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-->-- From a ''[[Magazine/{{Cracked}} Cracked Magazine]]'' parody of ''Series/{{COPS}}''

(Not to be confused with ''Pixilation'', which is the StopMotion animation of live actors.)

Video editors alter a section of the screen by averaging or mildly scrambling the color values of the image across larger areas than the original pixels, producing a blocky effect that obscures detail but retains much of the original hue and contour information.

Used to blur out faces (of criminals, crime victims, and undercover police officers; people who didn't sign releases to allow a show to use their likeness), offensive body parts (mostly breasts on women, [[FlippingTheBird the middle finger when used as a rude gesture]], and anything below the waist on both sexes -- that includes front and back), obscene words and written messages (mostly on T-shirts, billboards, and signs), trademarked product names and logos which have not paid for placement (MTV does this a lot to their rap videos and on most of their reality shows, like ''Series/TheRealWorld''), extremely graphic injuries (particularly the bloody stumps left behind when someone loses an arm or a leg or wide open head wounds), depictions of marijuana (be they the actual leaf or a rolled joint that's been lit and smoked), and even the years on closed-circuit date stamps (done a lot on reality shows that focus on police chases and crime, such as ''America's Dumbest Criminals'' or ''World's Wildest Police Chases'').

A [[CensorBox black square]] is still used in some cases. When played for laughs, the censor box or pixellation instantly becomes a GagCensor (for example, superimposing a crown over the crotch of a streaker during a royal visit in Britain).

The whole screen is lightly pixellated (or blurred) in some cases, usually for a reconstruction scene in documentaries about battles.

It's interesting that a movie may have given impetus for another practice: blurring people's lips when they say an obscenity that has been "beeped" over. In the movie ''Film/TheBestLittleWhorehouseInTexas'' his deputy tells the sheriff how a local TV station broadcast a tirade the sheriff made when he came in contact with the reporter: "They bleeped you out but my momma read your lips on every 'hell', 'goddamn' and 'shit'." So now, a number of programs not only 'bleep' someone's bad word, they also blur the area of their lips so you can't read them.

Large pixels look plain ugly because of the chunkiness, so the pixels may be made smaller-- perhaps so small as to just be a "fog" over the offensive material. Fogging like this may be a reversible transformation. A sufficiently skilled person with the appropriate software can, given a blurred image, reconstruct the original without blurring. Very large pixels make the reversal more difficult, and a solid block is of course impossible to reverse.

In return, many anime have begun to use it for ''non''-censoring purposes, covering an object or such, and letting the viewers' imaginations run wild deciding what it is. This can also be used as a form of InnocentInnuendo, making something look perverted when it's (later revealed to be) really not.

Compare CensorSteam and CensorBox.


* Used by VitaminWater with its XXX flavor. The bottle repeatedly takes on and off the label like a woman flashing her breasts and is censored in a similar fashion.
* [[http://designyoutrust.com/2011/07/censorship-tells-the-wrong-story/ This anti-censorship campaign by Reporters Without Borders]].

[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* In some anime, the pixellated object may not ''actually'' be offensive, but the object is pixellated in order to get the viewers to use their own imaginations as to what the object in question might actually be. ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' and ''Anime/TenchiMuyo'' GXP have used this on occasion.
* The ''Manga/YuGiOh'' manga used pixellation as a Penalty Game: a TV producer who threatened to show a video of Yugi getting beaten up (pixellating his face) was made to see everything in pixellation.
* Spoofed, like everything else ever, in ''Anime/ExcelSaga'' - beautiful but scarily [[MetaGuy perceptive]] Misaki is displayed at first with a black bar across her eyes. "I'm not a criminal," she deadpans. The black bar vanishes, to be replaced instantly by a pixel grid. "And I'm not," she continues, "in an adult video, either." The pixels vanish, and her face is revealed for the first time in the series.
** [[Manga/ExcelSaga The manga]] occasionally uses pixellation for [[LawyerFriendlyCameo lawyer-friendly cameos]]. Volume 19 had Gojō Shiōji wearing a pair of [[WesternAnimation/ClassicDisneyShorts circular black ears]], which were obscured with pixellation. An earlier volume featured a similarly-obscured [[Franchise/SuperMarioBros tortoise-dragon creature]], as part of a joke about why "Teriha" kept getting kidnapped.
* Used humorously in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'': rather extreme and bloody AmusingInjuries are pixellated. Almost exclusive to Ed as a result of Winry seeing he's busted up his automail again. It's used at one point on Al's body's face when the characters are wondering, horrified, whether Al's body has rotted at all while he's not in it.
* ''Franchise/DotHack'' did this one too in Twilight, with Ouka beating up some skeletons.
* Subverted in the manga version of the sixth episode of ''Anime/TengenToppaGurrenLagann'' (and in the [[BetterOnDVD uncut version of the episode proper]]). The MonsterOfTheWeek has captured all the women and children and is displaying them on a monitor to Kamina, with pixels covering the necessary areas. When their safety is threatened Kamina exits Gurren ''on the sole condition that the pixels are removed''. When the baddie complies Kamina is infuriated to see that what the pixels covered were, in fact, the towels that the girls had been wearing the entire time. The only one who actually ''deserved'' to be pixeled was Gimmy, a little ''boy''.
* ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' normally use BarbieDollAnatomy, except when Chisame walks in on [[RatedMForManly Jack Rakan while he's taking a shower]].
* In the ''Anime/PleaseTeacher'' anime, two of the episodes show the contents of a box belonging to Mizuho being pixelated; they're presumably possessions from her life as an alien and/or mementos from her deceased father, but the audience never gets to know what they really are, since even in the DVD releases the contents are kept pixelated.
** They're shown in the manga to be [[spoiler: advanced-technology electronic devices]].
* ''Manga/NininGaShinobuden'' pixelates one of the ninja after Onsokumaru steals his swim trunks.
** Then there's the time Onsokumaru got attacked by a crocodile. The ninjas discuss the possibility of just pixelating the carnage instead of helping him.
* To learn a new spell, Kukuri in ''Manga/MagicalCircleGuruGuru'' must watch the North-North dance because the hip movements trace out a [[GeometricMagic magic circle]] she can use. Unfortunately, the only person around who knows this dance is an old man who wears a grass skirt. In the first anime, when Kukuri forces herself to watch the dance it is pixellated for us viewers. Unfortunately, this is the only time this happens and Old Man North-North becomes a recurring character.
* In episode 22 of ''Manga/SgtFrog'', they put a black stripe over the Keronians' eyes and distort their voices to conceal their identities. However, they're still easily identified by their bright, primary-colored bodies and the fact that they're hanging out with the same people and in the same places they do all the time. In the manga, scenes of extreme violence, or really gross stuff like nasty AmusingInjuries or Momoka being [[AllAnimeIsNaughtyTentacles groped by a space octopus]] giving her the KissOfLife would be pixellated out.
* The opening theme of ''Manga/{{Chobits}}'' features a stark display of the two main characters against a background of colorful lights and shapes, and continually cuts from one camera view to another using a full-screen pixellation transition effect.
* ''[[Anime/KirbyRightBackAtYa Kirby of the Stars]]'' episode 6 has Dedede and Escargon's faces pixelated on ''live TV'' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8Psv-Dg_V4&fmt=18 near the end of the episode.]]
* In an episode of ''Anime/FullMetalPanicFumoffu'', the class president tries to explain to Kaname why Sousuke had a reasonable excuse for blowing up the school's shoe lockers when he noticed they'd been tampered with. He asks Kaname to imagine what her reaction would be if she discovered a suspicious package in the mail with a "foul stench" and that's slightly damp. While he's doing this, Kaname has an ImagineSpot of her coming to the door and discovering the package--she drops it on the ground, which causes the package to open slightly. The contents are pixellated, but between the president's description and the reddish color of the pixels the viewer sees enough to be {{squick}}ed out.
** In another episode, Kaname is confronted by some thugs and pulls out a whistle, threatening to blow it three times and summon Bonta-kun. One of the thugs says "Just like [[Series/AmbassadorMagma Ambassador *BLEEP*ma]]!", complete with a pixelated image of said character.
* Used several times to cover up especially horrible violence in ''VisualNovel/UminekoWhenTheyCry''. This includes Fake!Kanon sticking his fingers into a gaping wound in his chest, six people [[CruelAndUnusualDeath having their stomachs ripped out and stuffed with candy]], and Rosa having her head impaled on a spiked fence. The pixellation is removed in the DVD version.
* PlayedForLaughs in the ''VisualNovel/HigurashiWhenTheyCry'' season 1 OVA, making one wonder just what exactly [[AllMenArePerverts Keiichi was fantasizing about]].
* Ample usage of this in ''Manga/{{Gintama}}'' is probably the only reason why it's still considered suitable for its age demographic, with the sheer amount of MaleFrontalNudity it blocks. It's also used to tone down the gross factor of poop and vomit to the point where it becomes completely comical and to censor the faces of copyrighted characters.
** On one occasion, the characters play a video game that pixels out someone vomiting, turning the pixelated shapes into ''VideoGame/{{Tetris}}'' blocks.
** Gets taken UpToEleven in the story arc that has everyone suffering from a FreakyFridayFlip. [[ButtMonkey Hasegawa]] somehow transforms from a normal pixellated pile of poop into a pixellated, anthropomorphic pile of poop using his Yamazaki-possessed sunglasses. Then he gets pixellated vomit everywhere after witnessing a pixellated case of explosive diarrhea, which leads to Hijikata complaining about not being able to see anything due to all the pixels on top of pixels and somehow turns everyone into pixellated piles of poop.
* ''LightNovel/HaruhiSuzumiya'': When Haruhi summons a [[Anime/MobileSuitGundam "G** ]][[LawyerFriendlyCameo ** m"]] in ''Day Of Sagittarius''.
** Nagato's ero-game is also pixelated in the parody series, ''Manga/HaruhiChan''.
* In the manga ''Manga/KoeDeOshigoto'', about the lives of Eroge voice actors, there is a [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments hilarous]] conversation about this, and how much it annoys one of the game's artists.
* In ''VisualNovel/{{Clannad}}'' this is done to Sunohara's face after being [[{{Combos}} combo kicked]] between Tomoyo and Tomoya.
* A recent strip of ''Webcomic/AxisPowersHetalia'' does this to [[TheStoic Hong Kong's]] art, resulting in this little line said by a furiously blushing China:
--> ''''China'''': I said to stop making this kind of art, otherwise I'll have to mosaic it out, aru!
** Another strip uses it not to pixellate something obscene, but rather something copyrighted. China shows up in a Halloween costume that is pixellated out but heavily implied to be Mickey Mouse. When South Korea complains, China begins ''throwing pieces of the mosaic at him''.
* in ''{{Manga/Mx0}}'' Lucy get soaked in pixelalation potion and pixellate any people she run into on random places, ''Hilarity Ensues''
* One strip in ''VideoGame/{{Touhou}}'' manga ''Inaba of the Moon and Inaba of the Earth'' uses the mosaic treatment [[LethalChef on the hot pot Princess Kaguya was cooking for Eirin]] to emphasize just how bad she was at menial tasks.
* In ''Manga/{{Kochikame}}'', Special Detective Kitano only wears a speedo and necktie. He will always take off his speedo and removing his sidearms when fighting crime completely unarmed. His privates will always show pixellation. Also occurred a few times to other male characters in the manga.
* In the manga ''Manhwa/DemonDiary'', Eclipse attempts to teach Raenef a spell called "Death Drill" by demonstrating on one of the dragon guards. The aftermath is censored in this way.
* In the Manga/RurouniKenshin manga, CreepyCrossdresser Kamatari flashes Misao when she mistakes him for a girl. He is shown from behind, pulling his kimono open and up, and there's some pixellation over his naughty bits.
* ''LightNovel/{{Toradora}}'' - Taiga's [[TrashOfTheTitans messy sink]] was pixellated out, although the sickly green color was still clearly visible.
* In an episode of ''Manga/LuckyStar'', Konata and her father discuss ''Franchise/{{Gundam}}'' (with all the names censored, of course). At one point Konata rattles off the names of several series like ''[[Anime/MobileSuitVictoryGundam Victory]]'' and ''[[Anime/MobileSuitGundamWing Wing]]'', accompanied by heavily-pixelated pieces of official art from each series named.
* In ''Manga/StrawberryMarshmallow'', one story involves the girls' attempt to kill a cockroach. When they're near to succeeding, Miu states that the appearance of the cockroach "could really use one of those mosaics". In the panel that shows the (finally) dead roach, we see that the mangaka has provided.
* Pixellation is used as a gag on ''Manga/ThePrinceOfTennis'', where Inui sans glasses has his face obscured by pixellation.
* In ''Manga/MyBrideIsAMermaid'', a stage audience gets mesmerized by Sun and Lunar's singing and starts streaking, which is pixellated out.
* In ''LightNovel/HaiyoreNyarkoSan''[='s=] ''Nyaruani'' short "Cooking", Nyarko says that today's recipe will be cooked whole [[SoundEffectBleep *BLEEP*]] and holds up a writhing, pixellated object. [[OnlySaneMan Mahiro]] freaks out, demanding to know [[NoFourthWall why it's censored]].
* In ''LightNovel/MushokuTensei'' Hitogami's entire body is covered with mosaic pixellation, the only thing clearly visible being his near-perpetual smile.
* In ''LightNovel/TheRisingOfTheShieldHero'' when [[spoiler:Motoyasu]] unlocks a combination of the Envy and Greed series of his weapon, Naofumi is confused as to why the blade is covered with a mosaic. He's also rather disturbed that it's then specifically aimed at Firo's lower body.
* ''Manga/YuruYuri'': Most things Chinatsu makes are pixellated. On the occasions where we get to see them, the reason for this practice becomes apparent: she is ''[[TerribleArtist that bad]]'' at artistic pursuits.
* ''Manga/PopTeamEpic'' uses pixelation both as a gag and as a way to [[LawyerFriendlyCameo skirt around featuring characters and parodies from]] [[Anime/MyNeighborTotoro particularly]] [[WesternAnimation/WackyRaces lawyer-unfriendly]] [[Manga/{{Berserk}} material]].

[[folder:Card Games]]
* Parodied by the card [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=9747 Censorship]] from ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'''s joke expansion set ''Unglued''. This card also parodies the CensorBox (which, in a lot of cases, is used in similar fashion to pixellation[[note]]obscuring obscene words, nudity, offensive gestures, and product names that haven't been given permission to be used[[/note]].

[[folder:Fan Fiction]]
* In one ''Anime/MaiHime'' Shizuru/Natsuki 4koma, Natsuki wonders what exactly happened in the DudeShesLikeInAComa incident late in the series, the exact nature of which is under debate in the fandom, but decides she can't ask Shizuru herself because she told her not to worry about it. Yukino, who witnessed the incident, offers her a DVD, then reassures her that she put Mosaic on it, shocking Natsuki.

* DVD releases of ''Film/{{Grease}}'' blur out all Coca-Cola logos in the diner scene. This probably wouldn't have even been noticeable were it not for the fact that there's one part of the scene where two characters are conversing in front of a wall-sized Coke ad...
* In a TV edit of ''Film/SupermanII'', General Zod is thrown into a giant blurred red-and-white Times Square advertising sign. In a shower of equally blurred sparks.
* An early example of this appeared in 1936's ''Franchise/CharlieChan At The Olympics'', which were, of course, held in [[UsefulNotes/NaziGermany Berlin]] that year; all the numerous swastikas that appear (including on the ''Hindenburg'') are carefully [[NoSwastikas blotted out]].
* One cut of ''Film/HighlanderEndgame'' has a distracting example of this during a rooftop fight scene. There's a very obviously blurred-out JVC sign in the background. The sign is not censored in the "earlier cut" of the film which comes as a DVD extra.
* The final scene of ''Film/CaptainAmericaTheFirstAvenger'' is set on Times Square. The extended cut on the scene seen on the DVD visibly blurs one of the signs on the background.

* Invoked or... [[PlayingWithATrope something]] in ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles''. In ''Cold Days'', [[ItMakesSenseInContext for complicated reasons]], Harry wound up sneaking into a confrontation involving two Fairy Queens and the Summer Knight, [[FullFrontalAssault sans clothes]]. He's not great at veils, so it doesn't take long for the Sidhe to spot him, despite the invisibility. Rather than drop the veil completely, though, he just turns it into a censor blur, thinking all the while about [[LampshadeHanging how ridiculous it is that he cares about this]].

[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* Clothing brands and store names receive this treatment in the Korean Series ''Series/YouAreBeautiful''.
** Korea has recently allowed dramas to show product names, but puts a disclaimer at the start of each episode informing the viewer.
* Korea blurs it out whenever someone uses a knife as a weapon on a television series.
* In an episode of ''Series/SevenDays'', pixellation was used to cover up the relevant bits during a college streaking event for exactly the opposite of its official purpose. Unfortunately, the pixellation wasn't thorough enough to hide the fact that none of the actors was actually nude.
* ''Series/MythBusters'' will (over)do this with the names of hazardous chemicals used in experiments that they don't want the viewers to know and, summarily, use to [[DontTryThisAtHome recreate the experiment]]. Also, when part of the process that uses such chemicals is needed to be stated in a scene, a variety of humorous sounds (from a cat's meow to a firetruck siren) will [[SoundEffectBleep play to block over]] [[AndSomeOtherStuff the chemical's name]], and - if the Mythbuster's face is being shown as they explain what they're doing, their mouths will be masked over by a graphic of whatever sound is being used to cover the chemical name, just in case any of the viewers can read lips.
** This was {{lampshade|Hanging}}d by Adam: "This ingredient is made of blur. Ha! And this has blur in it too. Blur is very dangerous. You don't wanna mix blur with blur."
** He lampshaded it again when going into a swear-heavy myth, noting that blurring the footage costs money so to save everyone the trouble, he's making mouthguards for people to wear to cover up their foul mouths without the need for editing. {{Sound Effect Bleep}}s are okay, though; "bleeps are cheap."
** Cranked up to eleven for the MB episodes used in the new Science Channel show HeadRush. Even the writing on Adam's shirts gets blurred out. But then, the Science Channel is a commercial-free zone. It's probably simpler to blur out anything that might qualify as ProductPlacement than risk a lawsuit.
* The ''Walking with Prehistoric Beasts'' series documents the rise of mammals post-dinosaur all the way up to humans. In one scene it shows protohumans engaged in the revolutionary new method of having sex face-to-face rather than back to front, and apparently they're close enough to humans for this new method to be blurred out.
* A lot of the gore was pixellated on Takashi Miike's six-episode TV series ''Manga/MPDPsycho''.
* In the Discovery Channel program ''Man vs Wild'', host/survival expert Bear Grylls must occasionally be completely nude when drying his clothing to avert hypothermia. For obvious reasons, he is seen blur-clad in these shots.
* The quiz show ''Series/NeverMindTheBuzzcocks'' has a round called ''What Have We Pixelated?'' where they play sections of music videos with a pixelated item which the panel must guess the identity of. A hard round which has included items such as a person, an upside-down table on a ceiling, and a hand in a box.
* In one episode of ''Backpackers'', which takes place in D*** Land, EVERYTHING but the main characters is pixelled out. However, due to the motion of the images and the objects being filmed, it's easy enough to recognise Mickey and Goofy.
* British automobile MagazineShow ''Series/TopGear'' often uses pixellation of a person's mouth in conjunction with audio bleeping when presenters or guests let loose with profanities on the show. Very common during the "Star in a Reasonably Priced Car" segment, as the celebrity drivers get a bit excited doing the lap around the ''Top Gear'' test track.
** And their survival instructor in the Arctic episode, a former special forces guy, is described as "a man with a pixellated face".
** And the Porsche-branded tobacco pipes, in syndication after [[MoralGuardians someone with too much free time]] complained at the three smoking said pipes in the original broadcast, shortly after smoking in workplaces was made illegal.
** For one of the 2010 [[ChristmasEpisode Christmas Specials]], whilst driving through Iraq, Jeremy Clarkson "brought in our special weapons man, who had learned in the armed forces how to have a pixellated face."
** One challenge was to see how long it would take a car thief to breaking into their cheap car. Three professional car thieves were brought on the show under the condition their faces to be pixellated... but the guy handling special effects had apparently just had his car stolen, so their shirts were pixellated instead.
* ''Series/TheDailyShow'' uses pixelation to obscure things that would otherwise upset the censors, such as Jon giving the finger. A RunningGag during the Bush presidency, based on the way that the Vice President's residence was blurred out on Google Maps, was that "Dick Cheney can pixelate things just by touching them".
** One segment about Jason Jones getting a vasectomy included various bizarre pixellated shots of Jason celebrating his times with his genitals, [[spoiler:and is then averted when we see the procedure with a shot of Jones's completely uncensored scrotum (though not his penis).]]
* When the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame aired its induction ceremony of 1998 on Creator/VH1, Music/PaulMcCartney was joined onstage by his daughter Stella, and her shirt was pixelated. It was hiding an F-bomb on the shirt but, since Stella was a fashion designer, there may have been people wondering if it was hiding something else.
* In one episode of ''Series/GarthMarenghisDarkplace'', a giant eyeball raping a hospital patient (seriously) had its phallus pixellated. This is followed by an interview clip of Dean Learner saying he feels it's sad that they had to pixellate it.
* Both pixellation and blurring were part of the game on ''Series/HeadlineChasers''.
* Older episodes of ''Pizza'' pixelated the advertisements on the eponymous pizza place's cars to hide the store's telephone number. Oh, and they censored the frequent nudity.
* There was a ''Series/{{MADtv}}'' sketch where a man (Will Sasso) goes to his doctor (Aries Spears) with a bad case of pixellation which appears whenever he takes off his pants. The doctor tells the man that pixellation is normal and commonly found on genitals, women's breasts, and middle fingers when shown on network television.
* On most National Geographic documentaries about developing countries, topless women and naked children are censored. Often, they will just censor the nipples of the women.
* Buster's stump on ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment''. Instead of creating a fake stump for Tony Hale to wear, they just made him hide his clenched fist in his sleeve and pixellated it. In some episodes, you can recognize fingers on Buster's "stump".
* On Creator/HowardStern's televised version of his daily radio show on the E! network, pixels were almost always present to cover up the graphic images, acts, and women that had appeared naked on his radio show days before.
* ''Series/TheColbertReport'': Stephen's interview with [=WikiLeaks=] founder Julian Assange parodies this; intended to obscure Assange's face and voice, the effects are instead applied to ''Stephen'', while leaving Assange uncensored. Realizing this mistake, he turns to Jimmy, his director:
-->'''Stephen''': You know what, uh, Jimmy? I think you were right. I think it's only better to pixellate [Julian] and affect his voice rather than mine. Has his face been on camera? Have they seen him?\\
'''Jimmy''': Yes, they have.\\
'''Stephen''': Oh, he's a dead man. Go ahead and take it off. Take it off. [''Pixellation disappears and his voice returns to normal'']
* Used to interesting effect in some "surprise camera" sections of Japanese variety shows. When the host visits an unsuspecting celebrity at home, all background around their house is pixellated, making it look like they live in [[WebAnimation/HomestarRunner Cubeland]].
%%* [[http://www.hotcelebsmovies.com/brooke-burns-2541/3.jpg Brooke Burns opening ''Dog Eat Dog'']]
* When Creator/CraigFerguson swears on his show, they cover his mouth with an Italian, Spanish or French flag (pardon my French) and dub over with his own impression of a stereotypical person from that country.
** It'sa cominago!
** Eye caramba!
* ''Series/TheOfficeUS'' uses this from time to time, which makes sense given its mockumentary style. But it's quite hilarious in the episode "Benjamin Franklin" when a few characters visit an adult bookstore and pretty much the ''entire'' backdrop behind them is pixellated.
* Used once on ''Series/CakeBoss'', when they had an order for a stripper-themed bachelorette party cake.
* On ''Series/ArrestedDevelopment'', whenever Oscar smokes a joint it's blurred out. Six years later on ''Series/{{Community}}'', when Britta does the same, [[SocietyMarchesOn they don't have to]].
* In ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver'', stop signs cover the mouths of the contestants when they swear (along with the accompanying bleep). Punk rocker Jakob and his nominator Stacy from season 5 got anarchy symbols instead. Blur is also applied to license plates on the contestants' cars and on brand names (labels on fast food containers, for instance).
* Some ''Series/{{Reno 911}}'' skits had the actors who normally played the police officers portray perps. The "perps'" faces would be pixellated much like on ''COPS'' when the criminal's or victim's identity must be kept under wraps.
* Ryan Stiles joked about this on ''Series/WhoseLineIsItAnyway'': "Hey, wanna see my finger get all blurry?"
* ''Series/ParksAndRecreation'' does this whenever Andy takes off (at least) his pants. Its most extensive use of pixellation comes when Tammy [[ItMakesSenseInContext strips completely in the public library to keep Jamm from breaking up with her]].[[note]]Fortunately, Jamm is NotDistractedByTheSexy.[[/note]]
* ''Series/DirtyJobs'' applied Censor Blur to the naughty bits of horses in the episode where Mike collected semen from a stallion and inseminated a mare.
* ''Series/AmericasFunniestHomeVideos'' does it with naughty bits when videos have naked children, probably justified.
* ''[[Series/AnimalPlanetHeroes Animal Cops]]'' also often does the ''COPS''-style face blurring of criminals.
* Played with on ''The Janice Dickinson Modeling Agency'', since they would blur women's breasts and genitals but not their hindquarters.
* ''Series/BorderSecurity'' pixellates license plates, addresses and anyone who doesn't wish to have their faces shown on television (everyone must sign a consent form for their story to be included on the programme, but can ask the cameras to stop filming or their face to be blurred at any time).
* Happens in two of the Jackie Chen sketches in ''Series/SzeUTonight''. Before a colleague allows Johnson to interview him on camera, he requests pixellation to be used. [[ComicallyMissingThePoint The first time, they pixellate his body; and the second time, Johnson's face is pixellated.]]

[[folder: Music Videos]]
* In some edits for the video for Music/LadyGaga's song ''Telephone'', the recipe used to prepare the poisoned food is blurred out ... despite that ''all of its ingredients were all fictional poisons from various sci-fi works''.
* Rap videos from the 1990s (and some even now) use pixellation to blur everything from women's asses in thongs (or women's breasts in skimpy or see-through tops) to marijuana leaves (and lit joints) to guns to brand-name logos and products that appear in the video without express written consent from the company.
* Music/{{Beck}}'s "Loser" video had a shot near the beginning with him wearing a [[Franchise/StarWars Storm Trooper]] helmet - for trademark reasons, the helmet had to blurred out when it was aired on MTV.
* In Fun Lovin' Criminals' video for ''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYravdxdETA Loco]]'', the "hottest" scenes and the [[GirlOnGirlIsHot girls kissing]] are covered by a black oval with a truck drawn on.

[[folder: Pornography]]
* Due to censorship laws in Japan, all pornographic videos produced there are required to pixellate visible male and female genitals and close-up views of sexual acts involving the genitals. This has become something of a trademark of the Japanese adult video industry.

[[folder: Professional Wrestling]]
* Wrestling/{{WWE}} pixellates its previous logos from when it was the World Wrestling Federation when showing archival footage; this is because of a lawsuit from the World Wildlife Fund over the use of the initials.
** The WWF also used pixellation as part of one of their storylines, when Wrestling/RicFlair showed up with a title belt, claiming to be the "Real World Heavyweight Champion". The belt in question was actually the [[http://www.wrestling-titles.com/nwa/world/nwa-h.html NWA World Heavyweight Championship]], which Flair had held at the time he jumped to the WWF, and which the NWA had refused to return his security deposit on, so he decided to keep the belt instead. After Flair was forced by court order to return the belt, the story continued onwards, with Flair using a heavily-pixellated WWF Tag Team Championship belt in place of the NWA belt (a [[LampshadeHanging lampshade was hung]] on this by WWF president Jack Tunney, who claimed he had ordered the pixellation since the WWF did not recognize Flair's belt as an actual championship, and thus will no longer show it on TV).
* On the E! reality series ''Series/TotalDivas'', several WWE wrestlers have had their faces blurred out on some occasions.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/TheSims'', both the original and ''The Sims 2''. The game creators felt the need to pixellate the whole bodies (in the original) or just "obscene parts" (in the sequel) of ''The Sims''. All of this despite the fact that Sims use the toilet ''through'' their clothing, and, as anyone who's been able to turn off the censorship pixels knows, a naked Sim is [[BarbieDollAnatomy about as naughty as a naked Barbie or Ken doll]]--they don't even have ''nipples'', much less genitals.
** However, since you can easily add custom skins, it was literally a matter of days from the release of either game before this "problem" was corrected. And the noninteractivity of "[[UnusualEuphemism Woohooing]]" [[HotCoffeeMinigame got changed quickly too]].
** As CopyProtection on ''The Sims 4'', ''[[http://kotaku.com/anyone-who-pirates-the-sims-4-is-in-for-a-surprise-1630684015 everything]]'' gets pixelated if a player is playing a pirated copy.
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRow2'' uses ''huge'' pixellation to cover up anything that isn't covered by a particular choice of clothing, or when naked for the streaking minigame.
** Crotch-pixellation still occurs when the player character is wearing pants or a skirt, but [[VaporWear no underwear]].
* ''VideoGame/SaintsRowTheThird'' continues the crotch-pixellation policy described above, however includes a partial workaround by allowing the in-game purchase of pasties which can be made flesh-colored (and with a dark centre to simulate nipples, yet!). This removes the pixellation on breasts of any size. Flesh-colored thongs can be purchased to simulate lower nudity, but not as convincingly. The streaking mini-game still features full pixellation. The pixellation of clothing worn with no underwear has been removed, except in the case of skirts and high-slit dresses that would normally reveal the naughty bits (donning the aforementioned thong is the workaround).
* Both ''WWF Wrestlemania 2000'' and ''WWF No Mercy'' for the N64 feature a taunt where the wrestler in question moons their opponent. Their ass is pixellated. As the taunt was created for Billy Gunn, assigning it to a created wrestler with either trousers or a dark skin tone can produce the funny effects of (a) not having the wrestlers trousers move in any way while white pixels suddenly show up around their butt and (b) having a very implied bleached ass compared to the rest of themselves.
* ''VideoGame/{{Darwinia}}'' is a rare non-censorship example. Most of the enemies and programs have pixellation filter on them; it gets worse the more damage the unit takes, but it's still rather mild compared to most of them here.
* In [[LethalChef Noels]] gag ending in ''VideoGame/{{Blazblue}}'' the food she served is blurred out.
* During a very disturbing level of ''[[VideoGame/KaneAndLynch Kane and Lynch: Dog Days]]'', the two protagonists are brutally tortured with a box cutter completely naked, and when they escape, are forced to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3kCo4DeiNY fight their way out nude]]. (Very, very NSFW) The game pixellates their front sides, but not their backs. Also, anyone shot in the head gets their noggin pixellated.
* In ''VisualNovel/MyGirlfriendIsThePresident'', [[LethalChef Yukino's]] cooking gets covered with censor mosaic.
* In ''zOMG'', ''Website/GaiaOnline's'' MMORPG, using the Sweetheart ring at full rage covers your avatar in pink pixels, with blush lines where the cheeks would be, and that of the avatar you just hit with it.
* The UsefulNotes/{{S|uperNintendoEntertainmentSystem}}NES implemented pixellation in hardware as a special effect (the "mosaic" effect), and several games used it for transitions, drunkenness effects, and such. Examples of this include ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' and ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'', among many others.
* Used to cover up the indecent act between Luigi and the Head Miko in ''[[VideoGame/{{Something}} Something Else]]''.
* ''Amazing Princess Sarah'' has this in [[FullFrontalAssault Naturalist (nude)]] [[NewGamePlus mode]].
* ''VideoGame/TheLegendOfZeldaBreathOfTheWild'' plays this for comedy. If you try to cook something using ingredients that are incompatible, the resulting "dubious food" is so gross that it gets pixeled out.

[[folder: Web Animation]]
* Whenever WebAnimation/HomestarRunner is naked, he is ''always'' covered by pixellation.
* ''Toys/TheGrosseryGang'' webseries:
** When Pizza Face ends up losing his toppings (from fear), his bottom crust ends up pixellated. Oddly, they're the part of his crust that's always without toppings to begin with.
** Ricardo's banana peel also ends up acting like clothing for him, leaving his tip pixellated when it's removed.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* Parodied in a ''WebVideo/{{Rooster Teeth short|s}}'', in which everything from tattoos to brand labels are censored ''in real life'', much to the confusion and annoyance of some of the characters.
* The Website/DesuDesBrigade uses "Cover Otter" when naughty bits show up, if they can't be cut around. Especially prevalent in the ''Manga/KekkoKamen'' and ''Bible Black'' reviews.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Oddly, used apparently straight in several strips from ''Webcomic/VGCats'', for rude body parts. Doesn't affect crude immature scrawling done by the characters, but any show of breasts or penises (or anything that'd resemble them closely) gets pixelated.
* Occasionally, ''Webcomic/BobAndGeorge'' would censor profanity with pixellation, but a black bar was used just as often. Naturally, this was parodied in [[http://www.bobandgeorge.com/archives/index.php?date=041201 this strip]], in which an entire dialogue box is censored. Note that it usually [[ClusterFBomb didn't shy away from that]].
* Whenever a character is naked in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' (usually Elan), pixellation is used for covering the person's genitals. Even though s/he does not have any, on the basis of being a stick figure.
* Used in ''Webcomic/TheKAMics'' [[http://www.theduckwebcomics.com/The_KAMics/4849994/ here]]
* In [[http://theoryofeverythingcomics.com/god/ God(tm)]] pixellation is used to cover up [[http://theoryofeverythingcomics.com/god/01/GOD01_07a.htm corporate logos]] and names of products.
* In ''Homo Sexience'', a woman was having trouble [[TheLoinsSleepTonight getting her boyfriend aroused]], so she was talked into buying a new type of lingerie featuring this. [[CrazyEnoughToWork It worked]], and was lampooning Japanese censorship issues in porn.
* In [[http://www.egscomics.com/sketchbook.php?id=151 this]] ''Webcomic/ElGoonishShive'', sketchbook strip, Ellen starts out with her [[FlippingTheBird middle finger]] pixelated and ends up completely pixelated due to being judged an inherently controversial character.
* Helix from ''Webcomic/{{Freefall}}'' has PG-13 vision system -- he sees black bars in place of "inappropriate" body parts.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb'' has one example where Agent P is on a talk show with a pixellated face. The trope is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d when Agent P takes off in a hurry and leaves behind the pixellation, which the host then yells to him about.
* On the ''[[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons Simpsons]]'' episode where Ned Flander's wife dies ("Alone Again, Natura-Diddly" from season 11), Homer videotapes Flanders showering as part of his dating video. Judging by how long the pixels extend, [[BiggerIsBetterInBed Flanders has nothing to be ashamed of]].
** Also used on the season six episode where Marge becomes a cop ("The Springfield Connection"): When Marge goes to investigate a domestic dispute involving Principal Skinner and his mom, Skinner tells the camera man to digitally blur out his face to conceal his identity.
** Another episode had a horrified cameraman exclaim, "There isn't enough pixels in the world!" after seeing Homer's naked ass.
* Parodied in the first episode of ''WesternAnimation/DrawnTogether'', where Princess Clara couldn't tell that Foxxy was flipping her off because her middle finger was blurred...then realized it when she extended her middle finger and saw that it got blurred[[note]]this also happens on the DVD version, even though the DVD is said to be uncut and uncensored. In this case, the pixellation is only used as part of a visual gag[[/note]].
* Parodied in ''WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}}''. The characters are watching a futuristic version of ''Series/{{COPS}}''. The two cops come to arrest a giant centipede alien and his face is blurred out (much like on the show to protect the identities of the would-be criminals). One of the cops tells the centipede alien to unblur his face, and the centipede alien does just that.
* Played with on ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim''. Dib goes on a paranormal talk show with some footage of an unmasked Zim and [=GIR=]. When [=GIR=] eventually shows up as a surprise witness, his face is pixellated...even though he makes no other attempt to hide his robotic identity. He moves a lot as he speaks, even occasionally leaving the cover of pixellation.
** He also claims to be a woman named "Stacy" during this appearance.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBoondocks'':
** In "[[Recap/TheBoondocksS1E2TheTrialOfRKelly The Trial of R. Kelly]]", the eyes of the girl who was urinated upon by Music/RKelly are always seen pixelated out (the rest of her face is visible though).
** In "[[Recap/TheBoondocksS1E5ADateWithTheHealthInspector A Date with the Health Inspector]]", Tom [=DuBois=] had a nightmare about dropping the soap in a prison shower. An inmate calling himself "The Health Inspector" demands that he [[PrisonRape bend over and pick it up]]. [[GagPenis The pixellation went down to floor.]] [[note]]It should be noted that this only applies to the TV version. The DVD version does not have that luxury![[/note]]
* Used in the ''WesternAnimation/TotalDrama'' series either to cover up an offensive body part or whenever someone [[FlippingTheBird flips the bird]], which happens a lot more often [[WhatDoYouMeanItsForKids than you might think]].
* On ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'', Gumball's crotch is pixellated every time he's naked. In the episode "The Meddler", Gumball and Darwin are in the shower, and Darwin's feet are pixellated, [[AccessoryWearingCartoonAnimal since he only wears shoes]].
* In ''WesternAnimation/HulkAndTheAgentsOfSMASH'', when Spider-Man is unmasked, his face is pixellated. Justified because the series is a set of recordings by Rick Jones, and he probably respected not giving away his secret identity.