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"Rules of the Internet" is a loose collection of rules and aphorisms spawned by the infamous 4chan Image Board. Depending on whom you ask, they are either not meant to be taken seriously or are very Serious Business. Most of them don't apply except for within the community they originated from, and the list is continuously changing, but through Memetic Mutation, a handful have become well-known.

Also, almost none of the numbers are standardized, so it's not uncommon to find many rules reordered or simply replaced altogether. The only numbers that are standardized are Rule 34 and Rule 63, as well as possibly Rules 1 and 2 (but that's probably only because of Fight Club).

Some of the more notable rulesnote  include:

  • Rule 5: We do not forgive, we do not forget.
  • Rule 6: /b/ is not your personal army.
  • Rule 7: No matter how much you love debating, keep in mind that no one on the internet debates. Instead they mock your intelligence as well as your parents.
  • Rule 9: Anonymous is still able to deliver.
  • Rule 10: There are no real rules about posting.
  • Rule 11: There are no real rules about moderation either — enjoy your ban.
  • Rule 12: Anything you say can and will be used against you.
  • Rule 13: Anything you say can and will be turned into something else.
  • Rule 15: The harder you try, the harder you will fail.
  • Rule 16: If you fail in epic proportions, it may just become a winning failure.
  • Rule 18: Everything that can be labelled can be hated.
  • Rule 20: Nothing is to be taken seriously.
  • Rule 21: Pictures or it didn't happen.
  • Rule 22: Original content is original only for a few seconds before it's no longer original. Every post is always a repost of a repost.
  • Rule 30: Girls do not exist on the internet.
  • Rule 32: You must have pictures to prove your statements/Anything can be explained with a picture.
  • Rule 33: Lurk more — it's never enough.
  • Rule 35: If there is no porn of it, porn will be made of it.
  • Rule 36: No matter what it is, it is somebody's fetish.
  • Rule 37: No matter how fucked up it is, there is always worse than what you just saw.
  • Rule 38. No real limits of any kind apply here — not even the sky.
  • Rule 41. Desu isn't funny. Seriously guys. It's worse than Chuck Norris jokes.note 
  • Rule 42: Nothing is Sacred.
  • Rule 44: If it exists, there is a version of it for your fandom... and it has a wiki and possibly a tabletop version with a theme song performed by a Vocaloid.
  • Rule 45: If there is not, there will be.
  • Rule 48: The pool is always closed.
  • Rule 49. You cannot divide by zero (just because the calculator says so)

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