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On TV, toast ''always'' jumps up out of the toaster. This serves a variety of purposes, from allowing a character to catch the toast while running by as they're LateForSchool, to letting the toaster be [[ImprovisedWeapon modified into a weapon]].

Very, ''very'' rarely TruthInTelevision.

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* During ABC's Saturday morning lineup in TheEighties, an animated PSA often aired encouraging kids to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMfuvPFWVHc eat a good breakfast]]. The toast not only projectile-popped, it did a graceful mid-air leap to land beside the peanut butter.

* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PMhr5M3zYk This]] clip from the ShowWithinAShow Helvetica Standard (within the show ''Manga/{{Nichijou}})''. [[spoiler:Poor mouse.]]
** Nano finds out the Professor installed a toaster on her when toast pops out of her scalp. She is quite upset about this.

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* In ''Plan 7 of 9 from Outer Space'' a [[Series/BattlestarGalactica chrome toaster]] launches two slices of toast at an intruder only to miss completely. Captain Proton comments that Cylon toasters can never shoot straight.

* ''Film/AlvinAndTheChipmunks'' Live Action movie had a projectile toaster.
* In ''Film/WhoFramedRogerRabbit'', it's not toast but a plunger that gets lodged in the toaster during the opening cartoon.
* The toaster in ''Film/GhostbustersII'', which launched toast into the air while dancing to Jackie Wilson.
** Justifiable considering the toaster was operating under the unfluence of positively-charged "mood slime".
* Inverted in the short film parody ''Night of the Living Bread'', where toasters are used to destroy the rampaging zombie bread slices.

* In the ''Series/RedDwarf'' book ''Better Than Life'' Talkie Toaster kills a mutant like this, by launching red-hot ashtrays at it.
* In the ''Literature/SonicTheHedgehogInRobotniksLaboratory'', Sonic himself gets ''turned into a toaster''. You heard me. Then Tails and a monkey friend turn Sonic the Toaster into the world's first Waffle Gun. Tails goes totally ActionHero on a rampage into Robotnik's laboratory, at one point disintegrating a heavy door with waffles.
* In the ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'' book "The Test", Marco says he put a pop tart in the toaster, but it flew out and hit him in the face.

* ''Series/ILoveLucy'' [[TropeMaker is perhaps the oldest TV show this is seen on]], and it became somewhat of a RunningGag. On one memorable occasion, Lucy was angry that Ricky was paying more attention to his newspaper than to her, so she loaded up the toaster, and aimed it at him. Ricky caught the toast out of the air without even looking up from the paper. For bonus points, the show was always filmed in one take, requiring Desi to catch it on the first try.
** A later episode made a CallBack to this. Ricky and Lucy decide to prove who has it harder by [[SwappedRoles swapping roles]], with Lucy getting a job and Ricky becoming a homemaker. This time Lucy sits behind the newspaper, Ricky launches the toast, and Lucy catches it effortlessly.
* Lucille Ball apparently loved this trope. It also shows up on ''The Lucy Show'', when Lucy gets a job at Mr. Mooney's bank, selling new savings accounts and giving away [[BankToaster free toasters]]. To give her demonstration "pizzazz," she puts a passbook into the toaster and then launches it out in order to give it to the customer.
* ''Series/OurMissBrooks'': Mrs. Davis' toaster worked this way.
* True to the spirit of the trope if not the letter, the ''Series/MythBusters'' once built three different devices that threw toast on the floor to test the "always-butter-side-down" myth.
* ''Series/FamilyTies''. "If that had been a Pop-Tart, we'd both be dead now."
* ''Series/TheAvengers'' episode "Return Of The Cybernauts" concluded with a [[TheTag tag]] where Steed's attempt at repairing Emma's toaster succeeds all too well.
* ''Series/TheFreshPrinceOfBelAir'' had one scene where Phil's inability to fix appliances is brought up, including a line of something like "Just like dad 'fixed' the toaster?" just on cue for toast to launch from the offscreen kitchen into the living room where the conversation is being held. Ashley then says to "set the toaster on dark so she can meet it at school."
* A physical challenge from ''Series/{{Double Dare|1986}}'' involves launching toast out of a springloaded toaster across the stage to one's partner.
* A Projectile Toaster was worked into ''Creator/MorecambeAndWise'''s classic making-breakfast-to-the-tune-of-'The Stripper' routine.
* Toyed with in a variation in one episode of ''Series/{{Angel}}''. A bizarre device that Fred has been tinkering with is theorized by several other characters to be some kind of projectile launcher (it actually does throw axes) or maybe it just makes toast.
* This is how the ''Series/{{Teletubbies}}'' get their Tubby Toast.
* On ''Series/{{Pixelface}}'', Romford's attempt to 'upgrade' the kettle [[BunglingInventor somehow results]] in the toaster launching Projectile Toast at Alexia.
* ''Series/TheGoodies'': Tim is pelted by toast fired from the toaster when the household appliances rebel in "Robot".
* ''Series/DansUneGalaxiePresDeChezVous'' Due to Pétrolia upgrading the ship's toaster with turbine compressor springs, two toasts got launched at supersonic speeds. Bob ends up having one of the toasts embedded into his skull, missing his brain(Bob's brain is both small and able to hide itself). The other bounced all over the place, without losing momentum.

* The NinjaPirateZombieRobot familiar in ''The VideoGame/KingdomOfLoathing'' occasionally stuns enemies by shooting toast from its groin-mounted toaster. Toast produced this way goes into your inventory as an edible food item. [[{{Squick}} Don't think about the implications too much.]]

* There is a ''ComicStrip/{{Garfield}}'' comic where Odie is launching slices of toast into the air, while Garfield is shooting them out of the air with a bow and toilet plungers. Jon is obviously not happy about this, after he gets hit in the face with one.
** This is also played with in other Garfield strips - Jon attempts to fix the toaster and instead ends up making it launch toast at such speeds that it ricochets across the house, knocking Odie into walls, among other things.
** Another comic where Garfield expects the toaster to launch its contents: he uses a roller brush to paint the ceiling with jam, then uses a plunger to pull the slices down after they hit and stick.
** Literally inverted in one strip, where Jon turns the toaster upside-down to keep Garfield from stealing his toast (by jumping over the toaster as the toast pops up). The ''toaster'' then launches upward, and Garfield goes face-first into it.
* In one ''ComicStrip/{{Curtis}}'' strip, Curtis is tired of the worn-out toaster malfunctioning, so he tinkers around with it. He tests the result, and winds up launching the toast through the ceiling and into the apartment upstairs.

* In ''Pinball/JunkYard'', collecting the Toaster and the Hair Dryer nets the player character the Toaster Gun, which he can then use to shoot Spike, the AngryGuardDog. This is required as Spike carries a crucial part needed to escape the junkyard, though the part is chosen at random.[[note]]Technically, it's not random--the parts cycle through the list of remaining ones with each press of the flipper button, but due to the nature of pinball, it might as well be random.[[/note]]

* The ''VideoGame/{{Glider}}'' games include toasters which juggle slices of deadly toast. [[BodyArmorAsHitPoints Aluminum foil]] allows you to survive getting hit by toast with considerable {{Knockback}}, which some house authors exploited.
* ''VideoGame/TonicTrouble'' featured a mad scientist's [[MalevolentArchitecture "Laboratory"]] that had one section where you ride a floating platform over [[ConvectionSchmonvection vast pools of lava]] while insane robot toasters fired flaming hot slices of toast at the player. I wish I was kidding.
* In ''VideoGame/{{MDK2}}'', Doctor Hawkins's primary weapon is an atomic toaster that fires irradiated slices of toast...and baguette rockets, and pumpernickel grenades...
* Catching the toast that pops out of a toaster composes one of the many, many microgames in the ''VideoGame/{{WarioWare}}'' series.
* In ''VideoGame/OneHundredAndTwoDalmatiansPuppiesToTheRescue'', One of Cruella De Vil's mechanized toys is a robot that disguises itself as a regular, working toaster when idle, then ''transforms'' into robot form with the toaster as its chest when you're in range. The robot then proceeds to shoot its toast at you.
* Cyan's early children's game ''Spelunx'' has a minigame where you must bounce slices of bread up to a man who drops them, using a toaster. There's even a backstory for the minigame in one of the journals.
* "Crazy Machines" is a physics simulation where you can engineer your own HeathRobinsonMachine. Including an electric toaster and this trope.
* The first boss of ''VideoGame/{{Splatoon 2}}'' is the Octo Oven [[BossSubtitles (425 degrees of Pain)]], which attacks with glazing ink, ink pistons, and octopus bread. Notable in that instead of shooting slices at you, it ejects whole loaves from its many ovens. [[TacticalSuicideBoss The loaves work as platforms, too!]]

* In ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'', [[MadScientist Munitions Commander]] Kevyn Andreyasn used a simple toaster as a trial-run for a damaged 'fabber' plant, and ended up with a cross between a toaster and a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S-mine Bouncing Betty.]] Schlock, being Schlock, begged it off him so he could take it down to the firing range.
-->Schlock: "See? You get a ''lot'' more stopping power out of whole wheat."
-->Grunt: "It's my turn now."
* Riff invents a souped up one of these in [[http://www.sluggy.com/daily.php?date=021226 this]] ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' strip.
* In ''Webcomic/TheBookOfBiff'', Biff learns to be more patient when [[http://www.thebookofbiff.com/2006/04/28/52-toast/ preparing toast.]]

* In the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Sir Gyro de Gearloose" Gyro tries to fix a toaster that's so off-whack it's shooting the toast through the ceiling. He goofs it up and ends up causing the toaster to break through the table and hit the floor.
* ''WallaceAndGromit'' seem to have specifically modified their toaster to launch the toast with incredible precision; the toast flies across the table, only to be "shot down" by a glob of jelly, landing neatly on Wallace's plate. One suspects that a considerable amount of trial and error went into setting this up.
* Launching toast at ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'''s face is one of the ''least'' annoying things GIR does upon getting his mind sucked into their house's master control system.
* Snoopy proves himself Virtuoso Master of the Projectile Toast during the cooking scene from ''WesternAnimation/ACharlieBrownThanksgiving.''
* WesternAnimation/DarkwingDuck deliberately rigged his toaster for this purpose, as part of his breakfast/training routine. His ''entire'' breakfast is launched at him this way, in fact. Including... [[ShadowOfImpendingDoom the milk]].
* Twist: In ''WesternAnimation/TheRenAndStimpyShow'' Powdered Toast Man actually shot ''butter packets'' instead. (After all, he was meant to promote ''powdered'' toast.)
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/CodenameKidsNextDoor Kids Next Door]]'' have, among their improvised weapons arsenal, numbers of gatling gun-like weapons that end in toasters. They seem to launch energy, though.
* In ''WesternAnimation/TheVentureBrothers'', Chuck, a "member" of the Revenge Society is just a plain toaster that shoots toast. Revenge (Phantom Limb) uses Chuck's expertise to disarm traps (... it shoots toast that sets off the traps).
* On ''WesternAnimation/DextersLaboratory'', Dexter once slowed time to one-sixtieth its usual rate. As a result, the toast was suspended high out of his reach in midair.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/MegaMan'' cartoon, one of Roll's attachments for her Utility Arm was this. She used it to defeat Cutman.
* The Toaster in end of ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'' is able to shoot the toast for the Master.
* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'', Johnny accidentally brings a parody of ''Franchise/CrashBandicoot'' into the real world. While tearing up Johnny's house (literally and metaphorically), he picks up a toaster and shoots toast at the kids and Dukey, which is heralded by Johnny shouting "[[IncendiaryExponent FLAMING]] TOAST!".
* Creator/TexAvery gives it a twist on "The House Of Tomorrow". Instead of the toast, [[RussianReversal ''you'' pop up!]]
* ''WesternAnimation/JimmyTwoShoes'', where toast was apparently a lifeguard in the BeachEpisode.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}'': In "Father's Day", Ramon Ridley builds a radio telescope out of an old satellite and a toaster. He comments that it still makes an excellent toasted muffin and to prove it, fires a muffin that hits Glenn in the face.
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenTitansGo'': When Cyborg is uploaded into the Titans Tower computer in "Tower Power", he sends various appliances to attack the other Titans. Starfire is bombarded by a barrage of projectile toast from the toaster.
* ''WesternAnimation/GetEd'': The main villain has a [[VileVillainLaughableLackey bumbling minion named Crouch]], who is a robot with a toaster for a head. Every time Crouch gets scared, the toast goes flying out.

* The ''After Dark'' screensaver had the famous Flying Toasters.