Truth in Television: carbonated drinks are made by forcing carbon dioxide gas into a beverage under pressure. In an unopened bottle, there is an equilibrium between the carbon dioxide that has been dissolved into the liquid and the gas floating at the very top of the bottle. Opening the bottle results in a bit of fizzing as the pressure that has been keeping the gas dissolved is released. If the bottle is shaken however, some of the carbon dioxide that has been floating at the top of the bottle gets suspended in the liquid. This extra carbonation stays in larger (though not necessarily visible) bubbles than the already-dissolved carbonation. As soon as someone opens the bottle at this point, the large bubbles will rise very quickly to the liquid's surface, resulting in the soda shower.
However, as with many things fiction tends to turn this Up to Eleven when it comes to the power of the exploding suds. In extreme cases, characters may even weaponize a shaken soda can for propulsion or attacking.
- Sakura Trick: In episode 9 Kaede attempts this with Yuzu, but accidentally gives her the wrong one; Kaede's own drink sprays in her face when she opens it.
- Yu-Gi-Oh!: In an early arc, Joey gets in a fight with a gamer Yugi beat in a fighting game, the gamer forcing Joey to fight while biting down on a knife's blade. After dodging several punches that would have sent the knife into the back of his throat, Joey melodramatically states that he'd made a promise to a friend... to get him a can of soda, and fires it at the gamer's eyes now that it's been nicely shaken up by his dodging.
- In a Boule et Bill comic, dad sends Boule and Bill to get him new bottles of beer, but realized too late he should have instructed Boule not to let Bill carry the bag with the bottles. Bill convinces Boule to let him carry the bottles home, and on the way there he does everything he can to shake them. When dad opens a bottle, the contents get sprayed into his face, much to Bill's amusement and the annoyance of Boule (who now knows why Bill was so determined to carry the bottles).
- In "Jimmy Olsen, Juvenile Delinquent!" in Superman's Pal, Jimmy Olsen #40, Jimmy goes undercover in a gang of juvenile delinquents. The practical joker of the gang's current shtick is shaking up bottles of soda water and spraying people with the contents. This causes trouble when he does it to Jimmy, as it washes the black dye out of his hair and exposes him as an imposter.
- The Beano: One Bash Street Kids strip had the kids play a game where each one has to open a can of cola next to their face, one can having been previously shaken. Danny gets the shaken can, but as he opens it, their teacher accidentally gets in the way of the spray.
- The page image is from this comic, where this trope happens to Garfield, and the exploding bottle startles Jon.
- In one comic, Garfield tried to prank Jon by giving him a shaken soda can, but a Genre Savvy Jon aimed the can at Garfield when opening it, resulting in Garfield getting sprayed.
- In this comic, Garfield tries the same prank, and again it seems Jon is going to turn the tables on Garfield instead. But when Jon opens the can, the pressure inside sends him flying backward rather than the soda getting sprayed all over Garfield.
- In Chapter 3 of Final Stand of Death, Celebrity Deathmatch fic, Spur gets covered in lemon-line soda while trying to open the bottle, which exploded instead. United and Hawk had thought about telling Spur that the bottle was a twist-top, while Hornet and Redd were business with Frankenstein's monster.
- Chicken Little: Twice in the film, Chicken Little improvises a Jet Pack from a soda bottle.
- In Despicable Me, a minion is shopping for a new toy for Agnes, but shakes up a cola bottle and it explodes all over the place.
- Fun and Fancy Free: In the climax of Mickey and the Beanstalk, Mickey escapes the giant's castle by making the cork of a champagne bottle pop so he can ride it out the window.
- In Frankenweenie, two boys Bob and Toshaki try to make a jet pack out of shaken-up soda bottles but it doesn't work and Bob breaks his arm.
- Silent Movie exaggerates this: The climax involves Mel Funn and his pals using shaken-up Coke cans as grenades to fight off the evil Mr. Engulf and his minions. Mel even opens a can with his teeth at one point, and Engulf's right-hand-man leaps onto a Coke can to protect his boss from the explosion.
- Superman (1978). When Lois Lane first meets Clark Kent, she grabs a bottle of carbonated liquid that he's trying to open, bangs it against a table several times, and hands it back to him. When he opens it, it fizzes up and spills on him. The fact that she did it deliberately is made clear by the dialogue.
Lois Lane: Gosh, I'm sorry! I didn't mean to shake it up like that!
Clark Kent: Oh, of course not, Lois. I mean, why would anyone want to make a total stranger look like a fool?
- In one of the Just books, the story "Lemonade Roulette" involves Andy and Danny shaking up one can of lemonade and each drinking a can to see if it's the shaken-up one. However, some VIP's come over, also wanting a can of lemonade...
- Sergeant Micklin of the Black Sheep Squadron has a Running Gag about getting canned beer delivered to Rabaul during wartime. Micklin would always state, "I don't want my beer all shook up." Of course, the beer has been handled indelicately in transit, so Micklin gets spray and foam when his can is opened. This usually led to a frightened underling getting chased by one angry mechanic.
- The Cosby Show: in one episode, Cliff gets a couple of cans of soda for himself and Claire, and shakes up the one he intended to give to Claire. But when he gets to the table, he realizes that he mixed them up, takes them back to the refrigerator and exchanges them for two unshaken cans. Then Denise goes to the fridge and grabs a can. Guess which one she picks.
- In the Picture Day episode of Hank Zipzer, Hank attempts to take revenge on McKelty by taking a can of soda from McKelty's bag, shaking it, and putting it back in the bag. This backfires when McKelty happens to open the can while it is pointing at Hank, causing Hank to get soaked with soda just before his picture is taken.
- Married... with Children: As Al mentions he'd sell his soul for the Super Bowl, the Devil appears to make a deal, freezing everyone but Al in time to negotiate in privacy. Just before the Devil unfreezes time, Al takes a beer/soda can from another character, shakes it, and puts it back in their hands.
- Whose Line Is It Anyway?: During the game "Helping Hands", if there is anything carbonated on the table while Colin acts like Ryan's arms, expect Colin to pick it up and wave it around (often forcing Ryan to energetically or angrily holler at the other player). Colin then tends to open the item in the other player's or Ryan's face while being mostly safe from the results since Ryan is taller than him.
- Zeke and Luther: In the episode "I, Skatebot", we learn that the titular duo has a soda can that they have been tumbling for years to open on a special event. They are forced to use it to stop an out of control robot. When opened, the can explodes like a bomb and obliterates the robot.
- Malcolm in the Middle: Features a I Know You Know I Know gag when Malcolm brings two cans of soda to Reese. Reese ends up getting one himself from the fridge, and still getting blasted.
- In Paranoia, grenades can be hard to come by for the low-ranking Player Characters and enemy Mooks. There is a suitable replacement, however, Bouncy Bubble Beverage. The soda is so heavily carbonated that by shaking and throwing a can or bottle of it, the explosion is comparable to a grenade, complete with shrapnel. And, because B3 isn't considered a weapon, it's widely available to everyone.
- Get Amped: one of the accessories is a big soda can the user carries on their back. The gimmick of this accessory is that, as the user runs, the soda can will build up fizz; 3 of its special attacks will become stronger the more fizz it has built up: either firing a powerful burst of soda out of the can, or using the burst of soda as a propeller to rocket towards the ground.
- Kirby Star Allies: Francisca has a water gun shaped like a soda bottle. She would shake it before firing a continuous stream of water.
- One of the more (but not the most) obscure puzzles in The Longest Journey requires you to bypass a police patrolman with a dry throat by purchasing a carbonated drink, taking a subway across the entire town, putting the can into an old industrial paint shaker machine, then bringing it all the way back to the policeman. The moment he opens it, the drink sprays over his Powered Armor, immediately short-circuiting it and forcing him to retreat to the precinct to get it fixed.
- Mario Party 8: The minigame "Shake It Up" has the players shake soda cans for a set amount of time, and whoever's can produces the highest geyser when it's opened is deemed the winner.
- In Sonic Shuffle, the "Sonicola" mini-game involves Dr. Eggman shaking up a can of soda and hiding it in a vending machine, then hiding behind a bush when Sonic and his friends come to it. There are four players, but five cans of soda, meaning either one player will be unlucky enough to take the shaken can and get squirted by it, or all four players will get non-shaken cans and Eggman's plan will be foiled.
- Tapper: Like its original Budweiser variant, the family-friendly Root Beer Tapper has a bonus game where the bartender plays a Shell Game with a bandit, using six cans of the beverage; the idea is to pick the one can the bandit did not shake to win a bonus. Choosing any one of the five cans that the bandit shakes up will invoke the trope's outcome (a beverage shower), along with the correct can highlighted.
- Double subverted in The Lazer Collection 2: one guy is shaking up a can of soda, and the other guy is worried it will explode. The guy holding the can give it a quick flick and opens it, telling the other guy top to relax... then gets Lasered.
- In Quake's episode of Marvel Rising Ultimate Comics, she uses her quake powers to discreetly shake Dugan's soda as he eats lunch, and it goes off in his face offscreen. At the end of the episode, she also does this prank to Iron Man. He complains that his armor will be sticky for weeks.
- In Happy Tree Friends episode Water Way To Go, Pop and Cub go to the seaside with some snacks, including a soda can, but in the process, Pop accidentally drops the box of snacks down some steps, shaking the can up. As such, when Pop goes to open it for Cub, it launches into his face like a mallet, knocking him out and badly bruising him.
- In one El Goonish Shive Q&A strip Chika opens a can of shrink soda which sprays all over Lisa.
Chika: You didn't happen to ... inadvertently shake the case while getting it out of the cabinet, did you?
Lisa: Well, if you want to get technical about how intentional it was, and my assuming you would tilt the can towards yourself...
- In Penny and Aggie, Aggie pulls this prank on Penny by having Daphne distract Penny just as she's bought a can of soda from a school vending machine, then shaking the can so that Penny stains her designer clothes when she opens it. In response, Penny devises a number of humiliating Revenge schemes, none of which she gets the opportunity to launch.
- The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius: In "Maximum Hugh", Cindy finds out that Hugh's sudden athleticism at the parent/child picnic games is because of an experimental headband that Jimmy put on him, so she sabotages them by giving Hugh a "congratulatory" can of Purple Flurp that she shook up so the fizz can short out the headband.
- In the Arthur episode "Meek for a Week", Brain compares a person cracking after suppressing their emotions to a soda can exploding after being shaken up.
- In the Beavis and Butt-Head episode "Canned", the boys tried to cause this with an unopened can of root beer. It never did explode.
- Camp Lazlo: In "Racing Slicks", the Jelly Beans' "secret weapon" for their go-kart is to use shaken-up cans of soda as propulsion. Unfortunately, they run out of fuel just before they can cross the finish line.
Raj: Bad news, we are all out of Diet Petrol.
- In Codename: Kids Next Door episode "Operation: P.O.P", this is how Numbuh 2 defeats Fizz. After Fizz dons a root beer powered battlesuit and incapacitates all the team except Numbuh 2, Numbuh 2 starts messing with the lever to the Conveyor Belt o' Doom that Fizz is on, causing him to be shook back and forth. This causes the soda in Fizz's suit to build up pressure, resulting in Fizz's armor exploding.
- In the Donald Duck cartoon "Bee at the Beach", Donald traps a bee inside his soda bottle. The bee bangs on the glass and sees how the bubbles form when the bottle shakes, so he stirs the soda with his stinger until the bubbles build up and pop the cap off, freeing him.
- In Garfield and Friends, one of the short "Garfield Quickies" that is shown between episodes is an adaptation of this Garfield strip. Garfield shakes a can of soda and Jon notices, so he tries to spray it at Garfield, but it propelled backwards.
- Subverted in Generation O!. Buzz is buying a soda when some bullies come to hit him. So he tries to weaponize his can by shaking it and aiming at the bullies, but opening it only results in the drink shooting a few centimeters away and falling to the ground.
- Exploited in Horrible Histories, when Mo shakes up a bottle of sarsaparilla and sprays it at some mean cowboys.
- In one episode of Muppet Babies (1984), Scooter and Animal visit a futuristic park where they see an astronaut leaving behind his can of diet soda. When he blasts off without it, Animal takes himself and Scooter to the moon to give the can back. The astronaut gratefully takes the can, but as he's in the process of opening it, Scooter tries to tell him that Animal bounced across the moon's terrain with it:
Scooter: Wait! I think he shook the...(the astronaut screams as the force from the can propels him across the horizon)...can.
- We don't see any payoff for it, but Rick of Rick and Morty at one point is seen idly shaking up a soda can and placing it back in the fridge while rummaging around for something else inside.
- The Simpsons: In "So It's Come to This: A Simpsons Clip Show", Bart's April Fools prank for Homer involves him shaking a can of Duff with a paint-mixer and planting it in the fridge. What follows is a fizz-explosion of epic proportions, enough to leave Homer hospitalized.
Bart: APRIL FO—*KABOOM*
- The TaleSpin episode "From Here To Machinery" has the robot pilot of Shere Khan's private plane fly directly into an air pirate ambush. The robot refuses to alter course and can electrify itself to prevent anyone else from displacing it. Baloo smartly weaponizes a bottle of soda pop by shaking it vigorously, then aiming the spray at the robot. All that sticky fluid shorts out the robot's electrics, leaving it inert. Baloo then takes control and outflies the pirates to safety.
- An accidental version occurs in the short, "Cross-Country Kitty" from the Tiny Toon Adventures episode, "Furrball Follies". Mary Melody takes Furrball to Miami to get his mind off of eating Sweetie. When Mary gets Furrball a can of soda, Furrball races back to ACME Acres to pursue Sweetie. Due to being jittery from racing back to Miami before Mary notices he's gone, Furrball ends up shaking the can and it sprays in his face when he opens it.
- Tom and Jerry:
- In Salt Water Tabby, Jerry gets stuck in a soda bottle, so Tom shakes it and the resulting blast sends him flying.
- In The Little Orphan, Nibbles pops open a champagne bottle, and the carbonated blast propels it toward Tom and sends him flying into the china cabinet.
- In Mouse In Manhattan, Jerry accidentally gets stuck in a bottle of champagne, and the resulting pressure sending him flying into a dark alley.
- In High Steaks, Jerry shakes up a bottle of soda to hit Tom with the deluge, but he ducks and it instead ruins his master's steaks. Believing Tom's at fault, the master shakes up another bottle and shoves it down his throat, the resulting explosion leaving his body bottle-shaped.