It's rare for a children's program to feature main characters several years younger than the target audience. It's surprisingly less rare for these kinds of shows to include copious nods and winks for the parents stuck watching with their larval spawn. Rugrats fits squarely in the middle of this lewd Venn-Diagram.
Many of the visual tricks almost have to be the work of the animators, as opposed to the writers. Unless there's a part in this Rugrats script that reads: "Stu puts his fingers together, implying that his friend Howard is currently in the forest with male friends, wherein the main activity is making the penises touch."
Whereas most dick jokes aren't afraid to poke you right in the face, Rugrats has a couple fiendishly clever bits hidden here and there. Can you see spot the penis gag in the picture below?
Unless you read Hebrew, probably not. The sign in the top left translates to "mohel" -- as in, a rabbi that specializes in circumcisions. This takes on a whole new light when you see the sign below, which reads "Cut Rate." When you think about it, that could probably apply to just about any fee for a bris.
But the writers aren't completely innocent. In one episode, Chuckie becomes obsessed with a bouncy clown toy named "Mr. Boppo." His friends grow concernced.
Phil is right. At a minimum, Chuckie has about ten to twelve years before he should even consider bopping his Boppo.
You might not remember 2 Stupid Dogs; released somewhere between Ren & Stimpy and the first Cartoon Network originals, it was always kind of under the radar. But that just means it could get away with more naughty stuff.
For instance, there's an episode in which a boy brings the titular canines to class for show and tell. Well, it's really more "show"...
After accidentally giving the whole class an eyeful of the small dog's big red rocket, there are some understandably shocked children... and also one girl who probably needs therapy.
The Powerpuff Girls was made in part by Genndy Tartakovsky, responsible for Dexter's Laboratory, Samurai Jack and other cartoons contain low-key adult themes, so it shouldn't be shocking to see some suggestive material here and there.
And yet, it's still a little unnerving to see a seductive woman insert a man's pencil into an electric sharpener.
If you needed more evidence that you just watched a tiny old man jizz his pants in a children's cartoon, check out his tiny post-coital pencil.
And the dicks just keep on coming. In one episode featuring the Rowdy Ruff Boys, the girls attempt to defeat their rivals by kissing them. Previously, such an act would overload the Boys to the point of explosion, but that didn't happen here. Instead, when they get a peck on the cheek, the males only grow larger.
Through this point, the joke remains a harmless simile... until you get to the rapidly expanding "shoes" and "arms" that look a lot like male members.
There's no other way to interpet it: The Rowdy Ruff Boys are going through puberty, and kissing them only turns their bodies into one giant raging boner.
The hormonal theme carries through to the conclusion of the episode, when Blossom discovers the secret to taking the boys down a peg.
Technically, she's not wrong. Generally, however, that's pretty wrong.
The term "tossing the salad" is used less and less as a euphemism for "licking someone's butthole" these days, but that's what Agent Oso was counting on when he was faced with a bowl of veggies. Thankfully, Oso's friend is there to stop him from violating that iceberg lettuce with his bear hands.
Oh. Oh no. This just went from zero to seriously fucked up in about seven seconds. There is no way that the writers weren't snickering to themselves as they forced this animated angel to admit that she's seen her own mother giving someone else a rimjob. And apparently there were some utensils involved.
This is it. This is that horrible moment of realization for both of them, as they stare into the dark pool of their own voided irises. They know that, because of the nature of analingus, to say "we are tossing the salad" would imply some sort of Human Centipede situation. They probably saved that for the commercial break.
Remember SWAT Kats? It was another one of those shows that tried to capitalize on the success of anthropomorphic strike teams like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The cartoon was subtitled "The Radical Squadron," so you can assume there was some Sonic the Hedgehog attitude in there, too.
But there can be such a thing as dudes with too much 'tude.
So full disclosure, that cat is technically not patting his throbbing cat dong. That bulge is actually a chili pepper he hid there earlier in the episode, during a chili-eating contest. Out of context it definitely seems like he's proud of his dick, and in context... it definitely still looks like that.
Harley Quinn has the uncomfortable distinction of being the designated sexpot for a weekday afternoon cartoon. Almost all of her affections are directed at the Joker, who is usually otherwise occupied with concocting a scheme to finally get Batman to fall in love with him. But that doesn't stop Harley from asking her Puddin' to ride her like a motorcycle.
To be fair, Harley is capable of funnin' even outside of Mistah J. In one episode, she disguises herself as a lawyer and serves Detective Bullock a couple of harsh consecutive sentences.
But Harley's most risque moment was probably the time she emerged from a pudding pie to surprise Joker. It's kind of unbelievable this got by on broadcast television.
There's subtle innuendo, and then there's asking the Joker to taste your vagina. Twice.
It's no secret that Pee-Wee's Playhouse has its roots in adult entertainment, but the show was definitely meant for kids. Even with his history out in the open, somehow Pee-Wee and the gang managed to sneak all sorts of dirty jokes past the censors.
A lot of them had to do with Miss Yvonne, who seemed to have a thing for men in uniform. Her interactions with Fireman Fred certainly seem to set off some alarms.
And then there was the TV repairman, who seemed happy to see someone like Miss Yvonne.
Take out two words and that's the start to every 80s porno.
But Yvonne wasn't the only one to get a little feisty. In addition to his real-life convictions, Pee-Wee himself is guilty of perving on the mail lady by "dropping" his doctor's equipment and using it to look up her skirt.
"Paging Mr. Herman. Mr. Herman, the police are here to question regarding some very serious allegations."
Guest stars on Scooby-Doo cartoons come in one of two categories: Either you're the Harlem Globetrotters and you're here to help the gang solve a mystery with the magic of basketball fingerspins, or you're the cantankerous old man who has the most to gain from a monster in the abandoned amusement park and someone should just punch you in the junk in minute one. But in a special Halloween episode of What's New Scooby-Doo, the guest happened to be Marcy, cousin of Velma.
Rather than solving crimes with turtlenecks and single-handedly keeping the phrase "Jinkies!" in circulation, Marcy was more into hitting on dudes like Fred.
Daphne looks like she's about to legally... tie Marcy to a tree and leave her for the creepy old man in the swamp monster costume.
By now you've probably figured out that every Nickelodeon show is basically an NC-17 movie. We basically watched animated versions of Showgirls every day after school for most of our childhoods.
How else could you explain the "exercise" Ernie teaches Arnold?
Just when you think that's not a masturbation technique, Ernie makes sure to hammer that home.
But Grandpa Phil might be the worst of all, as evidenced by the episode where Arnold discovers the apartment's secret bathroom.
You'd be forgiven for thinking this was an ordinary poop joke, but the wink about "reading" gives this a swarthier undertone. Never trust a dude who's whole head looks like a dick and balls.
Batman: The Brave and the Bold is a newer cartoon, but the strength and virility of the innuendo is staggering. In a lighthearted episode, the Birds of Prey (Catwoman, Huntress and Black Canary) find themselves on stage in front of a bunch of goons, and proceed to improvise a song to entertain the unruly crowd.
They end up belting a ballad that all but explicitly judges the male male members of the Justice League on their sexual prowess. They croon about Green Lantern's "little thing" being "pretty strong." If you don't think that they're talking about a cock ring, just wait til you see what they say about the Flash.
That's pretty embarrassing, but as usual, Aquaman gets the rawest deal.
Of course, all pretense goes out the window when it comes to singing about Batman.
This might be a good time to mention that this was actually a "bonus episode" that was featured on the DVD collection. But judging from the watermark from the video, this aired in syndication at some point, so somewhere there's a little kid who doesn't realized they just heard a song about Catwoman banging Batman.
This last one is especially disturbing considering that a) In many continuities, Huntress is the daughter of Catwoman and Batman and b) It sort of implies that she wants to see Batman's butthole? Then again, you gotta admit you're curious -- after all, Batman is prepared for any situation.