Connor: Well, that certainly illustrates the diversity of the word.
While the media aimed at a general audience tends to only sprinkle on swearing, media aimed at mature audiences sometimes dumps it on with a big fucking ladle: lots and lots of F-bombs.
Some writers think the media is oversanitized and does not reflect how people speak in Real Life, particularly how they swear. Heavy usage of swearing is seen to be more realistic or 'gritty'. This sentiment is stronger in certain settings, such as urban life, ghettos, gangs, online gaming, blue collar/trade jobs, concerts, the military, Crapsack Worlds, etc. There is some truth to this, as there is more swearing in real life than any prime time TV show would lead you to believe.
On the other hand, writers can go overboard on swear words to the point you can't take the characters spouting them seriously. This is particularly noticeable in works that try too hard to be Darker and Edgier but come across as childish instead. When there's already gratuitous Gorn and sex all over, using Obligatory Swearing to make the characters sound like 10-year-olds out of parental earshot seems par for the course.
Often, this is used as a Comedy Trope, where a character's usage of a long string of curse words is the joke itself. This often occurs in dark comedies. When movies or shows re-air in syndication, where they often cannot use the amount or severity of swears as they did on their original airing, the curses are often redubbed or bleeped out, to sometimes amusing results, like "Do you see what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps?"
This trope is named after a combination of the terms cluster bombs and F-bomb, another term for "fuck", "fucking", or any other known correct form of the word. Compare with Vulgar Humor, Precision F-Strike, Atomic F-Bomb and Angrish; also see Obligatory Swearing, which sometimes takes the form of Cluster F-Bomb. Contrast with Foreign Cuss Word, Pardon My Klingon, and especially Gosh Dang It to Heck!. For more examples, see The Other Wiki. A Rant-Inducing Slight or Villainous Breakdown sometimes triggers one of these. A character who drops these while the other characters use more subdued language is a Sir Swears-a-Lot.
For the censored equivalent, see Cluster Bleep-Bomb.
Due to the nature of this trope, the following examples may not be suitable for all visitors of this page, especially children and pre-teens.
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- While the Memetically Mutated Big Bill Hell's (a.k.a. Fuck You Baltimore!) commercial is obviously not a real advert, it still contained so much profanity that it was only meant to be seen once in an underground parody ad contest and had to be kept in secret so the people who made it wouldn't run the risk of losing their jobs. The ad remained hidden from the puclic eye for 16 years until someone leaked it on YouTube in 2006.
- In a Doonesbury strip during the first Gulf War, a called-up National Guardsman admits that he's been a civilian so long he's even forgotten the proper use of "the F-word." A fellow soldier helpfully reminds him: "It's easy, just use it like a comma."
- One Horrible Camping Trip in Calvin and Hobbes ended with the terrible weather letting up the moment the family was packing up to leave. Though we don't get to see it, this was apparently Calvin's Dad's reaction.
Calvin: "Did you know what any of Dad's words meant?"Hobbes: "No, but I wrote them down so we can look 'em up when we get home."
- South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut has a spot in the 2001 Guinness Book of World Records for "Most Swearing in an Animated Film", with 399 bad words, 128 offensive gestures, and 221 acts of violence (altogether averaged out at one every six seconds). It also gave us the "Uncle Fucka" song. Cartman even weaponizes this trope toward the end when his V-chip (which zaps him whenever he says a bad word) malfunctions, allowing him to unleash cuss-powered Shock and Awe upon the bad guys.
- Sausage Party is no slouch in the swearing department. In fact, the F-word is heard constantly from the mouths of the characters both human and food, throughout the film. Hell, Teresa del Taco even delivers a Cluster F-Bomb tirade to Douche in Spanish.
- Capcom's Flipper Football swears up a storm when the "Adult Mode" is enabled. Soccer fans swear it's an accurate representation of attending a soccer match.
Referee: "C'mon! kick the fucking ball!"
- Like the television show itself, The Sopranos doesn't hold back on the profanity when Adult Mode is on.
Tony Soprano: "Where's the fucking money?!"
- In Metallica, the entire band does this frequently and unabashedly.
Kirk Hammett: "That crazy little bastard just gave you a shitload of points."
- The previously-unavailable "Profanity ROMs" for Demolition Man, which does what you'd expect them to do.
- Stranger Things has a semi-hidden mode where a soundbite of a character saying "bullshit" plays every single time the ball hits something. Needless to say, it can quickly cross into this territory.
- If it's enabled, Rick and Morty provides a particularly potent example (crossed with Take That, Audience!) if the player tilts:
Rick: Yup, you really fucked that up. Right in the ass. I hope you're happy, fuckface. Stupid bitch-ass, fuckin'... bitch.
- Internet Radio has no censorship whatsoever. No Holds Barred Radio was one of the pioneers of it and the title is exactly what it is:
"I don't know what the fuck you're talking about; I have a great fucking vocabulary. Fuck just happens to be my favorite fucking word!"
"Fuck you, fuck you again and fuck you three more times just because I feel like it!"
[and of course]
"I'm gonna hang you out the fucking window, saw off your balls with a butter knife; sew them in your mouth and make you whistle dixie you FUCKING FAGGOT!"
- Random Assault: Alex leads the charge with the "Fuck em Fuck em Fuck em", where he seems a parody of himself.
- The Last Podcast on the Left:
- While narrating a Pac-Man themed Creepypasta in Episode 181, Marcus drops 29 F-bombs in under 2 minutes.
- Their episodes on Robert Pickton and Richard Kuklinski each feature undercover officers who, by Marcus Parks's description, considered the best way to pass themselves off as criminals to be to use "fuck" as often as possible in every sentence.
- In The Adventure Zone: Amnesty, whenever Duck tries to lie, it inevitably devolves into a meandering, profanity-laden train wreck that fools nobody.
- Pick an Iron Sheik shoot interview. ANY Iron Sheik shoot interview.
- Scott Steiner in WCW regularly went off script and also frequently indulged in gratuitous profanity. On at least one occasion, the censors gave up on trying to bleep out the swear words, and just turned the bleeper on until Steiner stopped talking.
- In the interview segments of the 1995 IWA King of The Death Match tournament, Terry Gordy's response to being beaten by Cactus Jack was "Fuck! I can't believe that fucker beat me! Fuck!"
- In Eddie Kingston's Loser Leaves CZW match with Chris Hero at CZW Out With The Old, In With The New, April 7, 2007, as Kingston was repeatedly calling Hero a "motherfucker," saying, "I fucking dare you," etc.
- TNA ran an angle where Dixie Carter found out she was in trouble with Spanish Speaking Media Watchdogs, who informed her the things Homicide was saying were not very nice.
- Check out Thea Trinidad's YouTube videos or tweets.
- Paige is very prone to this and admitted this during her appearance on "Stone Cold" Steve Austin's live podcast. Every other word she says on Total Divas is bleeped.
- Frankie Kazarian has received fines from Ring of Honor in an attempt to get him to clean up his language. This is the same promotion that had been through eleven years of Jay Briscoe!
- L.A. Par-k was dropped from a CMLL Aniversario show either for this trope, insulting the fans in arena Mexico, or both.
- Lo Zoo Di 105: Enough to rival any Robin Williams stand-up routine. And that's saying a lot.
Leone Di Lernia: Oh, we're doing fine with this sketch... there's not even a single naughty word!
Marco Mazzoli: Nope... Leo, you didn't get it, really — we support naughty words! I love saying "fuck" on the radio, you know.
- In Survival of the Fittest version one, Adam Dodd is as famous for this as Jacob Starr is for having too much iron in his blood. There are others, but nobody has quite reached his level of profanity until Jimmy Brennan. Seriously, read his introductory thread.
- The web RP Insane Cafe 3: The Curse of the Haunted Hotel has Deimos, a Utahraptor with an incredibly foul mouth. Some of his more profanity laced quotes (almost every one of his quotes has one profanity in it):
"Don! If you don't shut the fuck up I am going to pistol whip your fucking ass back to the fucking ruins of the Insane Cafe! Do you fucking understand!?"
"What don't you fucking understand?! Get your fucking asses moving and get some fucking help! Do I fucking make myself clear!?" Deimos shouted.
- Some douche on the internet, who another douche told everyone was The Firesign Theatre because nobody would download an MP3 from "Some Douche", has a very tongue-in-cheek skit describing the "F word" and its various grammatical uses in English. It includes a number of hilarious examples, including "Fuck the fucking fuckers" and "Why don't you go outside and play hide-and-go-fuck-yourself?". (The fucking douche's name is Jack Wagner, you fucks.)
- Jerry Springer: The Opera
- Most of David Mamet's plays are guaranteed to used the words "asshole," "jagoff," "faggot," "cunt," "shit," and, of course, "fuck" at least once.
- Indeed, Mamet uses this trope so frequently and gratuitously that Roger Ebert's Little Movie Glossary named it "Mamet Dammit."
- Bottom Live, took profanity to every major British theatre:
Richie: Eddie, we are not saying "fuck" this year oh, FUCK!
Eddie: Can we say "Cunt"?
Richie: Very much not
Eddie: Right! CUUUUUUUUNNNNNNNNNT!
- Neil Simon seems to have an arbitrary love of curse words. He uses them liberally, and, to give one example, in his play "Rumors" he actually used the variation "Fuck-a-diddly doo!"
- The Skinhead Hamlet (by Richard Curtis of Blackadder fame) translates all of Hamlet into this.
Fortinbras: What the fuck's going on here?
Horatio: A fucking mess, that's for sure.
Fortinbras: No kidding. I see Hamlet's fucked.
Fortinbras: Fucking shame: fucking good bloke.
Horatio: Too fucking right.
Fortinbras: Fuck this for a lark then. Let's piss off.
- The musical The Book of Mormon is full of them, as can be expected from a musical by the creators of South Park. Especially the song "Hasa Diga Eebowai," which is revealed to be Ugandan for, "Fuck you, God."
- Don't expect to come out of a Martin McDonagh play without an earful of this. Although it'll usually be the Irish slang varient "feck."
- The musical [title of show] has one of these:
Blank Paper/Hunter: Fuck, your ass is crazy, motherfucker! But I fucking like you, and you may just be fucking crazy enough to fucking fuckity fuck fuck succeed, fuckin' fuckin' motherfucker!
Jeff: Wow, what's with all the foul language? Is that appropriate or even necessary?
- It is then lampshaded:
- The musical Holy Musical B@man! uses this a lot. There's even a song for Batman and Superman's fight called "Fuck You!"
- Spring Awakening has a song called Totally Fucked. It's about as profane as you'd expect.
- Misspent Youth by Robert Bohl has "fuck" in the first sentence and all throughout it. It's a game where you play teenaged anarchists out to destroy a despot.
- Changeling: The Dreaming's Nockers. Their kithbook outright states that half of their profanity is just a verbal tic, and the other half is the result of frustration. Either way, it makes them the most foul-mouthed of all the kiths, and there isn't any method of permanently keeping them from swearing.
- In Greg Costikyan's Violence: The Role-Playing Game of Egregious and Repulsive Bloodshed, a vicious satire of the way nearly anything done in the average roleplaying game would be violent sociopathy in real life, one of the ways to earn extra character points is to agree to make one out of every four words out of your character's mouth be an obscenity.
- In Don't Rest Your Head's supplement Don't Lose Your Mind, one of the powers is this. Whenever you say fuck, it intensifies things (If you say that there is a fucking fast car it could outspeed a racecar, if a dude is fucking huge he becomes a giant, etc.). Overuse of this power turns you into a perpetually swearing Nightmare known as a Fuckwit.