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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.

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  • 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.
  • 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".
  • 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.
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  • Hungarian model Barbara Palvin did a homage of the scene when she was featured in Love Magazine.

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  • 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?".

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