[[caption-width-right:317:All because [[Music/SexPistols Johnny Rotten]] said "fuck".]]
->''"Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?"''
-->-- '''Spock''', ''Film/StarTrekIVTheVoyageHome''
Tropes about swear words or related to swearing.
* AtomicFBomb: Someone not only says the F word, but screams it at the top of their lungs.
* CensoredForComedy: Completely innocuous dialogue has random words bleeped out to make it look like the characters are swearing.
* ClusterBleepBomb: A character says so many offensive words at once that nearly all of their dialogue is bleeped out.
* ClusterFBomb: A character says the F word several times in the same sentence.
* CountryMatters: A highly offensive and vulgar term for the female genitals.
* CurseCutShort: A character's dialogue is interrupted or cut short when they are about to swear.
* CurseOfTheAncients: Old-fashioned slang is treated as swearing.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: A word that might not be that offensive to Americans is considered as such to British audiences.
* ForeignCussWord: A character uses a swear word from another language.
* FowlMouthedParrot: A parrot copies someone's potty mouth.
* GoshDangItToHeck: In place of swearing, characters use rather tame exclamations like "darn" or "conflabbit".
* HollywoodTourettes: Tourettes' Syndrome is stereotyped as being uncontrollable swearing.
* InformedObscenity: A completely nonsensical word is treated as if it were a swear word.
* InnocentSwearing: A character, most commonly a child, uses swear words without realizing that they are inappropriate.
* MouthingTheProfanity: A character mouths a swear word rather than saying it out loud.
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: The narrator implies or outright confirms that one of the characters was swearing when the audience don't hear what they said or hear much cleaner dialogue than what the narrator suggests the character said.
* NotInFrontOfTheKid: People consciously clean up their language when children are around.
* NWordPrivileges: When slurs are established as being okay to say by those the slurs are aimed at.
* ObligatorySwearing: Characters are made to swear just because it's an adult story.
* OhMyGods: Cursing by invoking the names of several deities.
* PardonMyKlingon: Alien swear words.
* ParentheticalSwearing: While the character doesn't swear, the way they say their statement makes it easy to imagine them swearing.
* PrecisionFStrike: Profanity unexpectedly turns up in a work that is otherwise devoid of swearing, or stronger profanity than usual in a work where most profanity is pretty tame.
* TheProblemWithPenIsland: Because of a poor choice of words and website URLS not having spaces, certain website names are easily misread as something inappropriate.
* ProfaneLastWords: A character cusses before dying.
* QuoteSwearUnquote: A character says a famous quote with a swear added.
* ScunthorpeProblem: Internet filters censor words that inadvertently contain inappropriate language.
* SevenDirtyWords: Seven words you can never say on television: [[spoiler:Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, and tits.]]
* SirSwearsALot: A character who is such a potty mouth that it is rare for them to utter a sentence that doesn't have even a single swear in it.
* SoapPunishment: A person is punished for saying bad words by having their mouth washed out with soap.
* SophisticatedAsHell: A person who normally speaks in a sophisticated and erudite manner resorts to using slang and foul language to make a point.
* SoundEffectBleep: A swear word is censored by having a sound effect from something in the background serve as a censor bleep.
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: A poem or song avoids completing a rhyme where the obviously expected word is an obscenity.
* TheSwearJar: A character attempts to kick their swearing habit by putting money in a jar every time they cuss.
* SymbolSwearing: When comic books use garish symbols in speech balloons to indicate that characters are swearing.
* ThisIsForEmphasisBitch: A character ends their statement with "bitch" for emphasis.
* TongueTwister: Failure to do some can result in accidentally saying innocuous words as swears.
* TWordEuphemism: People avoid having to mention a swear word by referring to it as "the (first letter of swear)-word".
* UnusualDysphemism: Swear words are used to refer to something innocuous.
* UnusualEuphemism: In place of swearing, characters just say bizarre words and phrases.
* WitchWithACapitalB: A nasty or contemptible woman is called "witch" when a certain word rhyming with "witch" would be more appropriate.