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In comics, Mystique wears a bra.

But, in the currently running X-Men movie franchise, she runs around naked. And yet, she doesn't have nipples.

I am asking from out-of-universe perspective, of course (in-universe, it's tricky because her offspring might not need to drink milk thanks to X-gene). Why does she not have nipples? I am asking this because it looks scary.

Talking about ratings, they already show enough. I mean, she is shown fully naked with all curves. She is blue and unless you are blue tail people from Pandora, addition of nipples can't make the movie A-rated.

Lets say, nipples would make the movie A-rated, they never needed to show her fully naked. There are lots of options. She can cover her boobs with cloth (or hands, in case clothes can sabotage her disguise in other looks). Boobs can be blurred. Scenes can choose to not show boobs (like we saw naked Doctor in Doctor Who without rating changes).

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    Because it's a movie for children – Valorum Jul 8 '17 at 17:59
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    This question should be re-phrased as "Why is Mystique naked in the movies?", as opposed to the bikini (?) she wears in the comics – BlueMoon93 Jul 8 '17 at 18:02
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    Mystique has pretty good control of her appearance. One could assume they aren't showing because she doesn't want them to show? – Zoredache Jul 8 '17 at 18:11
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    #FreeTheBlueNipple ? – Ghoti and Chips Jul 8 '17 at 18:43
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    @Loki I would assume it's downvoted because the answer is obvious- it's targeted toward the family demographic, and the terrible suggestions OP makes as alternatives demonstrate why they made that stylistic choice. – j4eo Jul 8 '17 at 19:48
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To answer this question, one just has to answer the question "Why don't they show nipples in PG-13 movies?"

Here a breakdown of X-Men movies, containing Mystique, and their age ratings, according to MPAA certification standards

  • X-Men (2000) – PG-13
    (Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action violence)
  • X-Men 2 (2003) – PG-13
    (Rated PG-13 for sci-fi action/violence, some sexuality and brief language)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) – PG-13
    (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action violence, some sexual content and language)
  • X-Men: First Class (2011) – PG-13
    (Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action and violence, some sexual content including brief partial nudity and language)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) – PG-13
    (Rated PG- 13 for sequences of intense sci-fi violence and action, some suggestive material, nudity and language)
  • X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – PG-13
    (Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence, action and destruction, brief strong language and some suggestive images)

Directly from the MPAA Wiki:

Nudity is restricted to PG and above, although only brief nudity is permitted in a PG rated film. Nudity that is sexually oriented will generally require an R rating. As of 2010, the MPAA has added a descriptor of "male nudity" to films featuring said content.

Since only "brief nudity" is allowed, and female nipples are considered nudity, you can only get away with brief moments of nipple, like in the famous Titanic scene in which Kate Winslet is nude, briefly.

Covering Mystique's nipple, but still being suggestively sexual/nude is allowed in a PG-13 movie.

The reason the producers and studio behind this film were aiming for a PG-13 rating with these movies is because all major superhero franchise movies have a tradition of aiming for this demographic. It wasn't until Deadpool (2016) broke the PG-13 mould for superheroes (which paved the way for the R-rated Batman v Superman cut (sold as the Ultimate Edition) and Logan (2017)).


An in-universe answer is that: she was electrocuted while being the conduit for two power cables.

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After the success of the X-Men (2000) movie, Fabian Nicieza, Kevin Maguire and Andrew Pepoy created a mini-series of comics called "X-Men Forever", which explained certain unresolved plots, and more importantly, brought into the comic-book universe Mystique's scaly appearance from the 2000 movie.

So now we can say that she may have had the blue nipples you're looking for, but they are hidden/scarred under the scales that the accident caused.

*Note: the biggest hole in this in-universe explanation, though, is that the child version of mystique in First Class (2011) also has these scales, which doesn't fit with the electricity accident explanation, which happened when she was an adult, but continuity errors and plot-holes are nothing new in the X-Men cinematic universe franchise.

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    This is, of course, the actual reason, but I would think there might be an in-universe reason as well. If you look at those skin markings, they seem like scales, which suggests a more reptilian (=non-mammal) aesthetic. – Adamant Jul 8 '17 at 21:28
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    @Adamant OP specifically wanted an out-of-universe answer, otherwise I would have included more. – Ghoti and Chips Jul 8 '17 at 21:40
  • @Adamant I added an in-universe answer that I think is quite satisfactory – Ghoti and Chips Jul 8 '17 at 23:00
  • Obligatory nitpick - Deadpool wasn't the first non-PG superhero film. There were Watchmen before it. Not too heroic, I admit, but still. (There's also V for Vendetta, but that's not about superheroes at all) – Gallifreyan Jul 9 '17 at 9:09
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    @Gallifreyan I'll out-nitpick you and say Blade was a Marvel, R-rated hero movie, and it came out before X-Men (never try to out-nitpick the nitpicker ;) ). It still doesn't mean anything with respect to my answer, though, because I said Deadpool "broke the mould" and "paved the way", something that both Blade and Watchmen couldn't do (they did not explode at the box office in a way that encouraged studios to make more R rated superhero flicks). – Ghoti and Chips Jul 9 '17 at 16:04

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