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Digital Bikini
She had to cover up those sea-cups.

When a naked character is given a computer-created bikini or underwear, often at the censor's request, as actually cutting the scene would leave a major plothole (or piss off purist fans who hate it when scenes get cut for content) and cropping the nudity with pan and zoom effects would make the scene look awkward as hell. This is also used to make risque clothing more modest (i.e., a female character who originally wears a thong now has on a mild version of a Thong of Shielding, booty shorts, or granny panties on a "safe for air" version of a movie or cable show that was brought to free-to-air TV). A close relative of Censor Steam (and Conspicuous CG, as most of these examples — especially for the live-action movies — look so obvious, even to the most naive viewer). Sometimes this does occur with Barbie Doll Anatomy (or Non Humans Lack Attributes) involved, though lack of certain... um, elements should technically make it less egregiously nude it doesn't lessen the overall perception that there's a lot of skin on show in places clothing should be. Other times though it can have the opposite effect entirely and merely look hinky without said attributes so it's easier just to cover it up.

This of course stems from consideration of intended audiences, standards and practices departments and mainly pressure from Moral Guardians who can easily sink something if they mean to. This isn't to mean this practice is bad, just somewhat irritating to the purist.

Compare with Family-Friendly Firearms, when real-life guns and weapons are digitally altered into more censor-friendly fictional weapons.

Not to be confused with bikinis made of electronic components (if there is any such thing... yet).


Examples

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    Advertising 
  • The creator of Ménage à 3 also features more explicit images of the characters through Menagé à 3 Showcase on the paysite Slipshine. One advertisement for this on the Ma3 website features Zii in a black bra which she's not wearing in the actual image.
  • Depending on the target audience, holiday brochures available from travel agents in Britain are routinely photoshopped to put digital bikini tops on women who appear on photographs from resorts where topless sunbathing is allowed. Identical photographs might appear in a holiday brochure intended at families and older people - with bikini tops airbrushed in - and in brochures of the "Club 18-30" type aimed at young singles - where the nudity is allowed to stand, possibly as a sales point.
  • An egregious example was done with a photo originally in an ad in an adult publication, showing a female with her back to the camera on a beach, peeling off a wet shirt, the only piece of clothing she had on. The picture was used in a later ad; not only was a bikini bottom painted on, but her entire butt-crack was airbrushed out. The effect was...unsettling.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Tenchi Muyo! became the Trope Namer when it was aired on Cartoon Network's Toonami, pioneering the technique to avoid cutting the many plot-critical scenes set in hot springs or baths. The best part is seeing the bathing suits painted on characters wearing tightly wrapped towels around them.
  • In InuYasha, in the very first chapter, the Centipede Demon who drags Kagome to the past via the well was supposed to be bare-chested (but with Barbie Doll Anatomy). When it aired on [adult swim], the monster's breast lines were digitally erased, which was not even was left consistently in all scenes.
    • In Latin America she received a blue bra, which was even less consistent.
  • In Mobile Fighter G Gundam when it was aired on Toonami, a bikini top was put on Rain when she's forced to "pilot" the Devil Gundam. Making this especially silly is that the character in question has Barbie Doll Anatomy but is also completely silver and looks like a statue (due to DG Cell infection).
  • The English dub of Zatch Bell! apparently put underpants on the title character (in the original Japanese he walked around with nothing under his dress — yes, he wears a dress) because in Japan nudity on young boys isn't frowned upon (this also happened with young Gohan in Dragon Ball, though in the dub they just cut the scene). This led to a few confusing scenes where he's doing stuff like holding his boxers while wearing boxers and swimming with them while his clothes — including the boxers — can be seen on the bank.
  • Sailor Moon episode 119 (from the Sailor Moon S series) features a Daimon called U-Chouten who basically wears large star-shaped pasties over her nipples. This was too much for Cartoon Network censors as you might guess for a kid-aimed show and the episode was sent back to Cloverway so they could draw a green bra over U-Chouten's semi-naked breasts to make the star pasties look like a design on her bra. As a result, Cartoon Network skipped the episode in its initial run — despite it being a pivotal episode wherein the identity of Sailor Saturn is revealed. Even though Cartoon Network eventually made good by airing the episode eventually, most fans were angry that it took them so long to do it and the reason why the episode was banned was for something so minor (in their opinion, Moral Guardians and most parents might differ).
  • The American broadcast of Mobile Suit Gundam: The 08th MS Team had these added when the male and female leads took an impromptu hot springs dip.
  • Outlaw Star put a Digital Bikini on Melfina when she went into the water tank to control the ship, never mind how she was just covered behind her crossed arms and part of the tank already. The same goes for when she is first "discovered", which is a popular comparison shot — the foetal position just didn't cover it.
    • And Cartoon Network (American division) completely ignored/skipped "Hot Springs Planet Tenrei," since it would take too much time and money to digitally clothe, cut scenes, and crop out all nudity. There exists an edited version of the episode that does have the nude characters digitally clothed with bikinis (and is drastically cut to remove adult content, making it run shorter than usual), but it only aired once on the short-lived CNX Channel in the UK.
  • Numerous humanoid monsters in Yu-Gi-Oh! were originally depicted as being naked (though with Barbie Doll Anatomy), but in the 4Kids dub, clothes were digitally painted onto them. Likewise, monsters (and even certain human characters) who were depicted with very risqué clothes had their clothing modified digitally to be less revealing.
    • A notable example is Vivian Wong from the first Konami-run series (not including the Toei one). Given her high-kick style of fighting, it was probably necessary to get it on the air.
    • A scene in an early episode of Yu-Gi-Oh! GX has Asuka and her friends in a hot spring-like area of the Obelisk Blue dorms. In the dub, swimsuits are digitally painted onto their bodies, though said bikinis vanish when they are in their towels. A much later episode features Misawa taking off all his clothing and running across part of the island naked. The dub gives him a pair of underpants, and the ones he originally threw aside are painted away.
  • Mew Mew Power, the 4Kids dub of Tokyo Mew Mew, gave Zakuro/Renee underwear before her clothes form during her Transformation Sequence, even though it goes by so fast it's almost impossible to tell (video comparison here).
  • In one scene in Rosario + Vampire: Season II, a male doppelgänger transforms into the very buxom Kurumu Kurono and flashes her breasts. In the English version, the doppelgänger inexplicably has on a bra.
  • Puella Magi Madoka Magica has the second Compilation Movie put frilly tunics on Madoka and Homura in a scene that was an Out-of-Clothes Experience in the actual series.

    Films — Animation 
  • A scene in The Brave Little Toaster shows a woman with star pasties over her breasts. The DVD version redrew the star pasties as a star bikini.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the TV version of The Birdcage, Hank Azaria's character now has on swimshorts instead of a butt-revealing Speedo.
  • Showgirls on a non-PPV channel (like VH-1) has all the female nudity covered with obvious computer-rendered bras and panties.
  • A lightly censored version of Crank on a free-to-air channel had a topless masseuse suddenly clothed in a computer-made bra top.
  • In the film My Father the Hero, a father (Gérard Depardieu) takes his 14-year-old daughter (Katherine Heigl) on vacation to a beach resort. At one point she wears a very butt-revealing swimsuit (somewhere between a thong and a G-string). The edited for television version has digitally added panels to her cheeks, making it even less revealing than the average swimsuit (yet her father is still freaked out by how much ass she's showing [though the new interpretation could be that it's skintight on her ass, which brings more attention to it than if there were revealing panels on her butt]).
  • When Amélie was shown on the satellite channel Ovation TV, a bikini was photoshopped on the topless dancer Nino asks to cover for him at work.
  • In the Australian film release of Quantum of Solace, a woman is sexually assaulted by the evil General in the ready-to-blow-up hotel. She is thrown on to a bed, showing her pubic mound/outer genitalia in an upskirt shot. On the Region 4 DVD, the woman's bare genitals were digitally covered with some CGI panties.
  • The poster and print ad for the 1981 James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only showed a leggy woman in a rear shot, from the waist down, wearing boy-short type panties that are tight enough to draw attention to the butt (the model for the photograph is rumored to have worn a pair of conventional women's panties backwards to achieve that look). The newspapers in some communities, such as Arizona's Republic, carefully drew in a pair of more modest shorts.
  • Anck Su Namun in The Mummy Returns had a digital bikini over her nude body (which was already covered with Body Paint).
  • Inverted in Machete, where Jessica Alba wore a bikini while filming a shower scene which was digitally removed later to make it a "nude" scene.
  • In The Boat That Rocked, Midnight Mark is found with dozen of naked girls, noticeably topless. In the trailer, they all wear digital bras.
  • Natalie Portman in the green band trailer for Your Highness. The red band version, as well as the scene in question in the actual film, has her wearing a barely-visible thong.
  • When ABC aired Diamonds Are Forever, they put black bra straps across Plenty's back in one scene, and colored her tan briefs to match.
  • In Polish HBO's 1998 promo for the Howard Stern's movie Private Parts, Jenna Jameson's bare breasts were masked with a crude bikini that looks like it was done on Microsoft Paint (and probably was).

    Music 
  • The video for Rascal Flatts' 2003 country hit "I Melt" gained notoriety for becoming the first video in the genre to feature nudity. Scenes include guitarist Joe Don Rooney's bare buttocks, and model Christina Auria taking a shower in the nude. After conservative groups complained, an edited version, with pixelated "bikinis" on each, was released for airing during daytime hours on CMT. Great American Country, a competing country music-oriented network, however, insisted on a new video ... and when Rascal Flatts refused to release one, GAC pulled the plug on the song.
  • The European cover art of Queen's "Fat Bottomed Girls"/"Bicycle Race" had a picture of a nude girl on a bicycle. (interestingly enough, the picture was taken at a nude bicycle race held to promote said album...) However, when the LP came to America, the record company painted a bikini on the girl.
  • Taken Up to Eleven in Saudi Arabia, which has a reputation of censoring album covers that they find too provocative. Being quite a conservative country, this usually involved less Digital Bikini and more Digital Full-Body Covering.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • A 1988 feud between Jake "the Snake" Roberts and "Ravishing" Rick Rude involved an incident that was Played for Laughs and Subverted. The feud itself was sparked when Rude (who had a post-match routine where he would kiss a pre-selected woman in the audience) was spurned by Roberts' real-life wife, Cheryl. To agitate Roberts, Rude began wearing tights with Cheryl's likeness spray-painted on them, prompting Roberts to warn him to stop wearing them or he would come to the ring and take them off himself. Roberts held true to his promise when Rude wore them to the ring ... and he indeed tore them off Rude, causing him to flee in terror and embarassment from the ring completely naked ... with Rude's groin area digitally pixelated. Rude indeed was "nude" — or so the home audience was led to believe; the crowd saw Rude wearing a flesh-colored thong, and the pixelation was done to create the illusion that Rude had been stripped of his skivvies.

    Tabletop Games 
  • In the Yu-Gi-Oh! CCG (the international version of the card game), most female monsters have some sort of digital editing, whether to add clothes or to reduce their bust sizes. This became less common starting in the GX era, though a few exceptions remain. Though Avatar of the Pot was one where this was more than welcome.

    Video Games 
  • The introduction movie for the PlayStation version of Soul Edge has Sophitia interrupted whilst bathing by a god appearing from the water. In the Japanese version she's naked, but everywhere else she's wearing a white swimsuit. Although to their defense, at very least the swimsuited version is playable.
  • In Metal Gear Solid, Johnny Sasaki is seen bent over with his butt in the air in his underwear in the Japanese version. In the US version, on the other hand, the underwear is removed and replaced with a pixelized censoring. The pixelized version did NOT make it into the US release of MGS4, and you can see what they were trying to cover up in the original PS1 version anyway by crawling right next to his ass and using your binoculars to zoom through the pixellization.
  • In the PC game Princess Maker 2, you can take your daughter Olive on a vacation as a way to build your relationship and decrease stress. How old she is and what season it is — as well as where you're vacationing — determines which of the photos you'll be shown. Most of said photos are innocent by the game's standards, but the translators decided to slap MS Paint clothes on Olive sunbathing and swimming naked. To be fair, she's supposed to be 12 or 13 in the sunbathing photo. In fact, the four beach summer vacation photos had this. The "sitting on a pool" and "resting in a quiet beach corner" ones had Olive actually wearing more see-through shirts/dresses, so these were slightly altered to not look so transparent.
  • Odd example: the pre-release box art for the Western release of Disgaea 3 depicts one of the game's kunoichi in her usual cleavage-baring top about to operate on a Prinny. In the final release, the middle of her top is filled in with black.
  • In the Japanese version of Riviera: The Promised Land the girls wear bikinis during the bath scene, but in the US version they do not (certain parts are hidden by Godiva Hair). Same goes with Yggdra Union.
  • Delphi in Giants: Citizen Kabuto — but only in the US English version. The game comes with both US and UK English as installation languages, rendering the whole exercise moot for anyone who realizes that the original UK version is uncensored.
  • Castlevania's Werewolf has turned into a naked human since Rondo of Blood, but in Order of Ecclesia, they added a pair of boxer shorts. A closer look reveals that the boxers spontaneously appear between frames.
  • Final Fantasy VI localization follows Nintendo of America's guidelines with depiction of nudity. The Esper Siren was originally shown with a bare butt, but was edited to wear shorts in the US SNES version (released as Final Fantasy III). PS1 version retains the original. The GBA port had her partially covered, not as much as the SNES version.
  • In Abadox, the princess Floating in a Bubble was naked in the original Japanese version. The U.S. version painted some clothes over her body.
  • When the PC-88 RPG Cosmic Soldier: Psychic War was brought to Western computers by Brøderbund Software, clothes were painted on the originally very Stripperiffic Robot Girl whose form dominates the top-right corner of the interface.
  • The Sega Genesis version of Stormlord covered up the naked fairies this way.
  • Asuka from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Tournament Fighters is given a pair of bloomers in localized versions to cover up the thong she wears in the Japanese release.
  • Played straight and then subverted with the remake of La-Mulana. When it was being designed for the US WiiWare a strip of cloth was added to the topless statues in the Tower of the Goddess. These were later removed in future updates of the PC version.
  • Duke Nukem 64 has strippers removed with the original sprite edited with more clothes to be used as regular dancing girls. Cocoon women are also given some clothes to cover up their nudity.
  • The main promotional art for the arcade Double Dragon II depicts Marian wearing a flesh-colored tank top and a torn skirt exposing her thighs and buttocks. When the art was used for the cover of the NES version, her tank top was recolored red and her skirt became longer.

    Western Animation 
  • A commercial promo for Archer paints tights on a woman passed out in his bedroom who is nude in the actual show.
  • Family Guy:
    • The episode "Deep Throats" has two scenes of Peter and Lois (who are high on marijuana) on the couch. The Cartoon Network and DVD version has them naked (and added a scene of Lois telling Brian that Peter is "knocking at the back door") while the FOX and syndicated version has them in drawn-on underwear (and the "back-door" line is cut).
    • In "Padre de Familla", during a cutaway of Stewie at a strip club, the topless dancer in the DVD version has on an ass-floss style G-string (where the string is actually in between the butt crack). On TV, it was changed to a Thong of Shielding.

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