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Australians Can't Stop Searching For Fortnite-Themed Porn

According to internet law, if it exists, there's porn of it.

Perhaps this statement -- known as Rule 34 --  can explain why Australians spent so much of 2018 searching for porn related to the wildly popular game Fortnite.

Pornhub released its data for the year on Wednesday, and searches for Fortnite-related porn skyrocketed from obscurity into the Top 20 searches.

Each time a new character was released, searches would "increase dramatically", according to the porn website.

Three of the most popular Fortnite characters: Bunny, Calamity and Zoey (L-R). Photo: Fortnite.

Pornhub's resident psychologist and sex therapist, Dr Laurie Betito, said that searches for game characters indicate that "people use this site not only to satisfy sexual urges, but also to get a different angle on something they are already interested in" -- a statement which could be taken figuratively or literally.

Porn star Stormy Daniels, Fortnite, and 4k streaming were the top trends to define porn in 2018. Photo: Pornhub.

But the sexualisation of Fortnite is something neither the game nor the players particularly want. Epic Games, the creator of Fortnite, did not return a request for comment by publish, but Australian gamer and Twitch streamer Lucy Dwyer told 10 daily that the wider community has rejected overly sexualised characters.

"Some in the community have come out to say the waist size [on female characters] is ridiculous, while others are saying there should be different sizes and shapes of the girls," Dwyer told 10 daily.

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She thinks Fortnite porn is "bizarre", but that she wasn't shocked to learn about it.

"It might allude to an anime style of porn because they're characters," she said.

"Porn has been notorious for taking elements of anime."

Earlier this year, Fortnite was quick to remove a jiggling breasts animation for Season 6 character Calamity, who's dressed in a tight white tank top and denim shorts.

Calamity was the most popular Fortnite character searched. Although she's one of the more skimpily dressed characters in the game, as players gain more experience, she becomes more clothed, eventually becoming dressed in a head-to-toe black coat.

If Fortnite was leaning into the sexualisation of characters, "you'd assume it would go the other way," Dwyer said.

However, Pornhub's most-searched game character of 2018 not only doesn't belong to Fortnite, it doesn't even technically exist.

Bowsette, a sort of sexualised version of Nintendo's Peach who is actually a gender-swapped version of villain Bowser, popped up in September this year.

The cartoon that started it all - Twitter user @ayyk92 is widely credited as creating the character who would be dubbed 'Bowsette'. Photo: Twitter / @ayyk92.

After it went viral, searches for Bowsette on Pornhub exceeding three million in just one week, with a live-action Bowsette-themed porn parody receiving more than 720,000 views.

An addendum of Rule 34 is Rule 35: if there is no porn of it, it will be made.

In less gaming-related porn news, Australians were fairly typical in their search terms: 'lesbian' was the most searched term, followed by 'MILF', 'Asian' and 'hentai', an anime and manga-style porn that is largely associated with -- but definitely not defined -- by including tentacle erotica. Don't Google it at work.

Here's what Australians are searching for in their porn. Photo: Pornhub.

Australia is not unique in its hentai fascination; globally, it was the second most searched term of 2018 (just behind 'lesbian', proving that as porn changes, it stays the same).

Where Australia is unique compared to the rest of the world, however, is searches for 'Asian', 'popular with women' and 'threesome'. It's the little things that make us stand out, you know?

Contact the author: abrucesmith@networkten.com.au

Lead photo: Fortnite.