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"I'm fairly sure if they took porn off the Internet, there'd only be one website left, and it'd be called 'Bring Back the Porn!'"

Let's face it. The Internet — and a lot of people's computers — are full of Pornography. Sometimes deliberately, or maybe you've just got a bug on your computer that fills it with filth; it's totally your little brother's fault for clicking an unsafe link. Whether you're portraying modern days, the VR-laden future, or another universe entirely, any computer network of a sufficient size will have a place where one can indulge in the pleasures of the flesh. Porn constitutes about 30% of all internet traffic, according to one study. Some even suggest a porn search engine! (Making the image to the right even funnier...)

In fact, many of the internet's innovations — particularly in e-commerce, encryption, and streaming video — originated with porn and the desire to consume it safely and efficiently. Even YouTube was founded partly in response to Janet Jackson's Wardrobe Malfunction at the 2004 Super Bowl,note  and Google Images was developed in response to the tidal wave of search queries for pictures of Jennifer Lopez's infamous green dress with a Navel-Deep Neckline from the 2000 Grammys. Never undervalue the human desire to see scandalized naked flesh.

Partly a result of The Rule of First Adopters. Ubiquitous enough to result in Rule 34. For some, the Internet has become such a convenient Porn Stash that it is single-handedly breaking the trope Poor Man's Porn, and increasing the mainstream acceptability of "adult entertainment". Corrupting Pornography will usually be found in portrayals which suggest New Media Are Evil.

As noted in this article by Tim Alberta for Politico, cracking down on and eventually banning pornography was a key aim of Moral Guardians in the United States as late as the early 2000s, but today, thanks to the internet revolution, even the most diehard anti-porn activists have largely given up on restricting it by legal means, instead favoring PR campaigns designed to dissuade people from watching it and financial services from supporting it.

Even those with censored Internet of any form (which usually includes pornography in its blacklists) are usually able to find it with a little effort: the vast majority of Internet censorship-circumventing practices is for porn rather than political purposes. Any such censoring will have cracks, and porn is among the first things to fall through. The only people who have to resort to porn substitutes are ones without the Internet.

Seriously, what are you doing on this website? (Probably Addiction Displacement.) Unfortunate Search Results are often a result of there being so much porn on the Internet it's hard to find anything that isn't pornography. Contrast The Internet Is for Cats for the literal kind of pussy that you're likely to find online (unless you're looking for stuff about cat mating).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Chobits: The main character wanted a persocom specifically to "surf the porn sites". To add to that, the computers here are humanoid, attractive, and naturally affectionate, it raises questions about just what the porn sites here are...
  • Space☆Dandy: A Chameleonian, an alien race whose true identity has not been seen by man, sneaks onto the Aloha Oe and messes with the gang by using Dandy's toothbrush, eating Meow's octopus flavored Popsicle, and visiting porn sites on QT's phone.
  • Paranoia Agent: A sleazy reporter investigating the "Lil' Slugger" case "borrows" a library computer used by two adolescent boys. When he gives it back to the boys, they promptly return to the site they were originally looking at, which is - you guessed it - a Japanese soft-core porn site.
  • In Real Drive, it is explained that this is the prime reason most of the population supported the development of the Meta-Real Network. Which given how much porn is attributed to the spread of video tapes, video cameras, HD-TV, broadband internet, and even printing, seems very plausible.
  • In Bloody Monday the main character tells his younger sister he's looking at porn, but that's only to keep her from peeking in on his hacking activities. Sick, but effective.
  • The alien data beings encountered in Trans Venus are stated to be obsessed with human sex because of internet porn. The implications for any such being evolving on Earth are... disturbing.
  • The whole reason Riko and Ako in kiss×sis get a computer is for porn since it's free and uncensored. Of course, their plan fails.
  • In Oreimo, a mad Kirino confronts her brother Kyousuke about this after finding out that he used her laptop to surf for porn in episode 7; but she gave him the laptop so he could play one of her numerous eroges, so it's not clear what she's offended about...
  • In Poor Poor Lips, Nako's first attempt to use the Internet lands her in a porn site.
    Ren: D-Don't look!
    Nako: Umm... I'm 21 years old, you know.
    Ren: You still shouldn't.
  • The only time the Internet was used in Girl Friends (2006) involved a scene where Akko was surfing porn as research on how to have sex with Mari.
  • Downplayed in episode 4 of Kiniro Mosaic. Aya thinks that Isami doesn't allow Shinobu to use the former's computer (with a lame excuse) was due to the latter's non-sexual blonde fetish. Aya's Imagine Spot of what Shinobu would do if she finds pictures of blondes online makes Shinobu's response look similar to a horny guy's response to pornography.
  • In Midori Days, Seiji and Midori go into a library at one point to find information. Seiji, not having had much experience with the Internet, is quite impressed with the search engine, and is halfway through typing "big tits" when Midori interrupts him.
  • The first Omake of Fate/kaleid liner PRISMA☆ILLYA 3rei had the following exchange after Kuro displayed a surprising amount of knowledge about Yaoi.
    Illya: Just how are you so well-informed about this, Kuro!?
    Kuro: I saw it on the Internet.
    Illya: This is all because of the net generation!
  • In chapter 0 of A Centaur's Life, centaur Himeno has worried that her private parts looked abnormal ever since a boy had taunted her with a cow's rear end on an elementary school field trip. Her friend Nozomi's first idea for settling her anxiety is to go search the internet for porn, but Himeno's family doesn't have a computer.

    Comic Books 
  • In a "footnote" in Larry Gonick's Cartoon History of the Modern World: Volume II, the narrator mentions that the birth control pill was the greatest invention of the 20th century, prompting two characters in bed to say:
    Woman: Greater than the Internet?
    Man: Sex can make me forget about the Internet, but the Internet can't make me forget about sex!
  • Micronauts (IDW) at one point has Biotron connect to the Internet to find out information on Earth, leading to him commenting on the abundance of cat videos and pictures of nude women there.
  • After Spider-Man reveals his secret identity during Civil War, so many people google "Peter Parker" that it crashes the entire Internet. Including the porn sites.
  • Rick and Morty (Oni): In issue 37, after Morty locks himself in his room for a week, Rick and Beth start panicking that he’s gotten past the parental controls.

    Comic Strips 
  • Dilbert:
    • Wally is setting out his long-range project goals at an annual staff meeting:
      Wally: My proposed work plan for the year is to stress-test our product under severe network conditions. I will accomplish this by downloading large image files from the busiest servers on the net.
      Wally: [after his proposal is rejected] I was this close to making it my job to download naughty pictures.
      Dilbert: Just as well; I'd have had to kill you.
    • Dilbert decides at one point to apply his coding skills to inventing a filter to prevent kids from seeing dirty pictures on the Internet. Dogbert tries to warn him that "pitting your intelligence against the collective sex drive of all the teenagers who own computers" is a fool's errand, but Dilbert overconfidently presses on and gets a teenage boy to test his invention. Judging by the expression on the boy's face, it evidently fails.
  • FoxTrot has referenced the trope a few times over the years:
    • Back in the '90s, a strip had Paige complaining about how no matter what she searched for, all she got were porn sites. Peter then points out that the "White House photos" results probably were legit.note 
    • One of the first strips where the Foxes got internet had Andy remarking on all the things Jason could learn with it. Cut to...
      Jason: Miss October sure has big hooters.
      Marcus: I wonder if that affects the download speed...

    Fan Works 
  • Invoked in Lovehammer by The God-Emperor of Mankind, speaking to the Mechanicus.
    The Emperor: No, it is perfectly normal for global network throughput to spontaneously consist of over forty percent pornography. Slaanesh has nothing to do with it.
  • In In Flight, Shirou was under the impression the Internet was nothing else, much to Matsu's ire. She then proceeded to accidentally prove him right when she used a wide and extremely... inventive collection of porn as part of his computer training.
  • Used in Calvin & Hobbes: The Series, as Socrates warns Calvin of "all those dirty websites and whatnot."
  • In Empath: The Luckiest Smurf, as with the Star Trek holodecks, the Imaginarium is also being used to satisfy a Smurf's desire to be alone with a Smurfette, as seen on more than a few occasions.
  • Any and all My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic fan fictions or artworks that involve the ponies discovering the internet is guaranteed to have them discover the veritable buttload of porn of them that exists and react with utter shock and horror.
  • A scene from a Codename: Kids Next Door fanfiction titled "Operation: M.O.V.I.E.S." involves Sector V hacking into a computer, attempting to find out what the adults are "hiding from them". Unfortunately, the first thing Sector V comes across when they successfully hack the computer is a porn website, and they all react with pure horror (expect for Kuki, as her teammates were wise enough to immediately shield her eyes).
  • Due to being a Jedi her whole life, when Shaak-Ti enters a relationship with Ranma in A Horse for the Force, she looks to the hypernetnote  to understand how their courtship should go. She's amazed and appalled by the sheer amount of human/togrutan porn she finds.
  • In Hawk-Eyed Charlie Sirius is banned from the internet after watching Hentai five hours a day for a month.
  • Potter's Protector:
    Harry: [Tonks] is a definite "Nymph". She seems obsessed with sex. And she isn't ashamed about it... I walked into their rooms to find her looking for porn... she said she was looking for more ways to experiment with Dad and Fleur... I DIDN'T NEED TO KNOW THAT!
  • Niflheim Academy mentions in passing the time Dudley's computer crashed due to the then ten-year-old downloading too much porn.
  • Hardcore Entertainment presents "Seven Does Voyager". When a sex scene happens on Voyager, Harry Kim downloads the camera images onto the InterstellerNet so every alien in light years is too busy jerking off to attack them. Seven of Nine does the same, hoping that all that jerking off will stunt their growth.
  • in Distortions (Symphogear), Qiao Cai mentions that there has been a lot of artwork of the Adaptors on the internet after their identities were leaked. When Shirabe shows interest, Tsubasa and Maria quickly warn the others that they will wind likely end up stumbling across a lot of porn of themselves if they try to search.
  • The Bolt Chronicles:
    • In “The Cameo,” Penny and her friend read and make fun of smut fanfiction featuring the former TV star and her dog.
    • In “The Autobiography,” Mittens inadvertently opens a porn website on Penny’s desktop computer. It immediately begins littering the screen with pop-ups and downloading a likely malicious file. Penny’s mom also may or may not be looking at porn on her personal laptop.
  • In the Kim Possible fic Trio, Shego convinces Kim of the benefits of Polyamory, and then they spring it on Ron:
    Kim: I think we broke his mind?
    Shego: Ron? It's called a threesome.
    Ron: Shego, I am a normal healthy male teenager with a computer with internet access. I know what a threesome is. I'm just shocked you both want me in one.
    Shego: Why Ronald, are you saying you have looked at internet porn?
    Ron: It's the internet. Kind of hard to avoid the porn.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The Lifetime Original Movie Cyber Seduction: His Secret Life is a So Bad, It's Good story about a teenager who becomes addicted to internet porn and his life is destroyed because of it. It's like a nondenominational live-action Chick Tract about how New Media Are Evil. Just to make it confusing he's only found out because he inexplicably makes hard copies and hides them poorly (suggesting the writer was unclear on the concept or hastily adapted a script about dirty magazines), and depending on the scene it renders him either obsessed or utterly disinterested with real-life sex.
  • A somewhat example with Little Children, where Sarah's husband becomes addicted to a specific porn persona on the internet, going to such an extreme that he is caught by Sarah masturbating to the porn girl with her online bought panties over his face.
    • In the book, it goes even further: her husband ends up skipping town to become a full-time groupie for "Slutty Kay" (the internet porn icon he obsesses over), which presumably is similar to the way that Deadheads followed the Grateful Dead around the country.
  • In C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America, slavery is still legal, and online slave trading auctions have pumped millions into the economy... and pornography is still the top-selling item on the 'net.
  • In Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, when trying to explain what the internet is to Jay, it is described thusly:
    Holden: The Internet is a communication tool used the world over where people can come together to bitch about movies and share pornography with one another.
  • The film adaptation of Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant used this as a joke. After Darren is transformed and nearly kills his little sister for blood, he returns to his room where he finds Mr. Crepsley sitting in the corner flipping through a magazine, and Crepsley casually comments "Interesting... I thought they had this on the Internet now."
  • Steel: How is the villain going to sell his weapons?
    The internet?
    Damn right. We could pick up all kinds of good crap. Not just porno.
  • In The Innkeepers, when Claire goes through Luke's internet history to find his paranormal site, she finds that he had been using the work computer to surf for porn.
  • In American Reunion, Michelle's attempt to type in the first four letters of "" reveals that her husband Jim had used the computer to visit "".
  • Referenced in My Super Ex-Girlfriend, in a scene where Matt doesn't recognize Professor Bedlam. Annoyed, the villain asks, "Don't you watch TV? Read the newspaper? Use the Internet for anything other than porn?"
  • In Fireproof, Kirk Cameron's character Caleb Holt becomes so addicted to internet porn that when he takes on The Love Dare to get back his wife, one of the things he does is take his computer outside and trash it with a baseball bat.
  • In the 1997 informative video The Kids Guide to the Internet, this issue is skirted around and not mentioned by name. The Internet was already a major purveyor of porn and creepy people by 1997, so there is a part at the end of the video about watching your kids' Internet habits.
    • The explanation of the .com and .gov tags is actually a very subtle but important point. At the time and now, the White House (which they visit) was; however, was an adult website that the actual White House wrestled legally with because kids didn't know the difference.
  • In Ex Machina, Caleb's taste in internet porn surprisingly becomes plot relevant. At one point he asks Nathan whether he used this data to design Ava to match his preference. Nathan confirms this.
  • Near the end of the movie, Sex Ed, Cole, who had been fired for teaching sex-ed convinces several parents, including the father of one of his students, a church minster who had the school district ban sex-ed on the ground that students should not learn that in the classroom. Specifically, Cole told the minister, and several parents attending his AA meeting that if they don't have The Talk with their kids, and if sex-ed is not taught in school, then they will go to the internet, where boys will learn that its perfectly ok to treat girls like objects, and girls will learn that its perfectly okay to be treated as an object.
  • Snuff Movie: After Wendy calls Andy to tell him she got the job, he congratulates her and then sits down at his computer and starts browsing porn.

  • Actual pornography is implied once or twice in Animorphs, but this being a kids' book, we get a more toned-down version: Marco uses the internet almost exclusively to look up scantily clad girls.
  • Dave Barry in Cyberspace frequently returns to the theme of computers being an excellent medium for sexual content. He even devotes a chapter of the book to his visit to "AdultDex", a trade convention for pornographic computer games.
  • America (The Book) referred to the Internet as a source of communication, information, and "a staggering array of human sexual fetish".
  • In Dilbert, Wally's attempt at making downloading porn his job wasn't the first time Scott Adams satirized the subject. His article, The Holodeck Problem, says that real-life, Star Trek-like holodecks "will be society's last invention."
  • Hivemind from The Overlord Protocol alludes to this trope with this quote: "I was granted instantaneous and total access to the entire Internet, Mr. Malpense. To be honest, I feel... dirty."
  • Bob the Skull in The Dresden Files is a spirit of intellect. His desire to read raunchy sex novels comes from Harry first meeting him when Harry was a sexually frustrated sixteen-year-old and Bob mirrors his owner's personality upon meeting. This has continued even nearly two decades later. When he comes into the care of one of Harry's friends, still the sex-fiend as that is how the friend first met Bob, Bob discovers the internet.note  Upon gaining access to the internet, he is positively gleeful because, "It's, like, ninety percent porn!"
  • One of the jokes in Al Franken's The Truth (With Jokes) asserts that former U.S. Representative Tom DeLay believes this.
  • In Jenna Black's Replica, most young women in the Executive class are expected to be pure, innocent, and virginal to the point where they know nothing about sex. The internet, however, makes this pretty difficult.
  • The world of 2033 in MARZENA has the Holo Lens and the Mind Merging Bremen Chip which, according to the narrator, were invented for the sole purpose of freeing humans' sexuality and creating brain supernovae.
  • Angels Flight: Detective Harry Bosch's investigation leads him to a dominatrix's fetish site. He further discovers that the dominatrix's web site has been hacked and hijacked to lead to a far darker example of this trope: a child pornography ring.
  • An impressively early prediction of this trope occurs in the 1946 Murray Leinster short story "A Logic Named Joe."
  • In Into the Looking Glass humans make contact with an alien species called the Adar. One of the Adar describes their data net as "announcements of tcheer, and much announcements of herbal remedies to prevent loss of youngness." Tcheer is the age when the Adar reach sexual maturity so basically the cultural equivalent of "barely legal teens" pornography.
  • Secret Santa 2004: Erik uses his expense account to watch lots of pay-per-view porn.
  • Welcome to the NHK:
    • At one point Satou secludes himself from the outside world (even more) to fill his hard drive with porn. When he runs out of disk space, he starts deleting other stuff. Like his operating system files. Whoops.
    • In the manga adaptation, his porn obsession eventually leads him to build a massive customized rig just for pornography, complete with cavernous hard-drive, several monitors, high-fidelity headphones and a leather massage chair. In his parents' spare bedroom. Needless to say, it does not end well.
  • WWW Trilogy: Caitlin is frustrated about never having seen a dick resp "peeeniz" (she would love her boyfriend's penis to be the first that she sees. When they actually have Their First Time, she takes her eyePod off, though), so she uses Google Images, after gaining her sight.
  • This trope is actually the premise of the Unwoven Literary Universe. From Beginnings onward, each of the main protagonists have to fight an onslaught of digital humanoid beings heavily implied to be data from porn sites. Though the influence from this starts to die off by Legacy and fades entirely by the time the spinoff Monarch One happens.

    Live-Action TV 

In General:

  • A UFO documentary in the '90s made a claim that UFOs and aliens were the second most popular topic on the Internet. No points for guessing the most popular topic.

By Series:

  • 30 Rock:
    • During their staff's temporary stay in Boston Pete informs them that they won't have internet access, and advises the guys to make arrangements "porn-wise".
    • Also when Liz put Frank in charge during her absence his first directive was to take down the office firewall "so we can browse porn again."
  • As a meta-example, Andi Mack's Working Title had to be changed because there's a porn site by the name they were planning to use.
  • Battlestar Galactica: When Pegasus and Galactica meet and the former transmits supplies and computer updates to the latter, Felix Gaeta asks if there's any porn on the computer operating system update disks that Pegasus has sent.
  • In the very first episode of Chuck, a bomb is disarmed via a porn site that scrambles the computer of anyone using it. Last episode, too, in a nice callback.
  • Referenced in The Closer, when Brenda becomes the "most downloaded fully-clothed woman on the internet", thanks to a video of her getting beaten by a Bridezilla.
    • And later in Major Crimes, the team is going over the site of a murder, who was killed while he was in his office after midnight. Female detective Amy Sykes wonders aloud "What would a man be doing at 2 in the morning all alone on his computer?", prompting every male detective in the room to look at her in amazement, such that she then says "Oh".
  • Cobra Kai: Johnny is something of a Luddite, ignorant about any sort of technology newer than The '80s. He finally breaks down and gets a computer; after struggling with the wi-fi for a while he eventually gets connected to the Internet. The very first thing he types in the search engine? "Hot babes"
  • From The Colbert Report: "30% of Internet traffic is porn, according to the European Foundation for Underestimating Things!"
  • In Coupling the men debate the merits of drugs used in pregnancy, by the statement that there is no such thing as a natural, painless pregnancy, and that the Internet is a "research tool".
  • On Crownies, Tracey unwisely clicks on a link Tatum sends her. She ends up opening a porn site that she can't close down and which reappears every time she starts up her computer. She ends up smashing her computer so she can get a new one.
  • Inverted in Dexter: when the show's protagonist (and serial-killer) is interrupted while tampering with the police database, he promptly alt-tabs to a porn site, because that's what you do alone in an office with the blinds pulled down, isn't it? Doakes doesn't buy it for a second, though.
  • Doctor Who:
    • "The Stolen Earth": Rose can only watch Harriet's video conference with the other companions since Wilf isn't allowed to have a webcam — his daughter says they're naughty.
    • "The Eleventh Hour": The Doctor walks in on Jeff and grabs at his computer, which Jeff desperately tries to hide, to no avail.
      The Doctor: ...Blimey, get a girlfriend, Jeff!
      The Doctor: Oh, and delete your Internet history.
    • It's a minor Running Gag that the Twelfth Doctor doesn't want anyone to see his browser history. Exactly what he's been looking at is left to the viewer's imagination.
      Osgood: Whoa.
      The Doctor: Yeah, I said don't...
  • The Good Place: In "Chidi Sees the Time Knife", Judge Gen's first sign that being a mortal is more complicated than she thought is when she did a Google search on "big, juicy, natural tomatoes", and stumbled upon a website for sunburn fetishists.
  • Simon and River’s father doesn’t want a Cortex extension in the house because he thinks this on Firefly but Simon’s mom already got the extension so he loses the fight.
  • House:
    • When the title character is trying to get out of doing something: "There's a lot of porn piling up on the internet... doesn't download itself!"
      House: Sorry — up late. Internet porn.
      Dr. Chase: How come you're not in your office?
      House: Because there is a computer in my office. If I log on, romance will ensue. My wrist might fall off.
    • Also:
      House: Infectious or environmental... all we have to do is check out parasites, viruses, bacteria, fungi, prions, radiation, toxins, chemicals, or it's internet porn–related. I'll check the internet, you guys get the rest of the stuff.
    • ALSO:
      House: [to a Fellow] What's the matter? Got a problem with the naked female form?
      Fellow: N-no...
      Thirteen: Maybe because she's never seen it spooning with the naked dolphin form.
    • ALSO Also:
      House: She's like the internet with breasts! Wait, no. The internet already has breasts.
  • The Inbetweeners
    Jay: He's probably on the internet looking up the answers to the exam questions.
    Neil: And then having a wank.
    Simon: What?
    Neil: Well, it's impossible, innit? I don't think I've ever been on the internet and not ended up having a wank.
  • In Joan of Arcadia, Joan's younger brother was shown to have an addiction to Internet porn.
    • However, he blamed it on his less geeky best friend, who did indeed routinely use that computer. It was never made quite clear who stored the porn on his computer.
  • One episode of Law & Order featured a case involving an investment banker who had become so obsessed with an online "live video chat" sex worker, to the point that she (and the gangsters she was working for) was using him to get insider information to make illegal stock trades.
  • On Love That Girl this trope is the reason Tiana's father still does work with a typewriter. It works and a full functioning computer is just a step away from porn in the workplace.
  • On the Modern Family episode "Not In My House", Phil fails to clear his browser history, causing Claire to think that Luke has been looking at porn on the internet. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Odyssey 5: Given that the Sentients increase their artificial intelligence by absorbing code off the internet, they naturally pick up a lot of porn, so the synthetic human the group encounter in "The Trouble With Harry" is more than eager to explore this aspect with a couple of Kurt Mendel's good-time girls.
  • Referenced in QI, when Stephen Fry asked what makes up more than 70% of the internet and got the expected response (cue klaxon), before revealing that a study shows that less than 1% of the internet is porn. The term Jimmy Carr used was: "Gentlemen's special interest literature". (For the curious, what actually does account for 70+% of Internet traffic according to that study is spam.)
  • In Queer As Folk Ted was frequently shown, and eventually got fired for, browsing porn sites while at work. Immediately prior to him getting fired it was shown that several of his co-workers were also viewing porn on the internet while they were supposed to be working. Keep in mind Ted was an accountant.
  • In one episode of The Red Green Show, Harold mentions that some people only use the internet for porn. He and Red then both look right at Dalton, who does his best to look casual (and fails miserably).
  • On Running Wilde, Fa'ad credited Bill Gates for the invention of the "electronic porno machine".
  • Scrubs: According to Dr. Cox, the internet is for porn, as evidenced by the page quote.
    • Somewhat relatedly, at one point Elliot says she created a chatroom called "I hate Cox", then adds the only people who go there are "Me, two interns, and 14,000 lesbians."
  • Seinfeld: George uses porn as part of his computer sales pitch in The Serenity Now.
  • Sense8: Shortly before Kala's wedding to Rajan one of her aunties pulls her aside and says Kala can come to her to ask about what happens on a girl's wedding night. Kala sheepishly tells the auntie she already knows all about that because she has access to the internet.
    Auntie: Oh! I knew that thing was good for something.
  • Sherlock: Used in "A Scandal in Belgravia":
    Sherlock: If I wanted to look at naked women I'd borrow John's laptop.
    John: You do borrow my laptop.
    Sherlock: I confiscate it.
  • The Sopranos: When Tony's daughter realises they're likely to be raided by the FBI soon, she advises her brother to erase all that porn he downloaded off his hard drive.
  • The holodeck in Star Trek seems to be treated an awful lot like the more cerebral version of this. Considering that at least two characters have had full-on romances on the holodeck...
    • And don't forget Lt. Barclay's "programs"...
      I am the goddess of empathy! Cast off your inhibitions, and embrace life, truth, love!
    • After being out-flirted in "The Perfect Mate" and being clearly quite... affected, Riker gave one of the best one-liners in the show "If you need me, I'll be in holodeck four."
    • Quark in Star Trek: Deep Space Nine explicitly rents out his holosuites for this purpose. "Vulcan Love Slave" seems to be one of the more popular choices.
      • And why not? The Vulcans are made of fetish fuel.
      • The first time Odo saw Jake Sisko leaving one of Quark's holosuites he was ready to bring him up on whatever charge relates to exposing a minor to that sort of thing until Quark began gushing about the commercial possibilities of "family entertainment".
      • Another episode centered around Quark trying to get Major Kira's holoimage so he could make an explicitly pornographic holosuite program of her for a shady client. Kira gets one over on him so the resulting program has Kira's body and Quark's head (and voice). She'd assumed the program was for his personal use, not for a client, but the effect was still... dramatic.
    • Voyager gets in on it too. When a Vulcan crewman begins to experience pon farr and has trouble finding a willing partner, the Doctor creates a "treatment" program for him on the holodeck.
    • This is actually confirmed directly in Star Trek: Lower Decks. When the command crew is trying to give Mariner the worst jobs on the ship, she is forced to clean out the filters on the Holodeck.
      Ransom: I've got her emptying [bleep] out of the holodeck's [bleep] filter!
      Freeman: ...Ugh. People really use it for that?
      Ranson: Oh, yeah. It's mostly that.
  • On Supernatural, each Winchester brother apparently enjoys watching porn when they think the other isn't looking. Running Gags include and Casa Erotica.
    • Though not on the net, the brothers were once told one of the most important lessons in the series via a porn video. Though the teacher was Gabriel/The Trickster, so it's slightly expected.
    • In a fourth wall breaking episode, the brothers also learn there is graphic slash fiction of them....
      • Dean: "Slash?" Sam: "As in Dean/Sam". Dean: "That's sick! Don't they know we're brothers?" Sam: "I don't think they care."
  • On That '90s Show, Kitty catches Red looking at provocative images of Raquel Welch on their new computer. Rather than being mad, Kitty is thrilled that Red is embracing technology, and asks him to find her an image of Kirk Douglas.
  • Top Gear running joke:
    Clarkson: This week I went on the internet, and I found this!
  • An episode of Touched by an Angel entitled "Pandora's Box" revolved around this subject, opening up on a young girl attempting to research Hawaii for a school project and encountering a porn site. The mother is horrified that pornography is now able to enter her house so quickly, while the father slowly becomes sucked into a world of online porn, eventually getting fired from his job for viewing it at work. However, the ultimate message of the episode was that the computer was a gift from God that could be used for good or evil.
  • Laptop-holding Brandon Dicamillo opts out of one of Bam's "Viva La Bam" misadventures because he wants to "stay home and look up porn. And smut. *pause* Ew, it's a dog."
  • The West Wing: During Leo's I Want My Jet Pack rant in "The Warfare of Genghis Khan", Josh points out that technological advances have brought the Internet, to which Leo summarily dismisses as "a more efficient means of delivering pornography."
  • From Will & Grace:
    Grace: Hey, what are you doing?
    Will: All my plants died. I told Jack to water them while I was away. But I can see how he might hear that as "fill up my hard drive with Internet porn."
  • In one episode of Horrible Histories, a victorian man starts surfing the internet. He looks up word games, and the very first link he clicks infects his computer with a virus that keeps sending him, much to his distress, popups of porn sites entirely based around girls with skirts above floor length, no gloves, swimming in the ocean, etc. Especially funny if you're aware of the vast ammounts of smut the Victorians produced. In fact, watch the clip once you reach the bottom of the page.

  • Defunct a cappella group DaVinci's Notebook / DVN's-break-up survivor group Paul & Storm and their number Internet Porn, which contains a number of amusing(ly accurate) allusions to the sort of content one can find ("Girl on girl on girl on girl on girl on guy on sheep").
  • MC Frontalot's "Pr0n Song", which is about all of the various and sundry bizarre porn he's (or at least the character for the song) accumulated from the internet.
  • The Moldy Peaches – Downloading Porn with Davo.
  • "Internet" by the Peruvian comedy band Chabelos talks about going online with the intention of finding information... and finding only smut.
  • General Patton Vs. The X-Ecutioners's ¡Loser on Line! describes internet porn addiction accompanied by moaning and dial-up tones.

  • On The Now Show, during a discussion of how a whole generation were told in maths class "When you grow up, you won't be carrying a calculator in your pocket."
    Steve: No, we actually have a hand-held computer in our pockets, so advanced you don't even need to type "5318008" and turn it upside down to make it show you boobies.
    Hugh: No, you can just Google "types of seabird" and a whole host of boobies will appear.

  • The Trope Namer is Avenue Q, which contains a song appropriately titled The Internet Is For Porn. Kate Monster is extolling the virtues of the Internet, while Trekkie is constantly interrupting about how it's really all about the porn. Kate eventually has a few people back up what she says, until Trekkie asks "Oh, but Kate, what you think he do after?!" which they also gleefully confirm, which causes Kate to react with horror. The Bowdlerised version for school performances naturally rewrites the song (and Trekkie's character) to be about social media addiction instead.

    Video Games 
  • In Super Robot Wars OG Saga: Endless Frontier, this exchange occurs:
    Reiji: It's funny what you can learn when you spend all day wasting time on the Internet, isn't it?
    KOS-MOS: Strange... In my time, the Internet is for—-
  • In Persona 2: Innocent Sin, you can occasionally be asked by a demon, in your contacts, what the Internet is for. OBVIOUSLY, one of the options, no matter what character is being asked, is to say that it's for porn. It's always funny.
  • A lot of the porn on the extranet in Mass Effect involves asari. Some of it also involves hanar (who have tentacles).
    • Between 2 and 3, Cerberus attempted to remotely shut EDI down. She responded by flooding their computers with seven zettabytes of porn (most of it was Joker'snote ). For comparison, the sum of all human knowledge around 2011 was estimated to be a quarter of a zettabyte of data.
  • In Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles, heroine Claire is searching for a computer in a wrecked prison. She asks prisoner Steve if there's one to be found; he responds that he knows of three - "The guards mainly use them for games. Oh, and porn."
  • In Sunrider, one of Claude's battle quotes states that she "accidentally" downloaded porn from the enemy's network. Not that she seems to mind...
  • In The Universim, the description for electricity jokes that Nuggets will end up using it to share pictures of their genitals.
  • In Hatoful Boyfriend, Yuuya is a Teen Superspy... and an infamous Chivalrous Pervert. Sakuya, not knowing that Yuuya is a spy, instead attributes Yuuya's computer hacking skills to pirating porn on the Internet. Ryouta is stunned by the idea that such skills could come from porn and concludes that he should watch more of it.
  • In The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III, Randy is disappointed by the Erebonian Empire's orbal network. It's so boring - if he were in Crossbell, he "could bring up some swimsuit babes just like that."
  • Played with in The Simpsons Hit & Run. One of the early missions is to destroy generators powering up the camera in Homer's workplace. He says he's paranoid about sexy women on the internet wanting to look at him, rather than the other way around.

    Web Animation 
  • In Retarded Animal Babies, this is the first thing on Marty McFly's mind when the Doc shows him a time machine he constructed from a Power Book G4.
  • Homestar Runner: Heavily implied in the cartoon "Bug in Mouth Disease". After Strong Bad puts his underwear for sale on an online auction, Strong Sad tries to track them down, especially "the blue ones".
    Strong Sad: What online auction? I can't find anything. I even did an image search for "the blue ones" and got nothing. Or... nothing pleasant, anyway.

  • A 1998 strip of S.S.D.D. starts with a wordy description of search engines, then shows Richard typing in F-R-E-E P-O-R-N.
  • In Questionable Content #112 the AnthroPC Pintsize claims to be objective at judging female breasts because of all the porn he had downloaded for Marten. In a later strip, while he browses his hard drive, he comes across his Porn Stash and gets distracted from his task. And in yet another strip Marten has to take him to be repaired by Marigold, who remarks on the amount of porn in Pintsize (then copies the hentai folder).
    • Pintsize's hard drive has been described as a 'private universe of porn', and his Twitter account is nothing but hentai and Rule 34. Which Marigold then rates the artwork of.
    • At one point, Faye is using Sven's computer, and no matter what letter (or even combination involving the Alt key), his browser autofills a porn site.
  • Sluggy Freelance:
    • "The Sci-Fi Adventure"
      Narrator: As Torg and Riff journey through space on the Confederation starship, they take advantage of the ship's information database to find a way home. As Riff puts it, "It's like the Internet."
      Torg: Hey, there's nothing in here but pornography and fan sites for some show called "The Bleck-Files!" This is nothing like our Internet!
    • "The Storm Breaker Saga", "Last Call":
      Riff: What? These aren't owls! They're breasts! Torg, get this smut off the screen and go back to "The Wings of America."
      Torg: I'm a good person. It's the Internet's fault!
    • "Torg Potter and the Chamberpot of Secretions": Torg and two parodies of Harry Potter characters are shopping in a magical bookstore that contains every book ever written.
      Homogenize Milktoast: I can't believe you're wasting this store's vast resources on smut!
      Weaslo Ronsnaps: Not just smut! All the smut ever written!
      Torg: ...What am I doing? I have the Internet!
  • Steve from Khaos Komix explores his sexual orientation with the help "of [his] friend, Mr. Internet". And after Alex meets Tom, he is soon on the internet, looking for stuff on tattooed guys...
  • Brought up in Ansem Retort while trying to convince Jesus to save the pornography of the future. Complete with reference to Avenue Q.
  • Gabe and mostly Tycho in Penny Arcade occasionally make reference to the bizarre and specific pornography they get online. One word: Ostriches.
  • In Friendly Hostility, while looking through the home computer of their boss, Derringer and Fox are absolutely shocked to see that there isn't a single pornographic image on his computer.
  • The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!: When Slick mocks Bob for running a newsstand in the digital age, Bob starts expounding on the worth of print media. He's interrupted by the arrival of his customer Mr. Dirtygeezer, requesting his usual "girlie magazines and gumdrops." Slick responds that that's practically what the net is for. Dirtygeezer disagrees since he can't get gumdrops out of his computer.
  • Joel Watson of Hijinks Ensue created a t-shirt that says "The Holodeck Is For Porn."
  • In Sunstone tattoo artist Anne is doing some research into the aesthetics of the BDSM community, typing "BDSM" into a search bar gets the research off to a predictably slow start.
  • Played with in Capes & Babes, where Roy's porn surfing marathon ends with a page telling him that he's already seen all the porn on the internet.
  • Referenced in the Alt Text for the xkcd strip "Muller's Ratchet". The strip uses altering images on social media as a metaphor for evolution, and the alt text adds "Who knew you could learn so much about sexual reproduction from looking at pictures on the internet!"
  • A Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal strip suggests that, if left uncensored, "smart" systems trained on previous internet searches would always assume the customer's search is going to be for pornography, no matter what they start to say.
  • Sandra and Woo: Woo uses YouTube to watch videos of raccoons getting it on.
  • In Omoriboy, Omori's laptop is usually set to a porn website whenever the screen is shown.

    Web Original 
  • In Three Worlds Collide, porn is for the Internet.
  • The SCP Foundation has SCP-335, which is the entire contents of the internet stored on 150 3.5″ floppy disks. Disks 1–12 contain nothing but porn. To give some perspective, Wikipedia only takes up one disk. (Wikipedia is mostly text, text is much smaller than images or video.)
  • At least one story on Not Always Right highlights a person who steadfastly believes that the Internet contains only porn and pedophiles... and nothing else.
  • This Very Wiki's Family Friendly policy notes that "Readers who are wondering what a naked person might look like can just check out the rest of the Internet."
  • OnlyFans once had an advertising campaign on Facebook inviting fitness instructors, cooking show hosts, and other non-pornographic content creators to host their videos on the site. In theory, anyone can make use of OF, and the company has never marketed themselves as a host for adult entertainment. But the reality is that OF and sites like it have a reputation for one specific use, as the snarky comments left on the Facebook ads pointed out. It all came to a head in 2021 when OF announced that they would be banning pornographic content from the platform altogether. Since porn constitutes the vast majority of its business, the backlash was as swift as it was predictable, and within a week of the announcement (the ban hadn't even gone into effect yet), OF changed course and announced that porn performers could stay after all. By contrast, OF's biggest competitor JustForFans has always been proud of its status as a porn site and announced that they would happily take any performers ditched by OF.note 
  • In this Texts from Superheroes exchange, Vision says that he's picked Christmas gifts for his fellow Avengers by accessing their browser histories. Captain America gets a box set of the 1942 World Series; the rest get "sex stuff."

    Web Videos 
  • In's series Agents of Cracked, there was an entire episode about Michael Swaim discovering the internet. Upon his first Google Search, he invoked this trope.
    Swaim: I typed in 'porn' — and porn came up! I typed in 'breakfast' — and porn came up!
  • Atop the Fourth Wall: Linkara has mentioned this trope a few times, notably as a joke reason why he wouldn't want to pay the overpriced online prices and shipping fees for a hardcover of Alan Moore's Lost Girls, and why he feels Frank Miller's "News in the Nude" and its real-life equivalent, Naked News, hold no appeal.
  • During Noah Antwiler's commentary for his review of The Clones of Bruce Lee, he notes that the film is not really worth the viewer's time (he notes he cut the film down to the funny bits in his review) and after Lampshading the possibility that his fans would be "lured by [his] promise of titties", he then points out that there are easier methods of finding Asian porn than locating a bootleg copy of the film.
  • Suburban Knights: The enthusiastic support for this premise by the entirety of Team 1 bites them in the butt when they need to get their information off someone who a) has a strong belief in the importance of purity of heart, and b) has been trapped in a book since the days of DARPANet.
  • Bad Creepypasta: the riffers mocked the protagonist of I HATE YOU for using newly acquired computer to pirate pornography, and suggested the protagonist of A Chao's Demise to watch internet porn for eagerly waiting for his friend to give him a bootleg copy of Sonic Adventure 2: Battle.
  • Deepdata 1's #7 answer in Ten Words of Wisdom was "The ancient humans needed a place to hide their porn, too."
  • Jonathan Pie describes mobile internet as filling the air around us with invisible tits and balls
  • CollegeHumor parodied this in Porn Site Strip Club, showing some of the pitfalls of online porn. Among other things, age verification being a joke in actually preventing access to teenagers, "free" previews being anything but, and annoying pop-up ads.
  • Joel of Vinesauce fame has a story about when he was lured by software claiming to be a "desktop stripper". ("Oh my God, there's boobs! Boobs!") It turns out that the software was, in Joel's words, "a two-frame, 24x24 pixel GIF of a woman having a seizure." And it seemed to be malware too, because he was unable to uninstall it, forcing him to get his dad to fix the problem. Being a child at the time, Joel got a pretty good scolding out of it:
    Joel's dad: "Joel? Joel?? Did you download boobs again, Joel?"
    Joel: "N-No Dad, no no—"
    Joel's dad: "Joel? JOEL??!"

    Joel: "I tried my best as a child. I ate my spinach, I did my homework. But GIF boobs? Too tempting for this lamb of god."
  • In the documentary made to celebrate 15 Years of Rooster Teeth, Burnie Burns shows he knows the trope pretty well:
    For a long time, when asked what my job was, I had to say that I made videos for the internet that aren't pornography.
  • Projekt Melody is a Virtual Youtuber whose very existence is the result of this trope. Being infected with a "sexy porn virus" back when she was a simple mail-sorting AI. Considering all of this and her "other job", she also unsurprisingly subscribes to this belief, claiming "The internet is amazing!".

    Western Animation 
  • Futurama:
    • Roughly the first three minutes of "A Bicyclops Built for Two" is devoted to the subject, with porn sites and dirty chat rooms galore in a Metaverse version of the Internet. Zoidberg is unimpressed... until he sees "Hot Sardine on Mackerel Action".
      Fry: I didn't think it was possible, but thanks to the Internet, I'm now bored with sex. Is there a place on the web that panders to my lust for violence?
    • In the episode "A Big Piece of Garbage", the crew watches a documentary about pollution:
      Fry: You got that on the Internet? In my day the Internet was only used for pornography.
      Professor Farnsworth: Actually, that's still true.
      Woman in video: Now that the, uh, garbage is in space, doctor, perhaps you can help me with my sexual inhibitions.
      Man in video: With gusto.
    • And in Bender's Big Score, Bender receives a spam email claiming that he could make money from downloading porn. When he clicks on it, he's infected with a total obedience virus. (Of course, he's lucky he only got hit with a total obedience virus.)
  • The Simpsons:
    • In "I Am Furious Yellow", Bart has created a No Celebrities Were Harmed cartoon about Homer, which is highly popular, but not anywhere near as popular as certain other content:
      Carl: You're the Internet's number one non-porno site.
      Lenny: Which means you're ten trillionth overall.
    • From "Faith Off":
      Geek: I invented a program that downloads porn off the internet one million times faster.
      Marge: Does anyone need that much porn?
      Homer: [drooling] One million times...
    • In "The Great Wife Hope":
      Marge: I simply Googled 'girls having fun' and, after 97,000 pages of porn, I found Crazy Bowling.
    • From "The Computer Wore Menace Shoes", while Principal Skinner is using the computer, his mother starts yelling at him from off-screen.
      Skinner: [reassuringly] No, Mother.
      Agnes: YOU SISSY!
    • Comic Book Guy is seen slowly downloading a nude image of Captain Janeway. Just as it gets revealing, a popup for Homer's internet service appears, leading Comic Book Guy to remark: "Hmm... the Internet King. I wonder if he can provide faster nudity." and then goes to Homer's house to upgrade his connection.
  • In Robot Chicken, a sketch involved a virus deleting all the porn on the Internet and people's hard drives. Predictably, there were riots in the streets. And world leaders broadcasting that this wasn't funny. "Please, man, give us back our porn."
  • South Park had an episode where everyone's Internet went down, plunging the nation into chaos (conditions literally got as desperate as the 1930s Dust Bowl, and everything shifted to black and white). In the men's case (particularly Randy Marsh), the other problems were compounded by porn withdrawal (After internet porn, they couldn't go back to Playboy). One group created an "Internet Porn Simulator" by lowering hastily drawn stick figure pictures into an empty monitor casing. Further expanded on in The Movie, when Stan innocently (no, really) asks Kyle to look up "clitoris", without knowing it's a sex organ, and they get 8 billion hits. Including one of Cartman's mom, of course.
  • Superjail!: In "Superfail!", Jared takes charge of Superjail after accidentally knocking out the warden and implements his previously-rejected plan for a computer lab. He intended for it to be used for educational purposes, but to his disappointment (and to the surprise of what should be no one in the audience), the inmates are only interested in porn. Even Alice and Jailbot get in on the action. One would think that Jared would know of filtering software.
  • American Dad!: Steve tries to do research on fossils, but expects to run into porn in the process.
    Steve: "Tyrannosaurus Rex; real. Babe-osaurus Rex; porn. A symposium on the Pangea theory of the Permian Extin — WOW, THAT IS SOME NASTY PORN!!!"
  • Aqua Teen Hunger Force:
    • In E-Dork, Carl uses his E-Helmet to watch porn constantly. "I think I'm actually done being horny. * Bestiality turns on* Oh wait... no, we're not... no, we are not!"
    • Master Shake gets Frylock to search for "super crime, girls in trouble and press release, how to" and returns "sex with animals".
  • In The Oblongs, Milo tells his friends how he's been running internet searches trying to find Helga's parents, but keeps getting sidetracked by porn.
  • Surprisingly, Family Guy's resident pervert Quagmire was unaware of internet porn until the 2009 episode "Family Goy". After being told about it, he's not seen again until a scene a few days later where he reveals that he's been at home ever since, hasn't slept, and his, er, "primary arm" has swollen to a grotesque degree of muscularity.
  • Beavis And Butthead:
    • In "Cyber Butt", the titular duo pressure Stewart into going on a porn site on the school computer.
    • In "Tech Support", the boys wander into a computer tech support office and are mistaken for new employees. Naturally they attempt to use the office computers to look at porn, but a power outage shuts them down before they can actually see any of it.
  • From an episode of My Life as a Teenage Robot...
    Jenny: No time, Mom! I'll just download some new upgrades from the Internet!
    Nora: XJ-9, don't do that! You'll go blind!
  • An early episode of King of the Hill had Boomhauer talking about dang ol' internet:
    Boomhauer: Yeah man, I tell ya what, man. That dang ol' internet, man. You just go on there and point and click. Talk about W-W-dot-W-com. An' lotsa nekkid chicks on there, man. Click. Click. Click. Click. Click. It's real easy, man.
  • In one episode of Braceface, Sharon did a search for ideas on Little Red Riding Hood-costumes and accidentally came across some Little Red Riding Hood–themed porn.
  • In The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy Grim once misspelled the URL on a website meant to summon an ancient snake god by one letter, resulting in an accidental visit to a site which started making animalistic yowling noises while Grim tried to block the kids from seeing it. The site then crashed the computer.
  • In The Amazing World of Gumball episode "The Shell", Gumball accidentally bursts into Banana Joe's room and sees him watching a video of an orange getting peeled. Considering that Banana Joe is, well, a banana, it should be pretty obvious what that video was meant to represent. The fact that he also has a box of tissues next to him doesn't really help.
  • In the Gravity Falls episode "Into the Bunker", Mabel makes a joke about Dipper's web history, implying this. Bill's reddit AMA mentions that whatever Dipper was looking at involves "a lot of redheads", further implying that Dipper was specifically looking up girls who resembled his crush Wendy. "You're not over her at all" indeed...
    Soos: Yeah, this room is way creepy.
    Mabel: Not as creepy as Dipper's internet history! Hey-o!
  • In the Animaniacs (2020) segment "Of Mice and Memes", Pinky seems to believe this. When Brain asks Pinky whether he knows what most humans use the internet for, Pinky replies that he does but doesn't think he can say it. Brain then clarifies that "surprisingly", its primary use isn't what Pinky was thinking of, but for funny pictures and viral videos of animals.
  • The Rick and Morty episode "Something Ricked This Way Comes" has Jerry walking in on his son Morty watching pornography on his laptop, leading to Morty going on a small rant about how his dad should knock next time he enters.

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