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Moral judgeyness aside, it’s just weird from a fandom perspective how a lot of popular VN franchises started out as niche porn that was later cleaned up for general audiences – there’s this whole aspect of the IP’s history that you have to awkwardly skirt around any time the subject comes up in polite company. Like, imagine if Batman’s first known appearance had been in an oddly high-budget Tijuana bible, and every time a comics industry thinkpiece wanted to name-check the iconic page depicting the first time he donned the cowl, they had to discreetly crop out the panel where he’s getting railed by Superman."
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Many characters have a past connecting them back to a previous sometimes-unwholesome work.

This often happens from being derived from early drafts of other works of the authors, especially creators who worked in the doujinshi industry: limited runs of self-published fan comics. Some kinds of dōjinshi happen to feature original characters and also be outright pornographic in an attempt to gain some quick capital with fans, creating the potentially unsettling feeling the character started in the mind of the author with an unsavory tone. For some artists, this can be a little awkward, but the attempt to hide it (as voice actors do under an assumed name) is pretty futile in practice. Some professional artists go the other route, and may continue to draw dōjinshi distinctly separate but still featuring their own characters.

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Bleached Underpants is most common in Bishoujo Series, since most of them do assume the fan knows they were openly based on hentai games, but is obviously cleaned up for broadcast. While keeping the porn might stay true to form, it's much more lucrative to get the monies from TV while they can. In many cases, this removes the only thing worth watching. In others, the sex was an incidental or intrusive addition to make the early story more enticing. This is especially popular in "pure" moe fandoms that feed back into themselves, where later adaptations of the Bleached Underpants adaption also feature no scandalous scenes.

Because of the different attitude toward such things in Western society, this can be a shaky prospect, as many artists become well-remembered for their racier art, and often make attempts to distance themselves from it.

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(If you still haven't gotten the title, it's a pun on "dirty laundry". "Dirty laundry" is something you're ashamed of in your past, so clearly cleaning up something you're ashamed of would be metaphorically "bleaching your underpants".)

See also Old Shame, I Was Young and Needed the Money, Rule 34, Rated G for Gangsta, Tamer and Chaster. Hotter and Sexier is often the opposite of this trope. Fanservice is a more different kind of opposite. Not to be confused with literal bleached underpants.


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    Anime based on H-Games 
  • Otoboku - Maidens Are Falling For Me started as an H-Game, which is ironic, given how shy Mizuho is in the only slightly ecchi anime.
  • SHUFFLE!, openly — somewhere around episode 10, an R-15 warning was added to the television broadcast, after which the ecchi content was upped... occasionally.
  • The anime adaptations of the TYPE-MOON adult Visual Novels Tsukihime (as Shingetsutan Tsukihime) and Fate/stay night with the erotic content mostly toned down. It's noteworthy that sex is actually a mechanic that's important for the Nasuverse's magic system. It can be taken out of most routes without too many problems, but the plots of Kohaku's route for Tsukihime and the Heaven's Feel route of Fate/stay night involve sexual material much more directly, and require heavy rewriting to not be somewhat nonsensical in their safe-for-work forms. In the PS2 port of Fate/stay night, Heaven's Feel was toned down by having Sakura drink Shirou's blood (which also provides mana), removing all references to sex, and toning down Shinji's comments regarding Sakura. The anime films, however, do not Bowdlerise the story at all, to the point where it can be quite uncomfortable viewing.
  • Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha and its related series Triangle Heart 3: Sweet Songs Forever have their roots in a Triangle Heart H-Game, though both anime series have hardly any scenes of an even vaguely sexual adult nature. There was, however, a hentai OVA of the second Triangle Heart game.
  • Aquaplus, developers of the classic Bishoujo Game To Heart, initially released its game on the PC under the Leaf label with explicit adult content, but re-released the game for the PlayStation home console with adult content excised (then re-released that version on the PC with some more extras), expanding its following dramatically (in conjunction with the release of a clean TV adaptation). With the sequel, To Heart 2, Leaf reversed the bleaching and released a completely clean original on home consoles, then added adult content for the PC release, titled To Heart 2: X-Rated. The anime adaptation of To Heart 2 was clean. And *then* an eroge of To Heart 2 titled To Heart 2: Another Days was made by Leaf with new characters, and a clean OVA version was then released.
  • LEAF / Aquaplus also produced Utawarerumono, initially an adult game. Its huge success lead to an anime and a PlayStation 2 game, both 'clean' to the point of often lacking fanservice (at least of more conventional sorts, though it does occasionally come up). However, the anime, while leaving out the sexual aspects entirely, still left clear points in its plot where the story would have gone in an adult direction. For one thing, it has the harem elements and certain moments that lead up to those aspects left in, but it lacks all the sex. Though anime!Hakuoro plainly says he's single at one point, the only female who hasn't bumped uglies with him in game is, thankfully, his daughter Aruru. The PlayStation 2 version followed the original, adult game much more closely, to the point of cutting off on the brink of an H-scene then picking up afterwards. Only the original, adult game however, so openly blind-sides the player with the revelation that Dorii and Guraa are actually male. The others just kinda leave you unsettlingly uncertain.
  • Another LEAF work is Tears to Tiara, which originated with the adult PC game. Later remade for the PS3 with (what is generally regarded as) superior character design. The anime then took the PS3's take on things.
  • Key/Visual Arts' games Kanon and AIR were originally H-Games, but the anime versions and later releases of the games were clean, and many people thought the hentai actually detracted from the story. (And was oddly placed. See Mai's arc in Kanon, where they go to the school to fight demons, but take a break to eat supper and do it on the desks.) On that note, there's also Eternal Fighter Zero.
  • The erotic Otome Game ''Trick or Alice" is receiving an anime adaptation without explicit sex scenes.
  • While in the subject of Key/Visual Arts, like Leaf, they also reversed the bleaching with Little Busters!. Initially released as a clean visual novel with a gripping plot, followed by a manga adaptation, they then re-released it as Little Busters! Ecstasy as an adult version of the original one (plus extras). The same goes for CLANNAD, except that the unbleached game is a Gaiden Game sequel to one of the routes in the original (Tomoyo After: It's a Wonderful Life). But then, the Key 10th Anniversary Box edition has an ero-free version of Ecstasy. And then they made a clean anime that is also pretty fanservice-free, too.
  • Yami to Boushi to Hon no Tabibito was based in a H-game, and while the anime still carries plenty of fanservice with lesbians to boot, it is far from being hentai. There is also Touka Gettan, which is distantly related to Yami Bou, that features this trope on two fronts: it's based off of an erotic visual novel that, in turn, is a spin-off of the erotic visual novel/Hentai series Kao No Nai Tsuki.
  • Gakuen Heaven is a pretty good example of this applied to the Boys' Love genre. The original PC game included sex but didn't show any penises. The sequel and the PS2 port both toned down the sex to just suggestion. The anime cleaned things up even further until the original game's rapist seme was reduced down to sexual harassment by elbow licking. The manga versions of things keep much closer to the original source material.
  • Demonbane is based on a series of eroge for the PC, but removing the adult content doesn't impact the mecha/Lovecraft story much.
  • Another example is the popular Dating Sim Sukisho. The Shotacon, gore, and H scenes aren't present in adaptations from the game (at least not in the anime and OVA) and was basically toned down from a full-blown Yaoi to shounen-ai fluff.
  • The hentai game series Green Green was adapted into an anime that started off pretty clean, but eventually added back in the nudity. It never had the sex of the games until the Bonus Episode 13, which was never licensed in the U.S.
  • They Are My Noble Masters started as a H-Game, but when the anime came out, it was filled with TONS of shout outs to different series.
  • The twelve-episode series Soul Link is based on the game of the same name. The plot is almost the same, some characters were added, but the H is toned down. There is still lots of sexiness and one or two bed scenes.
  • Princess Lover!, based on the eroge of the same name from RICOTTA. Most of the elements from the visual novel were kept for the animated adaptation; however, RICOTTA wasn't entirely satisfied with just a broadcast release, thus averted this trope by releasing an H-OVA for one of their heroines.
  • Yosuga no Sora plays this trope straight with its manga adaptation, but surprisingly averted this with its animated release... on broadcast television, by going the entire way of showing explicit sex scenes at the end of each heroine's arc.
  • Magical Canan, based on Terios Company's game and hentai OVA Magical Kanan, are developed by totally different developers (AIC) and have totally different art styles.
  • Prism Ark.
  • Yoake Mae Yori Ruriiro Na originated as an H-Game, but the anime adaptation and PS2 port have the sex scenes removed.
  • Variable Geo actually provides stronger sexual and violent content than the game it was loosely based on. However, the original Variable Geo was a PC-98 game that included explicit sex scenes, as did all the sequels that were made for PCs rather than consoles. Variable Geo: NEO was based on one of the later games and is an alternate continuity, featuring an entirely different cast.
  • The Anime of the Game Doukyuusei 2 became the first Dating Sim-based anime to air on Japanese TV in 1998. The TV series was the OAV with the sex scenes edited out.
  • The official English version of If My Heart Had Wings removes all the sex scenes and nudity from the game. To a certain extent this is understandable, as porn laws are different in different countries and the scenes involving Asa and Yoru in particular could be illegal in some western states. However, they also removed all of the sexual references and jokes, sometimes quite clumsily (at one point, someone asks Aoi whether he likes girls with big eyes), and the question remains why they couldn't just localize one of the many moe visual novels out there that wouldn't need to be edited. Especially since the sex scenes are actually plot important in some cases — Ageha's route in particular involves her and Aoi being sex friends for a while as they struggle to define their relationship together.
  • Nightwalker is a very early anime TV series based on an eroge, just barely edged out of the pioneer spot by the adaptation of Doukyuusei 2. While it isn't trying to hide its origins, it is required to meet broadcast standards. Fortunately, with its Otaku O'Clock airtime that isn't so difficult. The protagonist is a vampire, so it is an easy leap from sex scenes to less explicit Kiss of the Vampire scenes.
  • The anime adaption of Rumbling Hearts still features sex scenes, albeit in a more tasteful PG-13 manner than the original PC visual novel.
  • Many are surprised to find that Comic Party was based off an H-game, considering the original anime was quite clean (rated PG in most countries) and contained almost no fanservice. (Some of the bonus OVAs and the sequel Revolution series do add some brief nudity, but no sex.)

    Anime — Other 
  • Mezzo Forte was originally a hentai OVA. Curiously, each of the two Mezzo Forte episodes only has a single two-minute sex scene — and it's easily edited out without any plot impact, as was done in some US versions. Japanese contractual obligations to add hentai material, meet overseas distributor underpants bleaching. Mezzo Forte was not supposed to be porn at first, but the producer bankrolling it believed it was the only way it would make money and forced the team to add in the gratuitous nudity and sex. Basically, the American release was what they had really wanted to do all along (once they found a different publisher). The followup TV series was also non-hentai.
  • Similar to Kanon and AIR, Project A-Ko was originally produced as part of the Cream Lemon hentai series, but the producers thought the comedy was too good to be broken up with sex scenes. They left plenty of suggestiveness in, though.
  • Lupin III plays with this trope.
  • Dream Hunter Rem started life as a one-shot hentai OVA. Due to popular demand, this one-shot was re-edited and re-released with a newly made episode as a mainstream title and eventually spawned four sequels.
  • Monster Musume by Takemaru "Okayado" Inui was based on an online hentai comic titled Living with Monster Girl. He has also made two other series, a one-shot, Deadline Summoner which just lays on the fanservice, and a one-shot, now an ongoing series, 12 Beast which has plenty of ecchi in-between the over-the-top comedy and the seriousness of war. The one-page comics included with the anime's DVD have the same style and layout of his early H-comics, but with Kimihito and his harem in place of the old characters. In an interview, he also said he would be interested in seeing an H-game based on his most famous creation.
  • It should be no surprise to anyone that the Iczer series originally began as a hentai manga, though the underpants aren't quite as bleached as other examples due to the series being OVA's rather than TV series.
  • Project A-Ko: Much like Iczer, A-Ko originates in a pornographic series, in this case the Cream Lemon series of 80s OV As. It was deemed early in its production to be too good a comedy to leave as porn, and the porn part was discarded for more action and comedy. The only thing that remained was a few shots of B-Ko bathing, and lots of Panty Shots.

    Comedy 
  • Paul Reubens's Pee-Wee Herman was a stand-up character for adult comedy nightclubs and his playhouse show played out like a kids' show with adult humor (the type that is more R-rated, not PG-rated, as seen in many animated films and TV shows). One of his routines involved him and his friend Hammy wearing shoe mirrors to see up Hammy's sister's dress. Hammy's sister catches them trying to look up her dress, then tells them the joke is on them because she's not wearing any panties.

    Comic Books 
  • Ben Dunn, author of the manga-esque Ninja High School, at the same time wrote a satirical adult series entitled NOT Ninja High School. One of the unique things about NOT Ninja High School is that several artists from regular Ninja High School projects did stories. Artists who've done Not NHS stories include Bob DeJesus, Takeshi Suzuki and Fred Perry.
  • The assistant artist of Scott Pilgrim made some Rule 34 of the female members of Scott Pilgrim. Bryan Lee O'Malley was fine with it since his comic already had its share of sex scenes.
  • Empowered grew out of Adam Warren being forced by financial difficulties to turn to the questionable but lucrative market of superhero-themed bondage pin-ups. Gradually, he found the single images developing into longer gag strips, and finally a full-blown comic series with fleshed-out characters. (Although while it doesn't have any graphic nudity or hardcore images, the comic still has strong erotica and sex-comedy elements.)
  • Stjepan Šejić once posted a safe-for-work sketch of his favourite bondage themed characters and drew himself in, jokingly wondering if he was a fetishist or a comic artist first. He's fairly free with both male and female fanservice, and in his creator-owned comics has some characters with a few out there kinks, but makes it clear that it's Safe, Sane, and Consensual.
  • Nickelodeon Magazine featured a comic strip titled Patty-Cake that was written by Scott Roberts and first appeared in the magazine in 1998, but the series actually began as a comic book distributed by Permanent Press that began publication in 1994. The pre-Nickelodeon Magazine comics were more adult, featuring occasional profanity and mature humor.
  • Gigi Dutreix, an artist and writer who works on Sonic the Hedgehog (IDW), and also is notable for their Sonic the Hedgehog fan comic The Murder of Me, draws kink art and pornographic art, even of Sonic the Hedgehog and The Murder of Me. There's a good reason they use a pseudonym for this sort of activity.

    Fan Works 
  • The fangame NANACA†CRASH!! borrows characters from the H-Game CROSS†CHANNEL. This later inspired Katawa Crash, which borrows characters from Katawa Shoujo, which in turn also contains some erotic scenes.
  • The original of the Caramelldansen meme features a short dance loop from the H-Game Popotan, set to the Swedish pop-song of the same title.
  • Hivefled is a complex, plot-driven Alternate Universe Fic. The Kink Meme fic it originated from, Reprise, was basically just horrible torture-rape.
  • A Cosplay example happens with the Hentai with Plot Bible Black. While the visual novels and their anime adaptations are clearly NSFW, the female high school uniform became so popular in the Turn of the Millennium that many cosplayers still wear that uniform in events today and even cosplay some major characters like Hot Teachers Reika Kitami and Hiroko Takashiro, all without showing any of the H-content.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The 1975 horror film Forced Entry was a loose remake of a 1973 porno of the same name.
  • In the 1970s and 1980s it was not uncommon for porn films to have second versions released to mainstream theatres with sex scenes either removed or toned down. Examples include Cafe Flesh and Dixie Ray, Hollywood Star (the latter actually having an actual well-known film and TV actor, Cameron Mitchell, in a supporting - but non-sexual - role). Averted with the infamous Deep Throat, which was released uncensored (since an R-rated cut would have been pointless). Since the 1980s it has been commonplace for some of the higher-budgeted porn films to shoot sex scenes with a second camera, or restage them altogether, to allow versions of the films to be shown on cable or released to video where hardcore is illegal. Such productions regularly appear today on networks like Cinemax.

    Literature 
  • Jaine Austen Mysteries: In Death by Pantyhose, Vic Cleveland, the book's victim, was blackmailing Reagan Dixon into aiding his stand-up career with the porno film she did in her past.
  • A significantly downplayed version of this, the titular character Miss Bindergarten from the children's book series aimed at younger children. Started out as drawings on mature-orientated (but not explicit) birthday cards for teens and young adults.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Columbo, episode "Murder Can Be Hazardous to Your Health": In-Universe. Wade Anders, the host of a prime-time true crime series, has a secret past as a porn actor, performing with an underaged co-star to boot. When professional rival Budd Clarke tries to blackmail Wade with this information, Wade kills him.
  • Explicit series being made for pay cable sometimes simultaneously film tamer versions without swearing and sex for broadcast and other more restrictive venues.
    • When The Sopranos was being produced, they made sure to be prepared to bleach their own underpants for syndication. They would frequently record alternate versions of scenes where a nude character (often the strippers in the club) would be in bikinis or lingerie, and occasionally a scene would be recorded with softer dialogue to avoid Hong Kong Dub later.
    • Dream On, much like The Sopranos, had nude scenes with alternate takes wearing underwear for broadcast syndication (it also briefly aired on the Fox network).
    • Emmanuelle In Space, a 1990s sci-fi softcore series (loosely based on the movies) that became something of an Old Shame when its star, Krista Allen, began to gain popularity through more mainstream fare like Baywatch, was reportedly devised to air in both cable and syndicated TV versions, with presumably the syndicated versions being markedly different. There is no indication they ever bothered actually trying to syndicate it, however.
  • A frequently used theme song for children's TV shows in The '70s was John Barry's "Florida Fantasy", from the decidedly family-unfriendly Midnight Cowboy.

    Manga 
  • As if the Hellsing examples weren't enough, the creator of And Shine Heaven Now bleached three more characters from Kohta Hirano's hentai manga: Nina, admittedly wasn't bleached much (she went from a catgirl that had sex with Hitler to a succubus that switched bodies with Schrodinger and then fought Alucard), but the characters Natalie and Pip (the prototype for Hellsing's Pip Bernadette) from the hentai manga Coyote were lightened up, the only signs of the hentai background being a scene where Natalie is chained up. They turn out to be Pip's grandparents.
  • The Fate/stay night manga replaces the Intimate Healing scene between Saber and Shirou with a Battle in the Center of the Mind.

    Music 
  • Jackie Wilson and LaVern Baker recorded an X-rated version of their duet "Think Twice" as a piss take during the recording sessions for that single, and later turned up on bootlegs and specialty compilations.
  • The Muppet-popularized song "Mah Na Mah Na" originated in the score for Sweden: Heaven and Hell, an Italian mondo documentary exploring lesbian nightclubs, porn films, swinging lifestyle of married couples and sex education of teenagers. The song itself accompanied several giggling girls into a sauna.
  • The theme song for The People's Court apparently started out as a porno groove.
  • Little Richard's original lyrics to "Tutti Frutti" contained unacceptable levels of swearing and sexual innuendo (being a pretty transparent reference to gay anal sex) for contemporary radio broadcast, so songwriter Dorothy LaBostrie was brought in to hurriedly write new, clean, lyrics.
  • John Lennon wrote a song titled "Maharishi", full of swearing as The Diss Track on said Indian guru who disappointed him. The version recorded by The Beatles in The White Album might have a dirtier title in "Sexy Sadie", but its language is cleaner and some lyrics are more vague if still bitter because George Harrison asked Lennon so.
  • The original version of the song "Blind Dance" by Violet UK is 18 minutes long, a near ethereal Gothic Metal Intercourse with You song centering around Intercourse with You and the protagonist being a submissive in BDSM, and containing The Immodest Orgasm combined with Cluster F-Bomb. The commercial/radio edit version barely clocks in at 4 minutes (if that) and is an ambient sound/electronic Apocalyptic Log with some bits of the drums and orchestra from the original thrown in. Both actually are good, but they aren't even the same song despite the name.
  • Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers used to rap obscene, sexually explicit lyrics, but no longer does, preferring to sing more romantic material. He will still do some of the older songs such as 'Sir Psycho Sexy' live, but has avoided doing many of the previous ones out of shame.
  • The Black Eyed Peas re-wrote "Let's Get Retarded", a song from their 2003 album Elephunk, as "Let's Get It Started" to serve as a promo song for television coverage of the 2004 NBA Playoffs. Guess which version ended up becoming a bigger hit...
  • The nursery rhyme Eeny, meeny, miny, moe has gone through some rather lurid incarnations over the past centuries, before being re-Bowdlerised in the late twentieth century. The version that appeared in work by Rudyard Kipling, among others, doesn't use the word "tiger" (or "beggar", as it's bowdlerised in Britain).

    The use of the version of the rhyme that has the N-word instead of tiger is an Old Shame for Doctor Who in that it appears in dialogue in an episode of the 1960s story, The Celestial Toymaker. The episode in question is presently lost, however audio survives, and thus far official commercial releases of the audio have obfuscated this part of the soundtrack to avoid controversy.
  • It's somewhat common for 19th-century music by Stephen Foster (like "Camptown Races" and "Oh! Susanna") and others to appear described as "Early American Songs" and are treated today as popular children's songs in the United States, without any reference to the uncomfortable reality that many of the songs were composed for use in Blackface Minstrel Shows. Many of the originals also contained overtly racist language, which is quietly Bowdlerized these days.
  • Goldo's One-Hit Wonder "Boom-Da-Boom" is mainly known for the version that describes the narrator being in a dream involving various Disney characters (and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, for some reason). The original version was about the narrator getting involved in a high-speed chase-turned-fight which goes From Bad to Worse when someone pulls out an AK-47.
  • The song "Baby Shark" was originally darker than the version most kids are familiar with - the original lyrics had the sharks attacking and killing a swimmer.
  • The ABC song and "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" have a tune that was originally used for a French song about a woman who was shunned for losing her virginity.
  • The song "Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me" was based on a similar song called "Shew Fly" which was sung from the perspective of a slave (the line "For I belong to somebody" was originally "For I belong to Company G") and even had him use the N-word to describe himself.
  • The traditional Americana song "The Big Rock Candy Mountain" is almost always performed without the final verse. Most of the song describes a hobo yearning for a place, a fabled paradise known as the Big Rock Candy Mountain, where he could live a life of ease without labour. The final verse is about an adolescent homeless boy complaining about being anally raped by an older adult man who promised to take him to the titular mountain.
  • Klaus Schulze's album Body Love and its sequel album began as the score to a pornographic film of the same name.
  • The hymn "What Child Is This?" (among other Christmas and New Year texts) is set to the tune of "Greensleeves", which is usually interpreted as either a song about a promiscuous young woman or a prostitute, or a song about a woman being mistaken for one of these things.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • A fair number of professional wrestlers in WWE have gotten their undies bleached, sometimes as a result of a Heel–Face Turn but more generally because WWE has in recent years attempted to become more family-friendly. The most notable of these is John Cena, who rose to fame as a heel that belittled his opponents through R-Rated rap promos. Within record time, Cena was PG-ized by the WWE when they saw his popularity and has gone full-tilt towards erasing any edginess about Cena in favor for a G-Rated version of Cena that they could shill to children. On the Divas side, Mickie James (who did several nude photoshoots before becoming a WWE wrestler) and Kelly Kelly, who started out with fairly perverted gimmicks (Psycho Lesbian and "extreme exhibitionist," respectively) before being converted to generic Divas.
  • Subverted with wrestler Steve Austin, who credits his brief tenure in ECW for serving as a test run for his revamp into "Stone Cold" Steve Austin. Meanwhile Edge, who for a time called himself "The Rated-R Superstar" reverted back to his wacky evil gimmick of the early 00s rather than simply being neutered.
  • Inverted (given it's for something after wrestling) with Chyna. WWE '13 retells the story of the Attitude Era without listing her. It's either due to a personal feud with Stephanie McMahon (who among other things married her ex), or Chyna starting a career as a porn actress. This was WWE's general stance towards Chyna and her legacy, often downplaying her in retrospectives or pretending she never existed, all the way from her tumultuous exit in 2001 until her untimely death. Since then, she has been looked at with more respect from WWE and even got a posthumous Hall of Fame induction along with the other members of D-Generation X.

    Toys 
  • Why does Barbie — an American children's doll — have Gag Boobs? Because she's based on "Bild Lilli", a doll marketed to adult men in Germany. Lilli herself originated as a bawdy character in a German comic strip in the 1950s.

    Video Games 
  • The Porn with Plot RPG Dragon Knight 4 was ported to the SNES and PlayStation with all the Optional Sexual Encounters removed.
  • Enix, the company behind Dragon Quest, got its start making computer games. Namely, one of their earliest games involved saving a girl from knives being thrown at her, and the girl stripping as a reward. The game that followed? Stripping little girls...
  • Duel Savior Destiny originally had sexual content in Duel Savior Justice, but it later received a clean release that turned most of the sex scenes into something far more PG, faded to black on others and replaced the harem route with one focused around the princess character from the original game who did not originally have a route. In order to do so, she gets dragged along to a number of scenes that were clearly originally written without her presence, making her rather stand out.
  • Xenoblade Chronicles 2 has a lot of character designs (Including Pyra and Mythra) being from old hentai artists including CHOCO himself. CHOCO returns to do the designs of KOS-MOS and T-Elos as well as Praxis and Theory, who are entirely new characters. Praxis' character design makes CHOCO's origins as a H-Game artist obvious.
  • Scarlet Blade is already a risque piece of work; but it turns out that freecree, the CG artist, was simply using cropped versions of his much more risque versions of his artwork and has put them shamelessly on display.
  • Data East began its line of billiards games with a clean Arcade Game titled Side Pocket. However, all the (likewise clean) console releases of Side Pocket, not counting the Numbered Sequels, were based either on the nudity-enhanced update Pocket Gal or its sequel Pocket Gal Deluxe.
  • The Japanese video game company Custom developed five games, four of which were released with an adults-only rating for the PC-98 and other computers. The fifth was Chip-Chan Kick, a PC-FX exclusive and the only starring appearance of the company's mascot girl.
  • Several minor Japanese Arcade Game makers managed to keep themselves going for many years by producing sequels to strip mahjong or similar softcore casual games, apparently to pay the rents while scrounging up the time. Examples include Jaleco's Idol Janshi Suchie-Pai series, Kaneko's Gals Panic series, Seta's Super Real Mahjong series, and Psikyo's Taisen Hot Gimmick series, each of which included at least one clean console version. (Additionally, in latter's case, the arcade version can be set in the service mode to run in "clean" mode.) Toaplan produced three strip mahjong games for no better reason than that the company was young and needed the money; only one of their later arcade games (Pipi & Bibis, also known as Whoopee!!) had any nudity.
  • Taito's Puzznic had one version exclusive to Japanese arcades that rewarded level completion with topless girlie pictures. The PC-98 port replaced them with clothed anime girls, while many other versions, including all home versions, had no girls at all.
  • Kimihagu was originally an 18+ H-Game for the PC (in Japan only). Six years later, however, it received a 17+ port for the iPhone (still in Japan only).
  • The maid training simulator/Virtual Paper Doll H-Game Custom Order Maid 3D 2 received a clean 12+ release titled Custom Order Maid 3D 2: It's A Night Magic. There's also Custom Cast, an all ages mobile app version of just the character creator intended for Vtubers which also has an option to create male characters, unlike the original (without mods, at least).
    • Similarly the eroge Koikatsu also has an all ages character creator-only version called Vkatsu meant for Vtubers. A clean version of the game called Koikatsu Party also received a worldwide release.
  • Ironically, despite having a more risque premise (you're trying to build a camgirl business), HunieCam Studio is this trope compared to its predecessor HuniePop. It is a Business Sim that doesn't show anything particularly pornographic, compared to HuniePop's Dating Sim that was very fanservice heavy and featured actual porn in the adult version. It's arguable as to whether or not this was responsible for HunieCamStudio flopping, but the next game from the company, a direct sequel to HuniePop, went back to being fully X-rated.
  • In I=MGCM, Studio MGCM has made two versions released simultaneously: The DX version and the regular version. The regular version of said game has all pornographic scenes and dialogues from the DX version removed and some of them are replaced with scenes that makes sense for general audiences. However, this game still has some Fanservice, Stripperiffic dresses, Sex Comedy, Les Yay subtexts, and visual innuendos that include some Demon Realm plants and critters that look like women's breasts, male sex organs, etc., but it's still relatively clean. Because of this, all the main story scenes, dreams scenes, hallucinations, Visions of Another Self and imagine spots, that are exclusively available in the DX version, are left to players' imaginations.
  • Lilith's Taimanin franchise is a Porn with Plot Visual Novel series, (in)famous for each of its Action Girls getting into various sexual situations. Come 2019, a Hack and Slash game, aptly named Action Taimanin debuted, which aims to show what the titular Taimanin are really capable of in their line of work, even getting a Steam release.
  • OMORI first came into the world in late 2011 as a teenager whose favorite things were looking up porn on his laptop and video games. Even before Omocat cancelled the graphic novel in favour of making the eponymous game, the Omori's Story one-shot lacked any trace of sexual content in favour of Omori spending a fun day out of White Space with his friends - and by the time the announcement trailer was released in 2014, she had aged him down to a preteen and laid the final nail in the coffin for any explicit elements.

    Visual Novels 
  • Rumbling Hearts received the usual removal of sex scenes when it was ported to Dreamcast and PS2, but also has one particular ending replaced in the ports. Said ending involved the protagonist getting kidnapped by his love interest, forced to undergo hormonal replacement therapy, and sexually assaulted. The ports replaced this with a more run-of-the-mill happy ending.
  • ATOM GRRRL!! was released for Steam with the majority of the yuri left implied, though Big E's "weapon" was left uncensored.
  • The remake of Kikokugai: The Cyber Slayer removes the explicit sex, presumably opening the novel up to a new audience nine years later.
  • In an interesting aversion, Norn9 has scenes that look like this and cuts to black before the characters actually have sex...but the only releases have been all-ages, meaning there never were any sex scenes to remove to begin with.
  • The remake of YU-NO predictably cut the sex scenes, but it's still very obvious what happened. This was also averted on its first console port - the Sega Saturn - due to the Saturn performing so poorly Sega allowed them in a fit of desperation.
  • Subverted in Muv-Luv's non-erotic versions, where they get away with as much as they possibly can, either fading to black at the very last possible moment or showing the scene anyway but the CGs cropped and the most explicit bits cut out. It's notably Muv-Luv Alternative that does the latter, which is understandable given that its content is definitely not meant for anyone who couldn't handle seeing sex and is more to appease the rating systems.
  • Phantom Thief Silver Cat: As per Steam's regulations, the commercial release features censored imagery (save for a couple of oversights), though dialogue makes it clear what's happening in every scene regardless.

    Webcomics 
  • Wendy, one of Jackie Lesnick's best remembered characters (or character templates) began as the focal character of The Wendy Project, a site showcasing tons of pinups of Wendy and her friends (which, according to the artist's retrospective, were rather badly drawn). The characters would eventually star in the increasingly more wholesome comic bearing Wendy's name, and Wendy's character design was later reused in the filler series Cute Wendy, which became a runaway success and spawned its own sequel/spinoff Girly. Despite the Old Shame involved, Jackie has continued to produce short pornographic comics on her Slipshine subscription service to this day, some of which still feature Wendy prominently, although slightly better drawn now.
  • Before the webcomic got its start, Las Lindas artist Chalo had a number of pictures of Mora in some rather NSFW situations. Once the comic became popular, the pics were eventually deleted from his art pages, though they occasionally still pop up from time to time on imageboards. The move is somewhat ironic, given the Fanservice-heavy nature of the comic and that Mora has since been shown and implied to have had sex multiple times throughout, not to mention that Chalo does still occasionally post NSFW art of his characters on his social media accounts.

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    Western Animation 
  • Dead End: Paranormal Park is based on Deadendia in turn based on Dead End. The former iterations have plenty of raunchy sex jokes and in the case of Deadendia even guest participations by porn artists, but the Netflix show has been largely purged of that and doesn't really have anything objectionable for kids barring homophobic countries banning the show.
  • Regular Show, whose early seasons already straddled the line between content suitable for Cartoon Network and its nighttime sibling Adult Swim, is based on two student films creator J.G. Quintel did when he was in college for animation. One is "The Naive Man from Lolliland," which, aside from a single use of the word "hell," isn't considered all that raunchy. "2 in the AM PM," however, contains explicit swearing and references to drug abuse, with the entire premise surrounding two clerks eating candy laced with LSD during the night shift and tripping out.
  • The TV series Oh No! It's An Alien Invasion is based on a short called Oh Shit!.
  • Rick and Morty is already a pretty crude show, but it's based off of an even cruder short Justin Roiland did for Channel 101 called The Real Animated Adventures of Doc and Mharti, a Back to the Future parody where the solution to literally every problem the main characters encounter is for Mharti to lick Doc's balls. Yes, each instance of this was fully (if crudely) animated.
  • The Powerpuff Girls originally premiered in a short called Whoopass Stew!, where Professor Utonium created the "Whoopass Girls" by accidentally adding a literal can of whoopass to his concoction instead of Chemical X. It was Darker and Edgier in general, including having the girls kill their enemies instead of just beating them up.
  • The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (1987) was a decidedly kid-friendly television series, which originated out of a much darker and more violent comic series, which continued on separately with its own tone being different than that of the cartoons.
  • The short-lived Nickelodeon series Catscratch is loosely based on Doug TenNapel's comic book series Gear. Unlike Catscratch, Gear has a very Grimdark tone that involves characters killing each other in extremely violent ways (mainly inside giant robots), strong and explict religious themes and allegories, and strong language. Nick decided to overhaul the universe of Gear by giving it a Lighter and Softer and humorous tone and changing the characters personalities.
  • In its concept stages, Jimmy Two-Shoes started off as a more mature Black Comedy. Evidenced by that it originally took place explicitly in Hell, with the titular main character being sent there after being killed by a bus ramming him over, and also by the fact that Heloise was the spirit of a Serial Killer and that Lucius was the Devil - on top of the fact that some of the surfaced concept art show gore (most prominently, this one). Bowdlerization eventually came in once Disney XD got a hold of the show. Somewhat downplayed in that this original version of the show wasn't really for adults as it was for tweens/teens.
  • The rejected Cartoon Network pilot Bottom's Butte was originally planned as an adult cartoon called Bottoms Up, with the storyboard for the pilot's original draft "Woman in Heat" being about Peanette trying to help Beverly get laid (the two hooking up with a pair of twin brothers who are anthropomorphic cigarettes) and ending with Beverly naked.
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