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"WARNING: The following program is a realish documentary, and may contain language which is vulgar, offensive, or grammatically awkward. Such language has been censored whenever possible, but for the sake of higher ratings, we may have let a few gratuitous and especially titillating instances slide."
Duckman, "American Dicks" opening.

Interesting tropes about blanking out things not meant for corrupting sensitive eyes or ears. This index is not about the Content Policy of TV Tropes itself.


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In-universe, often "conveniently in the way"

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Depictions of nudity are kept from being too lewd by making it so the naked character has no visible nipples and/or genitalia.
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  • Censor Shadow: Nudity is censored by keeping the character's private parts hidden in shadow.
  • Censor Steam: Censoring nudity by covering the body with steam or smoke, also a Bathing Trope
  • Censor Suds: Censoring nudity by having soap bubbles cover up the character's naughty bits, also a Bathing Trope
  • Conveniently Interrupted Document
  • Godiva Hair: A naked or topless woman has the inappropriate body parts covered up by her long hair.
  • Magic Pants: If a character's clothes are destroyed by a transformation, the character will either regrow their clothing when returned to normal or will somehow have the clothes keeping them modest remain intact.
  • Magic Skirt: A woman wears a skirt that covers up her pelvic regions regardless of the skirt's size and what position she is in.
  • Modesty Bedsheet: A woman naked in bed has bed sheets obscuring her breasts.
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  • Modesty Towel: A naked character stays decent by wearing a towel, also a Bathing Trope
  • Scenery Censor: Nudity is censored by objects conveniently placed in front of the characters' privates.
  • Shoulders-Up Nudity: A naked character is only shown from the shoulders up.
  • Stop Motion Lighting: A scene is censored by having it happen in the dark with brief moments of illumination provided by lightning flashes.
  • Thong of Shielding: A woman wears a thong that doesn't reveal too much of her buttocks.

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