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[[caption-width-right:300:[[HehHehYouSaidX Hehe... "pussy"!]]]]

At times, even the lack of subtlety provided by the ugly {{Censor Box}}es is just not enough. Why not put something amusing in the place of some aesthetically repulsive black bars and boxes? Why not, say, a picture of a squirrel?

Or anything, really. Gag Censors are when faces, amusing pictures, logos, or any image is used to obscure certain parts deemed not suitable for public consumption.

This method ranks the lowest in [[CensorshipTropes the sliding scale of censorship subtleties]]—it doesn't attempt to shoehorn elements in to somehow obscure the sight like the CensorSteam, CensorShadow, or CensorSuds; nor does it try to cover these parts with meta visual elements like Censor Boxes or {{Pixellation}}s. It, instead, puts an image ''over'' it.

It should go without saying that this is almost always PlayedForLaughs, and particularly common in {{anime}}. In many cases, one can expect these things to [[TooHotForTV disappear when the DVD version comes out]]. See also: SceneryCensor, RelaxOVision. SoundEffectBleep can also be used for similar comedic effect.

[[IThoughtItMeant Not to be confused]] with CensoredForComedy, which is a type of joke involving censors.

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!Examples:

[[AC:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* The famous Laughing Man from the ''GhostInTheShell'' series. In-universe it is actually ''far'' from a gag and relates to a terrorist incident, but it's frequently used this way by the fandom.
* ''RosarioToVampire'' uses censor bats and bears if there is more than one censor to be covered. [[BreakingTheFourthWall He even chats with the audience!]]
* ''BGataHKei'' uses a Demon symbol for this on the TV release over the [=EroGami=] (sex god) that normally covers things.
* ''Manga/ToLoveRu'' uses these as well as censor flashlight-like beams.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' uses large "Forbidden" stamps whenever Nodoka is reading [[CovertPervert her own mind]].
* ''OniiChanNoKotoNankaZenzenSukiJanainDakaraNe'' (seen above) uses these everywhere, constantly.
* ''{{Softenni}}'' uses these as well in about 50% of the scenes.
* ''SayonaraZetsubouSensei'' uses the face of one of the manga's assistants for this.
** Here we go: [[http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/rsz_sayonara_zetsubou_sensei_1156.png A *completely pointless* gag censor]]. You couldn't see anything even if it wasn't there.
* ''Manga/HayateTheCombatButler'' uses a guy holding a sign literally saying "can not show."
* The ShonenJump pirate flag gets used as a censor (much to its embarrassment) in ''Manga/HellTeacherNube''.
* ''LightNovel/AsobiNiIkuYo'' uses several different censorship methods, including this one - generally, it's the Assisdroids jumping into the scene to cover things with their [[TalkingWithSigns signs]].
* ''EvenAMonkeyCanDrawManga'': Phallic vegetables are used in place of male genitals. Trope [[SubvertedTrope subverted]] as the rather... ''fleshy'' looking vegetables actually do little to lessen the raunchiness of the pictures.
* ''Manga/AirGear'' has Koo, Ikki's pet crow cover the naughty bits when necesarry.
* ''Manga/HajimeNoIppo'' uses starbursts early on, but [[ArtEvolution eventually moves beyond this]]. Ippo's starburst is [[GagPenis really long]].
* ''Manga/MiraiNikki'': "HAPPY?"
* The manga series ''Manga/SwitchGirl'' often uses an image of a cat to censor nudity (mostly the main character Nika). This was kept in the live-action TV adaptation.
* While ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' usually resorts to a standard CensorBar or {{Pixellation}} for censorship, one instance had Mutsu punch someone so hard that a sign with a slashed-out 18 on it was imposed onto his face in the aftermath.
* The ''Manga/HunterXHunter'' manga positions speech bubbles in front of any exposed private parts. One particular case had Hisoka completely naked with thought bubbles between his legs about his sexual cravings, forcing the reader to look down there and think about how he likes his sex.

[[AC: Comic Books]]
* In ''{{Hawkeye}}'' Vol. 4 #3, as Hawkeye dives naked across a bed, his naughty bits are covered by... a picture of his face with his traditional purple mask.

[[AC: Film]]
* The basic cable TV edit for Howard Stern's ''Literature/PrivateParts'' has Howard himself pop up on screen covering naughty parts or blocking the whole screen and explaining what's being censored...then at one point says screw it and tell the audience to just go rent it.

[[AC:{{Live Action TV}}]]
* Mancow Muller's eponymous TV show: they had illustrations of Mancow's face over any and all naughty bits.
* On ''Series/MythBusters'', many dangerous substances such as explosives or thermite are made by mixing "blur with blur".
** Alternatively, they use animal sounds, such as "mixing moo with meow".
* ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'': in the ''Film/DevilFish'' episode the MST3K planet logo was used to cover up an accidental nut shot.
** Another early episode has Joel stand up to show off his new umbrella, which covered up a brief scene of nudity (from the audience and the bots).
* On VH-1, whenever someone says "pussy", they have a cat meowing. They also cover up a woman's *meow* with a cat...
* Creator/CraigFerguson's edition of ''Series/TheLateLateShow'' bleeps out its innumerable expletives by playing voiceovers of Craig saying "Oohlala," or some other [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign silly-sounding quasi-foreign phrase]], and covering the offender's mouth (if he isn't [[HandPuppet a puppet]]) with an appropriate national flag.
* Whenever ''[[Series/GakiNoTsukaiYaArahende Gaki no Tsukai's]]'' cast get naked, their privates are covered either with photos of their faces, or the first kanji of their names.
* Australian sketch show ''Full Frontal'' managed to take this to new heights in a sketch as a French movie (translated into English as "The Woman Who Talked Too Much") whose subtitles were used to cover up nudity.
* In Glee, Brody shows up naked for breakfast one day. He was covered by Kurt's box of Rooster-Os.

[[AC:{{Music}}]]
* German punk band Die Ärzte's music video for [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXAxCo2TKXE "Junge"]] has the musicians defend themselves against a horde of zombies in all its gory glory. Anticipating Germany's harsh laws against showing violence on TV, they produced another version with the bloodiest details covered by cartoon character's heads or have the entire screen blocked by phrases like "This scene is unacceptable. We'd like to apologize for that."

[[AC:NonfictionSeries]]
* ''Series/XPlay'': For a brief period they would cover up extremely gory game scenes with pictures of kittens.

[[AC:SketchComedy]]
* ''Series/MontyPythonsFlyingCircus'': In one of Terry Gilliam's animations, a fig leaf covering a statue's genitals was snatched away, and underneath was a man's head.

[[AC:VideoGames]]
* Among the many UrbanLegendsOfZelda revolving around ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIX'', one particular legend involves a risqué scene involving [[VideoGame/FinalFantasyVII Cloud's]] head as a censorship method.
* [[VideoGame/SuperMarioGalaxy Rosalina]] in ''[[VideoGame/SuperSmashBros Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U]]'' is said to have the cosmos under her gown. Try looking up it in-game, and you'll see that ''they aren't kidding''.

[[AC:WebComics]]
* ''[[WebComic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja Dr McNinja]]'' covers up "naughty" things (usually profanity) with black boxes saying things like "Filth!" or "Goodness!" instead. As seen in the page image for CensorBox, these are also used to cover up [[FlippingTheBird a middle finger]]...and nothing else.
* According to BlackAdventures, Black's penis looks like ReggieFilsAime, N's looks like JunichiMasuda and Cheren's is just a question mark.
* In ''Webcomic/UnintentionallyPretentious'', the CensorBox [[http://www.unintentionallypretentious.com/index.asp?c=174 gets more insistent]].
* The previews for [[{{Rule 34}} adult-themed donation incentives]] for ''{{Heartcore}}'' use a creature called a Meefu ([[RidiculouslyCuteCritter a mix between a bee and a cat]]) to block out the more titillating parts of the picture, earning it the [[FanNickname affectionate nickname]] of "Censor Bee".
* Walter in ''Webcomic/KnightsOfBuenaVista'' has a SwearJar, so whenever someone swears, "(swear jar)" is written instead.
* ''WebCombic/SchlockMercenary'' had the censor box bubble block view of a head injury, which also prevented Doyt and Haban from taking a good look at the wound until they pushed the body off-panel. Doyt then got an eyeful of the gory wound.

[[AC:{{Web Original}}s]]
* {{Website/Cracked}} ''loves'' this trope.
* Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses:
** In WebVideo/TheNostalgiaCritic's review of ''Film/TheRoom'' he puts the head of a jackass over Tommy Wiseau's [[VisualPun ass]].
** WebVideo/TheNostalgiaChick's review of ''{{Showgirls}}'' used two photos of [[VisualPun Blue Footed Boobies]] (and a bird honk) to cover any exposed breasts.
** BennettTheSage's standard censor bar is a static image of [[TeamFourStar KaiserNeko]]; in [[LegendOfTheOverfiend one case]], where the image is used liberally, Kaiser spouts off some GratuitousJapanese [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PKjHzrfdNG0 and flies off]].
** Quoth [[WebVideo/BrowsHeldHigh Oancitizen]], who also uses and abuses this:
--> You have no idea how long it took me to find a good image for a "footjob".
** A common gag since WebVideo/ForgetAboutIt would place {{Welshy}}'s face over most genitals. (Aside from photoshopping it onto random and embarrassing places.)
* Stephen Georg, the voice of Ness in FobbiesAreBorange and fairly popular vlogger, also does Let's Plays alongside his vlog. In his Let's Play of ''VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent'', upon entering a certain room in the morgue, he encounters a corpse which apparently has visible male...parts. Either Website/YouTube's policies, his own morals or both prevent him from leaving the parts exposed, so throughout any screentime said corpse receives, [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=ghbd9NiDNc8#t=110s the Gag Censor he uses is an image of his own face in a goofy expression.]] Sadly, in later episodes where nude corpses appear, he instead merely blurs out the offending area.
* Video game blog Kotaku used to insert a vector pink fish for this purpose, but now they just tag the article with "NSFW" and call it a day.
* ''WebVideo/{{Immersion}}'' uses, among other things, two melons for censorship in the episode ''Fighting Girl Clothes''.
* ''WebAnimation/ZeroPunctuation'' goes for the standard black boxes, but usually decorates them with sayings like "IMAGE VERY CENSORED," "THANKS DEVIANTART!", or "NOPE, NOTHING TO SEE HERE."
* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rVx4ZZhPBfI This]] YTP uses this, with the most amusing being Haruhi shaking her finger captioned "No fanservice for you!"
* Ebony Devil shows up in ''WebVideo/VaguelyRecallingJojo'' to censor any scene too severe for the viewers. One time, Polnareff's hair was used to cover up the scene where Rubber Soul is devouring some beetles.

[[AC:WesternAnimation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime'': [[VisualPun Logs over crotches]] at the end of "Wizard." [[CensorDecoy Originally, it was going to be beavers,]] but the censors wouldn't allow it.
* On the TV version of ''TheSimpsonsMovie'', Bart's lower nudity when he skates through a bare spot in a hedge is covered by a CensorBox that reads, "EUROPEAN VERSION ONLY!" (which on the DVD commentary the directors state was going to be alternate theater image if the MPAA couldn't give them a PG13 on the first viewing)

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