Someone killing a pet by putting it into a microwave oven and turning it on. The pet might explode as well.

This can be a case of KickTheDog, or (as a popular UrbanLegend [[ has it]]) just some misguided old lady or child trying to dry the pet out after it got wet. Has nothing to do with INeedToGoIronMyDog.


[[folder: Anime and Manga]]
* This UrbanLegend is mentioned in ''Manga/YakitateJapan'' as "proof" that Americans make {{frivolous lawsuit}}s, when an American baker shows up.
* In ''Anime/PantyAndStockingWithGarterbelt'', Chuck is forced into a microwave by a swarm of retaliating flies. Due to his invulnerability, he reforms after the resultant explosion.

[[folder: Comic Books]]
* In ''ComicBook/FredHembeckDestroysTheMarvelUniverse'', following an unlucky encounter with Water Wizard, Ant-Man is discovered unconscious and wet by a little old lady. Fearing he'll [[CatchYourDeathOfCold catch his death of cold]], she takes him inside her house to dry him off, saying: "A couple of minutes in the microwave oven should do the trick..." After a BeatPanel comes an unfortunate "POP!" from within the house.

[[folder: Film]]
* In ''Film/UrbanLegend'', Hootie the dog gets microwaved by the killer in order to draw one of the victims out. As with all the other killings, this was a direct reference to an urban legend.
* One of the gremlins in ''Film/{{Gremlins}}'' is killed in a microwave. (Yes, it's a pet.)
* In the prologue of ''The Willies'', an old woman tries to dry her poodle off in the microwave, and it explodes.
* In ''American Vampire'', one of the vampires explodes the protagonist's dog in the microwave.
* An "[[YellowFace Asian]]" character in ''Hanger'' microwaves and eats puppies.
* ''Film/SnakesOnAPlane'' had one of the flight attendants microwave a snake, causing it to explode. The microwave even had a ''[[RuleOfFunny snake preset.]]''
* ''Film/KickAss''. Mafia mooks take someone to a lumber yard to be interrogated, apparently with a ConveyorBeltODoom but they find it's gone and a giant microwave used for treating the wood has been installed instead. They lock the victim inside and set the timer, only he can't hear their questions inside the cabinet and ends up exploding instead. The mooks find this BloodyHilarious.

[[folder: Literature]]
* Used in ''Literature/{{Gone}}'' as part of Drake's backstory.

[[folder: Live Action TV]]
* The ''Series/MythBusters'' refused to test the myth that you can dry a poodle in the microwave, [[SubvertedTrope despite playing it up as a myth]] at the beginning of the segment. This was the first explicit instance of the show's NoAnimalsWereHarmed policy.
* In ''Series/{{Shameless}}'', eight-year-old Carl microwaves a goldfish, apparently for fun.
* ''Series/{{Millennium}}'' uses this in its second episode. The killer traps a Millennium Group agent inside a giant industrial microwave, but Frank Black and [[BigDamnHeroes a battalion of San Francisco policemen arrive just in time]]. The old man still has to be treated for internal tissue damage.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'': The Doctor's "timey-wimey detector" in "Blink" apparently does this ''at range''. "It can boil an egg at thirty paces. Don't use it around hens...It's not pretty when they blow."
* The ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" has Dean fighting off a [[TheFairFolk fairy]] and he ends up trapping her in a microwave where she explodes.

[[folder: Music]]
* "Microwave Cat" by Feo Y Loco.
* The W's song "Stupid" is all about stories of people doing stupid things, and the first verse is all about the urban legend of the woman trying to microwave her poodle to dry it off. "The poor little poodle never heard the bell ding. / He went out with a bang, if you know what I mean. / Stupid, that was stupid..."
* Music/WeirdAlYankovic's song "I'll Sue Ya" features a line about this:
--> "I sued Panasonic. They never told me not to use their microwave to dry off my cat!"

[[folder: Video Games]]
* In ''VideoGame/ManiacMansion'', you can kill Weird Ed's hamster by putting it in the microwave. Show him the exploded remains if you want to get killed.
* In the sequel, ''VideoGame/DayOfTheTentacle''
** The original incident is canon and the owner of the animal [[DeconstructedTrope needed years of therapy to overcome the trauma]].
** A puzzle is solved by really using a future microwave to dry a live hamster (yes, it does survive, and Laverne remarks out loud that kids trying to imitate the gesture would have bad things happen to them).
* A rather infamous EasterEgg from ''VideoGame/HalfLife'' is at the beginning of the game, when you can heat a casserole in the microwave and cause it to explode. The FanRemake ''VideoGame/BlackMesa'' also includes this, and then does one better by putting a ''headcrab'' in the same microwave after the resonance cascade, which you can make explode as well.
* In ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil6'', there are points in Chris and Leon's scenarios in which they can shoot off a Rasklapanje's hand. Choose to attack the [[HelpingHands still-ambulatory hand]] near a microwave, and instead of throwing it away from them, they will shove it into the microwave and power it on. A few seconds later, you hear the hand explode.
* The ''VideoGame/BioshockInfinite'' add-on, ''Burial At Sea,'' has an audio log detailing a Bistro owner's experience with his new-fangled Radar Range (literally a microwave-emitting radar dish mounted to a rifle grip that functions like a RayGun) and how his son got ahold of it and tried it out on everything he could: apples, marshmallows, spoons. The fun stopped when the family's pekingese [[LudicrousGibs jumped in the way of the blast.]] When the player gets a hold of it, they can pull the same trick... [[PinkMist on]] [[HerdHittingAttack the]] [[MadeOfExplodium Splicers.]]

[[folder: Web Original]]
* Averted on every major microwave show where the creators usually have a strict policy against microwaving living things, most refuse to even microwave live insects. A few even refuse to microwave currently living plants.
* There are some videos on YouTube of live animals being microwaved but most have over 80% dislikes and are flagged for violating community guidelines.

[[folder: Western Animation]]
* InvertedTrope in ''WesternAnimation/TheAmazingWorldOfGumball'': Gumball accidentally ''creates'' life when he puts a jar full of disgusting goo in the microwave.
* The ''Gremlins'' example is parodied on ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy''. Instead of turning into a Gremlin, the Mogwai becomes Creator/FranDrescher. Peter microwaves her anyway.
* [[{{Jerkass}} Shake]] from ''WesternAnimation/AquaTeenHungerForce'' spent the entire episode "Reedickyoulous" sticking Meatwad's cats in the microwave, resulting in ''the entire backyard being full of graves.'' When the pets are revived as zombies by radioactive poop, they try to put Shake in the microwave.

[[folder: Real Life]]
* Yes, [[ someone actually did this]]. To a ''kitten''. Because she [[DisproportionateRetribution thought it had attacked her goldfish]]. Needless to say, DontTryThisAtHome!