The Internet Is for Porn
Let's face it. The Internet, and a lot of people's computers, are full of porn. 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.
Reality check: only 1% of all websites on the internet are pornographic (and porn constitutes only 30% of internet traffic, according to one study). It's mostly for advertising. Although a lot of the advertisements are for porn sites. But the porn is what people really pay attention to. See the QI example below.
Partly a result of The Rule of First Adopters. Ubiquitous enough to result in Rule 34. Related to the Porn Stash. In fact, for some tropers, the Internet is the Porn Stash. This trope is largely responsible for discrediting the trope Poor Man's Porn. The only people who have to resort to Poor Man's Porn are ones without the Internet.
Seriously, what are you doing on this website? (As if we don't already know!)
No real life examples, please; we'd be here all day.
Anime & Manga
- Welcome to The NHK - at one point Satou secludes himself from the outside world (even more) to fill his harddrive with porn. When he runs out of disk space, he starts deleting other stuff. Like his operating system files. Whoops.
- In the manga, 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.
- Chobits - Let's not forget that the main character wanted a persocom specifically to "surf the porn sites"
- Keeping in mind that the computers here are humanoid, attractive, and naturally affectionate, it raises questions about just what the porn sites here are...
- 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.
- 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.
- Invoked to explain why the alien data beings encountered so far are so obsessed with sex in Trans Venus. 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 Ore no Imouto ga Konna ni Kawaii Wake ga Nai!, 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!
- In Puni Puni Poemi, the aliens trying to use the Net to learn about Earth find nothing but porn. And they are absolutely fascinated by it.
- 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?
- After Spider-Man revealed his secret identity during Civil War, so many people googled "Peter Parker" that it crashed the Internet. Including the porn sites.
"No, it is perfectly normal for global network throughput to spontaneously consist of over forty percent pornography. Slaanesh has nothing to do with it."
- 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.
- Red Bull as well! Mustn't forget the Red Bull.
- 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 CSA: Confederate States of America slavery is still legal, and online slave trading auctions have pumped millions into the economy...and pornogrophy 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 decribed 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 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?
- Dave Barry In Cyberspace frequently returns to the theme of computers being an excellent media for sexual content.
- In fact, 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".
- 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 would be problematic because...well, you could probably figure out what the problem would be. He's even quoted as saying "it will be society's last invention." You can read the whole article here.
- 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, upon gaining access to the internet, is positively gleeful because, "It's, like, ninety percent porn!"
- In Who Cut the Cheese? by Mason Brown, Cover searches for how to slay rats and ends up on pornography.
- 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.
- 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
- 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."
- 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?
- The Inbetweeners
Jay: He's probably on the internet looking up the answers to the exam questions.
- House, when the titular character was 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.
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.
House, to a Fellow: What's the matter? Got a problem with the naked female form?
- ALSO Also:
House: She's like the internet with breasts! Wait, no. The internet already has breasts.
- Recent Top Gear running joke -
Clarkson: This week I went on the internet, and I found this!
- 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".
- In Coupling the men debate the merits of drugs used in pregnancy, by the statment that there is no such thing as a natural, painless pregnancy, and that the Internet is a "research tool."
- 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"...
- After being outflirted 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".
- 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.
- From Will and Grace:
Grace: Hey, what are you doing?
- On Supernatural, each Winchester brother apparently enjoys watching porn when
they thinkthe other isn't looking. Running Gags include bustyasianbeauties.com 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.
- There was also the time where Dean was telling Sam not to do any research at all, "No research! Watch some porn!"
- Seinfeld: George uses porn as part of his computer sales pitch in The Serenity Now.
- Doctor Who:
- The Stolen Earth: Rose can only watch Harriet's conference video-conference with the other companions since Wilf isn't allowed to have a webcam - his daughter says they're naughty.
- "The Eleventh Hour" has The Doctor walking in on Jeff and grabbing at his computer, which Jeff desperately tries to hide, to no avail. "Blimey, get a girlfriend."
- "Oh and delete your internet history." Granted, it's possible this comment had more to do with the fact that he just hacked into, and sent a virus to all the world's computers.
- 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.
- On 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."
- 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.
- One episode of Law and 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.
- Similarly, another episode from the late 1990's had a TEENAGER becoming so obsessed with a madame he met online that he borrowed friends' computers and maxed out his parents' credit cards to feed his addiction. His father decided to solve the problem by shooting said madame.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- On Running Wilde, Fa'ad credited Bill Gates for the invention of the "electronic porno machine".
- Lampshaded in Sherlock: "If I wanted to look at naked women I'd borrow John's laptop."
John: You do borrow my laptop.
- From The Colbert Report: "30% of Internet traffic is porn, according to the European Foundation for Underestimating Things!"
- 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.
- This exchange from Dilbert deserves mention. 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.
- It got worse. Wally's internet history is so abominable it spooks the spooks (see also the next page).
- Back in the 90's, a FoxTrot 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, but...
- This is even funnier when you remember that in Xenosaga, their version of the internet makes use of an extradimensional space that is actually Humanity's Collective Unconscious. Goes to show what's really on everybody's minds...
- 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.
- 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's). For comparison, the entírety of The Internet around 2010 was estimated to be half 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 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).
- The situation is commented on in this page of 21st Century Fox.
- 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."
- "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 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.)
- 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 their 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.
- Vexxarr, an AI commented on being plugged into an alien defense test facility, following with a few weird details.
Carl: Just so you know, you have employees with dubious personal habits. Clearly the memos about personal use of government equipment went unheeded.
- 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.
- In Cracked.com 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!
- Linkara's 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.
- At least one story on (The Customer is) Not Always Right highlights a person who steadfastly believes that the Internet contains only porn and pedophiles... and nothing else.
- When the Nostalgia Critic reviewed Once Upon a Forest, he said that he was going to review another environmental film, and put up an image of someone clicking off his video and going to a porn site.
Nostalgia Critic: Hey! Come back here! Come back here! Stop looking up porn!
- The [Youtube] video, "Vegeta Uses his PC" shows Vegeta trying to do a Google search, but every time he types something in, no matter what it is, the results are always porn.
- 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. 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."
- 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.
- 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:
Lenny: You're the Internet's number one non-pornographic site.
Geek: I invented a program that downloads porn off the internet one million times faster.
- And From "The Great Wife Hope":
Marge: I simply googled 'girls having fun' and, after 97,000 pages of porn, I found Crazy Bowling.
- 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'.
- Apparently they all forgot about the many magazines, videos, and DVD's that also have porn, but then again it IS Robot Chicken.
- Psh, dead media. In the twenty-first century, you get your porn on the internet.
- Besides which, those other methods require paying for porn, and c'mon - who does that anymore?
- Apparently they all forgot about the many magazines, videos, and DVD's that also have porn, but then again it IS Robot Chicken.
- South Park had an episode where everyone's internet went down, plunging the nation into chaos. 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.
- She's the first result on the list, natch.
- American Dad: "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!"
- 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.
- In a Beavis and Butthead episode, "Cyber Butt", the titular duo pressure Stewart into going on a porn site on the school computer.
- From an episode of My Life as a Teenage Robot...
Jenny: No time, Mom! I'll just download some new upgrades from the Internet!
- 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.