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Anime and Manga
- This Urban Legend is mentioned in Yakitate!! Japan as "proof" that Americans make frivolous lawsuits, when an American baker shows up.
- In Panty & Stocking with Garterbelt, Chuck is forced into a microwave by a swarm of retaliating flies. Due to his invulnerability, he reforms after the resultant explosion.
- In Fred Hembeck Destroys the Marvel Universe, following an unlucky encounter with Water Wizard, Ant-Man is discovered unconscious and wet by a little old lady. Fearing he'll 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 Beat Panel comes an unfortunate "POP!" from within the house.
- In Urban Legend, 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 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 "Asian" character in Hanger microwaves and eats puppies.
- Snakes on a Plane had one of the flight attendants microwave a snake, causing it to explode. The microwave even had a snake preset.
- Kick-Ass. Mafia mooks take someone to a lumber yard to be interrogated, apparently with a Conveyor Belt o' Doom 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 Bloody Hilarious.
- Used in Gone as part of Drake's backstory.
Live Action TV
- The MythBusters refused to test the myth that you can dry a poodle in the microwave, despite playing it up as a myth at the beginning of the segment. This was the first explicit instance of the show's No Animals Were Harmed policy.
- In Shameless, eight-year-old Carl microwaves a goldfish, apparently for fun.
- Millennium uses this in its second episode. The killer traps a Millennium Group agent inside a giant industrial microwave, but Frank Black and a battalion of San Francisco policemen arrive just in time. The old man still has to be treated for internal tissue damage.
- Doctor Who: 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 Supernatural episode "Clap Your Hands If You Believe" has Dean fighting off a fairy and he ends up trapping her in a microwave where she explodes.
- "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..."
- "Weird Al" Yankovic'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!"
- In Maniac Mansion, 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, Day of the Tentacle:
- The original incident is canon and the owner of the animal 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 Easter Egg from Half-Life is at the beginning of the game, when you can heat a casserole in the microwave and cause it to explode. The Fan Remake Black Mesa 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 Resident Evil 6, there are points in Chris and Leon's scenarios in which they can shoot off a Rasklapanje's hand. Choose to attack the 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, the hand explodes.
- The BioShock Infinite 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 Ray Gun) 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 jumped in the way of the blast. When the player gets a hold of it, they can pull the same trick... on the Splicers.
- 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.
- Daneboe modified his microwave to heat up to 100,000 watts and places an Easter peep inside, and ends up creating a horrific monstrosity.
- Inverted in The Amazing World of Gumball: Gumball accidentally creates life when he puts a jar full of disgusting goo in the microwave.
- The Gremlins example is parodied on Family Guy. Instead of turning into a Gremlin, the Mogwai becomes Fran Drescher. Peter microwaves her anyway.
- Shake from Aqua Teen Hunger Force 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.