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Basic Trope: A movie with a same sex couple gets a mature rating.

  • Straight:
    • Bob and George share a kiss and the movie gains a PG-13 because of it.
    • The only volume of comedy manga Highschool Troperia! that is labeled M is volume 7, where Ichigo and Yuuko kiss.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Bob and George have... relations and the movie gets an NC-17 for it.
    • The entire Highschool Troperia! is labeled M because Ichigo and Yuuko kiss in volume 7. The manga consists of 13 volumes.
    • Bob and George hold hands. The movie gets an NC-17.
  • Downplayed: Only the volume/scene in which the homosexuality occurs gets a mature rating. When shown on TV, it cuts to another scene immediately.
  • Justified:
    • The censorship board members are either really homophobic or really conservative (or trying to appeal to those type of audiences).
    • The "mature" rating wasn't for homosexual themes: it was for other reasons (graphic violence, nudity [both male and female], drug abuse, and other adult themes]
  • Inverted:
    • A heterosexual couple show affection and the movie is slapped with a PG-13 rating
    • Yuuko and Kenta get an M because of a heavily implied Sexy Discretion Shot of the two making love in Highschool Troperia!.
  • Subverted: The movie was gonna get a PG-13, but the censorship board thought that slapping it with a PG-13 rating because of the homosexual themes would be a bit over the top.
  • Double Subverted: But they change their minds and give it a PG-13 anyway, either due to protests from conservative groups or because the film has other content that wouldn't be appropriate for younger audiences.
  • Parodied: In the anime adaptation of Highschool Troperia!, the other folks in the class covers the camera with a card that says "TOO HOT FOR THIS DUB!" as soon as that scene between Ichigo and Yuuko is about to start.
  • Deconstructed': Gay rights activists and members of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation see the censorship of High School Troperia!s lesbian couple as homophobic and proceed to sue the censorship board.
  • Reconstructed: The jury looks at the movie and rules that, even without the homosexual references, the movie would have been rated PG-13 or R for everything else.
  • Zig Zagged: The American version is rated R for its homosexual references; every other country in the world either gives it a lighter rating (mostly an equivalent to the PG-13 rating, such as Britain's 12 and 15 ratings or Canada's 14A rating) or (in the cases of many Muslim countries) bans it from being shown.
  • Averted: There is no homosexual subtext for the censors to get in an uproar about.
  • Enforced: This trope is about works getting ratings enforced to them (justified or not).
  • Lampshaded:

Ichigo: "Yuuko-chan, I feel that, if we do this, it will change people's image about you and me."

  • Invoked: The scene between Ichigo and Yuuko Highschool Troperia! was deliberately added to maintain the manga in Seinen category. Otherwise, it will be moved to all-age Shoujo slot.
  • Exploited: Studio GAYNAX, the one contracted to animate Highschool Troperia!, decide to get as much as crap past the radar as humanly possible, knowing they can't afford both meaningful adaptation and non-M rating. Even girls who are only ambiguously lesbians get to kiss!
  • Defied: The editor in charge of Highschool Troperia! forced the author to alter that scene for the volume release. Those who don't read the magazine the manga is serialized on will never know that Ichigo and Yuuko kissed.

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