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Courage the Cowardly Dog's "crap past the radar" moments are, unlike most Cartoon Network shows, actually subtly put in, allowing for easy rewatching to catch the bits you missed the first time around.


  • In the episode "The Mask", Mad Dog is very explicitly a Domestic Abuser and some fans have argued there is even RAPE symbolism by the flower-pot.
    • Not to mention Kitty and Bunny seem to have a very close relationship, with several lesbian undertones that the writers barely try to hide. When John Dilworth was interviewed years later, he neither confirmed nor denied Kitty and Bunny's relationship, saying it's entirely up to viewer's interpretation.
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  • "Shadow of Courage" features a nasty old rich guy dying just off-screen, feebly calling out for his butler... who just walks away whistling jauntily and leaves the old guy to die. Sure, the guy had just fired the butler for no good reason, but that's pretty cold for a kids' show.
  • From "Cajun Granny Stew": "That dog is starting to become a real pain in my a—" as the character sank into the water halfway through the last word.
  • Though they mostly happen in Courage's head, we see Muriel get decapitated not once, not twice, but three times over the course of the series, complete with detailed insides. Eustace gets bitten in half at one point as well. To say nothing of Courage's frequent freak-outs that often end with his insides on his outside, so to speak.
  • In the episode "Ball of Revenge", Eustace assembles a number of villains from previous episodes in his basement and claims that it's a "men's club". Muriel irately states "This is one of those naughty men's clubs, isn't it" when the Black Puddle Queen appears among the members and all the villains tie her up and hoist her above a cauldron before she finds out about the gathering's true nature.
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  • In "A Beaver's Tale", the slideshow of the beaver's life shows that his father forced him to work for a construction company called "That Dam Beaver". This one most likely made it past the censors because the company's name wasn't spoken out loud.
  • In "Mission to the Sun," when the alien microorganism drills a tiny hole through Muriel's backside in order to enter and take over her body, she only feels a tiny sensation, which happens just as Eustace is walking by so she thinks that he just grabbed her ass and responds by coyly giggling and affectionately slapping Eustace in the face.
  • Everything about "Freaky Fred," as most of the episode consists of the titular character locking himself in the bathroom with Courage, then going off on a long internal monologue about how unforgivably "naaaauuuuuugghhtyyyyy" he's been. Granted, Fred's naughtiness refers to his tendency to shave the hair off of people and animals, but, this is Cartoon Network (home to a lot of original cartoon series that straddles the line between "What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?" and "What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?" and does a wide-legged split right on the line), and his fascination with shaving is heavily coded as a fetish, so insert any pedophile, sexual predator, or serial killer applicable analogue about Freaky Fred here.
  • "Hard Drive Courage". Courage and Muriel are using the computer to find a cure for Eustace's sickness, when Muriel suddenly presses one of the keys. Something show up on the screen (We don't see what's on the screen) which causes Courage to panic and quickly cover it up while suggestive music plays. Muriel laughs and says she could use a cup of tea, then leaves.
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    • The Computer asks Courage to press the key again. Courage gets rid of said key.
    • That similar suggestive music plays again, when the General takes off his clothes in "Muriel Blows Up". Apparently the screen was showing what we thought it was showing...
  • At one point in "The Precious, Wonderful, Adorable, Lovable Duckling", Courage, Eustace and the duckling accidentally wind up in the bathroom, where Muriel is bathing, and they get called out on it by her. They respond by covering their eyes, but then the duckling peeks a little. Could fly past your head, since it's pretty subtle...until you see Courage slapping him for it.
    • A similar joke happens in "Remembrance of Courage Past" where young Courage is looking for his parents. He opens up several doors and finds one where the silhouette of a naked woman is seen showering behind a curtain. Courage closes the door only to open it up again to take a second look and then sheepishly laughs at the audience.
  • In the episode "Hothead", Eustace goes into a building to help him grow hair. One of the questions the person on the speaker asks Eustace is "What's 414 divided by 6?" The answer is never given in the episode but when one does put it in a calculator, they will get...69. It does appear odd that of all numbers this specific one was chosen.
  • In the episode "Record Deal", the announcer on Eustace's car radio mentions a band called "Johnny and the Dildos".
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