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  • Alias, by Brian Michael Bendis was the first series of Marvel's mature readers MAX imprint, and indeed was part of why the imprint was formed. The word Fuck is the very first of the series, in the first panel, and is repeated twice again on page 1. The rest of the series is absolutely rife with swearing, but the early introduction of the word is quite effective.
  • During the "Fernus" Justice League storyline. At its climax, Fernus, aka the Superpowered Evil Side Martian Manhunter never knew he had, uses his vast Psychic Powers to launch nukes all over the world. While the League desperately tries to prevent a nuclear cataclysm, Fernus makes the following observation:
    They'll try to destroy them all. The Justice League of America knows exactly how the missiles work. When they actually arm, they'll know which missiles one must coddle and which one can simply obliterate. But somewhere in the world Superman has just uttered his first real swear word in years. That has to count for something.
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  • In Supergirl story The Supergirl from Krypton, Superman of all people swears at Darkseid after the latter tries to murder his cousin Kara:
    Superman: Darkseid... SHUT THE HELL UP!
  • During the Funny Animal miniseries, Captain Carrot and the Final Ark!, superheroic turtle Fastback uses a lot of Gosh Dang It to Heck! type expletives. When fellow superhero Pig Iron asks him what exactly "shoot a mile" means, Fastback is interrupted during an explanation of expletives by an appearance of the villain Frogzilla, causing him to shout out a (censored) example.
  • Fused with Unusual Euphemism once by Dilbert, having been asked to look after the (apparently unique) Black Box server:
    Dilbert: Frack.
  • Deathwish #3: "Fuck art, let's dance!"
  • In one X-Men story, Cyclops tells Agent Brand that he'd cut her head off and hide the fucking body if she didn't stay out of mutant affairs. Everyone acts shocked by this, and a Cluster F-Bomb is launched.
  • Towards the end of Reyn, a flashback reveals that Reyn once got impaled with a sword. This is his reaction:
    Reyn: "Well...fuck. Just how bad does this look?"
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  • Rose Walker in The Sandman.
  • In the SLG comics continuation of Gargoyles, the normally sweet and polite Angela lets out a "YOU BASTARD!" When she sees Thailog standing over her father's limp body while brandishing a bloody blade. Underscored by the fact that she just happens to be dressed like Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz at the time.
  • In Preacher, the Anti-Villain Hoover has been struggling with being a bluenose who can't bring himself to drop the f-bomb. When Starr kills Featherstone, he finally musters the rage to say the word.
    • Earlier in the series, a rather meek man (described as "the unluckiest cop in the world") is partnered with a badass Cowboy Cop. On discovering that his partner is a homosexual masochist, he undergoes "the first time in my life I ever swore":
      Are you sure you're not just fucked in the head?
  • Used in Cerebus the Aardvark. Jaka rejecting Cerebus in favor of her husband causes him to utter the word "shit" for the first time in the comic's run.
  • Powerpuff Girls #16 had a story with the demonic figure Him in a story with the malapropism title "Hell Toupee."
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  • Bone is chemically free of swear words... with one exception. When discovering Phoney Bone's "Dragonslayer" bluff, Lucius Down asks him "What the hell do you think you're doing?" Made all the more notable in that he's uncharacteristically calm during the entire scene.
  • Castle Waiting is very sparse with the swear words, though some characters occasionally make use of a bit of Symbol Swearing. There are, however, a couple of uncensored "Damn"s, the most noticeable coming from Lady Jain after a Freudian Slip has caused her to blow her secret.
  • Scott Pilgrim - When someone swears, you know it's serious.
  • Oddly enough, with all of the taboos Sin City deals with, swear words are usually PG-13 rated and sparse. There has only been one F-bomb in the entire series: "Make a missing person's case out of this fucker!" when The Colonel is killed.
  • Frank Castle from The Punisher MAX, for all his grimness, rarely ever swears (or shows much emotion at all, really). However after having endured multiple knock-down, drag out fights with Barracuda, a massive, vicious, twisted man, who simply would not shut up, Frank's Pre-Mortem One-Liner response was suitably final:
    Frank: SHUT THE FUCK UP! [unloads an AK into his head]
  • Doctor Strange: The Oath
    BY THE HOARY #%*-ing HOSTS!
  • Played for laughs in an issue of Valiant's Super Mario Bros. series. No, really. Princess Toadstool finds herself on a magic carpet, rising higher, and higher. Her reaction? "Oh, %#@*!!!" And then she does it again upon being discovered by some Pidgits.
  • In Lucifer, the angel Duma manages to achieve all that a Precision F-Strike could hope for - a chilling dawning realization that the entire world has changed and it's never going to go back to the way it was - by saying the word No. It helps that he's at least ten thousand million years old and has never spoken before.
  • In the new run of Young Avengers, Miss America Chavez clamps Loki's mouth shut in order to prevent him from reciting an escape spell. Then her two moms show up and start reprimanding her. So America releases her hand from Loki's mouth with a "%!@# that", allowing Loki to teleport them away.
  • Given that they have two underage girls in their roster, the older Runaways try to avoid using bad language. But when Xavin's mentor Chrell nearly killed the whole team AND called her betrothed Karolina a "Majesdanian tramp", said Majesdanian tramp unleashed a powerful volley of cosmic energy... and apparently some wicked swearing. As Molly Hayes remarked, "I didn't know 'Lina KNEW words like that!"
    • Also, an earlier story arc saw the Runaways get stranded in 1907. After the team barely escaped from a vicious gang war and an attempted bombing, Molly swore for perhaps the first time, declaring that "Nineteen-oh-seven is ASS."
    • The last arc features at least two "fucks". The first is Chase telling a screaming Klara to shut the fuck up, but since this is Chase we're talking about, that's probably par for the course. Later, though, after Nico casts a spell that nearly exposes the entire team to gunfire, then casts another hasty spell to cover it up, Karolina demands to know what the fuck Nico was thinking.
  • In the origin of Blue Lantern Saint Walker, he appears first as the incredibly serene, religious and hopeful man readers are already familiar with, climbing up to the peak of a sacred mountain with his family. They're trying to find their dying world's messiah, but one by one Walker's loving family dies. When Walker reaches the mountain top and finds no messiah, he yells at his God, with possibly his first profanity and blasphemy ever.
    Walker: DAMN YOU!
  • Obligatory Buffy the Vampire Slayer example where the characters are faster and looser with the foul language. Examples include Willow going on about the trauma caused by, "That fucking Warren Meers," Buffy calling out The Dragon over putting her through all this, "fucking shit," a Slayer guessing what's happening between Buffy and Angel says, "I think they're fucking," which leads into the next story's title, Kennedy calling out Buffy on how badly she, "fucked up," Buffy daring the reader not to, "say a fucking word" about one particular storyline, and Buffy again on realizing what's happened to her that she's, "a fucking robot."
  • Leo Ortolani, author of Rat-Man, gets a lot of mileage from his ability to crap all over the radar without actually swearing (even having a character who explicitely curses by saying actual swearwords with a letter altered), so Valker shouting "MA VUOI MORIRE, UNA CAZZO DI BUONA VOLTA?!" (translating more or less as "Will you die, this fucking time?!". "Cazzo" translates as "dick", and is basically the Italian language's general-purpose swearword) as he killed Topin in the last issue had this effect. Immediately Lampshaded when Rat-Man chastizes him for cussing in front of a teen (that just happens to be Rat-Man's daughter, and thus Valker's granddaughter, to boot) and Valker replies to let him do it because it was the last issue.


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