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This cartoon set the bar for a lot of 1990s and 21st century kids' cartoons that don't want to adhere to the unwritten rule that cartoons are for kids, though, looking at most of these examples, the bar may have been set a little too high — at least by Nickelodeon's standards. If this were a Cartoon Network show, only 40% of the dodgy content actually would be a problem with the censors.


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     General 
  • The show features lots of gross-out humor, including butt-jokes. Which, naturally, is to be expected when knowing what kind of show this is.
  • Characters repeatedly try to kill themselves (mainly Ren, who is always stopped before it happens).
  • Characters frequently say the word "crap" onscreen.
  • Fair amounts of blood can be seen in a few episodes. "Sven Hoek" has Ren imitating (albeit very realistically) "tearing [Stimpy and Sven's] arms out of the sockets" - while he does that, a spray of blood is visible for a brief moment. In "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen", at the end of the song while hats are being thrown into the air, there's a very indiscreet shot of a bleeding intestine flying among the head gear (complete with a turd flying off the screen). In "The Great Outdoors", Ren smashes an already fed mosquito that landed on his arm, which leaves a pretty nasty bloody stain. During the surgery in "Ren's Pecs", a very generous spray of blood appeared, along with some heavily bloodstained bandages.
  • Some masturbation jokes in some episodes (Take "Reverend Jack-Cheese" for example).

     Spumco episodes 
  • The episode "Nurse Stimpy" appears as one huge Unusual Euphemism for various homosexual practices. Some evidence includes:
    • The disturbingly numerous times Stimpy has asked Ren to open his mouth with a mischeviously enthusiastic expression,
    • The "tools" he displays for performing the tests,
    • The hilariously and suggestively exaggerated spoon scene with Double Entendres like "Now swallow every little drop! Isn't it tasty?" and "This is some icky-tasting stuff!" (the latter line would have been less dirty if Ren specified that it was medicine.) note 
    • The sponge bath sequence. ALL. OF. IT. Not only does Ren initially have a negative attitude about it and get extremely defensive about "taking off his fur", insisting on doing it by himself, but after a while he also eventually starts enjoying it. The Ho Yay page that lists this cartoon episode describes the sequence as having the same parallels as a straight, yet bi-curious man "giving into the moment" with a gay man (and the Double Entendres here don't disprove that theory either: "You know, this is not so bad. In fact, I feel better already. You're so good to me, Stimpy. It is embarrassing, though"). The kicker comes when the shocked/amused bystanders in the window (including that horse who sometimes appears on the show) are exposed to us, and the scene after that, where Ren relapses after reading that the bath made headline news ("Ren Hoek Takes Bubbly Sponge Bath").
  • "Untamed World" contains a subtle one. Look at the close-up of Ren's mouth as he says "organisms". If you look carefully, it's clear he's saying... something similar.
  • "The Royal Canadian Kilted Yaksmen": The titular anthem (sung to the tune of "God Save the Queen"/"My Country 'Tis of Thee") features the word "hell" censored with an appropriate fart...quite poorly. In fact, thanks to Carbunkle's attention to specific mouth movements, you can still see Ren and Stimpy mouth the word "hell".
    • In the MTV airing of this episode, the word "hell" is uncensored.
  • "Son of Stimpy":
    • Ren is trying to cheer up Stimpy, who is more concerned about Stinky. Eventually, Ren gets Stimpy to look up at the ceiling where there's a mistletoe. It then cuts to Ren, who is looking at Stimpy coyly with visible eyelashes. This was the last straw for Stimpy.
      Stimpy: Gosh darn it, Ren! Is that all you can THINK OF!?
    • When Stimpy is searching for his lost fart he encounters a Mall Santa, it shows him ringing a bell for charity donations and he says "Ho Ho Whoa!" with a shocked look on his face and he frighteningly turns around to see Stimpy sniffing his butt.
  • "The Great Outdoors" is another one with plenty of Accidental Innuendo (whether or not it can truly be considered "accidental" is up for debate).
    • The whole skinny-dipping scene: When Stimpy strips off his fur, can you guess what is played in the background?
    • Some of the looks Ren gives Stimpy while he's undressing are also pretty ambiguous...
    • Old Man Hunger also delivers a suspicious line: "It sure is great to meet other people as comfortable with their nakidity as I!".
    • When the same guy starts running towards the lake, We cut to Ren and Stimpy and see their pupils bouncing up and down, suggesting a certain kind of "jiggle physics"
    • When Stimpy asks Ren to light the fire:
      Ren: Whaaat? Do I have to do everything around here?
      Stimpy: You know I'm lost without you.
      Somehow, that seems to have convinced him.
  • In "Haunted House", when, naturally, Ren and Stimpy go to sleep together and Ren cuddles up to Stimpy, he notices his stench and immediately sends him to take a shower. While Stimpy does that, Ren suddenly pops in the door, not feeling uncomfortable at all for entering in the middle of Stimpy's shower, but he also reminds Stimpy not to "forget to wash where the sun don't shiiine!" much too cheerfully to let this line slip.
  • "Mad Dog Hoek" is mostly above board, except for one moment as the Announcer is introducing Ren and Stimpy in their wrestling personas. They are billed as, "The Pitiful Pair, the Couple of Contusions...", with the Announcer taking exceptional care to emphasize the first syllable of "contusions" and pause for a split second afterwards. Yes, Ren & Stimpy managed to sneak the word "cunt" into a kids show. Which is doubly hilarious, since it takes only a modicum of imagination to realize that calling them "contusions" is a sly way of calling them pussies.
  • "Sven Hoek" has some questionable moments with Stimpy and Sven. When they're playing hide and seek, or as said in the episode, seek and hide, Stimpy hides in a closet. After Sven finds him, they both sit in Stimpy's rather unimpressively sized litterbox. After a minute of blabbering, Stimpy realizes something and scolds the "cameraman", "Hey! This is private!", closing the closet door afterwards. Sven and Stimpy are heard playing "circus":
    Stimpy: "I'm a juggler!"
    Sven: "I'm a bearded lady!"
    Stimpy: "And I'm a sword swallower!... Oops."
    Sven: (giggling)
    • This scene is also on Nick Splat's YouTube channel. The video's description has something very interesting to say:
      "We are all guilty of infringing on Stimpy's intimate moments on The Ren & Stimpy Show."
    • My dinosaur droppings...PAINTED LIKE EASTER EGGS!!!!!
  • The entirety of "Rubber Nipple Salesman". In this episode, they are door-to-door rubber nipple salesmen. No, it does not make any more sense in context; yes, it WAS done simply to fill an episode with nipple references.
    • "For I have a dream that one day, everyone... everywhere... will know the wonders of my nipples!"
    • Whatever Mr. Horse was probably doing to the walrus that would make him whisper, "Call the police!"
    • On that note, when they went to go sell nipples to the couple, Ren explicitly mentions that they make good hickies.
    • As Mr. Pipe says something his rubber nipples being all chewed up, if you look closely, one of the rubber nipples looks like a penis.
  • In "Fake Dad" Ren has finally had enough of Kowalski's bad behavior so he decides to spank him with a giant spoon, once he pulls his pants down Ren has a surprised then shocked look, he then starts crying and tells Kowalski to pull them back up.
    • Kowalski is also reading (or attempting to) one of Ren's books called "Prison Love".
    • Plus, Stimpy tells Ren to "be nice to the product of your loins".
  • "Powdered Toast Man":
    • The joke of the President getting caught in his zipper while kneeling in pain over a toilet, if you've seen "There's Something About Mary" you might know what's happening here.
    • The visual innuendo of Powdered Toast Man roasting a weenie and PTM's lovely assistant roasting a melted marshmallow during the romantic ending.
    • In a stark contrast of what Nickelodeon censors deem is appropriate compared to what isn't, the reruns of this episode cut the part where Powdered Toast Man uses the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence as kindling for the fire and all appearances of The Pope (who was voiced by Frank Zappa).
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     Games Animation episodes 
  • In "A Yard Too Far" the duo have to get past a baboon, who is guarding some hog jowls that they want to eat. Near the end, Ren uses a female baboon puppet (who happens to look like Judy Jetson). The baboon falls in love with it and demands they get married. Later, the baboon takes the puppet with Ren's hand still attached and takes it inside his house, hanging a "Do not disturb" sign on the door. We hear the baboon happily grunting and Ren shivering in disgust.
    • Even worse, the commentary for this episode has one of the guys say, "Ren's first handjob."
  • "Jerry the Bellybutton Elf" has Stimpy playing with his belly button, which is treated like masturbation.
  • At one point in "An Abe Divided", Ren is heard muttering "fracking", which sounds a bit like "fucking".
  • In "Hard Times for Haggis", in a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, the word "screwed" is shown on a contract the salesman gives the puppets.
  • In "Reverend Jack Cheese", the eponymous character is shown playing a literal one-string guitar.note 
  • In "Farm Hands", at one point Ren is hired to milk a gorilla named Bossy. He doesn't want to do it, and gets Stimpy do it for him. During the process as you can hear the gorilla happily grunting while it rubs Stimpy's head, and he remarks "Hey Ren,I like my job, how about you?" and he drinks some of the "milk".
    • Also, in that same episode, at one point, while Ren is having spasms as Abner and Ewalt use him as a foot stool, he appears to be flipping them off with both fingers.
  • The entirety "It's A Dog's Life". Especially at the end when it's revealed that the Butler killed Granny and Ren and Stimpy. Seriously, how did Man's Best Friend get banned while this episode didn't?
    • Ren and Stimpy's new owner Granny Cartwright feeds them very old hardened dog food, Stimpy starts choking on his and Ren performs the Heimlich Maneuver, at that moment Granny Carthwright walks in sees this thinking they were doing something else and says "Good Lord, stop that!" and sprays them with a hose and says "You should be ashamed of yourselves, and on a Sunday too!"
    • To drive the point home, in the very next scene, they're on the way to the vet to be neutered.
  • In "I Was a Teenage Stimpy" near the beginning when Stimpy is going through puberty it is strongly implied that Ren thinks that Stimpy is masturbating in the bathroom and Ren's "Husk" magazine for the adult corn lover, later when Stimpy opens the magazine a page unfolds like a centerfold model.
    • Even better at the beginning of the episode, wherein Ren finds the magazine in the mail, eagerly saying: "Can't wait to try it out!"
  • In "Prehistoric Stimpy" when Wilbur Cobb shows off the dinosaur fossils one of them is labeled "Homo Gigantis Erectus", and the kids who are part of the tour group have very shocked reactions to it.
    • What makes this funnier is that Bob Camp, writer of this episode, claimed in an interview that this went completely past the censors, which shocked him, as the jokes in the episode were intentionally written as crude and blatant. Instead they got told to remove the "marijuana leaves" in the background (which were actually innocent ferns).
  • In "A Scooter For Yaksmas" look carefully at Stimpy's Stinky Wizzleteats clock, he has a big smile on his face with shifty eyes and he has two pink pendulums hanging from his crotch area.
    • In all fairness, Ren himself is disgusted at this.
  • In "The House of Next Tuesday," Ren and Stimpy share a bed that expands when exposed to moisture. During the night, Stimpy smiles and makes pleasurable noises, after which the bed violently expands. Stimpy may have wet the bed (as in "peed in it"), but his smile and noises suggests that he may have wet the bed in a sexual way.
  • In "Big Flakes," Stimpy tells Ren, "It sure was nice of your parents to loan us their cabin for the weekend." Stimpy does so with a big smile and a suggestive glance.
  • In a scene towards the beginning of "A Hard Day's Luck", if you look closely at the cereal box, the cereal's name is Lucky Chodes (a "chode" is yet another slang term for a penis).
    • Think that's bad? The Billy the Beef Tallow Boy commercial opens with a father telling her daughter to PLAY with her Lucky Chodes.
  • In the episode "Hermit Ren", Ren finds a peasant corpse under the rock in his cave. While that's fairly tame for the series, the corpse has a noose around its neck and a bag labeled "BEER".
    • Also in "Hermit Ren", Ren lists all the things he'll get to do as a hermit, including building a gelding gin (complete with a mental image of a bull with his lower half submerged in the device) and listening to Urethra Franklin records.
    • And scrape his uvula.
  • In an episode that never was, called "Wilderness Adventure", George Liquor is hunting ducks, so he disguises Ren as one, and plays a duck call. A duck instantly sees Ren and falls in love with him. He performs some bizarre ritual where he chews a couple of fish and regurgitates them into his mouth, and then proposes to Ren. All topped off with Stimpy saying "Isn't love grand?"
  • In "Pen Pals", Ren mentions getting a Bikini Wax.
    • Also, in that episode, before Ren gets his house confiscated, the officer is citing the violation code. If you listen closely, you can hear the officer say the letters "BS" in the code.
  • "Bass Masters" end with Ren getting caught by a fish and getting mounted on a wall. Under him is a label where he's named "The Dumb Bass" (say it fast).
  • There's an episode entitled "Weiner Barons". It's about Ren and Stimpy moving to Canada and getting into the sausage business, but seems to be an excuse for the writers to use the word "weiner" as many times as possible.
  • In the series finale, when Ren is introducing himself to Wilbur Cobb, Cobb tells him to watch his dirty mouth after Ren says his last name.

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