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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."

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 small-release 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.


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.


(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. Note, however, Nanoha is based around a character from the game who didn't have any H-scenes.
  • 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.
  • As noted above, 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 Bōshi to Hon no Tabibito was based in a H-game, and while the anime still carries plenty of fanservice with Schoolgirl 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.
  • * Tokimi in Aselia the Eternal - The Spirit of Eternity Sword. Only Yuuto ever seems to realize it. Deep down, she's really not so bad, though. was originally an H-game/RPG mix for the PC. Eventually, it was ported to the PlayStation 2, which doesn't allow adult content. Then it was ported back. So all the references to the sex are there and you can even pinpoint when it happened, you'll just never see it.
  • 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.
  • 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 and Manga whose artists are/were hentai material creators 
  • Osamu Tezuka, the creator of Astro Boy, Unico, and Kimba the White Lion, once made two X-rated (in the US) animated movies called A Thousand and One Nights (1969) and Cleopatra: Queen of Sex (1970) note . And when Tezuka's daughter unlocked his work desk after his death, she found many unfinished sketches. Several of these drawings were R/NC-17 rated, including some that could only be described as "furry porn".
  • Believe it or not, Katsuyoshi Yatabe, the director of the very infamous shotacon anime Boku no Pico, has directed mainstream anime such as The Brave Fighter of Sun Fighbird, Dinosaur King, and several episodes of Mobile Suit Gundam SEED.
  • Gravitation and its source manga are not hentai, but the original artist continued to release hardcore yaoi dōjinshi — even of the series itself — while it was running. Its sequel, Graviation EX, seems to be pushing the envelope even further. And the mangaka still seems to be releasing extremely explicit dōjinshi of her own characters.
  • Ken Akamatsu, the author of popular teen series Love Hina and Negima! Magister Negi Magi, used to draw comedy hentai dōjinshi on the side. Among them was a 4-page dream sequence of Cardcaptor Sakura which continually gets exaggerated as being all he drew or even starting his career. On a somewhat related note, an assistant of Akamatsu is behind the Cu-Little series of dōjinshi. Certain people continue to argue the very similar art style is proof that Akamatsu himself is behind the books. This does not appear to be an issue in Japan, where they can read the credits and the assistant's website.
  • Kohta Hirano, creator of Hellsing, started out writing freelance hentai featuring characters that eventually became the cast of the aforementioned work. In fact, one of his works, Legend of Vampire Hunter, is identical in plot and character design to the first book of Hellsing — except, of course, that the busty police officer is only threatened with rape in the latter work. Hirano being Hirano, he lampshades this all the time in the author's notes in the first volumes. Other characters used in previous hentai titles that were roped into the Hellsing series; Alexander Anderson from the short comic Angel Dust, Pip Bernadotte and the Major from Coyote, Doc and Schrödinger from Doc's Story, Renaldo from Magic School and the Captain from Desert Guardian. One of Anderson's many nicknames is "Angel Dust Anderson".
  • Koshi Rikdo, the original creator of Excel Saga, introduced Excel, Il Pallazzo, and prototypes of the Daitenjin team in a hentai dōjinshi. The anime version subverted this trope by dragging the dōjinshi into Rikdo's — and the audience's — faces.
  • Oh! Great still produces hentai manga and his mainstream work isn't too far from it. Some of the hentai work has seen release in the US under the title Sex Files.
  • Kiyohiko Azuma, the creator of Azumanga Daioh and Yotsuba&!, headed his own doujin circle, "A-Zone", and even professionally published one H-manga under a pseudonym, before creating Azumanga Daioh and hitting the big time in a big way. Said H-manga involved Teacher/Student Romance with a middle-school boy. It's almost unbelievable that it's from the creator of such wholesome works.
  • The creators of Tactics, probably aware of the ambiguous undertones between the male leads have created created a series of dōjinshi that are yaoi spin-offs of the main narrative.
  • Yu Aida's action manga Gunslinger Girl started out as a series of mostly Lolicon doujin, and the final chapter of said series was an epilogue where the characters who were the prototypes for the eventual protagonist and her handler run away from the agency together and have gratuitous, statutory sex.
  • Arina Tanemura has actually drawn some sexually charged side stories for her manga, namely Phantom Thief Jeanne. They aren't too explicit, but are heavy on the erotic side nonetheless.
  • The artist who drew the sequel manga of Blood: The Last Vampire, Benkyo Tamaoki, also did several short stories for hentai anthologies.
  • Shirow Masamune, the creator of Ghost in the Shell started out as an H-artist, perhaps unsurprising considering the rife fanservice in both the manga and anime and the outright lesbian scenes in the manga. He actually hasn't ever stopped being one either. In fact, most of his recent output consists entirely of various H-artbooks with an obsession with anal sex.
  • Hobby Japan, the anime-related merchandise company, who authored Queen's Blade, hired many artists and designers to create the girls for the line of battle books; some of these artists were (and others still are) renowed Hentai artists, the most notable being Oda Non, Keito Koume, and Yousai Kuuchuu.
  • Masaki Kajishima, creator of Tenchi Muyo!, started out with several H dōjinshi, and has made several borderline titles set in the Tenchi Universe.
  • Kazuya Minekura, the creator of Saiyuki and Wild Adapter, started out drawing yaoi dōjinshi. It's pretty apparent in her later works. In fact, Wild Adapter was officially published as yaoi in Japan (although not in the US).
  • The manga team Kaishaku, who even after being quite successful still do hentai dōjinshi, even of their own work (one of them being a mix of Destiny of the Shrine Maiden and Magical Meow Meow Taruto, the latter is totally non-fanservice...)
  • The creator of the manga Bastard!!, Kazushi Hagiwara, works with his dōjinshi circle "Studio Loud in School" to produce hentai dōjinshi. Some of these are of the characters in Bastard!! and offer hentai scenes to the storyline that couldn't be put into the "regular" version, or pornographic retellings of scenes that are just borderline dirty originally. He sells these on his website. And they even advertise them in the back of volume 25 of the manga.
  • Ryuta Amazume got his start doing original H-manga, before eventually moving on to the almost-but-not-quite-H-manga he makes today, like Nana to Kaoru and Toshiue no Hito. Interestingly, he specializes in using ero-manga tropes and letting Surprisingly Realistic Outcome happen.
    • For those uninformed, Amazume-san's pen name when making explicit stuff is "A Roman Gaman" (a Pun that can be read as "eromangaman"). He is particularly known among Lolicon fandom, despite his more serious works featuring grown women.
  • Azure Konno's probably best known work is Koe de Oshigoto!, which is incredibly ecchi due to the protagonist's job as an eroge voice actress. But look around and you'll find some straight up hentai works like Puberty Crazies.
    • One of the games they do voices for, "Miko Crazies", is actually Puberty Crazies but with less pornographic camera angles, or a character may be partially clothed. The dialogue, however, is exactly the same.
  • Inversions - some artists started out drawing ero-based works exclusively, but later released mainstream works:
    • Hanaharu Naruko got his start drawing hentai for Comic Kairakuten, stopped only long enough to create Kamichu!, then went right back to Kairakuten once it was done. The schism between the two bodies of work is not nearly so great as one might think. And then there is his work as a character designer in Gargantia on the Verdurous Planet.
    • BLADE, who is famous for some lolicon-ish mangas, is also known as the illustrator to Macademi Wasshoi.
    • Ashito Oyari aka NOCCHI is known for illustrating Kita He ~Diamond Dust Drops~. He is more known as the illustrator of the Porn with Plot game Girlish Grimoire: Littlewitch Romanesque.
    • Hiromitsu Takeda is more known for his hentai dōjinshi and manga works. While his fame was earned by his style of drawing women climaxingnote  plus some notable Netorare works, he later authored a mainstream work, Maken-ki!, which even garnered its own Animated Adaptation. While heavy on Fanservice and innuendo, Maken-ki! pales considerably to the raunchiness of his former works, focusing on action, comedy, and plot progression. Only time will tell if his resume will invert to a mainstream mangaka who was once known as a hentai mangaka.
    • Toshihiro Ono is the well known creator of the manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu, one of the first official manga of the Pokémon series, as well as the first 2 volumes of Crest of the Stars. He's also Kamirenjaku Sanpei, artist of Anal Justice and other Futanari and Lolicon and Shotacon series using the same art style. This surprises few people who have seen the original Japanese manga's Misty art — the girl runs around in a micro-tubetop and pants that would make Daisy Duke blush. It definitely surprised a few casual American readers, though. In one of Ono's other comics, an Author Avatar of him is at an American convention, and he gets asked by one person about his porn work. He just replies "Sorry, you're confusing me with someone else. And I don't know why it's called that either."
    • Tony Taka is the main illustrator for many of eroge developer Ciel's works such as Genmukan, Sora no Iro, Mizu no Iro, and After. These days, he's a character designer for the majority of the Shining Series (akin to how Kosuke Fujishima is a recurring character designer for the Tales Series), beginning with Shining Tears (oddly, he was not part of the Animated Adaptation Shining Tears x Wind). For some reason, Tony Taka rarely does the art for the Animated Adaptations of eroge he's worked with: his fame is so great some adaptations falsely advertise him as the leading artist.
    • Another big name: Satoshi Urushihara, who does the cover artworks for H-manga anthology Tenma Comics, drew the characters in the Growlanser and Langrisser series. Not to be confused with Koh Kawarajima (collective pseudonym for Urushihara's assistants) of ero-dōjinshi circle Henreikai, who is a different example of someone more famous for his dōjinshi than mainstream illustrations.
    • Kengo Yonekura is more well-known for her ero-manga, but she did design the characters for a rather famous eroge: Kana: Little Sister.
    • Nozomu Tamaki, a fairly known H-mangaka, with such Porn with Plot titles as Femme Kabuki, Ne-To-Ge and Koneko under his belt, released a marginally more palatable but even more awesome (with some Lolicon fanservice) action thriller Dance in the Vampire Bund, adapted by Studio Shaft.
    • Shouji Satou of Highschool of the Dead fame is known for being the member of DIGITAL ACCEL WORKS as well as publishing ero-mangas under INAZUMA. Having a long, steady resumes of one-shots under anthologies, his mainstream works still show enough Author Appeal of Gun Porn and World of Buxom for anyone to make the connection. Though, him being Koshi Rikdo's former assistant, it's hardly surprising.
    • Shun Saeki is better known as "tosh", another ero-manga artist with a few releases under his repertoire, but is the artist for Food Wars!, currently serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump.
    • Kitakawa Touta, first going mainstream with her solo work, Seishun Pop!, now paired up with a writer for DEAD Tube, her talents of course can be seen on how the smut is handled and the girls, their beauty and generous proportions.
    • Similar to Shun Saeki, "Hisasi": multiple erotic dōjinshi and manga until tasked with cover illustrations for certain Light Novels, such as And You Thought There is Never a Girl Online? and Hybrid × Heart Magias Academy Ataraxia.
    • Another one who joined the Shounen Jump ranks, although not the main WSJ magazine, for World's End Harem Shouno Kotarou is a hentai mangaka of moderate fame, you can definitely tell the influence from his origins on how women are drawn in this work, their proportions, looks and curves are very generous to say the least.
    • Upotte!! author Tennouji Kitsune still draws hentai doujinshi which included Deedlit from Record of Lodoss War.
    • Masatsugu "saitom" Saito did a few adult-oriented dōjinshi and manga, until he wound up doing character design for Captain Earth and Cyborg 009: Call of Justice, though his biggest contribution would be overall character and mechanical designer for Expelled from Paradise. This would be repeated later when he was tasked with primary character designs for Xenoblade Chronicles 2.
    • Light novelist Pan Tachibana fluctuates between intense ecchi work such as So, I Can't Play H! and straight up erotica.
  • Rei Hiroe, writer and artist of Black Lagoon, produces dōjinshi under the name TEX-MEX, one of them being a beach-themed book featuring Black Lagoon characters.
  • Mine Yoshizaki, creator of Arcade Gamer Fubuki and Sgt. Frog, got his start doing video game dōjinshi.
  • The character designer of Luminous Arc, Kaito Shibano, worked on the CG of the H-Game Born Freaks.
  • Takashi Tensugi, artist of Puella Magi Kazumi Magica, has drawn a fair amount of Shadow of the Colossus fan art, much of which is flat-out porn.
  • The artist of Medaka Box is Akira Akatsuki, better known as RIROLAND (yes, allcaps), who has done Lolicon doujins, among other things. If he ever stopped that, no one knows.
  • Omamori Himari is Milan Matra's first non-hentai work. It is extremely fanservice-heavy and two of the major characters bear a close resemblance to characters in one of his hentai stories.
  • In terms of animation studios, Princess Nine is the only TV anime from Phoenix Entertainment, who mostly served as the main production studio for hentai OVAs.
  • Youta "Mayotama" Tsunashi from I Can't Understand What My Husband Is Saying provides an In-Universe example: he began drawing Yaoi dōjinshi, but later switched over to Shōnen when he realizes he can't earn as much drawing amateur works compared to mainstream material. On a less meta level, it's a well known fact among fans of Cool-Kyou Shinsha that he draws hentai featuring young boys getting molested by women with large breasts. He's even drawn Rule 34 art for his mainstream works (which he posts on his Pixiv account alongside new chapters of said works).
    • He even works this into his safer content—in Miss Kobayashi's Dragon Maid, the relationship between Lucoa and Shouta can be generally summed up as "his adult works if they were stopped every time".
  • Kamiya Yuu, author and illustrator of No Game No Life, draws Ecchi and Hentai works just as much as non-erotic works (including No Game No Life material, i.e. he writes his own Rule 34). He's also done doujins for Fate/stay night, The iDOLM@STER, Touhou Project and more.
  • While Honjou Raita has found fame for designing characters for games such as Fate/Grand Order and Valkyria Chronicles, he still continues drawing chapters of Zettai Junpaku Mahou Shoujo, his series of h-manga.
  • Noizi Ito is perhaps mostly known for her illustrations for the Haruhi Suzumiya and Shakugan no Shana Light Novels (which were used as the base for the anime), but she has also has done extensive work for an eroge company UNiSONSHIFT (Nanatsuiro Drops, FlyableHeart, etc.) until 2013.
  • Takahiro Kimura, a character designer whose credits include GaoGaiGar, Godannar, and Code Geass, also did the designs for the Viper series of H-Games, though considering Godannar gets pretty heavy on not simple Fanservice at times...
    • In a related vein, back when hentai dubs were more mainstream, the English dub for Viper GTS managed to obtain a shockingly stacked cast by today's standards, including Stephanie Sheh and Grant George. Though considering how both are still happy to act in extreme ecchi series (Kill la Kill and Queen's Blade just to name a few), they likely don't consider it that deep a shame.
  • Takehito Harada's art was more Ecchi before becoming well known as the artist of Disgaea, Phantom Brave, and Makai Kingdom.
  • The roles voiced by Ryoka Yuzuki seem heavy with series chock full of Ecchi (with at least one Hentai title). That's because prior to being a voice actress, Yuzuki was a gravure idol who posed nude, but without Rule 34 in effect; similarly, Chiaki Takahashi and Yurika Ochiai have also done the same, but have focused on voice acting full-time.
  • Voice actors in both the USA and in Japan (and probably in other countries) will sometimes work under aliases when they voice act in hentai, eroge, yaoi, etc. The list includes: the whole cast of School Days and their Spin Offs (who use their aliases in the games and their actual names in the School Days anime), Ai Uchikawa ("Chitose Kamata"), Sayaka Aoki ("Rumiko Sasa"), Takehito Koyasu ("Hayato Juumonji"), Shinji Kawada ("Taro Wasshoi"), Hiroki Takahashi ("Okino Yasuhiro"), Kenichirou Matsuda ("Rinta Hayakawa"), Masatomo Nakazawa ("Sawa Manaka"), Ryota Takeuchi ("Waruta Higeuchi"), Junji Majima ("Suga Kiya"), Kosuke Toriumi ("Spoon Sakiware"), Hikaru Midorikawa ("Hikaru"), Naoko Takano ("Midori Kawamura"), Yasunori Matsumoto ("Daijiro Kataoka"), Mitsuki Saiga ("Makoto Sato"), Asami Imai ("Riko Inohara") etc.
  • Tsuttsu, creator of Omujo! Omutsu Joshi, has several hentai works of a fetishistic nature under their belt. Those works often focus on urination, Potty Failure, occasional diapers, and even some lolicon. Omujo!, while having many of those same elements, is significantly toned down. Were it not for the inclusion of diapers in the premise, the series would not be too far removed from a standard ecchi manga with numerous panty shots and suggestive poses.
  • Gengoroh Tagame, widely known for his bara works that often featured hardcore BDSM and sexual violence, later wrote the all-ages manga series My Brother's Husband. It is a gentle dramedy about the family relationships between a stay-at-home dad, his preteen daughter, and his deceased twin brother's white Canadian husband, although it still includes a lot of commentary on the similarities and differences between Japanese and Anglo-Saxon attitudes to gay men.
  • Tadataka Kawasaki was known for their eromanga and bizarre schoolgirl works, but ended up becoming famous for their equally-bizarre comedy manga Chio's School Road in the mainstream. True to their origins, they tend to sneak in a plot or two from their stories revolving around Naked People Trapped Outside. Most notable is the very first chapter which is almost a note-for-note copy of one of their older works, except Chio has her clothes on.
  • The Kaguya-sama: Love is War "Official Doujiin" spinoff was created by Sakayama Shinta, who had produced two hentai doujinshi based of the series beforehand. They even reused the character design for the shota incubus in chapter 2.
  • The artist for World War Blue, CRIMSON, is perhaps better known as a prolific producer of hentai doujinshi and name drops several of her more successful hentai series alongside World War Blue in her Twitter bio.
  • Don't Toy With Me, Miss Nagatoro is the first non-pornographic manga by prolific hentai artist 774 (Nanashi) whose adult works vary wildly in tone, from lovey-dovey Sweet Dreams Fuel to comedic exhibitionism to horrifying guro and other unmentionable stuff. Don't Toy With Me has a few elements of their "Yupiel-sama/Lady Yupiel" and "Suzuka-sama's Servant" doujin series such as a sadistic female lead (though much more heavily toned down) and an older male who's forced under the girl's thumb.
  • Sakura Diaries was a straight up Porn with Plot manga by the artist U-Jin, but when released as as 12-episode TV series, it was cleaned up and all the porn removed, leaving a decent but not amazing Love Triangle romance.
  • Takeo Takahashi is an anime director and storyboarder best known for the adaptations of Spice and Wolf, Maoyu, and Citrus. He also consecutively directed Aki Sora and Yosuga no Sora, both of which are infamous for their portrayal of Brother–Sister Incest and explicit sex scenes between adolescents. (He has also worked on numerous hentais.)
  • The author of Tamamo-chan’s a Fox!, Yuuki Ray, got their start doing dojinshi and have even made an Interspecies Reviewers fan book before.
  • Tetsuya Oishi is a screenwriter who's won awards for his work on the live-action films Death Note: The Last Name and Last Winter, We Parted. His first writing gig was scripting the six-part hentai series Can Can Bunny Extra.
  • Boichi (the artist of Dr. Stone) subverts this completely! He doesn't hide the fact that he did porn, and in a fan AMA, he said he'd like to work at it again!
  • Tanaka Yutaka, creator of My Lovely Ghost Kana and Ai-Ren, mostly creates ero-mangas aside from his few ecchi mangas. His work ranges all across the spectrum of explicitness with Ai-Ren on the R-Rated end, and Virgin Night solidly in the "explicit" side of the spectrum. Worry not as even his more explicit works are worthy Hentai With Lots of Plot. Even Virgin Night was pretty softcore; there was only a few panels showing the genitals and those were as softcore as you can get while showing genitals. This also applies to the other short stories within Virgin Night that are not the titular short story.
  • Not many know that Black Cat and To Love Ru's author Kentaro Yabuki has a history of drawing hentai works, albeit with a different pen name.
  • Tinkle, a two-women CG Artist team, have worked on a few H-Games aside from 3 short manga serializations. They also provided the artwork for the basketball-with-gradeschoolers comedy Ro-Kyu-Bu!, which is somewhat lighter in tone.
  • Tesshin Azuma, the artist of the Romantic Comedy You Like Me, Not My Daughter?!, is mainly known for hentai and ecchi works. It shows in his newest work — Ayako is quite the Ms. Fanservice — but she's usually clothed (except in bathing scenes).
  • Ah... and Mm... Are All She Says has an In-Universe example — Norush wants to draw Shōnen manga, but was advised to go into eromanga first, and then "graduate" to the mainstream.

    Anime — Other 
  • While a lot of the works by legendary creator Go Nagai are rather... racy, he'd done his fair share of outright erotica. Even stuff based on his mainstream works such as Mazinger Z.
  • 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.
  • Keito Koume, the illustrator for Spice and Wolf, drew the H-manga Kafun Shojo Chuihou AKA The Pollinic Girls Attack.
  • 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.
  • Most of the artists who did the art for the Banquet of the Divas expansion set of Cardfight!! Vanguard were known for hentai or ecchi works. Examples include Takuya Fujima, Torishimo, Satoru Chiba, Santa Tsuji, and Uni. Given the nature of the artwork, it is obvious they had done porn at some point.
  • Non-adult content example: the anime streaming site Crunchyroll originally hosted pirated content before going legit and striking deals with anime producers to simulcast new episodes.
  • 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.
  • The Magical Girl Warrior-Heroic Fantasy parody OVA Sex Demon Queen is the only hentai credit for most of its crew.
  • Yoshiki Takaya, the creator of Guyver drew hentai early in his career under the name "Morio Chimi", though considering Zeorymer's origins this shouldn't be too much of a surprise
  • Kiyoshi Murayama - best known as a writer/director for Steam Detectives, Blue Seed, and Spiral Zone - has written, directed, and storyboarded hentai under the pseudonym Kurige Katsura.
  • Actor Bill Timoney, probably best known in the anime sphere for playing Parn in Record of Lodoss War and his various roles in the Pokémon: The Series anime, got his start in anime dubbing with the infamous hentai OVA Urotsukidoji: Legend of the Overfiend. Unlike most examples, he has no shame about it and gleefully brings it up and jokes about it at 18+ panels at anime conventions.

  • Older Than Radio: The great 19-century Italian painter Francesco Hayez (currently best known for "The Kiss") also did some sketches which can only be described as straight-up hardcore porn. They're towards the bottom of this gallery. (Not, obviously, safe for work.)
  • Picasso too made such sketches, which have even been the subject of their own exhibition.
  • This was not uncommon among some of the older masters. There is a Rembrandt etching of a couple having sex; Da Vinci making a large number of drawings that were intended as serious scientific illustrations, as his was the first generation where learned men started dissecting human bodies, and Da Vinci was more a general intellectual than a straight-up artist, including making on revelations of how reproduction actually worked (he also did the first realistic drawing of how a fetus actually looked in the womb).
  • The Japanese woodcut master Hokusai created what is generally considered to be the Ur-Example of tentacle porn. Google "Dream of the Fisherman's Wife".
  • Australian artist and writer Norman Lindsay is arguably most famous for this children's work The Magic Pudding. However, he was also an accomplished cartoonist and artist, including of scantily clad young ladies. The Australian film Sirens was about his life, arguably playing up his interaction with those models.

  • 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 
  • Wally Wood, known for his work for EC Comics (particularly for MAD), released three issues of a pornographic comic called Gang Bang. He was also responsible for the satirical piece The Disneyland Memorial Orgy, which was distributed as a poster by the underground newspaper The Realist, as well as being widely pirated.
  • 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.
  • Fred Perry himself is an example; he got the idea for his comic Gold Digger while drawing pin-up art for his fellow soldiers during the First Gulf War. He still continues doing dōjinshis to an extent.
  • (Not so) Surprisingly, Chuck Austen stirred more controversy with his nipple-free mainstream work (X-Men, Superman), than his early underground porn comics. (There's also some rather noticeable thematic similarities between his X-Men dialog and the dialog in his X-rated comic, Strips.)
  • Fables creator Bill Willingham wrote and drew the pornographic fantasy comic Ironwood earlier in his career, although he had also done gaming art and some comics before that.
  • Colleen Coover first became well known for doing the cute, funny back-up strips for X-Men: First Class, and other Marvel work, and is now most notably working on the all-ages Bandette. Her first published comic, Small Favors, was a cute, funny, but very explicit "girly [lesbian] porno comic", in her own words. She isn't ashamed though, as after much demand a new deluxe edition of Small Favors came out in 2017.
  • The artist of the Bazooka Joe comics was apparently an artist of Tijuana Bibles, short pornographic fan comics.
  • 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.
  • Circles is a non-adult (though still moderately mature) gay Slice of Life comic series written by, drawn by and published by people who were better known before for their gay furry porn.
  • MANGA GRAPHIX, the company that publishes Witch Girls Tales, used to run a now dead Geocities site and e-zine called The Shrinking Sorceress, a fetish site dedicated to art and stories about people being transformed into things by sorceresses. (Note the copyright at the bottom of the page.) Malcolm Harris, the author of Witch Girls and the owner of Channel M (the company credited with creating the pen-and-paper RPG spinoff), lists himself as a writer for MANGA GRAPHIX in his resume. While Witch Girls is not dedicated to titillating its audience, several minor characters and the term "witch girls" were present in some of the stories on TSS, and both the newer comic and the RPG it's based on have an unusually large amount of art dedicated to people being transformed into things. It's a source of Old Shame for the creator now, as they are quick to jump into any internet discussion or wiki mentioning the connection and deny it.
  • 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.)
  • Alessandro Barbucci and Barbara Canepa, the artists for W.I.T.C.H. did the rather risque series Sky Doll.
  • Andy Price, one of the artists for My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, was — or is — also a Rule 34 and fetish artist.
  • Christian Zanier gained a young audience when he illustrated several comics exclusive to the BIONICLE graphic novels. That same audience should be advised against inputting his name in a Google search, lest they stumble upon his other comics not intended for a young audience...
  • Before Carl Barks worked on the Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck comics for Disney. He previously did some adult illustrations and paintings around the 1930's and 1940's. In the 1920's Barks began his career at a racy men's magazine called the Calgary Eye-Opener, a job that involved penciling lots and lots of adult cartoons (some of his cartoons would depict Africans in a very unflattering manner which was standard for the time). When he retired, he would sometimes be viewing a voluptuous nude model and drawing her as a duck. It's what he jokingly referred to as the "Duck Syndrome" — his many years with Disney left him with an overpowering urge to stick a duck bill on literally everything.
  • Inverted with Superman co-creator Joe Shuster at the end of his career. After vision problems forced him to stop working on superhero comics because he couldn't keep up the pace, he is alleged to have drawn the notorious BDSM porn comic series Nights of Horror (the creator of that series has never been definitively identified, but the art bears a strong resemblance to Shuster's work.)
  • Camilla D'Errico, who did artwork for comics and a variety of art projects. However she is also well known for her artistic nudes which she at some point felt it was an Old Shame until the San Diego Comic Con.
  • Kentaro Takekuma's best known work is Even a Monkey Can Draw Manga, which is a vulgar parody of various manga genres (including a chapter on sexually-explicit "ero-manga"). Later, he went on to write the family-friendly Super Mario Adventures for Nintendo Power.
  • 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 her 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 (which gets gory at times but still isn't 18+ material). There's a good reason she uses 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.
  • The character Suzuran from the H-Game Suigetsu appeared on Image Boards so many times with the catchphrase "Waha!" that people took to calling her Waha instead.
  • Hivefled is a complex, plot-driven Alternate Universe Fic. The Kink Meme fic it originated from, Reprise, was basically just horrible torture-rape.
  • Fanfiction in general tends to have a lot of this, with the same writers doing everything from gen to smut.
  • 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 — Animation 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Derek Savage posed for Playgirl and wrote The Dancer, a book about a male stripper before he made Cool Cat Saves the Kids, described on the box as an "anti-bullying kids gun safety movie".
  • The 1975 horror film Forced Entry was a loose remake of a 1973 porno of the same name.
  • The Last House on the Left was originally going to be a horror-porno called "Night of Vengeance".
  • 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.
  • Cannon Films, in the pre Golan-Globus era, specialized in softcore films.
  • Barry Sonnenfeld, director of the Men in Black movies, started his career as a cinematographer in porn films.
  • Robin Williams' first film was a sexploitation sketch comedy called Can I Do It 'Till I Need Glasses?
  • A decade before his fame as a monologist and character actor in The '80s, Spalding Gray played supporting roles in three porno films.
  • There's a common case of famous pornstars make a career after retiring from porn. Some examples:
    • One of the first cases are Traci Lords, a famous pornstar in The '80s that also was also infamous for having that career being underage, which made even more controversy than her then career instead. After she got 18, Traci had a chance to get into independent movies and after that her career as actress surpassed her past porn one. To name some of her movies: Not Of This Earth 1988, Cry-Baby, The Nutt House, Shock 'Em Dead, Blade, Zack and Miri Make a Porno and Excision. And not to mention she acted in famous series like Melrose Place, Gilmore Girls, First Wave and Will & Grace.
    • Sasha Grey, a worldwide-known pornstar that even became a Memetic Mutation on internet, after retiring from porn she started a career being part of other different projects: writing some books, being part of the EDM band aTelecine, being a voice actress for Saints Row: The Third (as Viola DeWynter) and even acting in various independent movies like Steven Soderbergh's The Girlfriend Experience and the indie Spanish thriller Open Windows with Elijah Wood.
    • Some recent cases: Lebanese Mia Khalifa becomes a "sports godmother" for Washington D.C.'s sport teams, and Japanese Anri Okita starts a singer career in Japanese Pop Music.
    • Turkish-German actress Sibel Kekilli began as a porn star but moved into non-erotic acting beginning with her breakthrough role in Fatih Akin's 2004 drama Gegen die Wand/Head-On. Reportedly she got the part because the casting director couldn't find any other Turkish-German actresses who were willing to do the nudity and simulated sex scenes that the role required.

  • Before he decided to stick to writing for children, Dr. Seuss wrote and illustrated a book called The Seven Lady Godivas, containing a lot of gratuitous nudity. Seuss seems to have regarded the fact that he drew "a book full of naked women" as an Old Shame, but he also implied that it wasn't the nudity per se that bothered him, but the fact that he "can't draw naked women, I put their knees in the wrong places." It's also extremely mild/inoffensive nudity (they don't seem to have any parts that a Barbie doll doesn't). He seemed more embarrassed by the fact it didn't sell well and wound up getting remaindered. Dr. Seuss also did animation for the WWII-era cartoon shorts featuring the character Private Snafu, which, unlike the general audience Looney Tunes cartoons, contain a lot of things that would be considered objectionable both back in the days of The Hays Code and now (scantily-clad women, racist caricatures of the Japanese, references to Hitler and Nazism, uses of the words "damn" and "hell,"note  and crude humor that would appeal to its mostly male, young military audience).
  • Inverted with Gregory Maguire. He is best known for his dark and adult Fractured Fairytale and Grimmification works, including The Wicked Years (most famously Wicked) and Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister. He started out as a children's book author nearly twenty years before Wicked. Most of his output still consists of children's books.
  • Dan Gutman was originally editor in-chief for the porn magazine Stag. When he created and wrote a video game and computer magazine, he realized that he would be better off as a children's author than an author for adults, and now, he has created book series like Baseball Card Aventures, Million Dollar, and My Weird School.
  • Horror fiction author Graham Masterton wrote soft-core porn novels and edited a top-shelf "men's magazine" before becoming a full time author. He has never tried to hide or disguise this.
  • Roald Dahl, today best known for his dark children's books, also wrote plenty of lesser-known stories that can only be described as Not Safe for Work. My Uncle Oswald, for one.

    Live-Action TV 
  • 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.
  • During his run for the United States Senate, Al Franken had to publicly distance himself from a lot of his more ribald and controversial work on Saturday Night Live.
  • 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).
  • 90's kids who grew up on Bill Nye the Science Guy and who didn't live in Seattle are sometimes a little surprised when YouTube searches come up with Mr. Nye's snit on Almost Live! Many of the same cast, many of the same techniques, origin of the Science Guy persona...but sketches like "The Streetwalking Lawyers of Aurora Avenue" aren't kid-friendly.
  • It caused controversy when LOGO's Gay The Bachelor series Finding Prince Charming starred "Prince Charming" Robert Sepulveda Jr. who was revealed to have previously worked as a gay escort and even had a few pornographic videos online (stated to have been distributed without Robert's permission from an ex-lover). Robert did reveal his past as an escort to the top three contestants late in the show and they were very supportive. After the news came out the show's producers did state they were aware of the fact and supported Robert, despite his lurid past. Some of the former contestants, however, have been much less supportive and feel embarrassed to outright disgusted at the reveal after taping.
  • 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.
  • The late Japanese TV personality Ai Iijima started her carreer as a Gravure idol/AV actress. She got her break on television as a bikini model. Once she hit the mainstream, her lawyers went through quite a bit of work to ensure that a boxed set of her previous "exploits" never saw the light of day.
  • The Canadian LGBT channel Pridevision aimed to be packaged alongside other mainstream digital cable networks, but got packaged as a premium adult channel by many providers because it aired gay porn during the late-night hours on the East Coast, on a channel with no west coast feed no less (one provider was even disciplined by the CRTC for making it as hard as possible for viewers to access its mandatory free preview period). A few years later, the adult content was branched off into a new 24-hour channel known as "Hard on Pridevision", and the main network was rebooted as OutTV.
  • 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.
  • Brazilian TV show hostess Xuxa Meneghel had done quite a bit of softcore work in her younger years. She never denied it later, but did do a lot to suppress a highly controversial erotic drama from 1981 where she seduces an underage boy.

  • Takumi Kobayashi is the author of Virgin na Kankei. But seeing the content of the mentioned manga, you definitely can't be surprised.
  • Name any Light Novel series at Media Factory Bunko J (Aria the Scarlet Ammo, for example) and the artist who did the illustrations for the artwork and there is a very likely chance they did either the illustration for a H-Game or was a doujin creator if the artwork in the anime/manga is risque.
  • 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.
  • Many of Takako Shimura's manga are sexual, and occasionally even straight out pornographic, but you wouldn't know that from her most popular work, Wandering Son. It's quite PG for a Seinen manga and most of its sexuality was ditched early on. There aren't any references to sex untiil the characters start high school, and even then it's not very explicit (with all the couples being Chastity Couples). Sweet Blue Flowers has more sexual references, nudity, and sexual scenes but it's still not much compared to her earlier works.
  • In the Korean artist community, almost every artist who did Sword Girls had nothing controversial to their name. However, the artist of Freezing pretty much makes up for it. He even did a Crossmake Series which just was pretty much a "too hot for the manga" doujin series, with sex scenes galore.
  • The Fate/stay night manga replaces the Intimate Healing scene between Saber and Shirou with a Battle in the Center of the Mind.
  • Bakuon!! is the only non-R-18 manga from Mimama Orimoto, although he doesn't hold back with the fanservice (mostly from Rin, but YMMV).
  • IIDA Pochi drew an explicit shota-porn (adolescent boy with mature woman) doujin named Ane Naru Mono ("An Elder Sister") about a young orphan boy who meets a supernatural entity (heavily implied to be Shub-Niggurath) looking mostly like a beautiful lady and, upon being asked to make a wish, wishes for her to be his big sister. Later on, she made a manga with the exact same title, style and plot, but with the sex replaced by mildly ecchi scenes. Both are still ongoing. Also, according to the author, the porn doujin is canon, just farther down the timeline.

  • 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.
  • Shel Silverstein, best known for his children's books, released an album of adult-oriented comedy songs called Freakin' at the Freakers Ball, with songs about pot smoking (most notably "I Got Stoned And I Missed It", later covered by Dr. Hook & The Medicine Show) and masochism. Not all of the material was Bleached Underpants, however - it also contained one of his more well-known novelty recordings, "Sarah Cynthia Sylvia Stout Would Not Take The Garbage Out", which has been frequently played on the Dr. Demento show. Some of Silverstein's other albums contain adult material, including "The Smoke Off" from Songs & Stories and "Quaaludes Again" from The Great Conch Train Robbery. He was also an artist for Playboy.
  • Johnny Otis recorded an album of sexually explicit comedy songs under the name Snatch and the Poontangs in 1969.
  • Country singer David Allan Coe released a pair of X-rated comedy albums in 1979 and 1982 called Nothing Sacred and Underground Album, containing songs about masturbation, oral sex, group sex, S&M, etc. These albums were initially sold through the back pages of a biker magazine and became notoriously infamous when Coe started selling them on CD through his website, just not for the usual reason.
  • The Muppet-popularized song "Mah Na Mah Na" originated on the soundtrack of 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.
  • A couple of songs on Hardcore Devo Vol 2, a compilation of early Devo material, feature some pretty messed up lyrics by Devo standards: "I Been Refused" ("I was looking at that cunt") and "I Need a Chick" ("I need a chick to suck my dick"). And that's not even getting into the unsuccessful children's album they produced in partnership with Disney of all organizations.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Kang Dong Chul, or better known as Brave Brothers is an influential Korean music producer who used to have criminal ties, one case in particular was he once ran a room salon business which is a polite term for a brothel before going completely clean.
  • 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...
  • '70s porn star Andrea True had a few hits in the disco era (most famously "More More More"), but this was actually an aversion, since she was open about her past and it was used as a marketing point for her.
  • 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.
  • Noriyuki Iwadare, best known for composing for the Lunar, Grandia, and Ace Attorney series, has also composed songs for eroge.
  • 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.
  • Caravan Palace had very fortuitous beginnings, originally starting as a three-piece formed to soundtrack a silent porn film. A label producer took interest in the project, and years later, the group would expand into not merely a full band, but one of the biggest acts in Electro Swing, whose content is generally appropriate for all ages. Funnily enough, they don't seem particularly ashamed of this origin, and in fact are pretty disappointed that the porn film was lost, leaving them unable to publicly share it.
  • 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.

    Myths & Religion 
  • The early 20th-century gurus who revived hatha yoga, the most widely practiced school, carefully downplayed the prominent role that many of its original promoters had assigned to sex several centuries earlier, largely because it had ultimately become the source of several scandals. But you can always count on the return of the repressed.
  • Anything involving sex or being remotely perverted will be censored if it appears in a school textbook, for obvious reasons.

    Print Media 
  • Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor on whom Miranda Priestly of The Devil Wears Prada is allegedly based, doesn't often admit that she was once an editor at ''Viva'', an attempt at creating an adult women's magazine edited by Kathy Keeton (aka Mrs. Bob Guccione) in the late 1970s.

    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.

  • 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...
  • Aeju Murasame, the creator of games like Bunny Must Die and the Gundemonium Series, started his career by making H-manga. Most of his works were original, but there is a particular one based on Gunparade March. These days, however, Aeju is more known for his games.
  • While MOST of the artists for the character designs in Sengoku Taisen or Sangokushi Taisen do mostly artistic nudity or has a clean record (well most of them, some of them you don't even notice they did porn due to the characters they draw are as not sexualized as possible). One of their artists in particular does not have such a pristine reputation and has on several occasions drawn porn of some of the cast.
  • Nintendo themselves (after starting out and hitting it big with hanafuda cards, long before hitting it big with Super Mario and the like) once experimented with other services, one of which was a chain of Love Hotels. Downplayed, as they didn't start out in the love hotel business, and it was one of many, many failed ventures of theirs (including attempting to run a taxi service, a TV network, and instant rice).
    • Back when they were making film-based arcade games in the 70s, they made a game based on their earlier hit Wild Gunman called Fascination. Instead of shooting a western outlaw, you shot the clothes of a dancing Swedish model, and she would strip them off piece by piece until she was naked.
  • 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.
  • Xenosaga's character designer CHOCO, did a bit of adult game artwork and helped out in a variety of H-Game designs in both mecha and non mecha designs. He also published the Gothic Lolita series which was Porn with Plot set in Victorian England in a rather dark and sinister way.
  • 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.
  • Tooru Nakayama, the character designer for Mega Man Zero series has about 6 adult doujins to his name. His perverted charm rubbed off on the director of Inti Creates, who made Gal*Gun. Averted by Hideki Ishikawa, the character designer for Mega Man Legends, who has not only made hentai, but has made hentai of the characters he designed for the series under the name P-HEAD.
  • Studio Gainax, although an anime producer first, branched out into video games with some success. Gainax's best known game series, Princess Maker, is quite fanservicey but clean otherwise (aside from a cheat interface that includes nudity as an outfit). However, the first game released by Gainax, Cybernetic Hi-School, was a strip quiz game with enough sexual content to be banned in one Japanese prefecture. Gainax didn't even stop doing this once they became famous: they produced a strip mahjong game based on Neon Genesis Evangelion, and even that pales in comparison to the infamously-raunchy Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt.
  • 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.
  • Sierra, which was known for their wicked-hard adventure and puzzle games, as well as an extensive catalog of Edutainment Games had their first big hit with a text adventure called Softporn Adventure. The success of that bankrolled the squeaky-clean King's Quest. However, it became a subversion; instead of trying to bleach it from their history, they handed it to Al Lowe, who re-wrote the whole thing as Played for Laughs and turned it into Leisure Suit Larry 1: In the Land of the Lounge Lizards
  • 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.
  • While no evidence of Takehito Harada doing outright porn has been found, he does do somewhat suggestive art (including one infamous Les Yay picture of the main character of Phantom Brave and her Ill Girl friend) and his mascot character has several erotic fan art books done of her, which he presumably worked on. His co-artist on the early Nippon Ichi games, Ryoji of Attic Work Space, is much more openly risqué in his art — which makes sense when you realize what type of character art he does for the Disgaea series.
  • Some of the artists involved with KanColle, MÚSECA, and Azur Lane have done NSFW work before, particularly for the design of the more fanservice-y characters.
  • 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 
  • The majority of visual novels that get console ports experience this in their transition, especially if it's Porn with Plot; many of these examples can be seen in the anime section, including the likes of Fate/stay night, AIR, and Togainu no Chi.
  • 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.
  • Subverted with most of Compile Heart's artists, despite how most of the female cast is aimed at fanservice. Tsunako, out of all artists, did not start off with a H-Game resume and instead learned over the years at Compile Heart. The only exception was Katsuyuki Hirano, who does the erotic feelies for the other artists (from dakimakura to pinups).
  • 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.

    Web Animation 
  • Alvin Earthworm, the creator of Super Mario Bros. Z, is an avid furry artist as can be seen in his DeviantArt Account.
  • Mikeinel, the creator of Draw with Me, also draws H-comics and has animated adult parodies of certain cartoonsnote . Even some of his DeviantArt works reflect this.
  • The famous pornographic animator ZONE also created this Game Grumps animation. You'd never be able to tell if not for the rather... suggestive way a mustard bottle squirts on the end card.
  • Retired YouTube Pooper TimoteiLSD once made an animation in 2011 called "Nyan Ho", which involved a cat and a Pop-Tart (named Lulubelle Nyanette Cheshire and Barry Popper respectively) having sex in the back of the latter's Hummer truck. While the original video was taken down from his channel for obvious reasons (though reuploads do exist), he was proud enough of Lulubelle that he had her make cameo appearances in almost every YTP he made since.

  • Aaron Neathery, creator of the webcomic Endtown, used to draw weight gain/fat fetish porn under the names "BeakerFA" and "Biff Billinglsey".
  • Inverted with one of the longest running current Furry Webcomics, Sabrina Online. Its Author, Eric W. Schwartz has been active in the furry community developing the characters he would come to use in the comic since the mid-80s, and while his work could often have a slight risque turn to it, the worst he would draw was a busty squirrel with Barbie Doll Anatomy dancing. He refused to draw outright porn until the late '90s but currently has no compunction against it, and in fact currently runs a furry porn pay site. He has stated for the record that he would prefer that fans not draw porn of specific characters, such as Sabrina herself. It is still worth noting that people have noticed a similarity between Schwartz's style and those of other porn artists, particularly from before Schwartz had starting doing porn under his own name, and some from afterwards that involves fanart of corporate-owned characters. Most notible of these is the artist TDK, though there are others. Schwartz has denied this across the board and nobody has ever been able to prove anything one way or another.
  • Girl Genius writer and artist Phil Foglio was previously well known for his XXXenophile erotic comic series, although he makes no attempt to hide it — he's been seen at conventions wearing a pin or nametag reading "Gentleman Pornographer". In addition, his wife, Kaja, was a collaborator in both XXXenophile and What's New? with Phil and Dixie, an RPG-based comic that used to run in gaming mags (and is rerun on the Foglios' website). Not to mention they both openly admit she models Victorian underwear of the type frequently featured in GG. And not always for the sake of the comic. They've gone on the record saying that their halting the XXXenophile comics was due to their having children.
  • 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.
  • Something Awful flash and comic artist Shmorky has done ads for porn sites and commissions in the past when he needed the cash.
  • 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.
  • The artist/author of Grrl Power is, like Eric Schwartz, well-known in the Furry Fandom, primarily for BDSM-related works.
    • And, in various "Author Notes", you find out that Dabbler is a holdover from one such work, that once strip should have realistically had a character's Clothing Damage result in complete nudity (but he wasn't quite prepared to have the series go in that direction), and a different strip would have ended different if it was "behind an age gate".
  • Phillip Jackson, one of the concept artists for Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts and Bolts, is also the author of the webcomic Sequential Art and also a fairly well known (at least on DeviantArt, under the name "Jollyjack") drawer of very busty furries and furry transformation sequences. And he sells them over the internet to make an extra buck. The fact that some of them are outright porn doesn't help.

    Web Original 

    Web Videos 
  • Stevin John first started his online career by creating Gross Out videos of himself as Steezy Grossman performing all sorts of NSFW vulgar antics. A year later, he transitioned to the drastically more wholesome and successful image of Blippi, the Mister Rogers of the Internet starring in cheerful educational videos for very young children. John now considers his old Grossman videos to be an Old Shame, to the point where he had a particularily infamous video in which he poos on a friend and performs the Harlem shake on a toilet taken down.

    Western Animation 


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Mr. Enter learns that the theme song for "Totally Spies!" originally wasn't so kid-friendly...

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