A signature moment from the 1992 erotic thriller Basic Instinct is the scene where Femme Fatale Catherine Tramell (Sharon Stone) is being interrogated by the San Francisco Police Department for her possible role in a violent murder, before un-crossing and re-crossing her legs in a sexually provocative manner to expose the fact that she isn't wearing any underwear.
This scene has since become a Stock Parody, with many other works paying homage to or spoofing it, either by playing the Fanservice aspects straight again, exaggerating it, or possibly by twisting it for Fan Disservice. When Shown Their Work, the background will be considerably dark in color (not necessarily with a gradient), the short sleeveless dress and pumps will be white or off-white, and the model's hair will be in a slicked-back but not supertight ponytail. Bonus points if she has a cigarette in her right hand. Sometimes accompanied by a longcoat of a similar color.
- Played with in a Polish bank commercial where a woman dressed similarly to Catherine Tramell is explaining the bank's new offers. At the end she asks the viewer if they've been paying attention to anything she's said.
- Parodied in a Dutch TV network commercial, where Sharon Stone has been replaced by a Dirty Old Woman who proceeds to cross her legs in front of the cops.
- Stone herself appeared in a William Lawson's ad parodying the scene, where she sits across a Man in a Kilt.
- Basic Instinct 2 even teases a similar scene in the theatrical poster, showing Catherine sitting opposite Dr. Glass with her legs crossed, but the film itself actually settles for Edgy Backwards Chair-Sitting.
- Deadpool 2: Deadpool has a "Basic Instinct" moment in front of Cable with partially regenerated legs. It's meant to be funny for all the wrong reasons.
Cable: Because of you I now know what a grown man with baby balls looks like!DP: I'm a grower, not a shower.
- The erotic thriller parody Fatal Instinct lampoons the scene in its theatrical poster, showing a woman sitting with her legs crossed and the tagline "Opening Soon". This scene does not happen in the film itself.
- The early 1990s action spoof Loaded Weapon 1 parodies the scene with Destiny (Kathy Ireland) in place of Catherine Tramell. There's a howling audience sitting behind the cops, and the "gratuitous beaver shot" is an actual beaver.
- In The Happytime Murders, Phil's client Sandra, a puppet, is interrogated by the human Agent Campbell, while Phil and Det. Edwards watch behind a panel of one-way glass, and Sandra pulls this on Campbell, but it's done so that Phil and Edwards can see, and they notice her red hair doesn't match her purple pubic hair. This ends up becoming a plot point: When they later find Sandra's Room Full of Crazy, they find a picture of a puppet father with his young daughter, whose hair is the same shade of purple. Edwards recognizes the father as the puppet Phil accidentally killed as a cop, and figures out that Sandra's the grown-up daughter, giving her a motive for framing Phil.
- Hot Shots! Part Deux: When Michelle meets Topper at a gala she spoofs this scene. However rather than showing it from Topper's perspective it's shot from behind the chair, and when she recrosses her legs she raises them all the way over her head.
- The 1994 movie La Cité de la peur by the French comic troupe Les Nuls includes a police interrogation sequence spoofing the scene, featuring a sensual sauerkraut eating.
- On The Late Late Show With James Cordon, Michael Douglas reprised his role as Detective Nick Curran in a Basic Instinct spoof, with James himself replacing Sharon Stone. After repeated leg crossing moments, Douglas eventually has to throw up.
- Crazy Ex-Girlfriend homages the scene as part of its season 3 promo campaign, along with several other shows.
- Conan: When Sharon Stone herself discussed the scene during an interview with Conan, it immediately became Self-Parody when she started the conversation by crossing her legs.
- Saturday Night Live:
- Sharon Stone hosted around the time Basic Instinct was released and parodied her leg crossing in her opening monologue and we see the reactions of Chris Farley, Lorne Michaels and the SNL writers. From the same episode, there was a parody of the interrogation scene with Pat in the seat and did the leg crossing.
- When Basic Instinct 2 was released, SNL also did a mock trailer sketch that revolved entirely around the interrogation scene, hyping "more hair pie", and subtitling it The Return of the Beaver.
- The Nanny: "The Nanny Napper" closes with Fran getting interrogated in homage to this scene.
- Hungarian model Barbara Palvin did a homage of the scene when she was featured in Love Magazine.
- Celebrity Deathmatch has Sharon Stone (the Trope Maker) cross and uncross her legs to limber up in her corner before her fight against Kathy Bates.
- The Simpsons mystery two-parter "Who Shot Mr. Burns?" includes a segment where Groundskeeper Willie is being interrogated by the Springfield P.D. while wearing a kilt. When he un-crosses his legs, the cops recoil in horror, before one of them pulls out his sidearm and warns him not to do that again.
- In the pilot episode of The Critic, film critic Jay Sherman interviews an up and coming actress whose debut role is a Femme Fatale similar to Sharon Stone's Catherine Tramell. When the comparison to Stone is brought up, she re-enacts the scene, leading to Jay glancing between her legs before turning to a cameraman and asking "Can we get a shot of that?".
- Stripperella. Stripperella is visibly squicked when Chief Stroganoff briefs her in a bathrobe, and does the Basic Instinct thing while complaining about supervillain El Cheapo and "those two hairy nuts of his".
- In the Wakfu episode "The Voice Thief", Ruelle, Yugo and Pinpin interrogate the singer Shanon Stone who then un-crosses her legs causing the heroes to blush.