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.


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Comic Books
  • Supergirl: In Demon Spawn, after putting up with her overbearing, self-serving, mean-spirited rival and co-worker Nasthalthia 'Nasty' Luthor, Linda Danvers -as well known as Kara Zor-El, alias Supergirl- grumbles:
    Supergirl: That lousy 'Nasty'! She's out to get me fired! That rotten, under-handed stupid w...
  • 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"?
  • In The Golden Age: Lance Gallant to the spirit of his brother Michael when he's making a phone call.
    "It's my time and my life, so why don't you fu—...h-hello, Paula, it's Lance...Lance Gallant...
  • In Jem and the Holograms Pizzazz stops herself before she finishes the sentence.
    Pizzazz: "Roxy, if you don't stop with the drumming I'm gonna shove those drumsticks—-"

Fan Works
  • A Crown of Stars: In chapter 49:
    • Asuka:“Gott damn it, Shinji! That wasn’t funny! I’m trying to get rid of her and you almost made me c... Ahem, lose my composure.”
  • Downplayed in Calvin and Hobbes: The Series (which imitates a children's show), where the narrator stops short of mentioning a Groin Attack.
  • The Child of Love: After believing Asuka had died and then hearing her laughter Misato begins saying "What the f...?" before trailing off.
  • 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 is giving an eight-month-old Teddy Lupin his bottle when the kid spits some out.
    Harry: Yeah, I'd spit it out too. This formula stuff tastes like cra- er, not nice.
    • In the sequel, Gamma Draconis an adult Harry accidentally runs into the back of a teenage Teddy.
    Harry: Fu- I mean, Merlin, are you OK?
  • Harry Potter and the Time Travel:
    Hermione: Luna, I'm very sorry if I came across like a total bit- idiot.
  • Liberi De Luna:
    Fenrir Greyback: Aw, fu - I mean, fudge.
  • In Never Fear the Shadows Sirius tries to get a thirteen-year-old Harry out of the shower.
    Sirius: Holy sh—Merlin! Do you always enjoy showers in the sub-zero?
  • The Pride's Hatchling:
    Ron: 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!

    '''Seamus: Shi—atsu in a soup!
  • In Boys Und Senshado, 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 is hurt while trying to defend an eight-year-old Harry.
    Sirius: 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?”
  • Happens more than once in It's My Problem whenever a member of the Avengers nearly drops a Precision F-Strike (none of them are used to having Spider-man, or more importantly a fifteen year old, around).
  • In The Rise and Fall of Harry J. Potter Ron's attempt at such in front of Harry's older son is rather amusing.
    Ron: The fuc—oh shit, Jamie's here. I mean, oh damn, Jamie's...screw this. Harry, George: what the hell?
  • In Four Deadly Secrets, Pyrrha does this repeatedly.
  • In the thirteenth chapter of The Second Try, a police officer begins saying "Ah... shi-", and then he catches himself when he realizes there is a little kid in the room.
  • Tangled Up In You has a running gag involving Adrien's inability to swear. At one point, during a game of "Fuck, Marry, Kill", he manages to get the "F" out before amending it to "have sex with Marinette."

  • 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."
  • Home Alone: In the second movie, Buzz does this near the end. "Alright, enough of this gooey sh—" (*sees everyone looking at him*) "show of emotion."
  • 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 The Big Lebowski, Walter nearly told Donny to shut the fuck up.
    Walter: Donny, shut the f- When do we play?
  • 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.
  • Former kids' show host Joe Carruthers does this in Ernest Saves Christmas on the set of a Christmas-themed horror movie, when pointing a gun at the monster: "Die, you son of a...son of a..." He simply can't swear in front of children. Or, perhaps, at all.
  • Deadpool: Wade does this right before passing out, and it is revealed to the audience that he has cancer.

  • Discworld
    • In The Truth, 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. 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."
    • 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."
    • In Reaper Man, for reasons that Make Sense in Context, Ridcully's swear words are turning into unpleasant-looking creatures, and the other wizards are encouraging him to Gosh Dang It to Heck!. The Bursar suggests that Mrs Whitlow says "sugar!", and Ridcully retorts "She may say 'sugar', but she means 'shi'..." before stopping himself.
  • German humorist Kurt Tucholsky used this in a poem, talking to a baby girl: "You / will become a great who-"
  • In Sheep's 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!
  • 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.
  • Boston Legal: 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."
  • Buffy working as a high school guidance counselor:
    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 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.
  • 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.
  • Keith Olbermann's "WHAT THE -" segment on Countdown. Usually Keith stops himself, sometimes he's cut off by a commercial break.
  • Doctor Who: Rose, in "Fear Her":
    The Doctor: Come on, you were a kid once.
    Rose: Yeah, and I know what kids are like. Right little sh—. . . terrors.
  • How I Met Your Mother: When Lily finds out that Barney slept with a nanny that she and Marshall wanted to hire, she was about to say, "You son of a bitch", notices that she has her son with her, then slips into Pig Latin for the last word.
  • 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 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]
  • When Lin-Manuel Miranda hosted Saturday Night Live, he sang his monologue to the tune of Hamilton My Shot. At one point, he walked into the hall of previous hosts, and stops in front of the portrait of Donald Trump...
    Lin: On this wall, in this hall, and I'm getting a piece of it,
    Like Miley, Schumer, Tracy Morgan and THIS PIECE OF-
    (stares at Trump picture)
    (mumbles/sings) Well, he's never gonna be president now, never gonna be president now..
  • 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!"
  • From ''The Vicar of Dibley", Episode "The Window & the Weather":
    Hugo appears suddenly, startling Geraldine
    Geraldine: OH FUC-rying out loud, Hugo!

  • Panic! at the Disco:
    • In "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!"
  • Mostly Played for Laughs in this instance, but during an acoustic performance of Juular in 2015, Devin Townsend gets to the chorus. And then realises he's in London's St. James' Church...
  • 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":
    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, na, na, da, dadadada...
  • Brook Benton's "Boll Weevil Song":
    And the boll weevil said to the farmer,
    Said, "Farmer, I'd like to wish you well"
    Farmer said to the boll weevil,
    "Yeah, and I wish that you were in...

    Lookin' for a home
    Lookin' for a home
    Ahh, you have a home, all right
    You have a home
    A real hot home..."
  • "The Real Sugar Baby" by Stephanie Beard features this:
    "And there's a million of us
    Just like me, fuss like me
    Just don't give a fu-
    Oh! I would never say that"
  • This lyric in "What Kind of Pokémon are You":
    Good luck with Muk and his poison gas, make one wrong move and it will kick your... Grass.

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 retorting to Joker, "Screw you, f...light lieutenant." Which leads into a "cut to next scene" example below...
  • 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...!
  • Ordis in Warframe, an artificial intelligence suffering from what is essentially schizophrenia, has his curses cut short when he glitches out. While glitching, he tells a friendly Corpus deserter to "go straight to h-" before immediately apologizing.

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 Image Board in question has very little interest in censoring anything.
    • Subverted at least once, with the penultimate panel being a screamed "TO-".
  • Whateley Universe: In conjunction with Last-Second Word Swap and Subverted Rhyme Every Occasion. In Blood Sister, Blood Brother:
    Miss Mary had a steamboat, the steamboat had a bell
    Miss Mary went to Heaven, the steamboat went to
    Hello operator, please give me number Nine
    And if you disconnect me, I’ll kick you from
    Behind the frigerator, there lies a piece of glass
    Miss Mary sat upon it and broke her little
    Ask me no more questions, I’ll tell you no more lies
    The boys are in the bathroom, a zipping up their
    Flies are in the city, the bees are in the park
    Miss Mary and her boyfriend are kissing in the D-A-R-K
    Dark, Dark, Dark!

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.
  • Happens in DreamWorks' Rocky and Bullwinkle short, when the story is interrupted by a Bullwinkle's Corner segment in which Bullwinkle attempts to recite "Superman".
    They call me Superman
    Leap tall
    Superman ain't savin' sh—WHOA!
    Bullwinkle: (long pause; flips through the lyrics and gives a nervous Aside Glance) Oooookay, that is all for today. Next week, the complete works of Mr. Fifty Cents.

Real Life
  • 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 realize what caused their shock mid-sentence 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.
  • 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 

  • 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
  • Advice and Trust: Combined with Foreign Cuss Word at the end of chapter 6. Asuka has just won a battle and she is surrounded by a squad of armed guards who inform her that Commander Ikari has ordered her arrest and confinement. In reaction she exclaimed “EURE MÜTTER-" (meaning "You mother-" in German) before cutting to another scene.
  • Played with in Clear Skies 3. Turns out Sol was calling Charlie a "Fundamentally Flawed Individual."
  • Done in The End of All Things when Zach realizes he could have taken a gun with him to Hyrule while he is in Faron Woods. It cuts to Midna hearing him from the Gerudo Mesa.

  • 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 Renée 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
  • In Living in Oblivion, during Nick's imagined award acceptance speech.
    Nick: "To all these people and many more, I would love to say thank you... but I can't, because what I really feel like saying is... go fu..." - cut back to reality.
  • 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.
  • The final scene of Batman: Assault on Arkham has Amanda Waller notice a laser dot on her and then cuts to Deadshot aiming a sniper rifle while his daughter plays with a toy in the background with headphones on.
    Waller: Motherfu—
  • In Moana, Moana calls Maui a "son of a..." after he leaves her stuck in a cave. Before Moana can finish the sentence, the scene cuts to Maui.

Live-Action TV
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Black Books, after Bernard is locked out of the shop by the fancy security system and its soundproof 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<
    [cuts to (silent) interior shot where we see him continue his tirade]
  • The Burn Notice episode "Blind Spot":
    Sam: Ah, sh-
  • Castle:
    • In "Boom", Castle's rant gets 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...
    • Played with beautifully in the mockumentary episode.
      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]
  • 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!"
  • 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.
    "Yippie-ki-yay, motherfffff-" [Pauses, looks up at the camera] "Come on guys! You've gotta cut there!"
  • Doctor Who:
    • Also from "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.
    • "Thin Ice" has this gem:
      Bill: No sh—
      [cut to a horse whinnying in front of a mansion]
  • Firefly
    • From the 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.
  • Heroes Reborn (2015). When Noah Bennet, Quentin Frady, and Taylor Kravid discover the room with "evos" hooked up to machines Matrix-style, Quentin gets out "Holy sh—" before it cuts to a commercial break.
  • 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.
  • 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.
      Nate: No kidding.
    • And another one. Quote Eliot, after beating up three mooks: "Yippie-ki-yay, motherf-" "Found it!"
  • 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.
  • NCIS:
    Abby: [typing] Hello, you twisted little piece of s— [Cut]
  • 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]
  • 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]
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Sherlock: Subverted repeatedly in the Series 3 premiere "The Empty Hearse", in which a scene of someone (usually Sherlock) beginning to swear is cut off by a cut to a scene of John in his surgery... saying something innocuous that nevertheless completes the curse.
    Mrs Hudson: [regarding Sherlock's reappearance after two years] What did [John] say?
    Sherlock: Fu-
    [Cut to John in his surgery]
    John: [to patient] Cough.
  • 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-
  • White Rabbit Project: Tory was interrupted halfway through cussing during the "Bat Bomb" segment in the "Crazy WW2 Weapons" episode.
  • 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.

  • 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-"
  • In Half-Life, the last of the panicked broadcasts of government troops you can listen to while they retreat is:
    "Forget about Freeman! We are cutting our losses and pulling out! Anyone left down there now is on his own. Repeat; if you weren't already, you are now fu-(static)"
    • 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 B.S.O.D. 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]
  • Brütal Legend: Lose a race against Fleetus.
    Eddie: "Lousy demon son of a-"
    Game Interface: "Retry?"
  • Borderlands 2 has extra material with the overly chatty and opinionated Claptrap, including a humorous wedding proposal where he misinterprets the purpose of what they're trying to ask the girl to do. It very quickly cuts to a fresh recording take before Claptrap can get (completely) obscene.
    Director: He's gonna ask his girlfriend to take things to the, uh, next level.
    Claptrap: What, like ana—

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*
    • 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—
  • 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.
  • Markiplier, as Wilford Warfstache, attempts to interview Phone Guy from Five Nights at Freddy's. They exchange an increasingly long series of 'hellos' until he finally snaps at Phone Guy and tries to get some answers out of him.
    Wilford: Oh for f*beep* sake, hello, hey, howdy, greetings, bonjour...
    Phone Guy: Oh, well hi there!
    Wilford: Yes, well, could you briefly explain what it is you do at Freddy Fazbear's Pizza?
    Phone Guy: *four second long beat*...hello?
    Wilford: MOTHERFU*cuts to a "Please Stand By" test pattern*
  • In Welcome to Night Vale, local radio host Cecil usually tries to keep his language restrained, but when his pet cat is attacked and badly injured by a strange creature, he stops holding back.
    Cecil: You come here, you son of a– [Cue the weather].

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".
    • In "Itchy and Scratchy and Marge" Marge writes a letter politely asking to cut down on the cartoon's violence:
    Roger Meyer: [dictating a reply letter] let me close by saying...[cut to]
    Marge: [angrily reading]...and the horse I rode in on??
  • 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].
  • In Total Drama, Duncan is talking in the confessional:
    Duncan: Payback's a- *scene change*
  • In one episode of Oh No! It's an Alien Invasion, when Nate and Shakes are annoying Turret with their game of Smashball.
    Turret: I'll smash your—!
  • In Rick and Morty, The head Zigerion yells in episode 4:
    Zigerion: "This is going to be such a mind f——!" *hard cut to advertisement*

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Comic Books
  • 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!"


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-"
  • The Rockford Files ended one episode with Rockford hanging up the telephone and angrily declaring, "Son of a—" before a cut to closing credits. For The '70s, this was pushing the envelope.

  • Wilco's song "Monday" ends with singer Jeff Tweedy exclaiming, "Son of a—!"
  • Weird Al is notoriously clean in his lyrics, but he does push the envelope in a couple songs as they fade out. The first one is in "Phony Calls" where the final line as the song fades out is "...but you're just a pain in the..."
    • "Another Tattoo" is Even Worse, as the last thing heard before the fade out is "OW! Mother-"

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
  • "VAATI YOU NO GOOD MOTHER--" *Credits Music Plays*
  • 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)
  • In the Super Mario Logan episode "Bowser Junior's Lottery Ticket!":
    (Long beat)
    Bowser Junior: WHAT THE— (cut to SML Question)
  • A popular way to end an episode of Game Grumps.
    JonTron: Next time on Game Grumps! Order up! ORDER UP A NEW FU
  • Yahtzee, of Zero Punctuation fame, spent his time ragging on that 50 Cent game exhaustively wording every phrase so that nothing could be misconstrued as racism. Then he ends the review with this gem: "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.
    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]
  • My Little Transformer Black Friday has Grumpy bear say this:
    Grumpy: Son of a bi-[credits of tsubasa wa pleasure line plays]
  • Viner Thomas Sanders plays around with this in some of his Vines:
    • A couple take advantage of Vines being on infinite loop to make it sound like he's actually cussing.
      Uuuuuck... all of these expletives. *stubs his toe on something* FFFFFF—
      It... is ridiculous how many people curse. *drops his drink* Shhhhh—
    • In a couple of his Disney pranks, the Vine's timer cuts off the curse at the end, such as:
      "Disney Pranks with Friends!" "I'm a beautiful butterfly!" *dumps plastic bugs on a friend playing a video game* "AAAH! Those are fake?! Oh, you son of a bi—"
  • In the Honest Trailer for Frozen Fever:
    Narrator: Do you remember when Disney actually tried to hide the innuendoes in their films? 'Cause those things [the snowgies] look like chubby little d— BE SURE TO SUBSCRIBE FOR MORE HONEST TRAILERS
  • From the Nigahiga episode "How To Run For President!":
    "I'm Ryan Higa, and I don't approve any of this shi—"

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]
    • Wendy sings a song based on this trope in "Something You Do With Your Finger"
  • In BoJack Horseman: "Love And/Or Marriage" does this with Diane when she finds out she's pregnant.
    Doctor: Oh, and, uh, lay off the drugs. Especially now.
    Diane: Why especially now?
    Doctor: Oh, don't worry. Your baby's fine.
    Diane: What do you mean "baby"? Why do you say "baby"?
    Doctor: Do you not know? You're pregnant.
    Diane: MOTHERF—[Episode ends]
    • Subverted in the following episode, which begins where this previous episode left off, with Diane audibly yelling "—FUCKER!"

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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—-
  • 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-
  • 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-
  • In Episode 21 of If The Emperor Had A TTS Device:
    Ultramarine: My glorious Chapter Master! We have succeeded in acquiring and planting the Salamanders artifacts!
    Calgar: ...WHAT THE FU-*cue intro*

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—
    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

  • 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 & 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.
  • At the climax of The Boxtrolls, Mr. Gristle lets out an "Oh sh--" right before he's crushed to death by the falling remains of Snatcher's Spider Tank.
  • The fat paddock worker in Jurassic World who serves as the Indominus's first victim clearly mouths "Fu-" just before her monstrous jaws chomp down on him.

  • 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.
  • Doctor Who:
  • 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 & 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)
  • Downplayed in The 10 WEIRDEST Superstitions in the World! by Matt Santoro. Matt holds a black cat, and says, "'Cuz I don't give a fu - (sneezes) And I just remembered I'm allergic to cats."
  • In The Demented Cartoon Movie, a stick figure goes on a long rant about how stupid the movie's gags are after pressing a concealed "make the world blow up" button, and is interrupted by an explosion as he finishes with "Whoever made this movie is a complete jacka—" (BOOM!)

  • In West Side Story, Bernardo taunts Tony, "Come on, you yellow-bellied Polack bas—" but never finishes the sentence because Riff hits him.

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*
  • In Iron Twilight, upon killing Edgar without befriending Qem causes Edgar to do this but he's cut short when he bursts into a bunch of stars.
    Edgar: SON OF A— (Bursts into light)
    • Death does this too before being killed.
    Death: Oh sh— (Bursts into light)

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*
    • In a later season, Jasmine in the Avalanche Zone:
    Jasmine: I'm gonna rip you a new- *buried by snow*
  • 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]
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy: In "Halls of Time", Billy, Mandy and Irwin are regressing into babies, into fetuses and then into nothing due to their time hourglasses being turned upside-down; Mandy does this when Grim shows joy at her demise and smugly waves goodbye before she does.
    Mandy: Why you no-good pile of—(disappears)

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

  • 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.
    • Apparently, what Eli Wallach actually yelled, since he knew it would be dubbed over anyway (as was common practice for Italian films of the era) was, "YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE?!? JUST A DIRTY MOTHERFUCKER!"
  • 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 dilapidated 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?

  • 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 & 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.
  • Spoofed by Pimp My Ride. Xzibit discovers that the car for that week has a broken horn, so the driver has to use an air horn instead. Then he says "Send the censors home. We gonna edit ourselves from now on. Why, you little..." He then blows the horn while mouthing curse words.


  • 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)."
  • Needles Kane gets in on this during his introduction in Twisted Metal: Black.
    Shut up and bleed, you motherfu—[Scare Chord]

Web Comics

Web Original
  • This rather long exchange, originally posted in Finnish on Facebook, ends each part with a curse cut short, and the next part then subverts the dirtiness by ending the word differently.
  • When Ghost of True Capitalist Radio rages, the sound of his cans sometimes interrupts his cursing.

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''. In the comic it's based on, Wonder Woman says "hell".
    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 SquarePants, 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.
  • In Der Fuehrer's 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).

Wait, it's over already? Well, f---.