Radar: Western Animation

Daffy finds a more interesting way to pass the time during Acme Loo's film festival.

"Good night, everybody!"
Yakko Warner (telling the censors they screwed up for the umpteenth time), Animaniacs

Thanks to the Western belief that cartoons aren't meant for adult audiences, this trope is a favorite in a lot of American animated shows for kids (but not limited to them).

Cartoons that don't have their own pages:

  • Blazing Dragons. A particular example is the allusions to the Arthur/Guinevere/Lancelot triangle of the King Arthur mythos in the case of Queen Griddle's obvious infatuation towards Loungelot. And then there's Sir Blaze.....
    • On the topic of Sir Blaze, the theme song/title sequence includes the knights extolling their virtues: "We're straight and true and good and kind..." Sir Blaze winks at the camera when he says the word, "Straight."
  • The animated adaptation of The Mask was a wacky 1990s cartoon, and therefore, was chock full of Parental Bonus and the occasional risque jokes — but...one episode stands out as the reason why American censorship (at least back in the 1990s) is considered a joke by most: season two's "Flight as a Feather," which, along with the standard Double Entendres (The Mask telling the audience that African violets weren't the only things drooping on Mrs. Peenman), your typical gross-out humor (The Mask showing an irate pizzeria customer his green, pulsating guts, and the customer nearly puking), and Parental Bonus references (the mayor implying that he blew the city budget on a party for beauty contest winners), included two scenes that kids' cartoon writers (not even most Cartoon Network writers) wouldn't dream of putting in:
    • The scene of Cookie BaBoom (the Mayor's suicidal ex-girlfriend who works as an exotic dancer note ) rushing the stage in a trenchcoat and flashing everybody...her bikini made of explosives and holds the Mayor hostage because he broke up with her, followed by The Mask using the explosives on Cookie's body to make a drink known as The Bikini Cocktail. As if that weren't enough, just as Kellaway and Doyle go to arrest The Mask for harassing Mrs. Peenman and a customer at a pizzeria, The Mask uses Cookie's naked body to distract the cops — and it works, even on the hard-assed Kellaway, who can only stammer out "Lady, y-you're under arrest," before sliding to the floor.
      • What really puts that entire part over the top is the implication that this aired live and that old woman in Bavariaville saw everything (yet only freaked out over The Mask harassing the Mayor).
    • The performance artist at the pillow feather factory sounds like a mild, but fairly obvious gay stereotype (he has a lisp and comes off as very effeminate). To make matters worse, he's named after a brand of oil (Crisco), which can be (and often is) used as a lubricant for anal sex.
  • In X-Men, the episode "Time Fugitives" features Rogue calling a Friends of Humanity goon a "peckerwood," which not only sounds perverted, but is also a racial slur for a white person (particularly one who is considered "trailer trash" — uneducated, poor, violent, very close-minded when it comes to dealing with minorities and modern women, and obsessed with all that is cheap and tacky).
    • In one episode Rogue had to administer CPR to an unconscious Cyclops: while giving him kiss-of-life and pumping his chest she cries "Come ON, Scott, make a girl happy!"; almost like a girl on top trying to have an orgasm...
  • For some old school crap under the radar, don't forget Scooby-Doo. Famous are Shaggy and Scooby's not so subtle hippie tendencies, including constant "munchies" for Scooby Snacks and smoke occasionally coming out of the mystery machine. Word of God states that Scooby Snacks are just dog biscuits. That doesn't change the fact that Shaggy likes them as much as Scooby does. If anything, it only adds to his "stoner" persona since getting the "munchies" would make him want to eat anything that could be considered "edible," whether or not it's food for people.
    • Scooby Doo often says "Scooby Dooby Doo!" Yes, a marijuana reference in every single episode of the show.
  • The first episode of Count Duckula was titled "No Sax Please, We're Egyptian" has the characters singing the "Drunken Sailor" sea shanty. They stop before getting to any of the off-color verses, but suffice it to say, this is not a children's song.
    • The episode title itself refers to a play in London called "No Sex Please, We're British."
  • Duck Dodgers in the 24th Century features an episode called "K-9 Kaddy" co-starring the Goofy Gophers. They tickle-torture K-9 then begin tickling each other and run offscreen. They return sighing and exclaiming, "Oh! I couldn't tell you the last time I had so much fun with a feather!"
  • Being based on a Troma film, Toxic Avengers, a kids version of the extremely violent and sexual B-film The Toxic Avenger, had this in spades:
    • In the first episode, Melvin is asked what he has planned for the evening. His schedule includes a half-hour set aside to "wax his chicken."
    • In "Toxie Ties The Knot" a female alien bug character is kidnapped by the Mayor of Tromaville. Thinking that someone is throwing her a bachelorette party, when the Mayor shows up in a bug costume, the female alien asks, "Are you the stripper?".
  • In the Talkartoons short Any Rags, during Bimbo's junk auction, we see KoKo the Clown acting very feminine, which makes Bimbo say "Sold to the man in the red bowtie!" (In case you don't know, red ties were a sort of identification for homosexuals back in the day).
    • The short Minding the Baby has a gag where Bimbo explains why he has to watch his baby brother.
    "I have to stay and watch the brat, 'cause Ma and Pa just had a spat. The ice man still brings ice you see, but out ice box runs with 'tricity."
  • The Rainbow Magic movie has this exchange.
    Rachel: Oh, I know I should just ignore her. But Lydia is such a
    Kirsty: CARROT!
    Rachel: ...I had another word in mind.
  • Kenny of South Park all but exists for this purpose. Kenny's muffled speech due to the parka he wears allows the writers to slip in swear words that keen eared viewers can hear if they listen closely enough that would otherwise be BLEEPed for anyone else.
    • That's nothing. One episode has Jimmy say, "Stan says you're a cont...you're a cont...Stan says you're a cont...cont...cont...
  • In the comic series Cyber Six was based on, Von Reichter was a member of the SS. Of course this isn't mentioned in the animated series, but they got away with having Jose (his cloned "son") goose-step from place to place and wear Hitler Youth clothing.
  • The episode My Two Bobs of Reboot features a game titled "Pantsu Hebi X". Translate it directly and you get "Panty Snake X". Um...
  • The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes! features several such instances of this — most notably Hawkeye calling the Masters of Evil "tools," and some of Tony's more blatant come-ons.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man'':
    • In "Flight of the Iron Spider", Iron Man is seen discussing something with Nick Fury. We only catch a snippet, but it seems like he's bragging about his sexual conquests.
      Iron Man: ... So that was last night. The night before, it was February's cover of Model Monthly.
      Nick Fury: Are you done bragging about your social life?
    • In "I Am Spider-Man" Trapster suggestively asks Mary Jane when does she graduate.
    • In "Ultimate Deadpool" Deadpool laughs at the mention of Booby Trap. He was laughing at the "traps" part, though.
      • It may be an even greater example of this trope, though, when you take into account the fact that "trap" is a term used on the internet for... something else.
    • When Spidey makes fun of Iron Man having an old armor with a nose.
    Iron Man: I was in an anatomic phase. You should see the one with-
    Spidey: Another time! Or, never.
    • In "Venom", Flash can be seen drinking water out of something that appears to be a bidet. Bidets are typically used to wash the under-areas of the body.
    • Flint "Sandman" Marko is called "beach" several times in "Sandman Returns"—an insult that sounds suspiciously like "bitch", esp. with Batros' comically-overblown French accent.
    • Goblin uttering the word "hell" in the season two finale.
    • "I don't think he's a real 'turn your head and cough' doctor."
    • In "Me Time", Norman Osborn reminds Doctor Octopus that without the tentacles he wouldn't be able to wipe his own...mouth.
    • They imply that Sabretooth is a cannibal.
  • In the very first Black Lightning short for DC Nation, Thunder is shown texting a girl named "Grace." In the comics, Grace is the name of her girlfriend.
  • Ewoks: Characters often say "k'vark" in place where humans would use a four-letter word. And in the second season episode Bringing Up Norky, Teebo says He sure is a pain in the..., but Latara finishes his sentence with Mud puddle!.
  • Skatoony is one of the few shows that does this literally. There's a whole round call Hoo Flung Dung.
  • The New Adventures of Flash Gordon has Ming putting Dale in a harem of exotic-looking women (including a lion-woman from Thun's world) and having her dressed in a similar style, clearing intending to make her one of them. Vultan tries to force Aura into marrying him when she is his prisoner. And then there is Bruka, the leader of the Ice Giants, who clearly has an eye for Dale as well and pronounces her to be his slave, and it is obvious her duties are not to include cleaning floors. At one point, when she rebuffs his crude come-ons by throwing dishes at him, he comments, "Bruka likes his women rough, but not TOO rough."
  • In the first episode of All Hail King Julien, King Julien asks Clover to help him repopulate the kingdom.
    • In the last episode, Julien and Maurice are both wearing a pantomime-horse-style fossa costume, inside which Julien's behind is pressed against Maurice's face. Maurice bursts out of the costume, upon which Julien orders him to "get back inside me right now!"
  • Even Thomas the Tank Engine got something through, according to Word of God. Try saying "Sodor Fuel" out loud. (You may need a British accent.) "Sod off, you all".
  • Jem:
    • At the end of "There's A Melody Playing" Jem inexplicably starts pole dancing on the mic and gives the "camera" a sultry look.
    • During the same episode during "There Ain't Nobody Better" Pizzazz sings the lines "Don't you like what you see" while shaking her butt. The camera pans down to her butt when she does that.
    • The song "Who Is He Kissing?" contains the lyrics "Who is he kissing/Me or her/Or is he making love to a fantasy?" You can argue they're using the old timey meaning of 'making love' but that doesn't make much sense for an 80s pop star.
    • The series makes it obvious Minx is upset she can't easily bed Rio and she keeps on trying to woo him, and failing because he's in love with Jerrica. Speaking of Minx, one episode has her trying to kill herself.
    • Everything about Stormer's and Kimber's relationship in "The Bands Break Up". It's very heavy on romantic subtext. In the Misfits-Holograms duo song Pizzazz outright tells Stormer that Kimber will "break your heart in two", which isn't really something you say to friends.
    • Out of context "I Like Your Style" sounds like Pizzazz wants to sleep with the person. Taken in context she's trying to encourage Jetta to join their band.
    • "Come On In, The Water's Fine" is another Jem song considered pretty suggestive by many fans.
    • The Stingers is made up of Riot, Minx, and Rapture. The last two Stage Names raise eyebrows. It could be argued that "Rapture" refers to the Biblical event due to Rapture being a New Age scam artist however one dub changed her name to "Ecstasy".
    • There is a reoccuring band named "The Limp Lizards" that appears when the writers need a random band besides the main ones.
  • Ever After High:
    • The Wonderland subplot is one giant metaphor for war refugees. Basically, a group of foreign kids with odd customs and their own language are transferred unexpectedly into Ever High. It turns out that they're fleeing from the murderous tyrant who nearly conquered their homeland and poisoned it with nucl- magic. The children sought shelter in a different country, but many were forced to leave their families behind.
  • In the Robin Hood: Mischief in Sherwood episode "The Five Puppets" to avoid being spotted by the Sheriff's sons, Robin hides under Marian's dress and Little John and Tuck hide under Scarlett's. After the Sheriff's sons are out of sight and the guys come out of hiding, the guys and the girls exchange awkward looks. Oh, and these versions of the characters are kids.