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[[caption-width-right:330:Do not attempt to drink this cocktail.]]

->''"All riiight, cocktails!"''
-->-- '''Francis,''' ''VideoGame/Left4Dead''

AKA petrol bomb or people's grenade, a simple ImprovisedWeapon for all your asymmetric warfare needs. Brilliant in its simplicity: a glass bottle full of gasoline (or very high-proof alcohol, and even turpentine in some cases), and a burning rag on the bottleneck, thrown at the enemy.

In VideoGames [[ConvectionSchmonvection the effect of the heat]] is usually ignored. May be shown to be a bottle of alcohol with a flaming handkerchief stuffed inside.

It's also common to be an ImprovisedWeapon by raiding a local bar or liquor cabinet. But it should be noted that only the highest proof drinks would be of any effectiveness. So actual cocktail drinks wouldn't work, only harder alcohol like vodka or rum (and these will only bring grief to the most lightly clothed of foes).

Popular in guerrilla warfare and riots. Common way to KillItWithFire.

For a person who uses this and other handheld explosives or incendiaries as a WeaponOfChoice, see ThrowDownTheBomblet.

Not to be confused with [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers Molotov Cocktease]].

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[[folder: Anime & Manga ]]

* [[RebelliousPrincess Maria Louise]] from ''GGundam'' destroys a cornerpost that supports a energy barrier, to help her allies come help Domon.
* ''{{Durarara}}'': In the flashback to [[spoiler:Masaomi's time with the [[{{Delinquents}} Yellow Scarves]], Walker saves Masaomi's girlfriend from the Blue Squares with two bottles of gasoline, one used as a molotov.]]
* In ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', an arsonist burns down Yusuke's home with one.
* In ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'', [[DidYouJustFlipOffCthulhu Mizuiro Kojima uses one of these against Aizen]] during the Fake Karakura Town arc.
* In the HighschoolAU of ''Manga/FairyTail'', Natsu uses this instead.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* In chapter "The Land of Do-As-You-Please" of ''ComicBook/VForVendetta'' [[spoiler:as the goverment loses its grip on power, we see people preparing petrol bombs while raging about the Finger executing looters]].
* We see some of these used during the riots towards the end of ''{{Transmetropolitan}}''.
* An angry mob uses them while attempting to storm Shadow Hill during the "Confession" arc in ''Comicbook/AstroCity''.
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[[folder:Film]]
* In ''Film/{{Hostage}}'', Mars uses numerous of these to take down the mansion with him.
* In ''Film/EscapeFromNewYork'', a cabbie lights a MolotovCocktail and throws it at approaching Crazies. It explodes in front of them, stopping them.
* In the 1966 movie about UsefulNotes/WorldWarII ''Is Paris Burning?'' Frederic Joliot-Curie makes some Molotov cocktails for the French Resistance. Like a good physicist, he uses gasoline, not alcohol.
* In the ''Film/{{Watchmen}}'' movie, a protester in the '77 riots throws a Molotov at Archie, and Comedian jumps down and starts shooting people.
* In ''Film/OctoberSky'' the protagonist uses a Molotov to torch his launch site after being arrested for starting a forest fire. Poignant since he only had the alcohol to make rocket fuel in the first place.
* Selena from ''Film/TwentyEightDaysLater'' fights off the infected with Molotovs.
* Goliath uses a couple on Ecoban soldiers in ''Film/SkyBlue''.
* In ''Film/FourteenOhEight'' [[spoiler:John Cusack throws a Molotov (alcohol version) across the hotel room he's in to finally "kill" the room after remembering seeing this graffiti on the wall: "Burn Me Alive"]].
* One of these was made in ''Film/ShaunOfTheDead''... and its wielder was incapacitated before he could even try to use it.
* John J. Macreedy improvises one during the final fight in ''BadDayAtBlackRock'', using his tie as the fuse.
* In ''Film/{{Dogma}}'' Serendipity starts to make a Molotov Cocktail when they are being attacked by the Golgothan. She ends up not needing to use it.
* In ''Film/{{Critters}}'' Charlie uses this to destroy the Crite's spaceship.
* The title character in ''Film/{{Mikey}}'' does this to kill his dad and burn down the house after turning on all the gas in the house.
* A man uses one against a War Machine in a flashback sequence in ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Nine}} 9]]''. It fails and he dies in a [[GoryDiscretionShot just offscreen]] hail of machine gun bullets.
* The eventual use of the 'fire' in ''Film/SuckerPunch''.
* In the Korean film ''Film/TheHost'', one character has a whole bag of Molotov Cocktails, using one cocktail to light the next.
* ''Film/SuddenImpact'' starts with Harry Callahan in his car being pursued by armed thugs. At one point they throw a molotov into his car, but he manages to throw it back at them.
* Used in the original ''NightOfTheLivingDead'' to ward off the zombies during an escape attempt. In theory, this was a very practical strategy, since this type of zombie fears fire. How it turns out when executed is another story...
* In ''Film/ABronxTale'', C's friends attack a store in a black neighborhood with molotov cocktails. [[spoiler:As they drive off, one of the black residents [[CatchAndReturn picks up one of the bottles and throws it at their car]]. It ignites the rest of the bottles they had brought, and they get incinerated.]]
* Used in the climatic chase scene in ''Film/TheRoadwarrior''. Despite initial success against their pursuers, the disabled mechanic drops one and sets himself on fire. Although he's protected by his leather gauntlets and eventually puts the fire out, another character is killed coming to his aid, and the mechanic is killed trying to retrieve her body.
* In ''Film/TheDarkestHour'', a few characters use these to drive the aliens back.
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[[folder:Literature]]

* In ''Literature/{{Deathworld}} 2'', Jason uses these, except that this is far in the future and they are known as '[[MemeticMutation molotails]]'.
* The technothriller novel ''Literature/{{Vortex}}'' by Larry Bond features South African partisans fighting against a Soviet-backed invasion with souped-up Molotov Cocktails using soap flakes to convert the gasoline into a sticky napalm-like substance.
* Shows up in ''[[Literature/{{Discworld}} Night Watch]]'' by Creator/TerryPratchett: after Vimes and some of his men search the SecretPolice headquarters, they put a couple Molotov cocktails through the windows of the building.
* ''Steal This Book'' and ''Freedom Fighters Guide'', the former a guide for the counterculture, the latter a CIA-funded pamphlet both feature directions to how to create and use Molotov cocktails.
* The ''{{Timeline-191}}'' AlternateHistory series by HarryTurtledove has them called Featherston Fizzes, named after the [[DeepSouth Confederate]] [[AdolfHitler Hitler analogue]] Jake Featherston, as they're first used by Confederate resistance fighters in parts of the CSA occupied by the USA after UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne.
* Used here and there in ''TheTomorrowSeries'', essentially a story about a gang of geurilla fighters. Cocktails are mentioned as being used whenever the group needs some StuffBlowingUp.
* Mavis in ''[[{{Illuminatus}} The Eye of the Pyramid]]'' refers to George Dorn to as someone who jacks off to a diagram of a molotov cocktail.
* Used in ''Literature/{{Changes}}'', book 12 of ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', by [[spoiler: two of Harry's enemies.]] They don't succeed [[spoiler:in killing him]], but [[spoiler:his apartment]] building is completely destroyed. [[spoiler:(Including his lab with the wicked cool 'voodoo doll of the entire city', dammit!)]]
* Abbie Hoffman's ''StealThisBook'' features a section on the making of/use of Molotov cocktails.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' episode "Passion", used as the opening gambit in [[spoiler: [[BewareTheNiceOnes Giles's]]]] RoaringRampageOfRevenge against Angelus.
** The games also have them, except it's living hellfire. [[TheLadette Faith]] comments on whether they come in [[GargleBlaster six pack.]]
* These are part of the makeshift arsenal that Warmington's sea platoon has in the early episodes of ''Series/DadsArmy''
* ''Series/DueSouth'' episode "Gift of the Wheelman."
-->'''Fraser:''' [jumps down from above, surprising Porter, who whips out a MolotovCocktail and a lighter]
* ''Series/ThirdWatch'' episode "Spanking the Monkey." A pyromaniac throws a MolotovCocktail into a nightclub.
* ''Series/BurnNotice'' had Fiona use these to ward off thugs. She needed some type of weapon and improvised with a liquor cabinet.
* In the original miniseries ''Series/{{V}}'', little old Ruby throws a Molotov into a Visitor craft, saying, "This one's for Abraham," her friend whom the Visitors killed.
* In the season 1 finale of ''Series/{{Lost}}'', Michael's raft is blown up by a Molotov. We don't know the name of the Other who threw it, so she is known on Lostpedia as "Molotov Woman."
* ''Series/MythBusters'' used one of these on a ship to conclude the busted "Archimedes Death Ray" and proved that the cocktail can still be a dud if it isn't given proper conditions to spread out. It required a second cocktail and a strong wind to be effective.
* Randy's house in ''TheWire'' got torched by two thugs armed with Molotovs after he had told the police details about a gang killing.
* In ''Series/TheYoungOnes'', Vyvyan uses one of these to shut Rik and Neil up.
-->'''Vyvyan''': It's funny, but being ill makes me lose my usual tolerant and easygoing approach to communal living (lobs it across the landing, into the other's bedroom).
* Used in ''Series/SevenPeriodsWithMrGormsby'', not literally but in a memorable scene when Steve asks Mr Gormsby, "Did you teach 5F to make Molotov cocktails?" Gormsby replies, "Of course! How else can they fully understand the Russian Revolution?"
* In ''Series/DeadliestWarrior'', this was one of the weapons selected to represent TheMafia in the Mafia vs {{Yakuza}} episode. The tests showed it capable of engulfing a car in flames within seconds, though it proved to be ineffective in the actual five on five battle, garnering only two kills out of a thousand computer simulations.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' serial "The Seeds of Doom", Scorby creates some Molotov cocktails to use against the Kyrnoid, a ManEatingPlant.
* In the episode "Burning House of Love" of ''TrueBlood'', three rednecks use molotovs to torch the house where three vampires are resting for the day.
* The episode "Swan Song" of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' had Castiel use a Holy Fire Molotov to torch [[spoiler: Michael. Lucifer however was not pleased with this.]]
* ''ReviewWithMylesBarlow'': In the episode where Myles roadtests acceptance by joining a biker gang, he uses a Molotov cocktail to burn down the headquarters of a rival gang.
* ''XenaWarriorPrincess'': Xena invents the Molotov cocktail in the episode "Warrior...Princess".
* In the ''Series/{{Monk}}'' episode "Mr. Monk Meets the Godfather," after talking with a rival gang (asian in origin) on a tip from a U.S. Mint employee. Monk sits down in exhaustion when he tried to get the gang leader to settle for 100 pushups but failed. Then a molotov cocktail is thrown inside the gym and the gang is forced to evacuate alongside Monk and Sharona. Monk is later blamed by this by the FBI agent in charge of the investigation.
* Jim Rockford of ''TheRockfordFiles'' once used a Molotov cocktail to torch the [[MonsterOfTheWeek Criminal of the Week's]] getaway car.
* ''Series/{{Justified}}'': Boyd uses one to torch a meth lab in "Hammer".
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[[folder:Music]]

* Dead Prez "Police State"
-->''I throw a Molotov cocktail at the precinct, you know how we think''
* The Coup "Pork and Beef"
-->''If you got beef with the C-O-P's, throw a Molotov at the P-I-G's''
** Also, the album cover for ''Party Music'' features [[VisualPun a different kind of Molotov Cocktail]], as seen above.
* The Bruisers "Molotov"
* Don Henley "All She Wants To Do is Dance"
-->''The Molotov Cocktail is the local drink, and all she wants to do is dance, dance''
-->''Mix 'em up right in the kitchen sink, and all she wants to do is dance...''
* Chumbawamba's "Rebel Code" as per the liner notes, is about "Two revolutionary inventions from Finland ... the molotov cocktail and the Linux computer operating system" and "It must be the cold weather. or the Vodka."
-->''Changing everything that they were taught: alcohol and fire and ones and naughts. Something in the water and the bones -- rebel code.''
* Music/GunsNRoses "Nightrain"
-->I got a Molotov cocktail with a match to go\\
I smoke my cigarette with style
* TheOffspring's song "Hand Grenades" is about these, going so far as to have the lyrics describe how to make one.
-->''Let's make hand grenades, hours of fun in a little jar!''
-->''Let's make hand grenades, try one out on your neighbor's car!''
* GreenDay "Peacemaker"
--> Well, this is a stand-off, a Molotov cocktail's on the house\\
You thought I was a write-off, you better think again.

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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* They get their own special rules in ''{{GURPS}}''. They're very powerful for improvised weapons but also extremely unreliable.
* ''[[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons Advanced Dungeons and Dragons]]'' has Alchemist's Fire, which ignites upon being exposed to air.
* In ''TabletopGame/{{Paranoia}}'', Bouncy Bubble Beverage cans explode if you shake them hard enough, which comes in handy if you don't have clearance to use real grenades.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/ProjectZomboid'': One of the weapons you can craft in the game.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Myth}} - The Fallen Lords'', dwarves throw these. They make excellent weapons against the slow-moving Thrall (undead warriors), as well as can set off other explosives. However, they are unreliable, especially in rain or snow, do friendly fire, have a tendency to bounce off things and sometimes roll back towards the thrower, and are generally affected by the detailed physics, so may be unexpectedly tossed in a new direction - sometimes very strongly - by other explosions nearby, before blowing up. They aren't ''exactly'' molotovs, being explosive but not setting things on fire and often referenced as being filled with powder.
* ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil0'' features them, as [[KillItWithFire fire]] is the best way to deal with the [[DemonicSpiders Leech Zombies]]. Later on, Napalm Grenades serve the same function in a more efficient manner.
** ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil5'' has Majinis that use Molotov Cocktails. Similarly, the Ganados used them in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil4''.
** If you find Alcohol Bottles, Newspapers, and Lighters in a scenario, these can be created in ''VideoGame/ResidentEvilOutbreak''
* In ''VideoGame/Left4Dead'' molotovs are best used as barriers against large numbers of charging zombies. The fire instantly kills regular infected, though their flaming, screaming bodies often run a bit further before collapsing. A Tank set on fire by one will die of fire damage in around a minute and a half - in Expert difficulty, due to the [[LightningBruiser incredible resilience and incredible damage]] of Tanks, the best strategy is generally to ignite him and run like hell. Hunters used to do considerably more damage when ignited by one, until it was changed in a patch. There's also an achievement called BurnTheWitch, which is pretty much ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* The protagonist in ''VideoGame/{{Gun}}'' can use "whiskey bombs," which are basically whiskey bottles with flaming bits of rag in the tops. Given that you also drink whiskey to regain health, it's a bit worrisome.
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAuto'' likes Molotovs too.
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoSanAndreas'' features a mission where you have to torch a house with Molotovs (and then battle your own flames, to save a girl you trapped inside without knowing she was in there). Later on in the game, pedestrians riot and throw molotovs around, including at you.
*** However, outside of said mission and the riot mode at the last legs of the game, Molotovs are only in [[PowerEqualsRarity three or four spots across the entire state map]].
** ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoChinatownWars'' allows you to [[MacGyvering make your own]].
** As is typical of the game, ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIV'' takes a more realistic (but less fun) approach to them than previous installments. The actual fire caused by the weapon is generally contained to a pretty small area, and you have to get more or less a direct hit in order to effectively light a person or vehicle.
* The ''VideoGame/SaintsRow'' games all feature them as a throwable weapon. The throwing range, area of affect, and damage are usually upgradable. As with the GTA example above, once the player unlocks the ability to be fireproof, they can be used very effectively with little risk.
* ''VideoGame/TheGoonies II'' video game had these as one of your character's weapons.
* In ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty: World at War'', the Russians' secondary grenade weapons are these. They're pretty [[KillItWithFire pretty damn effective too.]]
** They are also available in multiplayer. But their slow travel speed after throwing, exploding on impact (thus, you usually need to you to expose yourself to make sure you can hit something with them, while frag grenades can be instead [[GrenadeTropes cooked]] and thrown around corners with less risk), generally only killing with a near-direct hit - makes them unpopular there.
** Black Ops used this in the Vorkuta mission in the campaign. Its sequel has them as an optional weapon in Mission 4.
* ''VideoGame/CommandAndConquer Generals'', the GLA has the unit "Angry Mob," which is initially equipped with pistols and rocks, but can be ubgraded to wield AK's and Molotovs. Effective against buildings.
** In ''Red Alert 3'', Russian Conscripts can switch between AK's and Molotovs to alternate between anti-infantry and anti-garrison warfare.
* ''VideoGame/MaxPayne'' uses Molotovs on many an occasion.
* ''VideoGame/RedFaction'' allows the player to unscrew the fuel tank for the [[KillItWithFire flamethrower]] and use it as a makeshift Molotov.
* A staple in ''VideoGame/{{Worms}}'', useful for creating flaming pits of death.
* Used in ''VideoGame/DeadRising''. One boss even uses them as his main attack. Once you "kill" him, you can save his life and he will return the favor by making them for you.
* In ''VideoGame/TheNamelessMod'' characters with a high demolitions skill (pretty much useless in [[VideoGame/DeusEx the base game]]) can make Molotov cocktails out of alcohol (also useless[[note]]Despite the abundance it is only used twice in the beginning of the game to grease the same character into [[AllThereInTheManual providing some background information.]][[/note]]) and various chemicals
* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsAdvance[=/=][[VideoGame/FinalFantasyTacticsA2 A2]]'', the Juggler job can throw Molotov cocktails as an attack, which deals a small amount of fire damage and has a chance of driving the target [[StandardStatusAilments berserk]].
* ''Videogame/AloneInTheDark2008'' emphasizes improvised fire-based weapons, like aerosol can flamethrowers and Molotovs.
* The Molotovs in ''VideoGame/FreedomFighters'' are often better than the grenades: they're a guaranteed kill and the enemy doesn't have a chance to run away.
* A little known game called ''IronGrip: Warlord'' used them as weapons. The heat flare was spectacular. And the damage dealt was usually a one-shot kill.
* ''VideoGame/TheGodfather: The Game'' has them. Notable in that if you decide not to use them, you put bottle back inside your Hammerspace shirt. While the rag is still on fire.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Arcanum}}'' Molotovs are the first item that can be made by the explosives discipline and are, unless you cross-train with electricity, the only damaging explosive until the end of the tree.
* In ''VideoGame/MetalSlug'', Molotovs can be picked up in certain stages under the alternate name "Fire Bomb". They often appear at oppurtune moments where you're about to run into several crowded groups of infantry.
* Possibly the most effective ones seen in a video game is ''[[VideoGame/FarCry Far Cry 2]]''. It takes place in the grasslands of Africa, and if the wind is going when you throw one... your enemies will be greeted by a literal firewall. Good as a distraction, while you sneak somewhere.
* In ''MetalGearSolid4'', Snake can acquire these (although they are referenced by their more technical name, "petrol bomb"), mostly during Act 1. While you can also obtain and use standard incendiary grenades, which have more power, Molotovs trade the power for increased range, although damaging explosives in general seem useless in the game in harder difficulties.
* ''C-dogs'', the sequel to the freeware DOS game ''VideoGame/{{Cyberdogs}}'' by Ronny Wester, has Molotovs as a selectable weapon. They cannot bounce, but the flames that spread will do incredible damage to anything that they touch.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Psychonauts}}'', it turns out that Boyd Cooper, a.k.a. the Milkman, one of the inmates in the insane asylum area, was brought in after using a Molotov to burn down the department store he worked as a security guard at for firing him. After a dive into his mind to get him to remember a... job he had to do to make him open the asylum gate, well, he goes in carrying a basket of bottles, and...
--> '''Raz:''' Hey, is that milk regular kind, or the exploding dream kind?
--> '''Boyd:''' It's fortified with what the world wants! ''What the world deserves!''
** So, yes, they are indeed the kind that explode.
* ''VideoGame/{{BioShock|1}}'' has an enemy, the Nitro Splicers, who throw either Molotov cocktails or tin can bombs depending on where you encounter them.
** You can also make your own by using the Incinerate plasmid on a bottle of alcohol and then Telekinesis to throw it at an enemy.
* Molotov cocktails appear in the ''VideoGame/{{Fallout}}'' series as a type of grenade, subject to all the uselessness of that class of weapon.
* Creating one of these using a paper bag and a bottle of hair tonic is part of the solution to the last puzzle in ''VideoGame/LeisureSuitLarry goes Looking for Love (in Several Wrong Places)''. Just remember to [[YouCantGetYeFlask be very careful with your syntax]].
* In ''{{Lifeline}}'', you need one to get past the first boss. But first, you have to find the ingredients for it... and, more importantly, [[YouCantGetYeFlask suggest it to Rio during a cutscene conversation]]. Good luck pronouncing it in a way that the verbal recognition software understands!
* ''VideoGame/RedDeadRedemption'' calls them Fire Bottles.
* The [[FanSequel Fan Prequel]] ''VideoGame/SpaceQuest: 0'' had this as a solution to one of the puzzles. Towel, lighter, and half a bottle of [[GargleBlaster Coldsaurian Brandy]], an extremely strong, extremely disgusting liquor.
* In the first mission of ''VideoGame/{{Starcraft}} 2'' if you destroy all of the Dominion holo-boards the civilians will revolt with these as their weapon of choice. Their Molotov cocktails are extremely effective against buildings.
* In ''VideoGame/{{WarCraft}} 2'', the self-destruct icon for the [[ActionBomb goblin sapper]] unit depicts a lit Molotov.
* Zeke, a kind of a {{Mook}} in ''VideoGame/BatmanDoom'' who looks like a fat trucker with a big beard, uses these. The Molotovs they throw are actually pretty harmless due to their short range - as long as you keep your distance and don't walk into a fresh Molotov still burning on the ground (they disappear after about a second), you're home free.
* One of the weapons available in ''VideoGame/{{Odium}}''. They work similarly to grenades though they do less damage, but more than make up for it by setting your opponent on fire for three turns.
* One of the soldier's default abilities in ''VideoGame/{{Brink}}'', it's mainly used for knocking over groups of enemies.
* Usable in a weapon in ''VideoGame/JaggedAlliance 2''; high-proof alcohol is sold in any number of bars, and rags are CommonplaceRare but comparatively easy to acquire (knife + t-shirt). They make for very effective area-denial weapons, particularly as the explosion is roughly comparable to that of a mini-grenade, and the flaming puddle burns for four or five turns straight.
* The Holy Water in the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games operate in a very similar manner to Molotov cocktails, where, upon the holy water container breaking from the impact, it causes a fire.
* ''VideoGame/{{Counter-Strike}}: Global Offensive'' adds these to the series's grenade arsenal. It starts a fire that lasts about 10 seconds once it hits the the ground (and only the ground; it just bounces off walls), damaging and slowing down whoever walks through it. It's used mostly for the sake of area denial, but can be put out by a smoke grenade. The weapon is exclusive to the Terrorist side, but Counter-Terrorists have incendiary grenades that function identically. Humorously, despite just being the traditional glass bottle full of gasoline and a rag, it cost '''$400''' (and used to be more than twice that).
* Appears in ''VideoGame/{{Postal}} 2'', where it can be sometimes found in the hands of [[AcceptableTargets Al Qaeda-like terrorists]].
* ''VideoGame/MedalOfHonor: Underground'' has these as "Petrol Bombs".
* ''Franchise/MassEffect'': Though you don't ever actually get to use it yourself, ryncol (the krogan liquor of choice) is apparently volatile enough that it will spontaneously combust ''on its own'' when thrown at something. In the ''Citadel DLC'', Grunt sets fire to a C-Sec car with one. Then he steals the car (while it's still on fire, yes).
* ''VideoGame/TheLastOfUs'' sees Joel crafting his own Molotov cocktails using, naturally, rags and alcohol. As a weapon, they're initially troublesome (flames will kill human enemies as well as Infected, but in the meantime they're ''on fire'', and fire spreads) but work very well against [[EliteZombie Bloaters]] by burning away their fungal armor. Amusingly, Joel ignites the cocktails when he equips them, and will calmly ''stuff the lit bomb back into his pocket'' when putting them away.
* They can be crafted in ''VideoGame/TheForest'' by combining a bottle of booze and a piece of cloth.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* [[TheBaroness Molotov Cocktease]] from ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'' [[CaptainObvious is a reference to the projectile]].
** Brock is also seen throwing a molotov in a flashback. But, being Brock, [[RatedMForManly he uses an entire can of gasoline.]]
* In ''TheSimpsons'', an [[UsefulNotes/TheTroubles IRA activist, who uses the Union jack as the fuse rag, nearly throws it into a group of Northern Irish people]] during (one of) Springfield's St. Patrick's Day riot(s). But before he can actually throw it, he gets so touched by Lisa singing a peace song, that he extinguishes it with his tears. Aaaw...
** The IRA activist isn't shown on UK broadcasts of that episode, probably because of a mixture of DudeNotFunny and TooSoon.
** In another episode, Bart and Homer make use of the fact that everything in the Simpsonverse is MadeOfExplodium by making molotov cocktails out of ''coconuts''.
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[[folder:Real Life]]
* First introduced to Europe during the UsefulNotes/SpanishCivilWar of 1936-39, it also saw use in the '37-45 UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar. It was a weapon of desperation, used by poorly-equipped infantry against armoured cars and tanks (in urban combat, such as at Shanghai and Changsha).
* These received a [[TropeNamer definitive name]] in the 1940 [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII 'Winter War']] between [[UsefulNotes/FinnsWithFearsomeForests Finland]] and the [[UsefulNotes/RedsWithRockets Soviet Union]]. See, the Soviets had been bombing Finnish cities, but Soviet Foreign Minister Vyacheslav Molotov insisted that the USSR was just airdropping "food aid" to the starving Finns. The Finns, in a fit of GallowsHumor, started calling the bombs "Molotov bread-baskets", and then started calling the glass firebombs they lobbed at the Soviet ground forces "Molotov cocktails"--"a drink to go with the meal!" Significantly, the Finnish Molotov cocktails were originally filled with high-proof denatured alcohol manufactured by the state liquor monopoly Alko (which still exists), and were equipped with a slow match bound to the outside rather than a burning rag for more reliable ignition. [[RockBeatsLaser They were primarily utilized by throwing them at Soviet tanks' exhaust ports, forcing the crew to evacuate from the noxious fumes filling up their vehicle]]... [[StuffBlowingUp well, aside from the reportedly rare times the flaming mixture managed to cook off the main gun's ammunition]].
** These weapons were also used by [[MegaManning Soviet Partisans]] and the Red Army against the [[UsefulNotes/NazisWithGnarlyWeapons Germans]] and their allies.
** Most Molotov cocktails employed by regular armed forces were upgraded significantly from just having gasoline as an active ingredient, because while gasoline is easy to ignite, its high vapour pressure causes it to burn off quickly before penetrating inside a vehicle. Three-quarters gasoline to one quarter diesel or engine oil was the officially recommended formula for the British HomeGuard, and more sophisticated models used various jellied-fuel formulae that were eventually developed into napalm. Some even used mixtures of sulphur, phosphorus and flammable metals that could ignite on contact and burn at temperatures in the thousands of degrees. The traditional rag-in-the-bottleneck fuse was also replaced with [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Match#Special-purpose_matches storm matches]] in factory-made versions, as seen [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Molotovin_cocktail.jpg here.]]
* Note that these weapons are generally useless on most modern Main Battle Tanks, which are designed to keep flaming liquids from seeping into critical spaces. This goes double for the Abrams, whose gas-turbine engine[[note]] of the kind supposed to be used in aircraft - it makes the vehicle an impossible-to-miss target for heat-seeking air-to-ground missiles, though this hasn't been a real worry for the US since the fall of the Soviet Union[[/note]] runs so hot already that a Molotov wouldn't affect it. Light tanks and Armoured Personnel Carriers are not universally indifferent to their charms, however.
** Note that one is effectively forcing the tank-commander to choose between killing the engine, potentially allowing you to bring something bigger (like an anti-tank rocket-launcher) to bear on the vehicle's weak spots and disable/destroy it, or to retreat and risk engine failure. Even though tanks never operate alone, the latter is still a safer bet in most cases.
* Used extensively by the freedom fighters during the Hungarian Uprising of 1956 and the Prague Spring of 1968.
* One of these was used on [[UsefulNotes/{{Scotland}} Edinburgh]]'s Princes Street (the main thoroughfare) by the notorious "Capital City Service" football hooligan firm, against the Aberdeen Casuals. The Casuals, hitherto known as one of the hardest firms in Scotland, turned and ran. Unfortunately for the CCS, this also marked the time when the law got ''really'' interested in football hooliganism, and organized hooliganism has been dying a slow death ever since.
* The jellied petroleum (or napalm) variant was pretty much the only anti-tank weapon the Bosnian Army had in it's early months- bonus points for getting a slightly charred tank for yourself after it cools off.
* A scaled-up version was used during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: Drop Tanks (externally-attached fuel tanks that could be discarded in-flight) were filled with jellied gasoline, then attached to an incendiary charge. These were then used as an ImprovisedWeapon when American personnel were short on bombs during the early pitched battles of the war (the preferred tactic was to drop them on unarmored Japanese supply ships and troop ships).
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