I rather suspect that this must have come up here on MO already, but my handful of searches didn't turn up the thread, so...

I'm curious about examples of mathematical structure that seems to arise "from nothing." The example that motivates this is one that I was teaching today, namely, the central limit theorem.

I was trying to convey to my (business math) students how astounding it is that the sampling distributions of the mean of a uniformly distributed random variable approach a normal distribution as the sample size increases.

Out of complete randomness, very specific and rather subtle structure arises (if in the limit).

I'd be amused to see other examples of this perceived phenomenon in different areas of mathematics. Not just structure where it wasn't expected (which is quite cool, but ubiquitous), but structure that seems to "arise from a vacuum."