->''"'''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."''
-->-- ''WesternAnimation/{{Duckman}}'', "[[SomethingCompletelyDifferent American Dicks]]" opening.

Interesting tropes about [[spoiler:blank]][[CensoredForComedy ing]] out things not meant for corrupting sensitive eyes or ears. This index is not about the [[Administrivia.TheContentPolicyAndThe5PCircuit Content Policy]] of Wiki/TVTropes itself.

Compare TheseTropesShouldWatchTheirLanguage. See also HelpHelpThisIndexIsBeingRepressed.

'''Perps responsible:'''
* UsefulNotes/GosKino
* MediaWatchdog
* MoralGuardians
* Creator/FourKidsEntertainment

'''General discussion:'''
* CensorshipBureau
** UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode
** UsefulNotes/TheHaysCode
* UsefulNotes/CensorshipSystems
* UsefulNotes/MediaClassifications

'''Visual techniques:'''
* DigitalBikini: Sometimes used in conjunction with a ShowerScene, BathtubScene, or a HotSpringsEpisode of an anime that has been [[{{Bowdlerization}} edited]] when aired in America, mostly used now to cover up nudity and revealing clothing on live-action movies that have been toned down for pre-watershed TV.
* GagCensor: any visual censorship technique PlayedForLaughs.

'''In-universe, often "conveniently in the way"'''
* BarbieDollAnatomy: sometimes
* CensorShadow
* CensorSteam: also a Bathing Trope
* CensorSuds: also a Bathing Trope
* ConvenientlyInterruptedDocument
* GodivaHair
* MagicPants
* MagicSkirt
* ModestyBedsheet
* ModestyTowel: also a Bathing Trope
* SceneryCensor
* StopMotionLighting
* ThongOfShielding

'''Fourth Wall techniques:'''
* AndSomeOtherStuff
* BarbieDollAnatomy: usually
* BlackBlood
* BlackScreenOfDeath
* BloodlessCarnage
* ChangeTheUncomfortableSubject: when a joke gets out of hand or a description gets too risque or explicit.
* CensorBox: can immediately become a [[GagCensor gag censor]] if PlayedForLaughs
* CensoredForComedy: if done intentionally or on a show or film known for always topping itself when it comes to GettingCrapPastTheRadar
* DiscretionShot: Comes in [[SexyDiscretionShot sexy]], [[VomitDiscretionShot vomit]], [[GoryDiscretionShot gory]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[KissingDiscretionShot kissing]].
* HitFlash
* LensFlareCensor
* MadeOfBologna
* {{Pixellation}}
* ProductDisplacement
* RelaxOVision
* SpeechBubbleCensoring
* StopMotionLighting

'''Textual and auditive censorship:'''
* BleepDammit
* CensoredTitle
* CensorshipBySpelling: Can also be used as a ComedyTrope if what's being spelled is an InformedObscenity or if the person can't spell or comprehend what's being spelled.
* ClusterBleepBomb
* CountryMatters
* CurseCutShort: Is often used used as a ComedyTrope
* NeverSayDie: Used a lot in American-edited anime and a lot of kids' action shows in the 1970s to the 1990s. These days, a lot of action cartoons in America are trying to be grittier and more realistic by mentioning death [or heavily implying it].
* PardonMyKlingon
* PrecisionFStrike
* SymbolSwearing: used primarily in American comic book stories or literature.
* TWordEuphemism
* WitchWithACapitalB

'''Other tropes about censorship:'''
* AbridgedForChildren
* AdjustableCensorship
* BannedEpisode: When an episode of a TV series (or other installment of a media franchise) is prohibited from being shown again.
* BannedInChina: Media that has been banned from an entire country, usually due to the national government's censorship laws.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: General toning-down of content considered obscene into something more palatable.
** TooSoon: Bowdlerization due to [[FunnyAneurysmMoment Funny Aneurysm]] or HarsherInHindsight moments of the "LifeImitatesArt" variety.
** TranslationWithAnAgenda: The translators of a work in a different language deliberately misinterpret the work to bring its message more in line with their own values.
* ButNotTooEvil
* ClumsyCopyrightCensorship: Removing or covering up ProductPlacement and/or {{UsefulNotes/copyright}}ed music or footage from reruns, reairings, and when put on different media (i.e. DVD and online streaming).
* ContentWarnings: Mostly played straight; sometimes PlayedForLaughs, depending on context.
* CutAndPasteTranslation: Often the result of heavy censorship and/or localization.
* DefyingTheCensors: Sometimes you have to stand up to those who want to silence you, but when that doesn't work, there's always these...
** CensorDecoy: Invoking GettingCrapPastTheRadar by playing into the censors' fears of finding explicit material in implicit content with a simple bait and switch (i.e., a writer or director has a scene featuring violent torture and a scene where someone uses the word "fuck". Most American censors will ask the writer or director to get rid of the "fuck" scene and keep in the violent torture. Of course, the opposite can happen, and [[TakeAThirdOption sometimes, both scenes will be cut]]).
** DubText: Another form of GettingCrapPastTheRadar (particularly in American-dubbed anime series), whether done due to incompetence, [[AccidentalInnuendo ignorance of suggestive dialogue]], or [[RefugeInAudacity to blatantly thumb their noses at censorship by being underhandedly obscene]].
** GettingCrapPastTheRadar: DefyingTheCensors on an underhanded level. Leads to CrossesTheLineTwice or RefugeInAudacity if done with explicit content or if done in excess.
* EditedForSyndication: Sometimes used to remove content, but mostly used to cut scenes for more commercials or to cut out scenes that are either too long or are superfluous to the plot [[note]](if it's the rerun of a sketch comedy show, like ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', ''SCTV'', ''Fridays'', or ''Series/{{MADtv}}'', then sketches are usually edited to fit a 30-minute or 60-minute time frame, for having too many technical errors, [[ClumsyCopyrightCensorship to get rid of copyrighted material]], or because the sketch was too controversial)[[/note]].
* FamilyFriendlyFirearms: Used in a majority of American-edited anime and kids' shows.
* FingerOnLips: Used mostly in music videos and music performances.
* FrothyMugsOfWater: Used ''a lot'' in American-edited anime for kids.
* FunWithAutocensors: Mostly seen on Internet forums.
* GetBackInTheCloset
* HideYourLesbians
* InformedObscenity
* LiveButDelayed
* MusicIsPolitics
* NarrativeProfanityFilter: Mostly used in written media, but can also be used on television shows or movies if a narrator is used or if the TV show or movie loves breaking the fourth wall.
* NippleAndDimed: The censorship of female nipples. Male nipples rarely face such scrutiny (unless you want to satirize the sexual inequality of this trope by either gender-flipping it or censoring male nipples along with female nipples in the name of true gender equality).
* NobodyCanDie
* NoSmoking: Seen in American-edited anime series and a lot of recent edits to old TV shows and cartoons that allowed cigarettes to be smoked or seen -- unless it's a VerySpecialEpisode about the dangers of tobacco use.
* NoSwastikas
* PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad: Is considered a problem by many who believe that today's media is too tame.
** PoliticallyCorrectHistory: Distortion of historical truth by removing or downplaying its more [[ValuesDissonance unpleasant aspects]].
* RadioFriendliness
* ScunthorpeProblem and TheProblemWithPenIsland: Mostly seen on Internet forums.
* SevenDirtyWords
* SleepingSingle: Also a ComedyTrope used in conjunction with ExiledToTheCouch or if a work parodies the allegedly "squeaky clean" 1950s sitcoms in which married couples were shown sleeping in separate beds due to TV rules at the time that didn't allow couples in the same bed together.
* SoundEffectBleep: Can be used as a ComedyTrope if the sounds used to cover up the profanity are appropriate to what's being censored [[note]]if someone says "pussy," it gets censored by a cat meowing, if someone says "fuck," it gets censored by a woman moaning erotically, if someone says "shit," it gets censored by someone farting or flushing a toilet, a marijuana reference gets covered up with the water bubbling noise from a bong or someone exhaling smoke, or a gun reference is covered with the sound of a gun being fired or a rifle or shotgun getting cocked. A lot of rap and pop songs will do this as RefugeInAudacity in that they conform to ExecutiveMeddling, but at the same time, are mocking the censors by choosing sounds that are, in a perverted way, associated with what's being censored.[[/note]]
* SubvertedRhymeEveryOccasion: Can be a ComedyTrope or used for non-censorship reasons, such as trying to avoid a lame and/or predictable rhyme scheme -- i.e., subverting the old "Roses are red, Violets are blue" poem.
* ThinkOfTheCensors: When characters in a fictional work know or realize that their words and/or actions are subject to being censored if actually said or done. Also a form of BreakingTheFourthWall.
* ThinkOfTheChildren: The call to arms for many a MoralGuardian or MediaWatchdog group.
* UnacceptableTargets

'''In-universe censorship:'''
* BookBurning
* CoverInnocentEyesAndEars
* CulturePolice: Used in fictional works -- both comedic and dramatic -- to show or satirize what can happen when [[PoliticalCorrectnessGoneMad being politically correct gets out of hand]].
* PreApprovedSermon