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Basic Trope: A show refuses to use swearing, preferring to use more childish workarounds.

  • Straight: Bob is a full-grown adult, yet voices his displeasure with phrases like "goshdang it!" and "oh, crud!"
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob is a Mafia don who's just seen his entire mob gunned down by Inspector Javert and a squad of cops. It comes to the final showdown, and he comes out, guns blazing, screaming "DIE, you... doodooheads!"
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    • Bob uses formal sounding words that mean the exact same thing as the curse words, telling someone to "Consume excrement, matriarch fornicator".
  • Downplayed:
    • Bob normally doesn't swear, but every now and then he'll use a Precision Darn Strike.
    • "Oh Crap!" is said instead of "Oh Shit!"
  • Justified:
    • In the entire universe where the story takes place in, they are considered swear words. Fuck is the more toned down version of Fudge.
    • Bob is around kids a lot, and prefers to use those variants on the words.
    • Bob's religion frowns upon cussing, or even forbids it entirely. But, Bob is only human, and thus is prone to displeasure (and the need/desire to voice that displeasure) now and then, so he works around the "No cussing" rule this way.
    • Bob personally finds swearing distasteful, but this is a deliberate character trait rather than a demand of the Moral Guardians.
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    • Serious swearing is concealed behind a Narrative Profanity Filter, but the milder ones are quoted verbatim. "Bob proceeded to call Charlie a git, a jerk, and several other things the author would blush to reproduce."
    • Bob doesn't know any swear words.
    • Bob thinks "Swearing is boring," if only because of how frequently he's heard it that he wishes not to take it up as a habit.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted:
  • Double Subverted:
  • Parodied:
    • Bob is a shock-jock down at the local radio station. What you'd expect to be a very profane show is instead very childish.
    • Bob speaks Angrish when he gets mad, and no-one save God knows what he's actually saying, as it sounds like a slobbering dog mixed with mindless seething and dirty Japanese and Spanish words. However, anyone who overhears it is horrified.
    • Unusual Euphemism
    • After Emperor Evulz kills Bob's wife, Alice, he calls him a "gosh darn mother-freaking butthole". However, he later throws a Cluster F-Bomb when he notices that Emperor Evulz has stolen his videogame console.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Bob gets in a screaming row with a guy in a bar, without ever uttering a word unsuitable for children's television. On the way out he steps in a puddle; "Aw, fuck."
    • "Cheese and crackers, that guy's a god darn motherfucking poo-poo head."
  • Averted:
    • Bob swears at regular intervals, but nothing too insane.
    • The show doesn't use phrases where swearing could logically go in the first place.
  • Enforced:
    • "This show is watched by a lot of kids, so we can't show swearing!"
    • "This show is generally a Cluster F-Bomb, so having that one guy never swear will make him stand out and be an early hint towards his being a Knight Templar."
    • "We are legally obliged to put a swear word filter on the chat. Let's make it funny instead of frustrating."
  • Lampshaded: "Nice language. What are you, a kindergarten teacher?"
  • Invoked: Bob prefers to tone down the foul language specifically so that when he does breaks it out, you know he REALLY means it.
  • Exploited: ???
  • Defied: "I may be around kids who don't know any better, but still... fucking hell, man!"
  • Discussed: "You see, if everyone knows you never use serious curses normally, it has more impact when you really need it."
  • Conversed:
    • "Goddamn kids shows, what kind of Drill Sergeant Nasty says "fiddlesticks"?"
    • "You leave the chat filter on?" "Yeah, this game gets hilarious with the people's insults getting replaced by antiquated swear words."
  • Deconstructed: Bob sees his refusing to swear as a mark of deep personal morality, balancing out his less salubrious qualities such as serial puppy murdering. He's contrasted with a foul-mouthed hero in a story with An Aesop about censorship being Bad, M'kay?
  • Reconstructed: Bob knows how to swear... he just prefers not to.
  • Played For Laughs:
    • Bob curses all the time when he's calm but when he's in rage mode, he'll start using "Gosh dangnabit"-ish swears.
    • Bob is a gritty, chain-smoking badass who is surrounded by people who swear like sailors, but he never uses anything more harsh than "friggin'." People are too scared of him to ask why.
  • Played For Drama: Bob threatens a group of people that he "gonna friggin kill you", and kills the first person who laughs at his language.

Push off back to Gosh Dang It to Heck!, ya darn chucklehead.