss on Earth could ever describe how shocked they're feeling at that time. This happens mainly when a person isn't shocked out of nowhere, but suddenly sees something shocking, and slowly begins to express their shock. One. Word. At. A. Time.

Video Games
  • In Warcraft 3:
    Prince Kael'thas: Insolent son of a ... Let's get this over with!
  • At the beginning of the make money for Venus level (Formerly Save The Pandas from WLK) in Katamari Forever, the king needs to rhyme something with rich. So he says, "If you don't have any, what a bi-" Or something along those lines. Then he catches himself.
  • In the City Elf Origin in Dragon Age: Origins, a guard tries to arrest the PC for either killing or robbing a nobleman (depending on player choice.) Duncan steps in and uses his authority to save the PC, leading the guard to say "Son of a tied down... Fine."
  • In Castlevania: The Dracula X Chronicles, Richter starts staying "Son of a…" before cutting himself off while saving Maria from Shaft.
  • StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty has this:
    Matt Horner: Holy sh—sir, scanners show the largest zerg biosignature I've ever seen!
  • In Madagascar for Gamecube. Marty and Mort get Wilbur to fulfill his promise (which turns out to be truly anticlimactic), much to Marty's annoyance. He says: "I oughtta open up a can of Whoopa— BUTT on you, Warthog!!!"
  • In Mass Effect 3, Jack has taken to censoring herself while in front of her students, leading to her calling Joker a "fu—flight lieutenant."
    • "Hey, Joker. Fu-" *cut to black*
  • A Youngster trainer you battle in Pokémon X and Y says "Aww sh.....shucks!" after you beat him.
  • In Earthbound, before the fight with the Department Store Spook, he taunts you with "This department store is gonna be your grave! Gwaaagh. You will be gone, and you’ll be burning in… well, you’ll go to heaven!"
  • Ace Attorney has a few of these. For example, in Turnabout Academy, when talking about how Juniper Woods prepared most of the mock trial herself, Athena stops herself just short. Likely, in-universe, due to her thinking that Juniper wouldn't like her swearing in front of her.
    Athena: That sounds like it was a right pain in the—I-I mean, that sounds like it would be a lot of hard work...!

Web Comics

Web Original
  • Strong Bad in Homestar Runner, answering an email:
    "'Hi strong bad. This is Trevor from Hampden Maine and I was wondering if you could teach me how to be as awesome as you. I am a vampire and' And what? That's it? I'm a vampire and here's a million dollars...or I'm a vampire and here's your own spaceship... I mean what the f (beat) Oh no, I get it. THEY GOT HIM!!!"
    • In the DVD commentary, Strong Bad says he was going to say "what the fireplace in the mangic place".
  • A comic panel from the depths of 4chan that often ends in a crudely drawn person screaming FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU- Not exactly "short," but decidedly unfinished.
    • Though this isn't about censorship so much as unrepresentable rage. The Imageboard in question has very little interest in censoring anything.
    • Subverted at least once, with the penultimate panel being a screamed "TO-".

Western Animation
  • Harvey Birdman, Attorney at Law
    • Phil Ken Sebben taking an eye exam:
      "F-U-C- can't make out that last one…"
    • And this variation while digging in his pocket for his keys:
      "Let's see ... gum wrapper, pocket lint, lighter ... oooh! flamethrower! ring of power, dunno what that is, roll of quarters ... wait, that's not a roll of ... A-ha! Here they are!"
    • And when he's in his office getting groomed by a busty barber, he puts a new take on an old ditty as she swings his chair so that he's underneath her breasts:
      "Shave and a haircut: Two ti— AH!"
    • Using a security camera to spy on the women's bathroom:
      "Good things come to those who wait! Ha-HA! Cu-" *bathroom door opens*
    • In one of the early ones (might've been the first one) has a scene where Dr. Quest gets angry at the boys for denting something with a ball.
    "Dr. Quest": "I have half a mind to come down there and kick your little a-"
  • Looney Tunes
    • In the short "The Bashful Buzzard" Beaky Buzzard says to the dragon "Why you shriveled up incontestable piece of sh…shoeleather."
    • A quasi aversion happened in a 1938 "blooper reel" film shown at the Warner Bros. Christmas Party that year — along with the usual scenes of actors hilariously flubbing their lines was a short newly-animated sequence of Porky Pig, just after he had whacked his thumb with a hammer. "Son of a b-b-bi— son of a b-b-bi— son of a b-b-b-gun!" He then looks at the camera and says "Heh, heh. You thought I was going to say 'son of a bitch,' didn't you?"
  • The Simpsons: Krusty has just shown a lackluster Itchy & Scratchy cartoon where all that happens is Itchy weakly hits Scratchy's head with a mallet three times, then both say to the camera, "Kids, say no to drugs!"
    I coulda pulled a better cartoon outta my a—ha ha ha
  • The trailer in Family Guy for The Passion of the Christ 2: Crucify This has a Chase Scene with Chris Tucker and Jesus.
    Chris Tucker: Man you crazy, Jesus! You crazy!
    Jesus: That's what my ex-wife said.
    Chris Tucker: For the son of God, you sure are the son of a— (car jumps police cars) Whoooaa!
  • In an episode of Wakfu, Amalia and Yugo get Dragoturkey dung poured over their heads. Amalia proceeds to comment "If they notice, we'll really be deep in... well, even more than now."
  • From the King of the Hill episode "Escape From Party Island":
    Hank: (After a motorist rudely passes him and he reads the bumper) How's my driving? I'll tell you, Mom take this number down: 1-800-E-A-T-S-H-I...uh, never mind.

Real Life
  • In the book Star Trek Lives, one of the authors describes her visit to the Star Trek set during the filming of a scene on the bridge. According to her, when William Shatner flubbed a line, he began to say "Oh, shi...", then realized this young lady was standing there watching and finished, "...atner, you've done it again!"

    Cut to another scene 

Advertising
  • A couple of commercials for Volkswagen showcased the car's safety features. Both had the car's occupants engaged in conversation just before getting into an accident. Cut to the occupants standing outside the car unharmed and looking at the wreckage. One says "Holy sh-" Cut to the slogan "Safe happens".
  • In a Vat19 ad for Caffeinated Marshmallows, there is a scene where a scientist mixes chemicals and the beaker overflows. He says "Oh shi-" before cutting to the next scene.

Fan Works
  • Played with in Clear Skies 3. Turns out Sol was calling Charlie a "Fundamentally Flawed Individual."

Film
  • In The A-Team, Hannibal gets cut off while saying motherfu- as the helicopter that was following them is destroyed by fighter pilots.
  • A variation happens in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - while watching Mike Teevee's interview, Grampa George breaks out in a long string of insults, all of which from Charlie's point of view are muted because his mother has covered his ears. (Though, one supposes, someone who can read lips could figure out what was being said.)
  • In Monster-in-Law after Viola throws her dress out of her car.
    Charlie: Mother—
    (cuts to the rehearsal dinner)
  • In New in Town, where Renee Zellweger's curse is unheard when the doors close behind her, muffling out all sound. However, her tantrum is still seen through the glass.
  • The sci-fi B-Movie spoof Amazon Women On the Moon is repeatedly interrupted by "technical difficulties", naturally providing a good opportunity for this trope.
    Moon Queen: "Men are useless! Several thousand gamma-spans ago, all men were banished from the lunar surface because they couldn't__ (cut to black title card with PLACE COMMERCIAL HERE).
  • A variant in Ferris Bueller's Day Off, where the sexy nurse gets cut off with a door slam:
    "I'm here to help restore your pluck, 'cause I'm the nurse who loves to—" (slam)
  • Done in the trailer for Red, if not in the actual film. The trailer closes with John Malkovich's character reacting to being called an "old man", and he proclaims "old man my a-" before the trailer cuts to credits and "Coming soon" bit.
  • In How to Train Your Dragon we see Stoick mouthing "what the—" before cutting to another shot—though he probably would have just said the Viking equivalent for "hell" anyway.
  • The 2002 Back to the Future DVD set uses this on the menu screen for the first film when it shows a clip of Biff's car slamming into the manure truck.
  • In Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Brains gives us this little gem when he and Wheelie crash land within one of the Decepticon shuttles before the scene transitions to Epps and his crew:
    Brains: This is a total clusterf-
  • In this trailer for Robot Jox.
    Pilot: I'm gonna get in this thing, and I gonna kick! Your! (cuts to a Robot's head exploding)
    • The cut was made to make the trailer age-safe. It's not cut in the actual film, which has a PG rating.
  • Scotty's reaction to seeing the Vengeance for the first time in Star Trek Into Darkness. He is interrupted by the scene changing to Kirk and Spock entering a room.
    Scotty: "Holy sh—" *swish of doors opening on the Enterprise*
  • Battleship has this gem during the final battle:
    Old veteran: Let's drop some lead on those mother-
    (cut to Alex)
    Alex: FIRE!
    cue the battleship's BFGs firing

Live-Action TV
  • Black Books, after Bernard is locked out of the shop by the fancy security system and its sound proof door:
    [outside shot]
    Manny: [runs off and writes on paper, then brings it back to show to Bernard] I think I've locked you out!
    Bernard: [withering stare] Yes! Yes!
    Manny: [runs off and writes on paper again] Oh no<
    Bernard: WRITE SOMETHING USEFUL YOU STUPID FU—
    [cuts to (silent) interior shot where we see him continue his tirade]
  • Also from the Doctor Who episode "New Earth":
    Cassandra: At last I can be revenged on that little b—
    Cut to Rose and the Doctor
    Rose: Bit rich, coming from you.
  • Red Dwarf. In "Back in the Red" Lister realizes they're not escaping, but are actually in a virtual reality program that Rimmer is editing to cover up his own guilt ? most noticeably when obvious jump cuts start happening, whereupon Lister says he's going to cut off Rimmer's (jump cut) with a blunt knife!
  • 30 Rock: In the episode "The Funcooker," Jenna Maroney falls asleep from exhaustion while hosting the St. Patrick's Day Parade. Tracy then shouts at her "Wake up motherf-". At that point the television that the program is being played on is turned off.
  • Top Gear
    • While Jeremy Clarkson was reviewing a new Ford Fiesta in an attempt to do a "proper" road test, the segments kept ending when he tried to say that an aspect of the car was sh-
    • In the Top Ground Gear Force comic relief special, there was a hard cut to Richard Hammond just as James May was about to call Clarkson a fu-
    • While introducing Jeremy and James' "Classic Luxury Car" contest, Richard Hammond states the disclaimer that, unlike the "Cheap Car" challenges, the Mercedes and the Rolls Royce shown are actually owned by Jeremy and James, something which prompts him to call them both stupid tw-
    • In the Ashes Special, the Australian Top Gear show send them a letter, saying that they're coming over to sort out which one is the best Top Gear. They'd better prepare themselves, the gigantic bas-
  • Leverage: Eliot has been getting the mark to say certain sounds into his mic so Parker can pick a voice lock.
    Parker: "I still need "ef," "uh," and "kuh."
    Eliot: "Don't worry..."
    Mark: "This is shrimp, you stupid f—"
    Parker: "Oh! There they are. Really loud too."
    • In a different episode, The Experimental Job, Sophie calls a mark with news he doesn't want to hear.
    Sophie on the mark's phone: Merry Christmas, motherf—
    The mark slams his phone shut in frustration
    Sophie to the rest of the gang: He hung up.
  • Firefly's pilot episode:
    Wash: "Oh, motherless son of a bi—"
    • Also done in 'Our Mrs. Reynolds'. Both Mal and Inara get their curses cut short when Saffron's knockout drug takes effect.
  • Arrested Development has a variation on this in "Afternoon Delight". One scene starts with Gob talking about his "-king six thousand dollar suit." We later get a flashback to the first part of the scene, where he starts the "fu-" before it cuts away
  • In the episode "Boom", Castle'srant get's cut in the end.
    Castle: Ryan and Esposito have a better car than you do. I'm just embarrassed to have criminals in the back of that thing and I don't know about your seat, but mine has a spring that hits me in the...
  • An episode of Holmes On Homes had Mike Holmes, astounded by the bad job a house builder had done, start making a comment, and then cut to Damon while he was in the middle of a sentence.
    Mike: Holy shi- (cut)
    Damon: ...ims missing from around the door like the shims missing from the window.
  • NCIS:
    Abby: (typing) Hello, you twisted little piece of s—(CUT)
  • In an episode of The Young Ones (Sick) during a sort-of parody of Grange Hill, one of the kids says:
    Mr. Liberal: Hang on, you pair of young scruffy tearaways! Don't you realise the way you act is influencing millions of children to talk Cockney and be insubordinate?
    Pupil: Well, come on Sir, don't be silly, we're the only kids in Britain who never say—(CUT)
    • While the cut happens before he utters the word, it's clear from the movement of his lips that it would've started with F.
  • NewsRadio: "The Trainer":
    Matthew: So, Catherine, where in Africa are you from?
    Catherine: Shut up, Matthew.
    Matthew: Say something in African.
    Catherine: Shut the — [cut to Establishing Shot]
  • The Burn Notice episode "Blind Spot":
    Sam: "Ah, sh-"
  • An instance in the Scrubs episode "My Fifteen Seconds" most closely resembles the above Charlie and the Chocolate Factory example than anything else. Kelso is temporarily deaf. When Turk informs the rest of the staff of this, everyone in the room immediately starts cheerfully cursing him out. The first to do this is Dr. Cox who says, "Bob, you stupid mother—" and it cuts to Kelso's muted perspective. It's not very hard to read Cox's lips.
  • New Tricks:
    Shaun Doherty (replayed on TV in the team's incident room): "I would nail your arms to sunset / and pin your legs to luck / when you treat me to your crimson lips / and make me want to f-"
    (Sandra stops the recording)
  • Played with beautifully in the mockumentary episode of Castle.
    Esposito: (Hamming it up for the cameras) "We've got you now, you son of a bitch." (Pauses, looks up at the camera) "I'm sorry, can I even say son of a—" (Scene ends)
  • Parodied by MADtv in the PAX TV presentation of The Sopranos, alongside Edited for Syndication. At several points, Tony and everyone around him is just saying "fu-", "shi-" or "Why don't you stop breaking mah ba-". Oh, and someone gets wacked.
  • One sketch in the Jerry Seinfeld episode of Saturday Night Live was more or less built around this. A man almost forced off the road on a busy highway sees a sticker on the offender's bumper reading If you don't like my driving dial 1-800-EAT-SHIT; he actually calls the number and finds a real call center, staffed by a single man (played by Seinfeld) who repeatedly brings the conversation around to telling the caller to eat shit. The kicker is that the word "shit" is never actually used onscreen; every time one of the characters is about to say it, it cuts back to the other character reacting. There's al big logo sign on the wall behind Jerry, but the camera never zooms out far enough to show the whole thing; 1-800-EAT-S is as far as it gets.
  • Played with in the December 11th 2013 episode of The Daily Show, where correspondent Jason Jones is reporting on the latest budget deal in the US Congress, in the style of an action movie trailer. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-december-11-2013/budget-battle--the-movie
    Jones: ""Yippie-ki-yay, motherfffff-"" (Pauses, looks up at the camera) ""Come on guys! You've gotta cut there!"
  • In the pilot episode of CSI Crime Scene Investigation, Grissom arranges a prank in which the team's new recruit gets scared by some corpses in the morgue. She leaves the room in momentary panic and runs into Grissom, at which point he turns to the porthole-style window in the door she's just come through. The scene cuts from the hallway to inside the room she exited, and we see Grissom through the window, calling through the glass to "scold" the corpses for scaring her. His voice is muffled by the closed door, and his lips obscured by shadow, but there's just enough of an audible murmur to make it clear he's saying "You assholes!"

Music
  • If any Christmas-themed episode (especially in the UK) plays "Fairytale of New York", expect the scene to cut before the infamous "scumbag" verse, and definitely the word "faggot".
    • The decision of Radio 1 to censor the song in precisely this way caused a great deal of controversy, and was reversed very quickly.

Newspaper Comics
  • When talking about the candidate for Sports Jerk of the Year, Tank McNamara mentions that nominations have to be individuals, not teams, not organisations, "Not even the BCs, not matter how much they b-" TEMPORARY LOSS OF JOURNALISTIC OBJECTIVITY - ONE MOMENT PLEASE...

Video Games
  • From the newly released trailer for an in-progress MechWarrior game:
    Main Character: "I can't hold them off. Yeah! Take that, you son of a-"
  • Barney in Half-Life 2 does this when Gordon Freeman is about to sneak into the Citadel. As soon as he jumps down, Barney says to Freeman "If you see Dr. Breen, tell him I said fu—-ou." Most of the profanity is cut out from a large explosion above ground. If you listen closely you can in fact hear him say "fuck you".
  • In Mega Man X: Command Mission, where the fight begins just as the character subverts a Heroic BSOD and goes berserk. Also a bit of a Crowning Moment Of Awesome:
    Massimo: ""FEEBLE" Massimo?! You Sonnova-" [battle scene transition]
  • Mass Effect 3: Joker catches Jack censoring herself in front of her students, leading to this scene:
    Joker: What, does she have a swear jar or something? I bet we could empty that out and have enough to buy a new cruiser!
    Jack: Cover your ears, kids. Hey, Joker! Fu—[loading screen]
  • Brutal Legend: Lose a race against Fleetus.
    Eddie: "Lousy demon son of a-"
    Game Interface: "Retry?"

Web Comics
  • Subverted in Dominic Deegan, the curse is filled in with the end of another word:
    Dominic: ffffFFFFFFF-
    Gregory: (singing) -UUUUUCK! I say oh baby that's just me LUUUUCK!
  • Multiplex: In this strip, the last half is actually cut off by the edge of the panel.
  • In 8-Bit Theater, Thief's reaction to Black Mage's Boatdoken. See it here.
    Black Mage: * On the upper deck* BOATDOKEN!
    Thief: What the fu-
    * Cuts to White Mage and Black Belt*
    White Mage: It's a real shame that both of our organizations require their members to take oaths of poverty.
    • Also in 8 Bit, when Black Mage is unwillingly brought back to life after he was briefly was ruler of Hell, his reaction is as follows.
    Black Mage: Fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff-
    next panel: [+++ -UCK!+++ ]
    • And on this one
    Fighter: Silence, Red Slave.
    Black Mage Wait. So does that make me the black sla—
    *GOOD NIGHT, EVERYBODY*
  • Happens in Furthia High, where Bruce's profanity at having spent three days getting through a dungeon in an MMORPG, and finally being able to sleep, only to be told to get up because of school, gets cut off by a picture of kittens.
  • El Goonish Shive: Agent Wolf is such a.
  • The Order of the Stick #478:
    Haley: Damn it! You know what that means, right?
    Balekar: Yeah, that they're almost certainly in deep sh-
    (Cut to a giant octopus and an army of hobgoblins attacking Azure City docks.)
  • In Explorers of Souls, Mel, who had just been transformed into a quadrapedal, fuzzy animal and unused to walking on four legs, crashes violently into the ground when she first tries to run. As she is about to fall, the vexed Eevee shouts "SON OF A-". It is left on that note.

Web Original
  • Lonelygirl15
    • "Men Are From Mars":
      Bree: What annoys you about Jonas?
      Daniel: Everything. He's a piece of sh— [cut]
      Jonas: He didn't say that. Did he really say that?
    • "We Have A Plan":
      Spencer: I wonder if I'll meet a doppelganger Spencer. Holy sh— [cut]
    • "How My Parents Met":
      Bree: My mom listened for a few minutes and decided that pretty much everything my dad was saying was wrong. So she thought it was time to open up a good ol' fashioned can of whoopa— [cut]
  • Nash attempts an epic Atomic F-Bomb in response to 'Doctor Who and The Daleks's Critical Research Failure, complete with searing, white-hot nerd-rage erupting from his eye-sockets, only to be cut off by a 'We Are Experiencing Technical Difficulties' message.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons:
    • "Who Shot Mr. Burns?, Part 1":
    Homer: Kids... do step outside for a second.
    (They run out of the room.)
    Homer: (Inhales deeply) FUU—
    (Jump Cut to outside. A loud F-chord from a church organ pierces through the air as Disturbed Doves fly out of the destroyed treehouse. The local neighbors look out their windows in utter shock.)
    Ned: Dear Lord! That's the loudest profanity I've ever heard!
    • In the "Bart Simpson's Dracula" segment of ''Treehouse of Horror IV", Burns mysteriously invites the family for a evening dinner at his mansion. When they get to the door...
    Burns: Welcome. Come in. (Under breath) Ah fresh victims for ever-growing army of the undead.
    Smithers: Sir, you have to let go of the button.
    Burns: Well son of a bi—!(Doors the manor open)
    • Its earliest use in the swear jar sequence from "Bart the Lover".
  • From the 1990s Looney Tunes short Blooper Bunny. When Daffy complains about Bugs' routine with Bugs trying to cut the shot but Daffy refusing. At least till he steps on a loose floorboard and whacks himself in the face.:
    Bugs: Now can we cut?
    Daffy: You smug son of a...(Bugs gives the cameraman the "cut feed" signal and the video promptly goes to another take.)
  • In an episode of Biker Mice from Mars, upon hearing that Lawrence Limburger got himself elected Mayor of Chicago:
    Modo: That makes me more than just mad. Now, I'm mad as—
    [cut] Limburger: Hello, fellow citizens of Chicago.
    • Also-
    Vinnie: I'd like to unexplain his-
    Charley: Shhh!
  • Metalocalypse does this in the first episode.
    Skwisgaar: (to old lady) Hello. You are a GMILF, that is a Grandmother I Would Like To- (scene change)
  • More Warner cartoons: 1947's "The Eager Beaver" and 1959's "Unnatural History" and the beavers "damming" a river.
  • In the Adventure Time episode "Mystery Train", Finn screams this when he finds out that Dr. Donut was (supposedly) killed:
    Finn: Son of a...
    [scene is cut to train whistling].

    Episode ends 

Film

Live-Action TV
  • Heroes:
    • "One Giant Leap" and "Cautionary Tales":
    Claire/Noah: (having in both cases come back to life on a mortuary slab) "Holy sh—" [to be continued...]
    • Did it again in "I Am Become Death":
      Adam: (after being released from his coffin) "Hiro, you son of a bi-" [to be continued...]
    • "The Eclipse, Part II":
      Claire: (on seeing Hiro's comic and how it matches the scene in the past they're watching) "Holy sh—" [to be continued...]
    • Amusingly, in several of these cases the next episode's cold open repeats the final scene...except, obviously, the show doesn't end, which leads to unfortunate continuity errors like the scene playing out in the exact same way except for Claire saying "Oh my God" instead.
  • The Blackadder episode "Beer" ends with everyone very drunk:
    Lady Whiteadder: "Luck!" Wa-hey! Get it?
    Everyone else: No…
    Lady Whiteadder: Oh, come on! "Luck" sounds almost exactly like "fu-" [closing credits]
  • Every episode (at the very least most of them) of Lab Rats ends with the words "Oh, for fu—". In fact, it cuts off after "fuck" rather than in the middle, leaving the full phrase uncompleted but the Precision F-Strike intact.
  • In the famed Spanish Inquisition episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus, Cardinal Ximenez' Catch Phrase gets cut short by the credits, prompting him to say "Oh, bug-" (presumably the beginning of 'bugger')
  • The Office: Michael ends one episode by saying "But I think this plan sucks ba-"
  • TheRockfordFiles ended one episode with Rockford hanging up the telephone and angrily declaring, "Son of a—" before a cut to closing credits. For The Seventies, this was pushing the envelope.

Music
  • Wilco's song "Monday" ends with singer Jeff Tweedy exclaiming, "Son of a—!"

Video Games

Web Comics
  • Gunnerkrigg Court. There is a symbol (the elemental symbol for antimony) that is in the lower right hand corner of the last page of each chapter. On one occasion, the symbol was strategically placed over the last half of a curse word.
  • Rage Guy to the point when it has become so memetic that it's a subversion to end it with -CK.
  • This happens in Avalon, when Ceilidh turns around and unexpectedly sees a lot of student campaign posters plastered all over the school wall.
    Ceilidh: HOLY SH—
    Caption: To be continued...

Web Original
  • The first season finale of the web series The Guild ends with Codex's "Oh, sh—"
  • One episode of The Legend of Neil ended with the line "Fu-" The next episode began with the line "ck!"
  • The ending to Linkara's Future 5 review is as follows:
    Linkara: (Goes to answer door) Oh hey, it's my student loan bill, did-wait what? MY STUDENT LOAN BILL??!! OH FU—
  • The Nostalgia Critic ended his review on Free Willy with:
    NC: "But like I said, it's not a terrible movie. I mean, it's not as bad as something like, A Troll in Central…- Nope! …Nope, nope! I know how this works. If I say the entire title, that means I have to review it next week. Yeah, I know this joke. I'm not doing it, mm-mmm. There is no way you're getting me to say A Troll in Central Park…!"
    Text: "Next Week: A Troll in Central Park"
    NC: FUUUUUUU- * cut to villain sinisterly eating popcorn, then end credits*
  • The traditional Internet response to someone trying to divide by zero is "OH SHI—" with the implication that the universe ended in mid-word.
  • Future!Lex Luthor in I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC after getting Deadpool and Green Goblin out of the past instead of Superman.
    "Motherf-" (credits)
  • A popular way to end an episode of Game Grumps.
    JonTron: Next time on Game Grumps! Order up! ORDER UP A NEW FU
  • Zero Punctuation when ragging on that 50 Cent game: "Not that they'd know anything about work, the lazy nig-" * END CREDITS*
  • In ScrewAttack's Top Ten PS3 Exclusives list:
    Announcer: NUMBER EIGHT!
    Stuttering Craig: Now THIS is a game! Virtua Fighter 5: All the levels, characters, it's so—
    Handsome Tom: Wait, wait, wait. It's on the 360. It's not exclusive.
    (Beat)
    Stuttering Craig: Fu—
    Announcer: NUMBER SEVEN!
  • Ultra Fast Pony, "Random Eye Magic":
    Twilight: Son of a—
    [End credits]
  • LoadingReadyRun's "Munro's Meats"
    Mr. Munro: What the f—[20 seconds of end credits]--uck is this? (continues rant)

Western Animation
  • In an episode of The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy, Billy is taking a shower with the new "shampoo" Mandy gave him:
    Billy: (sniffing) Wait a minute this isn't shampoo, it's dog—[Episode ends].
  • In South Park: "Here Comes The Neighborhood"
    Mr. Garrison: ...and now we can sell all their homes and become millionaires.
    Guys: WHAT?!
    Jimbo: But then you had us all do all that for nothing! Don't you see, if you get rich selling these homes, then there'd still be rich people in South Park.
    Randy Marsh: Yeah, you'll become what you hate.
    Mr. Garrison: ...Yeah, but at least I got rid of all those damn ni—[South Park ending theme]

    Episode begins 

Live-Action TV
  • Subverted in Not Going Out, after Lucy says "Eff" a few times:
    Lee: "I think she means f—" [cut to opening credits]
    Lee: [immediately after opening credits] "-uck"
  • In the Stargate Universe episode "time":
    Eli: What the f—-
    [COMMERCIAL BREAK]
  • In the pilot of Studio 60, the control room director leaves the producer's rant on the air (in real life and in the show) for some fifty seconds, until he is about to drop an F bomb, before cutting to the titles.
  • In The X-Files: "Bad Blood"
    Scully: [Shows Mulder his staking victim's very fake vampire teeth]
    Mulder: Oh sh— [cut to opening credits]

Web Original
  • In Echo Chamber's 8th episode, Dana is halfway through calling Shannon a "whore" when the opening titles roll. To be fair, the sound under the zooming titles sounds like it is finishing the word "whore" for her. This probably wasn't genuine censorship, since Dana had used a Precision F-Strike mere lines earlier.
  • Team Four Star's Dragon Ball Z Abridged, episode 3:
    Vegeta: (through scouter) We'll go to Earth, find the Dragon Balls and kill everyone. And we'll be there in a year or so. Depending on filler, of course.
    Nappa: Anything else we need to go over, Vegeta?
    Vegeta: Nnnope, that's about it.
    Roshi: (beat) Well, fu-
    [OPENING CREDITS]
  • I'm a Marvel... And I'm a DC
    • Zero Hour begins with Lance's head appearing in front of Green Goblin and Harley.
    Green Goblin: "Oh sh-" (cuts to opening credits)
    • Luthor upon discovering that Lance's head was not in the box like he had originally thought
      Luthor: " MOTHERF-!!!!" (cue opening credits)
  • Grandpa, in Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series: "Bring it on, you little bi..."
  • From The Abridging of Haruhi Suzumiya, Episode 7:
    Haruhi: I'm here!
    Kyon: [thinking] Ah, FU-
    [cuts to opening credits]
  • Ultra Fast Pony:
    • "Random Eye Magic":
    Twilight: What the—
    [Opening theme song]
    • "The Cheesen One":
    Scootaloo: <WHAT. THE. F...>
    [Opening theme song]
  • In Decline of Video Gaming 3
    Dim: *referring to the PSP* This thing is so damn perfect! *throws PSP to ground, but it opens a parachute* Oh for fu-
    [OPENING CREDITS]

Western Animation
  • The original script of the first episode of Futurama called for one of these:
    Fry: (looks out the window and sees New New York) HOLY SH—
    [OPENING CREDITS]
    Fry: —IT!
  • In the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "King Dead", the episode opens with Space Ghost shouting, "...king dead!" to Moltar and Zorak.

    Killed/injured mid-sentence 

Anime and Manga
  • In Desert Punk:
    Kanta: Akio, you dumb f— (gets hit over the head by Fuyuo)
    • Haruo does say the f-word twice, but they're easy to miss as background chatter.
  • At least one fansub of Macross Frontier subverts this with Bobby exclaiming "Oh f-" before narrowly dodging a shot from the Battle Galaxy's main weapon which hits the Battle Frontier behind him instead.
  • Cytomander the Swift of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann can only manage an "Oh shi-" before the Dai-Gunzan barrels into him.
  • From Black Lagoon, Fritz Stanford, having just gotten shot by Revy in the middle of ranting about his gigantic Hand Cannon, manages a "You fucking cu--!" before Revy steps on his gunshot wound and levels her gun in his face. It's the last thing he manages to get out before she finishes him off as well.

Fan Fiction
  • Kyon Big Damn Hero provides these often, generally people swearing at Kyon when he's fighting them.

Film
  • Stephen in Django Unchained.
    Stephen: DJANGO!!! YOU UPPITY SON OF A- *The house he's in blows up.*
  • Regina in Mean Girls.
    Regina: "You can take that fake apology, and shove it right up your hairy c—" *Regina gets hit by a school bus.*
  • In the 2007 Transformers movie:
    Frenzy accidentally kills himself with one of his razor discs
    Frenzy: Oh sh— [he dies]
  • Rock and Rule has this for when the sailor-type guy gets killed after talking to Toad on the phone. A quick 'Oshi—' and he dissolves.
  • Bolt had a quick dance with this trope.
    Mittens: "Slow down! You're scraping the fur off my-" (crashes into mailbox)
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: While Eddie tries a rhyme routine to make the weasels die laughing, he levels a particularly saucy stanza at the Smartass of the group.
    Eddie: I'm through with taking falls / And bouncing off the walls / Without that gun, I'd have some fun / I'd kick you in the... [Vase falls on his head]
    Roger: Nose!
    Smartass: Nose? That don't rhyme with "walls".
    Eddie: [Gets up] No, but this does! [Kicks Smartass in the "balls", sending him flying to his doom in the Dip vat]
  • From Aliens
    Ferro: Now where the fu..(Alien pierces her skull with it's tongue.)
  • Little Shop of Horrors does this when Audrey II gets electrocuted: "OH SHI—"
  • In Warm Bodies, Perry shoots R once, then pauses for a one-liner before shooting him again. "Smile mother-". He is cut off by R attacking and killing him.
  • In Jack the Giant Slayer Fallon's right head, which is mostly unintelligible, very nearly says the F-word before he explodes after Jack drops a bean down Fallon's throat, causing it to grow from inside him and kill him.

Literature
  • The Discworld books:
    • A photographer shows up to take a picture in Monstrous Regiment. He is a vampire, so the first time he takes a picture, the result is an "Oh sh—" and the photographer crumbling into dust as a result of the camera flash. Luckily, all it takes is a drop of blood to reconstitute the resulting pile of vampire dust.
    • The dragon's 1st victim in Guards! Guards! This being the Disc, two paragraphs after he said "Oh shi-" and died, we cut to his ghost talking with Death. The first thing the ghost says is "-t!"
  • In Going Under, book three of the Quantum Gravity series, the imp repeatedly says "What the f..." before another character shoots him (into something). Or just interrupts him.
  • In The Alloy of Law, a certain villain gets very annoyed with getting his gun shot out of his hand by the main character, after the fourth time this happens he responds with "Stop doing that, you bast-" before he's shot again, this time in the face.
  • Iron Warriors: a random Chaos mook in Storm of Iron manages to get out "Oh what the f-" before an Imperial Fist introduces him to the business end of a power sword.
  • In Artemis Fowl Butler begins "Oh—" inbetween realizing he is about to be hit in the face with an unpleasant projectile and the launching of said projectile. The narrator then informs the reader that he doesn't know what Butler would have finished with, but he's willing to bet it wouldn't have been "dearie me."

Live-Action TV
  • In the Angel episode "In the Dark":
    Spike: From now on, I'm my own man! Lone wolf. Sole survivor. Heh — Look out! Here comes Spike, the biggest, baddest mother— [He is conveniently cut off as his hair catches on fire.]
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • "Dopplegangland"
      Vampire Willow: [is impaled on a piece of broken wood] Aw, fu.. [she turns to dust]
    • In "Blood Ties, when Glory is teleported away, Giles asks where she was sent.
      Glory: [Realizing she's about a mile above ground] "Oh shi-" [Starts falling]
  • In the first episode of Dead Like Me:
    George: Oh, sh— [is killed by a toilet seat from Mir]
That was only in the clean version on Sci-Fi. On Showtime, she finishes the word.
  • In Doctor Who: "World War Three":
    Slitheen: Oh, boll— [the building explodes]
    • Not to mention the Abzorbaloff:
    You stupid bast— (melts)
  • One episode of Nash Bridges had this happen to a would be assassin after he accidentally sets off the bomb he's planting in someone's car. His last words: "Oh sh-"
  • Stargate SG-1 when the alternate SG-1 first encounters a Goa'uld shock grenade.
    O'Neill: Ah, sh- [grenade explodes]
  • In the Supernatural episode "Monster Movie" Dean is captured by a man pretending to be Dracula.
    "Life ain't a movie you sorry sack of" (punched in the face).
  • Will and Grace: While on a biking trip with Leo, Grace pretends to be having fun even though she's not outdoorsy. They find a pumpkin patch:
    Leo: Catch!
    Grace: Oh, motherf—(is knocked down by the pumpkin)

New Media
  • Red vs. Blue does almost all the variations of this at different points (as well as using plenty of uncensored swearing). The most iconic, however, is Church's first death:
    Sheila: "New target acquired."
    Caboose: "That's not a target, that's Church!"
    Church: "Hey, Caboose! Why didn't you tell us you could drive the tank?"
    Sheila: "Firing main cannon."
    Church: "Oh, son of a-" * BOOM*
  • The WTF Boom meme.
  • This Sonic Short about the infamous Carnival Night barrel.
    Sonic: All I had to do was hit up and down? UP AND DOWN?! WHAT THE FU- *time runs out*
  • Subverted by Bob in Poke Battles Red Version: When Nerra-Torr kills him, he screams "OH SHI-", and when he reappears in the Land of the Dead several battles later, he first says "-T!".
  • I divided by zero, OH SHI--
  • Eddsworld: In "Ruined", whilst being buried by sand and caught between two closing-in spike walls, Tord asks "Okay, how can this get any worse?" Cue speaker emerging and playing "Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows", which he absolutely hates.
    Tord: Son of a-(Screen goes black, slapstick smack noise)

Video Games
  • At the end of The Neverhood:
    Klogg: SON OF A —!
  • This thug in Deus Ex.
    "Son of a-" BOOM!
  • Left 4 Dead 2
    Coach: MOTHER FU- Strangled coughing
  • Snow in Final Fantasy XIII, after an enemy has done something to really get under the team's skin.
    Snow: You son of a - (lunges at him, but Barthandelus teleports out of reach)
  • Simon the Sorcerer 3D, when Runt has kidnapped the Swampling and is currently levitating Simon over the trigger switch to a bomb.
    Simon: "Shi-" (Runt drops him)
  • In Tales of Monkey Island Chapter 2: The Siege of Spinner Cay, although Elaine doesn't die when a cough may count as an injury due to the Pox of LeChuck:
    Guybrush: [to the MerLeader] Actually, there is one thing. I sorta caused this Pox and I need Esponja Grande to fix that. Especially now.
    Elaine: [under the influence of the Pox] What do you mean by that, you worthless piece of *cough cough cough* ooh, excuse me.
  • Team Fortress 2's short, "Meet the Medic", starts with an injured Scout staring at three rockets heading his way.
    Scout: Woah! What the fu—
    (Rockets explode, Scout is sent flying.)
    Scout: —UUUUUUUUUUU—!
    (Scout's shout stops suddenly when he slams into a window.)
    Scout: Medic...
  • No More Heroes, as Travis steps on a land mine: "FUUUUUUUUUU-" BOOM.
  • In Resident Evil 2, an Umbrella mercenary says "Son of a..." right before the G-virus-mutated William kills him.
  • In Legend of Legaia, while traversing the Very Definitely Final Dungeon, Noa is captivated by a torrent of bodily fluids headed toward the party. Gala turns around and is only able to let out an exasperated "H-Holy..." before getting swept up in it.
  • In Red Faction 2, Alias and Repta are assigned a mission to blow up an armory. The bombs catch them off guard by going off just after they leave the building, and while neither one of them exactly manages to Outrun the Fireball so much as get picked up and flung by it, they survive due to being nano-enhanced Super Soldiers. Their reaction to the explosion is cut off by the explosion.
    (Both look behind them at the sudden glow of detonation): "Aw, shiiii—" *building explodes*

Web Comics

Western Animation
  • Beast Wars again: This time, from Waspinator when he wants out in "The Nemesis: Part 1". He got better in Part 2.
  • Owen in Total Drama:
    "Beans, beans, they're good for your heart, the more you eat, the more you f-" * gets 'beaned' by a can of beans*
  • Danny Phantom has one in the Phantom Planet Finale.
    Maddie Holograph One: "Your resolution is too low and your bandwidth is too large!"
    Maddie Holograph Two:"*gasp* Why you holographic- *Violence Ensues*"
  • The Simpsons
    • "Treehouse of Horror XV", Ned Flanders, of all people, has this moment.
    Ned "You stupid son of a-" * BOOM*
    • "Saddlesore Galactica"
    Nelson: Man, that horse don't take no guff from no one.
    Jimbo: Guff?
    Nelson: I mean sh-
    Bullies start pummeling Nelson
  • King Arthur's Disasters has this little line:
    Minstrels: With all his troubles in the past/King Arthur sat down on his
    gets trampled by horses.
  • Robot Chicken does this in the Mario/Vice City skit. After Luigi is killed, Mario starts shooting up the cops. "You'll never take me alive, you mother-" *gets shot by police*
  • Rigby gets cut off a couple of times in "Grilled Cheese Deluxe," by getting socked in the stomach.
    Rigby: The only thing you're better than me at is being a big piece of— OOF!
  • From Courage the Cowardly Dog:
    Cajun Fox: That little dog is starting to become a real pain in my a-[head goes underwater]

Real Life
  • Truth in Television: "Oh shit" is often attributed to airline pilots just before they crash. Kind of a "tried everything to save the plane but..."

    Sound effects bleep 

Fan Fiction

Film
  • At the end of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, Tuco is staggering after Blondie who's departing with the gold they were chasing after all film. He expresses his negative opinion of Blondie's parentage, but gets cut off at the last word by the opening riff of the ending theme.
  • Jaws: "Smile, you son of a (explosion)", for censorship reasons.
  • In Blazing Saddles:
    Gabby Johnson: Hey! The sheriff's a nig-* clock bell chimes*
    Harriet Johnson: What did he say?
    Dr. Sam Johnson: He said the sheriff's near.
    Gabby Johnson: No, gone blame it dang blammit! The sheriff is a nig-* clock bell chimes again*
  • In Ocean's Twelve, a character is complaining about the censorship of his music, and the bleeps over the soundtrack playing exactly match up with his swear words. He then interrupts himself to tell someone to turn off the censor machine.
  • A combination "Sound Effects Bleep" and "Cut to Another Scene" in Sex and the Single Girl happens when Natalie Wood starts to yell something like "Why you..." into a phone. Cut to the person on the other end of the line, and "cuckoo" sounds coming out of the phone.
  • Smokey and the Bandit: Texas Sheriff Buford T. Justice is chasing the Bandit across several states in his increasingly damaged police car. An Arkansas State Trooper looks at the severely delapidated automobile, and says "You can't drive this piece of shit on the highway." Sheriff Justice proceeds to "tear him a new one" both for his unprofessional use of foul language, and the fact he's been chasing a criminal who's violated a number of state and federal laws. As the trooper apologizes, we hear the faint sound in the distance of an approaching big rig. As Sheriff Justice prepares to put the car in gear and leave, he says, "I accept your apology, now ..." his words are obliterated by the truck horn as it passes, but his lips clearly show him saying, "...fuck off."
  • A Running Gag in Megamind is that the "background music" is provided by Minion with a boombox. When the song "Highway to Hell" is used, all the "Hells" are cut off by Minion having trouble with the stereo.
  • Done in Wayne's World, where a curse near an airfield is obscured by a jet. We still get to hear the ending.
  • In Battleship, Rihanna gets "Mahalo, motherfu-" as she shoots an alien with a deck-mounted cannon.
  • At Didi's baby shower in The Rugrats Movie
    Charlotte: How's the little man doing?
    Didi: I told you, Charlotte, Dr. Lipschitz says it's a girl.
    Charlotte: Well you know what they say, "Born under Venus look for a—(her cellphone rings) Hello?

Literature
  • In the Animorphs novel where the character David is introduced, David is seen carrying the alien "blue box" around. When Jake is informed of this, he begins with "Oh—" just as the school bell rings.

Live-Action TV
  • In Stargate SG-1, Carter is having a discussion with Jonas about his inability to ask a girl out on a date.
    Carter: You are such a chicken s— [incoming wormhole alarm sounds]
  • In The IT Crowd, Jen unleashes a tirade of swears to a Japanese man who stepped on her feet with Doc Martens. These are conveniently bleeped out by an employee nearby using a button. Made even more funny when said employee is out of time with covering up Renholm's swearing at Jen.
  • In an episode of Will and Grace, Will mentions an old friend of Grace's. Grace mentions that she once made fun of the girl's lisp, and proceeds to do it again. Will mentions that the friend died, and Grace moans, "Oh, shit." However, she's still making fun of her lisp, so it comes out more like a combination of "sit" and "slit."
  • In an episode of Three's a Crowd, Jack Tripper is serving some upper crust obnoxious guests on a cruise ship. When they ask him what it is, he replies:
    Jack: "It's called [loud ship horn] on a shingle."
  • NCIS had one of these in "Bete Noire" when the autopsy is taken over by a terrorist (later revealed to be Ari) and is torturing Gerald:
    Kate: You bastard.
    Terrorist: You're a qualified agent, and that's the best you can come up with?
    Kate: You [Gerald screaming] bastard!note 
  • The X-Files had two of these in season 7 episode "Fight Club":
    Mulder: (on a cell phone) No [static] Sherlock.
    Mulder: (on a cell phone) Somebody's got to get to that fight and keep those two women apart or else this time the [static] is going to hit the fans.
  • On Seinfeld, Jerry warns Elaine that George won't be too happy with what she's doing. "Well, I don't really give a sh-" (slams the bathroom door behind her)
  • In a Pushing Daisies episode, a nun spouts off several obscenities, all of which are masked by the ringing of a church bell.
    • And in the episode Circus Circus, Ned's apparently quoting obscenities, while a firebreather is loudly practicing his trade directly in front of the camera.
  • In the Mathnet case "The Case of the Parking Meter Massacre", George Frankly asks a witness, Fred Furd, what kind of guy George Steinbrenner is. He answers, "Aw, George is a...", and the honking of cars drown out what he was saying. George Frankly stops smiling and says, "I heard that about him," while Kate just looks shocked at what she just heard.
  • In The White Shadow, as they are walking along a busy city sidewalk, a high school student confides in a friend that his girlfriend has just told him she's pregnant. The astonished friend responds, "Pregnant! No sh..?" just as a bus passes by them and honks loudly.

Music
  • In Huey Lewis & the News's "Heart Of Rock And Roll", the line "But it's still that same old back beat rhythm/that really really kicks them in the..." ends with a drum riff.
  • The pub song "Woman from Belfast" has several examples of this particular trope.
    Now this is the end of this old Belfast farce
    And about my poor friend's undependable [guitar twang]

Professional Wrestling
  • Subverted on a 2006 Raw, during a match pitting super-hot diva Maria against the bloodthirsty Samoan monster heel Umaga, when Umaga did his avalanche move on a prone Maria, announcer Jim Ross cried out in disbelief, "Oh Jesus!" with Jesus muted out on U.S. broadcasts, leaving the impression that he had uttered "Oh shit!"
  • Also subverted at the 2006 Royal Rumble, where The Undertaker returned and summoned lightning to strike the ring that one Kurt Angle was standing in at the time. The ring fell apart, causing commentator Tazz to cry out "Holy shit*BEEP*! What the hell's going on?!". The beep however, came the second after Tazz finished saying the word. The censors probably weren't too happy.

Video Games
  • In Half-Life 2, as Gordon is entering the Citadel, Barney makes a request of him:
    Barney: If you see Breen, tell him I said fu— [Grinding sound of metal debris and rubble collapsing] —you!
    • The rubble collapsing and Barney's dialogue are two separate sound files, which means if you experience any sort of sound glitch at that time (for example, the "dialogue stutter" that used to be quite common), you can hear the full like in all its glory. (Or just dig around in the game files until you find the appropriate sound file...)
  • In the opening scene of StarCraft, some of the Terran scavengers have the following exchange:
    "You girls strapped in nice and tight now?"
    "Tighter than your momma's—"
    (The bay door opens loudly)
    "That's a good one, man!"
  • In Persona 3, Junpei's All-Out Attack quote is stopped by the sound effect of the Big Ball of Violence.
    Junpei: "Get back here, you son of a-"
  • At the beginning of the Team Fortress 2 short Meet the Pyro, as Scout tries to take off the mic attached to his chest, he says "How do I get this *mic bumping sound*-ing thing off?"
  • Done at the end of Team Chaotix's theme in Sonic Heroes. "They're gonna kick your... (gong sound)"
  • Done in the first PlayStation version of You Don't Know Jack during one of the production chatter openings. Someone makes a rude remark to a stagehand only to be responded with "KISS MY... (BULLHORN)".

Web Comics

Web Original

Western Animation
  • In the Young Justice episode "Secrets", Artemis shoots at Harm while making her escape, only for him to catch it with his bare hands. Unfortunately, she races out slamming the door behind her, while Harm notices the gas filling the room from the open stove. Then the arrow ignites...
    Harm: Oh, that little.... * BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMMMMMMMMMM!!!* (The house explodes)
  • In the Justice League Unlimited episode "For The Man who Has Everything''
    Mongul: Oh, dear. Is that a neural impactor? I didn't know that they were still making those. I'd advise you to try the plasma disruptor. It's more of a woman's weapon.
    Wonder Woman: Go to * SHBOOOOOOOMMMMMM!!!!*
  • In an episode of Rugrats, Angelica is appearing on a kid's show whose host was… not fond of them, to say the least. She came up with a "real" new Happy Fun Phrase for what she thinks of them. Also combo'd very well with a Running Gag.
    Angelica: No. mommy. The new happy fun phrase is: She thinks we're all little....(A truck goes by and honks loudly as Angelica says a "new word" she learned).
  • The Simpsons
    • Homer's other Catch Phrase, "Why, you little...!"
    • James Woods wants to leave his job at the Kwik-E-Mart after being told his movie role has been changed while cleaning the microwave:
    Woods:...What do you mean, I gotta give two weeks' notice? Why you frickin', no good, motha [beep] [beep] cheese! ...No, not you, I'm just talking to my oven.
  • Family Guy has a similar gag:
    Lois: You see Meg, I'm like one of those Bald eagles on the Discovery Channel. Beautiful to look at... but mess with one of my baby chicks and I'll use my razor-sharp talons to rip your
    [oven dings]
    Lois: ... ing eyes out. Cookies are done. Who wants chocolate chip?
    • In the first episode when Peter tries to win money on a talent show:
    Emcee: And the prize goes to The von Trapp Family Singers!
    Peter: That is bull... (drowned out by applause)
    • Also in that episode after finding out that Peter got all that money from welfare Lois says "What the fu—(gets cut off by Peter blowing an air horn)".
    • In "PTV" the FCC tries to censor real life, they blow an air horn to cover up swear words.
    Peter: Oh, Lois, you are so full of (BEEP)! WHAT?! Now I can't say (BEEP) in my own (BEEP)ing house?! Great, Lois. Just (BEEP)in' great. You know, you're lucky you're good at (BEEP) my (BEEP) or I'd never put up with ya. You know what I'm talking about, when you (BEEP) lubed-up (BEEP) toothpaste in my (BEEP) while you (BEEP) on a cherry (BEEP)Episcopalian (BEEP) extension cord (BEEP) wetness (BEEP) with a parking ticket. That is the best!
  • The Powerpuff Girls episode "Curses" has the girls overhearing the Professor spouting a blue word (obscured by sound effects) after injuring his thumb, and they spend the rest of the episode repeating it because they think it's neat.
  • In SpongeBob, it turns out that the seemingly incidental or censorial noises of a dolphin chattering and/or boat horn honking are the bad words to the undersea dwellers.
  • The 1939 Warner Bros. cartoon "The Hardships Of Miles Standish" featured a scene in which a cockeyed Indian plunks a fellow Indian with his bow and arrow. The hurt Indian turns angrily and (from what is known) lips the words "Goddamn son of a bitch!" There was some speculation that the Indian actually vocally said it but it was excised by the Hays Office. Similarly at the end of "Rhapsody Rabbit" after a mouse beats him into playing the finale on the Hungarian Rhapsody, Bugs Bunny angrily plays the last few notes and mouths "son of a bitch!".
  • In Der Fuehrers Face:
    Oh, when der Fuehrer yells,
    "I've got to have more shells!"
    We heil! Heil!
    For him we make more shells!
    If one little shell should blow him right to (Donald Duck gets hit in the head by a large shell) * CLANG*
    We heil! Heil!
    And wouldn't that be swell!
  • In the Space Ghost Coast to Coast episode "King Dead", Space Ghost saying "fucking" is cut off by his megaphone crackling, so all we hear is "Just don't touch my TV, OK? Or you're... king dead!" The episode also begins with Space Ghost saying "-king dead!", after having been locked outside of the studio by Zorak and Moltar.
  • In The Ren & Stimpy Show episode "Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen" a line in the Yaksmen National Anthem goes like "And we will probably go to hell" when they sing that part "hell" is droned out by a farting sound and it can be seen when the lyrics go by with the word crossed off.
  • Metalocalypse does this frequently with pinch harmonics.
  • In the 'Gee Whiz' episode of Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Meatwad goes on a little curse rant constituted by various SFX used as bleeps.
  • From Open Season 2:
    McSquizzy: (to a Doberman) You muscle bound sack of sh—(gets cut off by someone loudly drinking coconut juice with a straw).


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