So you've got a series or whatever where the characters rarely say anything stronger than "hell" or "damn", or swear in Unusual Euphemisms or Future Slang, or even do swear more strongly but infrequently.
Then along come the Fan Fic writers, and suddenly everyone's dropping Cluster F Bombs left, right and center. There seems to be this idea that you have to have this in an R-rated story. No matter that it's already got more than enough sex and violence to justify the R, the Obligatory Swearing is obligatory. Also happens to some extent in PG13-rated fics. Fridge Logic ensues when characters swear more strongly than they do in canon in situations less upsetting than they've actually been through, and seeing SpongeBob SquarePants, The Fairly OddParents!, or a pony drop an F-Bomb is nothing, if not jarring. Of course, Fridge Logic goes the other way with works involving teenage characters, who don't swear in canon, even when in massive pain: Even Quentin Tarantino movies are cleaner than five minutes of overhead conversation in the average school cafeteria.
A variation occurs in Fan Subs, in which either a word has multiple translations and the subbers go for the stronger one, or simply adding swearing where there wasn't any to cover up the fact that they're not as fluent in Japanese as they'd like us to think. "Bastard" in particular is really overused, apparently the de facto translation for "yarou" or the pronoun "kisama" (which, nuance wise, is actually closer to "ruffian", "swine", or "fiend"). This also applies to some official translated releases, particularly early English-language dubs of anime, which would add swearing to help "prove" that the audience wasn't watching "kiddy cartoons" (even if some of them were, as in the case of shonen series airing on teen or adult-friendly blocks like [adult swim]). Part of the problem may be from the Japanese language's lack of real swears in general, most insults being simply rude, with the ones that do exist being rather obscure and antiquated; it's not uncommon for characters from preschool anime to interject "kuso!", which translates to "shit!" or "crap!".
Fan works that were originally written in non-English European languages tend to invite this, as they generally lack minced oaths like "darn" or "heck". (If the work was translated by the bilingual author, this often overlaps with Did Not Do the Bloody Research, since sexual and excretory curse words, although still viewed as quite impolite, tend to lack the edge in languages other than English—it's religious curse words that are most likely to offend.) Germany, in particular, since they tend to take cursing in stride moreso than other European countries; even "Scheiße" (shit) often appears in otherwise family-friendly works.
A subtrope of Darker and Edgier; this is to profanity what Hotter and Sexier is to sex and Bloodier and Gorier is to violence. Contrast Rated G for Gangsta, in which a person or character who you would reasonably expect to swear doesn't. Sometimes done to Avoid the Dreaded G Rating and flip it right around to Rated M for Manly or Rated M for Money. If the swearing is used for dramatic effect, it's a Precision F-Strike.
- In Battle Royale, a good amount of the cast swears at least twice. While the novel did include a few curses, the manga exaggerates it a bit to the point that a character may say a sentence that's mostly just swears.
- Many fansubs of Pokémon seem to love doing this with Ash for whatever reason, possibly due to his rough manner of speech; resulting in the bizarre sight of the 10-year-old Incorruptible Pure Pureness of a All-Loving Hero shooting off Cluster F-Bombs.
- Used in one fansub of Binbō-gami ga!, to the point where another user controversially made a version of the same fansub with the f-word replaced/removed every time it occurred.
- UK distributor Manga Entertainment was particularly infamous for this, as illustrated in these two videos of a clip of Violence Jack and Devilman.
- In one translation of the Fullmetal Alchemist manga, one general calls Olivier Armstrong the c-word.
- Notable, and possibly subverted, in the official Brotherhood English sub that the swearing is usually mild, with the F-bomb only used for three particularly tense or dramatic incidents near the end of the show.
- Early episodes of Funimation's One Piece dub on DVD often had rather excessive amounts of profanity. Apparently, this was a direct result of the show's target audience, which in the United States would be teenagers - many of whom were right in the middle of their "swearing makes anything cooler!" phase and who would make requests to the effect of "I think it would be cool if Luffy calls [insert antagonist here] a bastard in the next episode" on the forums. After a couple of disks, the dubbers thankfully stopped listening as much; it simmers down to the occasional "bastard" or "I'm gonna kick your ass!"
- Somewhat justified with the early episodes, especially Sanji's introduction episodes, because his Catch-Phrase is commonly translated as either "shit" or "crap."
- Another theory is that the swearing was meant to separate Funimation's translation from the infamously kiddie 4Kids Entertainment version.
- On the subs for Episode 432, the inmates' nickname for Magellan is "Shit Man" (likely derived from his spending hours every day in the bathroom with diarrhea), and they say it over and over in that scene.
- Initial D: When Keisuke encounters Takumi in episode 1, when he sees the car he's driving, Keisuke goes, "An AE86? No fucking way!" The official dub and sub translate it to, "That's an AE86. You got to be kidding me!" Aside from that, with the exception of Bunta encouraging Takumi to beat the pants off a smartass kid, the translation is pretty accurate.
- One fansub of Oreimo has the characters gratuitously use 'god dammit' an awful lot in episode 10 of season 2.
- Karakuridouji Ultimo scanlations often use quite a bit of foul language; Vice drops five f-bombs in one page and Present!Yamato often swears, too.
- Fan translations of Nnoitra's dialogue in Bleach are often rife with this. Justified in that he really doesn't care about anything or anybody outside of being a superior fighter, which makes his potty mouth all the funnier when Neliel throws his and her own Cero back at him and all he can say in response is "Aw... shit!"
- Vita tends to get this in Lyrical Nanoha fan translations, fanfiction and even the A's dub, as a result of often using "Kuso" and having a fairly rude way of talking. (like when she screams "WHAT'D YOU SAY, BITCH?" at Nanoha in chapter 7 of the manga)
- The Manga Video dub of Lupin III: The Castle of Cagliostro was sprinkled with profanity that never existed in the original subtitled version. The title was considerably lighter than almost every other anime in Manga's stable, perhaps prompting the dubbers to try to make it Darker and Edgier.
- Bakuman。 fan translations sometimes have this, and as of Volume 3, the Viz translation is moving toward this. It (and some fan translations) has Takagi calling a character in the in-universe series St. Visual Girls' Academy who coldly brushes aside Azuki's character's Love Confession a "bitch", and Fukuda complaining about Yujiro being "half-assed" in not making Eiji meet with him, and Yujiro accusing Yoshida of thinking himself "hot shit" over Otter 11's popularity.
- The fan translation of the Metroid manga contains six swear words in the first chapter alone.
- In Mai-HiME, Natsuki and Nao's dialogue often contains profanity in fan translations. One of the more extreme examples is Nao telling Haruka to "shut the fuck up" in Chapter 18 of the manga.
- In a fan translation of Cardcaptor Sakura, the phrase Sakura used to make Touya believe Kero was a puppet and she was doing a comedy routine was "What the hell? What the hell?". The Tokyopop translation used the more common "Fuggedaboutit" phrase.
- Dragon Ball
- The old Anime Labs Dragon Ball Z fansubs went way overboard. One of the most infamous examples, a line uttered by Vegeta after having his house destroyed in Wrath of the Dragon, reads "You fucking bastard! You dare to destroy my house! Now you've really pissed me off! Fuck you!" in their translation, but the official (and much more accurate) Funimation translation reads as "Smash up another man's house, will you?! I'm in a foul mood today! Don't come too close or you'll get burned!". Another example is "Come out, you candy-ass faggot!", corrupted from "Where are you!? Come on out, you coward! Show yourself!".
- The German dubbing, although not to the point of overdoing it, did periodically insert "Scheiße" (shit) into the dialog, and Cell famously exclaims "Oh, shit!" in English before being hit by Vegeta's Final Flash.
- Downplayed with the uncut FUNimation dub of Dragon Ball Kai. It uses profanity fairly often, but only milder words like "Pissed", "Damn" and "Bastard". It can be a little jarring if you're familiar with the original dub and its use of Gosh Dang It to Heck!. It's also pretty surprising when, at one point near the end of The Final Chapters, Goku angrily uses the word "Dumbasses"
- The MangaStream scanslation of Dragon Ball Super curses a blue streak so wide you'd almost think it was translated by former members of Anime Labs. Seriously.◊
- In one translation of the Puella Magi Madoka Magica manga, Kyouko uses Cluster F Bombs when she gets angry. For example, after wounding Sayaka in their first fight, she says "What the fuck was that about? You'd better keep your shit together, pisshead." (Emphasis theirs.)
- The official manga translation of To Love-Ru in Spain has a lot of swearing for no reason, especially from Rito, something about as Out of Character for him as it gets. The best example is one line with him saying "What's going on?" in the original becoming simply "Fuckers!", not even "What the fuck is going on?" or something, just "Fuckers!". Since the translation also has quite a bit of Gratuitous Japanese, it gives a "bad scanlation" vibe.
- In the manga version of Girls und Panzer, there's some jarring profanity in scanlations, such as when Miho is first asked to be commander.
Miho: No, no! No fucking way!
- In the manga version of Kingdom Hearts, there's some profanity sprinkled into scanlations; first it starts out in early chapters with words like "crap" and "freaking", no worse then what you'd hear on Cartoon Network, but then the language goes up to "damn", "hell", "bastard", and even one use of "effing." It's quite surprising considering it stars Mickey Mouse, Goofy, Donald Duck, etc. in it. In the official Tokyopop and Yen Press volumes, rated "all ages", there's no profanity at all.
- In the European Spanish translation of the Death Note manga by Glénat, it's pretty common to find (along with some local expressions sprayed everywhere) profanity that wasn't in the original. Weirdly, most of the profanity appears in Light Yagami's lines.
- Eren in Attack on Titan has an extremely short temper and tends to yell a lot. Even so, fanfics have taken his anger issues Up to Eleven where pretty much all his dialogue consists of swearing. Levi gets this treatment as well in both fanfic and fansub, probably because of him being a Perpetual Frowner whose default mood is "annoyed at everything."
Reiner: We were just kids... we didn't know anything. If only we never heard that these bastards existed... then we wouldn't have become these half-hearted pieces of shit...
- The official English translation has a fair amount of profanity, too, such as this quote from Reiner at an emotional moment in Chapter 42, after revealing that he is the Armored Titan.
- The Hungarian dub of Dragon Ball GT was so fond of the expression "Basszus!" (meaning "Shit!" or "Damn!") that the translator was eventually asked by the fans to tone it down or at least use other words.
- The English dub of Gantz, to paraphrase A Christmas Story, works in profanity the way other artists might work in oils or clay. It's entirely fitting for the situations the characters find themselves in, but still. Wow.
- The Mahou-X scan of Yamada-kun and the Seven Witches - while generally regarded as a surprisingly good scanlation with a lot of work put into it - is extremely rife with this, to the point that Shiraishi seems to be the only character who doesn't say "fuck", "shit" or "ass" in every other panel. In Yamada's case, it is believable that he would swear a lot (he also swears regularly in the official Crunchyroll translation, just using milder profanities), but in some of the others' cases, it is a bit overdone even if they are teenagers.
- The subtitle track of the official DVD release of Redline contains frequent Cluster F-Bombs, even though this is usually a... loose translation of the original Japanese at best. The fact that the one actual F Bomb in the original audio was a Curse Cut Short makes this seem a bit weird, as does another case where JP simply repeating the name of the planet the eponymous race is to be hosted on is rendered as "no fucking way". Oddly, the unofficial fansub was actualy cleaner!
- Done rather hilariously in the official Kodansha Comics release of the Attack on Titan: Junior High spinoff series, after Sasha catches some Titans wasting precious food:
Mikasa: Sasha, stop! This isn't a fansub!
- Very noticeable in fansubs for Kirby: Right Back at Ya! (otherwise known as Kirby of the Stars). The anime is based on a series that is consistently rated low, was specifically intended for younger or inexperienced players, and most damningly of all has a cutesy pink creampuff as its main character. There is nothing in the series that would be considered inappropriate for children, aside from the occasional weirdly transparent Parental Bonus, and the odd insistence of making him look a little more angry on the Western boxart for his games. All of this is, of course, completely ignored by the fansubs, resulting in jarring and almost surreal moments in which a cuddly Sanrio-esque character uses words like "bullshit".
- Not even Digimon Tamers is safe from the wrath of vulgar fansubbers.
- Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt wasn't a clean show to begin with, but the English dub adds even more cursing than what was previously there. This was at the direct request of the series creator, who wanted to learn new English swear words.
- Comparing fan and official translations of Junji Ito's work shows that the fan translations (all made before his works were officially licensed for US publishing, and made because they weren't translated at the time) go for more harsh language, whereas the official translations don't go stronger than "damn" and "bitch". In this case, it almost seems unreasonable for the official translations to be tamer, however, given the horror genre Ito works in and the horrible things his characters have to witness and deal with. His signature nightmarish imagery is far worse than any curse words the characters could drop, and it would certainly elicit some in-universe.
- My Immortal gives us Dumbledore screaming "WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU DOING YOU MOTHERFUKERS!" Not to mention the frequent misspelling of non-profane words as profanities.
"It was...... Cornelio Fuck!"
- Hint: If Snape has uttered five lines and already used two obscenities, and the situation is anything less shocking than The End of the World as We Know It or Harry Potter becoming his direct superior (or possibly the line "She has your eyes"), you probably don't know how to write Snape.
- The Girl Who Lived series has a lot more swearing. The odd thing is that this is a Fix Fic, so... the author apparently thought that Harry should have swore more.
- Silver And Bronze: The Conspiracy Of The Shapeshifter gives us one character who lives for this example: Susan.
- Thirty Hs likewise features, among other things, Harry "killing the fuck out of" Mercury and Venus with his guitar Fuckslayer after Dumbledore informs him that he "must rock the fuck out". Of course, this is merely the cherry on the sundae of utter insanity that is the fanfic itself.
- Ghost Of You has comparatively less swearing (being much shorter than its predecessor), but still all lines aside from Luna's (who literally just says "Oh my like god, what are you, like, listening to?") involve either "fuck" or calling one's friends "bitches".
- Hint: If Snape has uttered five lines and already used two obscenities, and the situation is anything less shocking than The End of the World as We Know It or Harry Potter becoming his direct superior (or possibly the line "She has your eyes"), you probably don't know how to write Snape.
- One fic averted this by using mild profanity, but the author went back at a later date and changed most of them (except one "damn" that actually worked with the scene) to "more in-character, colorful world-based profanity."
- There's Bert/Ernie slash in which the dialogue is composed mainly of swearing. As mentioned, it is extremely jarring to hear Sesame Street characters swear for no reason other than sounding "mature". Guess they picked up some habits from their friend, The Count.
- So much Warrior Cats fanfiction includes swearing, even though the books don't. This isn't because the book characters don't swear, but because they swear using feline profanities. So it seems really out of place when, in a fanfic, someone yells "shit!" or calls someone a "bastard" while in the original novels they would have used "fox dung!" or called them a "fox-hearted traitor".
- Probably the best example of this in fanfic would be a oneshot which features a kit dropping an f-bomb in every line of dialogue. That's right, a kit.
- Soichiro Yagami of Light and Dark The Adventures of Dark Yagami, in addition to being almost Ax-Crazy, swears quite often ("Die you pies of shit!" to L). To say nothing of God, of all people.
- Danced about in the Jaidenverse, a Darker and Edgier reimagining of the Harry Potter universe, in which the swearing is stronger and more frequent but c-nsored l-ke th-s.
- My Inner Life features this.
- Cori Falls's fics suffer greatly from this as well as Hollywood Tourette's.
- Hunting the Unicorn subverts this. It's a Glee fanfic written in a very traditional style, but the Warblers swear a lot more than they do in canon. It seems more due to the fact that they're a group of teenaged guys who take everything quite seriously rather than an attempt to make things more adult, and they mostly use Precision F Strikes that are Sophisticated as Hell. In fact, the author rates it Teen instead of R, and the most she does is give a warning for people who dislike heavy swearing.
- The /tg/-created Warhammer 40,000 Angry Marine chapter is practically defined by this trope. For reference, their Codex was once summed up as "JUST HIT THE FUCKERS!", and one of their Battle Barges is literally named the Maximum FUCK.
- "Ronald Fucking Weasley" is described as a "shit wizard" in the first chapter of In This World and the Next, setting the tone for the rest of the fic. In fact, every character in every Robst fic seems to have exactly the same voice, which speaks fluent profanity: there's also a lot more of it in Knowledge Is Power than in the books, even allowing for J. K. Rowling's famed Narrative Profanity Filter. Despite this, ITWATN, in the same sentence as the phrase "Ronald Fucking Weasley", shows Harry referring to him as a "prat". One critic wondered if the final battle "involved Harry calling Voldemort a pillock and describing his philosophy as bobbins".
- Many similarly baffling cases have the characters cursing inconsistently. It's quite common for authors to asterisk out "fuck" and spell out "shit", and one Redwall fic featured Martin the Warrior (who, frankly, is unlikely to use either term) calling the behaviour of a friend who he thought had ruined his life "cow-skite" and casually dropping "fuck" two sentences later.
- Reconciliation has Hanako using quite a bit of profanity in her first-person narration, albeit none in her actual dialogue. Other characters' use of profanity is more reasonable; Akira uses some profanity, and Lilly, as in canon, limits herself to a single Precision F-Strike after her husband Hisao's funeral.
- How I Became Yours has a fair amount, which is especially jarring considering that it's based on a children's show.
Katara: Not a fucking chance! I can't what until I see you put up for a trial! Post on death row!
Mai: Not today... Princess, the day will be painted red with your death... (attacks Katara, but she escapes) Get back here!!! You can't run from me you little bitch!!
- In Hermione's Talent, everyone drops an f-bomb every other word. Even Hermione herself, who in canon is often found chiding other characters (usually Ron) for swearing.
- A lot of YouTube Poop gets laughs by making cartoon characters swear profusely, though most of the time the swearwords are bleeped because the characters didn't swear in the original show, and it's not easy to find them saying things like "pingas" that can be clipped out of context without Walrusguy levels of sentence-mixing.
- This is particularly common among the Fire Emblem modding community. The Fire Emblem games don't swear very much or very strongly at all (the occasional hell or damn at worst, and if the writers are really feeling edgy they'll throw in a bastard for spice, but that's as far as they go), but mod writers tend to "spice things up" by throwing all sorts of strong swears into the dialogue. They generally have little reason other than "people swear when they're angry".
- Pokémon hackers are about as bad. In fact with them it's even more noticeable, since the Pokémon series has no swearing in canon, anime or games. As mentioned below, Pokémon Quartz is a good example.
- The Final Fantasy VI Game Mod Brave New World is fairly notorious for this, as the clever reinvention of the game's mechanics came bundled with a "revised translation" that was full of this (along with more than one Discredited Meme and several characters becoming Wangstier). Relm and Kefka in particular could make a sailor blush. Later revisions toned down the swearing a fair bit, but it was still bad enough that the current version includes an option to turn it off entirely.
- It seems to be assumed that because he's an angry, rapist killing, former street kid, Jason Todd/Red Hood must speak almost entirely in profanity.
- One reason why The Angry Video Game Nerd isn't around in TGWTG fanfic much other than when he's paired off with The Nostalgia Critic. Trying to write his dialog and making it not this trope can get really obnoxious both to write and read.
- The List Of Secrets had this quite a bit, though mostly in the later chapters.
- Max Wolf Revolutions takes this trope Up to Eleven: By the fifth part of the story, there isn´t a single chapter that doesn´t contain any form of swearing.Harry Grimoire is called "fucking Harry Grimoire" all the time.
- Second Wind: Used to a noticeable but minor extent.
- In the Saki fanfic, Saki After Story, found here, there's quite a bit of it, especially coming from Teru, of all people.
- After the End warns for swearing in its header, but averts this trope by keeping it low-key, dramatically appropriate and in character. At the time it was written, swearing in Harry Potter fanfic was uncommon and mostly done for the questionable edgy humour value of having children's book characters effing and blinding all over the place, as noted on the quotes page.
- React Watch Believe Yikes can certainly feel like it falls into this category. At the time it was produced, RWBY had only just finished its first volume, in which nobody swore at all save for one Curse Cut Short; an extreme rarity for a Rooster Teeth production. Even considering they probably picked up the habit from watching Red vs. Blue, having them use "fuck" from the get-go is rather out of place.
- A frightening amount of Pokémon fanfics do this, such as in "When Two are One" (which can be found on Pokemon's fanfic rec page), where White and often her Pokemon swear just about every time they speak or think. It's not uncommon at all for authors to see nothing odd with making relatively normal 11-year-olds swear up a storm, resulting in the rather bizarre sight of Blue,Barry, player characters, and the like dropping a Precision F-Strike or Cluster F-Bomb out of nowhere just from mild annoyance.
- Alternatively, some fanfics keep the dialogue relatively clean... with the exception of certain characters, e.g. members of villainous teams (one of which is a Yakuza/Mafia analogue, and another one of which is deliberately designed to look comically "edgy"), Silver, a good chunk of the population of Orre, and teenagers, where one can reasonably see said characters swearing if they didn't originate from a children's game. Regardless, it can be rather jarring considering the source material.
- The majority of the makers of "Grounded" videos on GoAnimate are little kids who dislike "baby shows", but love "grown-up shows" such as Family Guy and South Park. With that in mind, the usage of this trope in some "Grounded" videos (such as this one) is inevitable.
Caillou: Damn, the moon look awesome.
Alien: That's it! I'm calling your motherfucking parents!
Caillou's Mom: You are grounded for (ridiculously huge number that takes almost a full minute to speak) fucking years!
Caillou's Dad: Go to your fucking room now, you fuck piece of shit!
- Tales of a Junk Town Pony Peddler, being Fallout in Equestria, can surprise you with colourful language.
- Harry Potter Becomes A Communist has constant F-bombs, especially from communist!Harry. The F-bomb is also dropped by such characters as Hermione, Professor McGonagall, and Dobby. The first chapter is the only one to contain no swearing.
- The Stalking Zuko Series tends to fall into this in later installments, since "Not Stalking Zuko" is rated T and "Not Stalking Firelord Zuko" is rated M. As a result, you can see characters using profanity that they not only wouldn't have used in canon, but also didn't use in earlier installments.
- The use of this trope in Star Trek fanfic is particularly noticeable in works written after the release of The Voyage Home, which pretty much confirms that, for all intents and purposes, Canon!Kirk doesn't actually know how to swear.
- Emergence: Between every story in the series, you'd be hard-pressed to find a character in the entire Emergence continuity who didn't swear nearly every other sentence.
- Subverted in the RWBY Fanfic, The Black Hearts. Melanie Black swears like a sailor and this story has more profanity than any other story in its series, The Makings of Team CRME. However, she is the only one using it so liberally. Marcus, notably an alcoholic and domestic abuser, only uses one swear word in the whole fic and it's a relatively mild one ("damn"). And as soon as Melanie is taken out of the story, profanity all but disappears. And throughout the rest of the series, while there is more profanity than featured in the show, it is used quite sparingly. The only other time such liberal use of profanity was when she returned in CRME. Her appearance has more profanity than the entire rest of the fic.
- Among other things, the game Shadow the Hedgehog was infamous for having the title character gratuitously using the word "damn" as well as, to a lesser extent, "hell". Even other characters, like Knuckles, Espio, and even Sonic get in on the act too.
Shadow the Hedgehog: Where's that damn fourth Chaos Emerald?
- The So Bad, It's Good ROM hack Pokémon Quartz does this.
"Argh! Fucking kid! You send my plans down to the WC!"
- Another Pokémon example is Pokémon Green, which has a crappy translation that naturally includes several uses of "damn" sprinkled throughout.
Picnicker Nancy: Damn you! Being defeated really lose face
- Guilty Gear: "I always knew you were a shitty king! You can't even protect yourself!"
- The House of the Dead: Overkill has gone on record for having the most instances of the word "fuck" uttered in a game. The first words spoken are "Whazzup, motherfucker!" Isaac Washington uses "motherfucker" so often that the one time he conspicuously doesn't gets a Lampshade Hanging.
- The game even made it into the Guinness World Records for being the most profane game ever. However, it was beaten a year later by Mafia II, though Overkill's Updated Re-release took the title back.
- Typing of the Dead: Overkill reminds you to type whatever you want to against the Final Boss...as long as you type like a motherfucker.
- Samurai Shodown: "Shit! You really make me mad!"
- The Metal Gear series usually has very little swearing, just the occasional "damn" here and there. However, in Metal Gear Solid 3: Snake Eater, one of the radio conversations you can have is about a nightmare Sigint had about a giant walking turd that turns everything it shoots into shit.
Laughing Octopus: It's just so fucking hysterical!
- Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots also dropped an F-bomb in the first boss fight. The first in the series, in fact, if you're playing in English. note
- Perhaps by way of being a spin off, Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance has a lot more swearing than any other game with the name Metal Gear attached.
- Download, a relatively obscure PC Engine shmup, has swearing in its game over messages: "I cannot fuck up for this." and "Shit, is not this a great beginning?"
- The original Max Payne had only mild to moderate swearing, the worst of which being the odd "goddammit" and one use of "bullshit". The sequel dropped this trend.
- The 2009 Bionic Commando game has a few of these.
- The DeJap Fan Translation of Tales of Phantasia has this. This actually caused a bit of Mis-blamed when the game was given an official localization, like how the translators allegedly "censored" the adult humor that was never actually in the original text itself.
- The original English releases of Tactics Ogre: Let Us Cling Together and Ogre Battle 64, translated by Atlus, use practically every swear word in the English language short of the f-bomb. Vice in particular is especially foul-mouthed for somebody on the good guys' side. The PSP retranslation of the former, helmed by Alexander O. Smith, cut out almost all the swearing.
- Final Fantasy VII has a similar issue. Almost any interjection made by a frustrated character was translated as anything from "dammit" to "shit", even when the characters weren't even swearing originally (e.g. frustrated grunts such as "くっ" often became something like "Shit..."). Granted, it's one of the darker installments in the series. This is probably due to the localization being handled by Sony USA instead of Square themselves, as later Final Fantasy games have much more PG-level language.
- In Senran Kagura after XSEED accommodated the series with an M Rating / 16 PEGI due the values dissonance in some western countries, the English lines got kinkier and strong cuss words started being used; Mirai for one speaks like a sailor once she gets feisty, firing fucks like no tomorrow.
- The DS English translation of Puyo Pop Fever, handled by Atlus, uses a couple of damns and hells here and there, which wouldn't otherwise be notable if this weren't... well, Puyo Pop.
- The Halloween Hack averts this for most of the game, until the Final Boss begins his Boss Banter with a Cluster F-Bomb and later uses an attack called PSI Bitchkill. The creator considers it an Old Shame, and considering what the base game was like for 90% of the playtime, it's easy to see why.
- "The Goddamn Batman", the fondly-remembered part of Frank Miller's All-Star Batman & Robin, the Boy Wonder.
- Countdown to Final Crisis had Mary Marvel (normally the cute kid sister of the DC Universe) go evil, then get a grip on herself and turn good... only to go evil again at the very end. In the final issue, she explained just who she was: "I'm Mary Damn Marvel."
Film - Live Action
- Pitch Black had a few.
- Roughly half the swearing in Troll 2. Poked fun at in the RiffTrax:
Michael: So where's that damn mirror?Holly: In here...Mike Nelson: (as Holly) In the damn alcove.
- The 2002 Crossroads features this at one point when the main character yells at her friends to stop "bitching and fighting every damn second of the day!"
- Snakes on a Plane notably had some scenes reshot to add more gore and profanity (including the now-iconic "Muthafuckin snakes on this muthafuckin plane!" line) to bump the rating from PG-13 to R.
- Invoked in-universe in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Kirk is called a dumbass by a cabbie for jaywalking in front of the cab. Kirk picks up that profanity is the norm, so he starts using it. Spock tries.
- Executive Meddling forced this on a couple riffs in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie, clearly to Avoid the Dreaded G Rating. Still, Mike and the Bots made the best of it, all things considered.
- Carrigan in Casper is constantly called a bitch for no good reason, in fashions which draw attention to the word's use, culminating in an Ironic Echo when after dying in a car accident she appears to her partner in crime just as he's ready to throw in the towel believing that his attempt to make her a ghost had failed and tells him, "The bitch is back!" Again, obviously to Avoid the Dreaded G Rating.
- In Planes, Trains and Automobiles, John Hughes wrote a legendary Cluster F-Bomb into Steve Martin's dialogue to Avoid the Dreaded G Rating.
Film - Animated
- The Transformers: The Movie: "Oh shit! What are we gonna do now!?"
- The Hungarian DVD dub of the movie is infamous for this (among other things). Ironhide, for instance, calls the Decepticons "szarháziak" (sons of bitches) twice, while Grimlock calls Blurr a "seggfej" (asshole). Though the "Oh shit!" line was cut from this version.
- The Secret Of Nimh included a "damn" and some animated gorn to Avoid the Dreaded G Rating. They got a G anyway.
- Batman: Bad Blood has Kate Kane/Batwoman call a thug an asshole for attacking her while drunk in an alleyway, and she calls Talia a bitch for brainwashing her father.
- It's possibly justified in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows in that the characters are older and the stakes are higher than in any previous book in the series. The same can be said of the films, simply because it's hard to translate "Ron cursed loudly" into film without having Ron actually curse loudly.
- Likewise some of the Doctor Who novels; The BBC actually threatened to withdraw the publisher's license if they continued with it.
- The first season of Sherlock has John using both "shit" and "fuck," but only as curses cut short. In the season two episode A Scandal in Belgravia, this upgrades to John saying "shit" in full.
- Torchwood, as part of trying to be Darker and Edgier than Doctor Who. Only in the early first series though; by series 2, it had mostly been toned down to just "shit".
- There are a number of examples of British productions dating back to the 1970s wherein if an American character is portrayed, at some point he or she will inevitably utter the curse word "goddamn", often for no real reason (as if the term was just a benign swear along the lines of damn or hell, which it is in the UK). Strangely, the pronunciation of the word often differs from how it's really said in the US; usually, the two syllables are uttered separately, but when Brits do it, it often comes out sounding like "goddum". Two productions in which this can be heard are the original TV movie Max Headroom and, of all places, the 2005 Doctor Who episode "Dalek" (the only time this curse has been heard on the series).
- Along with sexual content, a ramping up of swearing is also seen as an obligation for series produced for streaming and premium cable. Following this trope backfired on the made-for-streaming Star Trek: Discovery in 2017 when, for the first time, the F-word was used in an early episode. Aside from creating a Broken Base scenario between fans offended by it and those who loved it, when the episode aired pre-watershed in Canada (the only country to release it through traditional broadcast), enough viewers complained that the network was officially reprimanded by the federal broadcast authority for airing the episode too early in the evening in a series from a generally family-friendly franchise.
- OFWGKTA is this trope played straight. Tyler is a particularly prime example, utilizing a Cluster F-Bomb in just about every bar, while also having a penchant for dropping the "faggot" bomb and referring to women as bitches and a cunt.
- The English version of Rammstein's "Engel" has the equivalent of God knows translated as goddamn.
- MangaGamer's edition of Umineko: When They Cry has some random swearing added where it wasn't from any other translation. An example.
- Parodied in Mason "Tailsteak" Williams' comic series "Band", here.
- The Newgrounds flash game "Arrival in Hell" shows this several times, including "Whoa. Fuckin' thanks for that."
- The Hungarian dubbing of King of the Hill had great fun with this. That aside, surprisingly many dubs of cartoons meant for kids also use the word "shit" rather arbitrarily. Then again, it seems to have become a relatively tame word these days, as it's no longer bleeped-out in most Hungarian media, similar to "Crap".
- Also of note is their dubbing of Regular Show, or at least the later seasons, which makes use of the word "basszus" (damn or shit) quite frequently.
- In the DVD version of Clerks: The Animated Series, Jay swears a lot during one live-action segment to make up for the fact that there isn't any swearing in the cartoon itself.
- Some parenting guides, mostly websites, will have some swearing, because their target audience are obviously adults.
- Truth in Television: Junior high and high school, and elementary schoolers trying to look like junior high students. Thankfully, the novelty seems to wear off considerably by college.
- Hilariously lampshaded in the film A Serious Man, in which one (middle school-aged) character basically exists for the sole purpose of calling everyone and everything a "fucker".
- Play an online game. ANY online game. You will hear swear words you never thought existed. Bonus points if you're playing with mics, so you can actually hear the pre-pubescence in the kid calling you a faggot.
- Google Translate, for Japanese anyway. Case point: as of this writing, it translates temee (てめえ、), a fairly rude form of "you" (see Japanese Pronouns) as "mothafucka'".
- So does Microsoft's translator.
- Google Translate also manages to turn "fuzaken'na!", simply a rather impolite way of saying "stop screwing around", into "motherfucker", for no particular reason. Fansubbers of all stripes love to render it as "Don't fuck with me!" in almost all anime it's spoken in.
- As of this writing, Google Translate seems to have topped itself by turning "tondemonai baka" (roughly "complete moron") into "fucking dickhead".