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Rule 34
aka: Rule Thirty Six
Sometimes it's a law of the internet that makes one think "There Should Be a Law"...note 

"For every thing you can think of, there's at least one boner in the world to match it."
Jason Murphy, Rage Select

If it exists, there is porn of it — no exceptions.

Supposedly originating and popularized by 4chan imageboards, this was the first near-universally agreed-upon Rule Of The Internet. It is so well founded and documented with irrefutable proof that even those with only a cursory awareness of the Internet are aware of this rule even if they don't know it has a name.

While the original architects of the Internet had grandiose goals of research and data sharing, we all know what Joe Everyman is going to use it for: pornography! Now, it's not that everyone online is just looking for pornography; it's just that it's very very easy to come to. Even if you're not looking for it! Don't believe us? Do a Google image search (filters off) of, well... pretty much anything. Sometimes even with the filters on. Odds are pretty good that the results will include something Not Safe for Work.

The key reason the scope of it is so wide and bizarre lies in what some have come to call Rule 36: "If you've thought of it, then there's somebody out there with a fetish for it." (And incidentally, by "it" we mean "anything that exists in the world.") Even TV Tropes.

There's also Rule 35, basically a guarantee that Rule 34 will remain true: "If there is no porn of it, it will be made!". This basically means that if you notice you can't find porn of something, and point it out, somebody will be happy to draw/write/find it for you in pretty short order, if only to maintain the Rule 34.

Finally, Rule 35 also has a quantum interpretation. "Referring to a type of previously non-existent porn will cause online porn of that type to come into being retroactively." Nobody takes this seriously, so far as we know.

You might wish to keep a bottle of Brain Bleach handy while proving (or attempting to disprove) Rule 34. Don't say we didn't warn you. And if you DO go hunting to prove this rule false, say good-bye to your childhood first...

Compare Sexy Whatever Outfit (a non-pornographic Sister Trope), Freud Was Right, Memetic Sex God, Memetic Molester, Perverse Sexual Lust, Fetish Fuel (and the wiki for it), Rule34 — Creator Reactions (a list of creator reactions to this applying to their work). See also Rule 63, which is often confused with this.

Not to be confused with these other rule 34's (though overlap with this rule is guaranteed):

See also Gone Horribly Right. (You wanted porn? You're welcome.)

No examples, please. Not only would such a list cover potentially every work ever, but we're also not interested in being the Net's "How To Find Rule 34 Stuff" — you will need to look elsewhere if you want to find that kind of thing. It'd also be a futile endeavor, as finding examples is as simple as Googling "[insert example name here] rule 34".

And go to The Internet Is for Porn for in universe examples.
Yes. There is porn of this article as well. No exceptions!

no exceptions...no exceptions...no exceptions...
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Wiki MagicImageSource/Internet=3

alternative title(s): Rule 34
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