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Radar: Courage the Cowardly Dog
Courage the Cowardly Dog's "crap past the radar" moments are more based on parental bonuses (usually to horror movies) and, unlike most Cartoon Network shows, is actually subtly put in, allowing for easy rewatching to catch the bits you missed the first time around.
  • Kitty and Bunny in the episode "The Mask" are heavily implied to be lesbians, Kitty being the kind who is a lesbian because she's sexist. All you have to do is substitute the word 'dog' with 'men' and suddenly it makes sense. Kitty claims that "all dogs are evil" and hates Courage just for being a dog because of her experience with Bunny and her boyfriend Mad Dog. When eating dinner Eustace comments on the mask and asks Kitty what she's trying to hide to which she responds by pointing out his various shortcomings as a husband. Mad Dog is the paradigm of abusive boyfriends and makes it obvious that he is representing the negative aspects of dogs (men). Yet after Courage saves Bunny and she is reunited with Kitty, Kitty admits that not all 'dogs' are bad. Besides this, there's the obvious use of lesbian slang. Hell, there was a scene where it sounded like Bunny was actually having an orgasm when she was thinking about Kitty.
    • When Kitty discovers the little mouse jingle toy Bunny had given her is missing (Courage had swiped it, intending on giving it to the authorities), Kitty goes BERSERK, and can be heard yelling, "Where is it? Who stole it? It was that dog! They're all alike! They steal what you love the most!"
  • "Shadow of Courage" features a nasty old rich guy dying just off-screen, feebly calling out for his butler... who just walks away whistling jauntily and leaves the old guy to die. Sure, the guy had just fired the butler for no good reason, but that's pretty cold for a kids' show.
  • From "Cajun Granny Stew": "That dog is starting to become a real pain in my a—" as the character sank into the water halfway through the last word.
  • Though they only happen in Courage's head, we see Muriel get decapitated not once, not twice, but three times over the course of the series, complete with detailed insides. Eustace gets bitten in half at one point as well. To say nothing of Courage's frequent freak-outs that often end with his insides on his outside, so to speak.
  • In the episode "Ball of Revenge", Eustace assembles a number of villains in his basement. Muriel upon seeing them asks what they're doing here Eustace responds:
    Eustace:'s a men's club.
    Muriel: Oh, all right then. [sees the Lady From the Puddle] OH! This is one of those naughty men's clubs!
  • "That Dam Beaver".
  • In "Mission to the Sun," when the alien microorganism drills a tiny hole through Muriel's backside in order to enter and take over her body, she only feels a tiny sensation, which happens just as Eustace is walking by so she thinks that he just grabbed her ass.
  • "Demon in the Mattress" is a parody of The Exorcist.
  • "A Night at the Katz Motel" is filled with nods to Psycho.
  • Everything about "Freaky Fred," as most of the episode consists of the titular character locking himself in the bathroom with Courage, then going off on a long internal monologue about how unforgivably "naaaauuuuuugghhtyyyyy" he's been. Granted, Fred's naughtiness refers to his tendency to shave the hair off of people and animals, but, this is Cartoon Network (home to a lot of original cartoon series that straddles the line between "What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?" and "What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?" and runs with it), so insert any pedophile, sexual predator, or serial killer subtext about Freaky Fred here.
  • "Hard Drive Courage". Courage and Muriel are using the computer to find a cure for Eustace's sickness, when Muriel suddenly presses one of the keys. Something show up on the screen (We don't see what's on the screen) which causes Courage to panic and quickly cover it up while suggestive music plays. Muriel covers her eyes and says she could use a cup of tea, then leaves with a smile on her face. What.
  • An extremely subtle one, bordering on possibly accidental: in "Hothead," during the interview process at the hair-growth clinic, Eustace is asked "What is 414 divided by 6?" The answer? 69.
  • At one point in "The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Lovable Duck", Courage, Eustace and the duckling accidently wind up in the bathroom, where Muriel is bathing, and they get called out on it by her. They respond by covering their eyes, but then the duckling peeks a little. Could fly past your head, since it's pretty subtle...until you see Courage slapping him for it.
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