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Seven Subliminal Sex Images

Published by Alex Santeria in Offbeat
November 13th, 2008

How do companies like Disney and Pepsi constantly force the idea of sex into your subconscious mind?
This article gives seven ranked examples of the outrageous subliminal images they use to do this. Comics, movies, and foods intended for children all contain hidden messages of sex.

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Webster’s dictionary defines subliminal as “existing or functioning below the threshold of consciousness.” Subliminal messages are messages that are hidden inside images, music, or videos with the intention of provoking the recipient’s subconscious mind into processing some thought without their conscious mind being aware of it. Subliminal images contain subliminal messages which, in essence, without your knowledge, cause you to think or do something you would not have done otherwise.

1: Disney’s Lion King

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Although technically not an image, this frame from Disney’s animation “The Lion King” is perhaps the most famous and disputed subliminal message ever discovered. When Simba sends up a dust cloud the letters “S-E-X” can clearly be seen when the movie was paused. Although the films animators defended the dust as spelling out an abbreviation for “special effects”, the formed letters were edited out all the newest versions of the movie in order to avoid further conflicts over the issue. Disney is notorious for the many sexually natured subliminal images aimed at kids uncovered in its works.

Movie Posters


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Three fantasy movie posters, and yet… This is by far the most obvious location of hidden naughtiness. I mean these had to either have been arranged like this as a joke by some employee or are truly a very interesting act of chance.


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At first glance we see what appear to be several pretty flowers. However, looks can be deceiving, a second look at the negative space in between the three flowers uncovers the three letters which spell out America’s dirty little secret.

Skittles Bag

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Put together the “S” in the red skittle and the “eX” in explosion and what do you get? That’s right, even candy promotes sex now.

Pepsi Cans

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In the summer of 1990, in honor of the 4th of July, Pepsi began to distribute limited edition “Cool Cans” as part of a promotional campaign. A lucky drinker found an unexpected message, hidden in the new neon design, when he stacked two of the new cans atop each other.

Fifty Rupee Bill

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These 50 Rupees from the Seychelles might not be able to buy sex, but they sure can stick it in your face. If you look close, and tilt your head to the right, you will see that the palm trees to the right of the woman spell a word I am sure you can all guess  by now. Hint: the top two leaves form the letter “S”.

X-Men Comics

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This comic from X-Men was one of many like it, part of an issue in which the artist chose to hide the word sex on each and every page. In this image, the word sex stands out because it has been colored bright red. The uploader of the comic has also circled it for those of us who cannot find it on our own.

Author’s Note: The bias nature of this article (which makes it sound like a conspiracy) was used in order to assertively present a single point of view and is not a reflection of my own personal opinion as to the legitimacy of these images or who put them there and why. Hope that’ll answer some questions. Feel free to share your own opinions.

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  1. Won Hoo Vent Luc king
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:10 am

    Proves my theory, If you go looking for something, you find it everywhere.

  2. Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:38 am

    Top article, interesting x

  3. Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:40 am

    Or should I say, Super article, vEry interesting X

  4. jay tee
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:47 am

    sex is cool

  5. Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:53 am

    I agree with Won Hoo Vent Luc.
    If a graphic designer thinks adding the letters s-e-x to his image is funny, ok, I’ll buy it. But to think that corporations look to do that to promote sex? C’mon… how lame. Not worth the time. And I’m not familiar with Seychilles but I’d like to know if they even speak English there.

  6. anonymous
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:18 am

    What a load of Crap!

  7. Posted November 13, 2008 at 7:16 am

    Have to admit it…feeling extremely horny all of a sudden…what’s UP with that…?!

  8. Posted November 13, 2008 at 7:44 am

    That’s highly entertaining; and obviously you’re right. The companies don’t want to sell sex, as some dummies might think, but everybody should know by now that sex sells.

    And may I add that rascist and snobbishly deragotary remarks are not what I expect of Triond writers?

  9. Posted November 13, 2008 at 8:53 am

    What a great article! Sex does grab people’s attention and wallets, that’s for sure. Keep up the great work.

  10. L Vincent Poupard
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:01 am

    This made my morning.

  11. M J katz
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:37 am

    I enjoyed your article…it definitely gives a person something to think about. As for the fifty Rupees bill; since it’s printed in English, I would say that it’s a good bet English is spoken there, too.

  12. Jon Droniak
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:52 am

    Very interesting, yet disturbing in a strange way. (@ Won Hoo) But your theory is actually the psychological concept of expectancy bias. Just as you said, if you’re looking for something, you will find it. However, expectancy bias is mostly associated with surveys.

  13. Posted November 13, 2008 at 11:25 am

    Interesting to say the least

  14. Lisa Remi
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 12:39 pm

    Interesting and a bit scary

  15. Posted November 13, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    To clear a couple of points up: The Seychells are part of what was the British Commonwealth, now known as The Commonwealth Secretariate.The “woman” is Queen Elizabethh II.

  16. Posted November 13, 2008 at 3:38 pm


  17. Susie
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 4:03 pm

    Very cool!

  18. Nightrain1
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    Having been an Art Director, Graphic Designer and Illustrator in and around Detroit and New York; I can testify that we often tried to hide things in our work that would enable us to prove that the work was our own. It was also a fun challenge. One time I illustrated the Loch Ness Monster in a Lake that I illustrated for a bottle of Scotch.

    However, I can also say that no Account Executive, Rep, Creative Director or Client ever asked for such a thing from any of us. Nor does (almost) anyone in Advertising really believe that hidden words and images help to sell anything. In fact, there have been many sporatic efforts to quash this practice. If such things were discovered, the perpetrators stood a chance of losing their jobs.

    Bravo to the sharp eyed observer who notices such things. They are everywhere!

  19. Lionel
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:22 pm

    You are a nutter…and by the way the “woman” on the seychelles banknote is the Queen of England.

  20. lionel
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:30 pm

    One more thing, you could hardly call the skittles wrapper subliminal, while I’m at it, what do you make of the English counties ‘Middlesex’ or ‘Sussex’what a life they must lead, sex sex sex…

  21. Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:33 pm

    interestingly written. See even those who think you are way off have to comment. good writings

  22. Walter
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    This is stupid. Sex is the fundamental tool of procreation for almost every living creature on the planet excluding asexually reproducing creatures. Whether or not the artist put this in their art is irrelevant. Seeing the word SEX isn’t going to have any effect on viewers. Sex is part of what we are stop being an idiot.

  23. visionvixen
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 6:34 pm

    i like this article for those who don’t understand you don’t have to read the article and you surely don’t have to leave some crazy response triond is for people to write what the believe that’s what is wrong with this so called country everyone don’t want to let their sense of humor out all i can say is keep writing don’t let someone say something that messes up you writing they are lost this is for the real writer

  24. Posted November 13, 2008 at 7:44 pm

    Hmmmmmm – very entertaining. Thanks

  25. Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    if i post a comment will that go tward my pay roll? but that is really cool i never saw most of them at first glance.

  26. John aka Jupiter King
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    reading too much into stuff can be I suppose sometimes people do see what they want to see whether the word sex was put into most of these intentionally though I am highly skeptical, all it tells me is that people/consumers often have sex on the brain,come on people get your minds out of the gutter

  27. Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:01 pm

    correction to my above comment I meant to say reading too much into stuff can be bad

  28. PJharrington
    Posted November 13, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    amazing article…i will be looking at details from now on. good eye.

  29. Posted November 14, 2008 at 7:10 am

    Really really. Isn’t this interesting. Nice work of humour. I realise from this article that I am not very observant

  30. Posted November 14, 2008 at 9:57 am

    I have seen the Lion King one before.

  31. Posted November 14, 2008 at 2:50 pm

    My favorite is the 50 rupees… Now I’m thinking… what with the 100 rupees, or even the 500?

  32. Posted November 15, 2008 at 9:59 am

    Very intersting, knowing that all this time we where exsposed to subliminal images.
    Thanks for sharing

  33. Posted November 15, 2008 at 4:24 pm

    you’re reaching with some of them.
    x-men and skittles, for instance.
    but the flowers is creepy

    (didn’t see the rupee one)

  34. Posted November 15, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    The best one is clearly the first one. Who thought that a innocent Disney movie could display such a word. Cheeky buggers!

  35. Posted November 16, 2008 at 10:49 am

    that is very interesting. Even a foreign country has sex on their currency. sex is great!

  36. Posted November 16, 2008 at 9:55 pm

    Anybody with image editing software could have changed those pictures, and as for the foreign money, I’m pretty sure that sex is not in their language.

  37. vei
    Posted November 24, 2008 at 12:12 am

    I heard of this years ago, but never saw it…until now. Thanks for the info..sexy!

  38. Posted December 23, 2008 at 7:38 am

    Wow, I was surprised by all these. Thanks for pointing them out!

  39. Posted February 11, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Great article! Some of these were pretty surprising!

    I just thought that you might like to know that Maria Blazz recently did an article on “How To Know If Your Content Is Being Stolen” and notified me that one of my articles was stolen. While looking into it, I found that this article has been reposted at a site that republishes articles at http://tinyurl.com/ajdpa7. When I sent them a complaint to the email addresses that I found associated with the site (“gatekeeper@eastgate.net.my; dentkt@yahoo.com; resellagent@yahoo.com”), they did take my stuff down, but only the specific articles that I requested. I would suggest looking around their site before sending any requests as they have this bad habit of posting the same article over and over. One of my articles was posted 9 times.

  40. zack
    Posted February 13, 2009 at 10:48 am

    you guys are lame this is ridiculous

  41. aj
    Posted February 15, 2009 at 2:14 am

    Well i am 11 and i learned that for the little mermaid cover that the illustrator was gay. The woman who designed the lion king scenes was horny, and had sex the night they made it.

    *ps*,in the original black and white version of the wizard of oz, the original guy suposed to play tin-man, hung himself and in the scene where they skip through the woods, look closely and u can see him. (Newer versions edited it out). He hung himself ’cause he couldn’t act in it because he was allergic to the make-up.


  42. olbutz
    Posted February 27, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    its everywhere. I saw it on an advert for casserole yesterday. yes if you go looking for something it comes up. But thats exactly what they are trying to stimulate. I really dont know why the obsession with the word sex. And i dont know why it would help sell a casserole sauce. But i do know from my own investigations that everyone uses it and it does exist.

  43. iF U CeeK aME
    Posted June 14, 2009 at 1:00 am

    X) Everybody knowS that Disney is full of subliminal messages!!!!

  44. Posted March 28, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Very interesting! The skittles one is a new one to me! I also am interested into subliminal images, and if anyone is interested, i have a youtube page under Binsubimages showing hundreds of subliminal images in the publications created by the Watchtower Bible and Tract society for the religion of Jehovahs Witnesses. You can also find me on http://wtgoathead,@webeden.co.uk

  45. Posted June 29, 2010 at 9:10 am

    this is rhiannon and oli

    theese things suck


  46. maria
    Posted January 27, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    Sure makes a fun hide and seek game. But hell, procreation and tantra aren’t “America’s secret” or a conspiracy, they’re part of life. Why make your tone condemning? The three letters themselves won’t pollute a child, and a healthy adult is already aware of sex. Like I said, it’s fun, but as far as calling it evil? Get a life.

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